Given that some of the very finest tea producing regions are seasonal so that the tea plant only grows in warmer temperatures, Spring is a very exciting time in tea production. Indeed, the plucking season in India, China, Japan and even Europe – including England’s Tregothnan tea gardens (pictured) – run from March through to November.
Following harvesting and processing, the very first of the new season’s tea leaves begin to make their way across the world from Asia in time for early summer. As tea lovers first and foremost, this is our favourite time of the year – while we enjoy creating different unique and original blends of tea, the extraordinary diversity of tea flavour profiles developed simply from the way it is grown, where it is grown (terroir) and how it is processed still blows our minds!
So whether it’s the first flush (harvest) from India or 'pre-qingming' from China, you can be assured that these leaves, the first plucked of the season, which have grown slowly over the winter and have been subject to some degree of stress, are likely to be the most interesting and flavoursome – the price tags some command would at least suggest so!
The same plant may be harvested up to thirty times during the plucking season and tea produced from the same plant, but at a different time of the year, will produce very different flavour outcomes due to changes in the environmental conditions. A quick taste of a Darjeeling First Flush and an Autumnal Flush makes this immediately apparent.
In our continued quest to make exceptional tea a daily pleasure, we are therefore very excited to announce our first direct-sourced spring tea – a First Flush Darjeeling from Glenburn Estate – available from tomorrow!
It's an exciting week here at Debonair Tea Company HQ – our very first directly sourced tea is finally available to buy!
Darjeeling teas, and particularly the range produced at Glenburn, are absolute favourites of our co-founder and in-house sommelier, Louisa.
The name ‘Darjeeling’ literally means the ‘land of the thunderbolt’. The British acquired the land here in 1835, the first tea seeds were sown in 1839 and following bumper harvests, private growers had more than 2,000 plants growing in the area by 1853. It was not until 1856 that the first commercial tea garden was established.
It's been a lot of work behind the scenes but we are proud to finally be unveiling our latest offering - our high quality, Ceremonial Grade Japanese Matcha!
While we at Debonair Tea Co. enjoy all that the Japanese matcha tea ceremony has to offer, matcha has become quite the superfood darling in recent years and for good reason; it has 137 times more antioxidants than regularly brewed green tea!
The British penchant for tea is a national institution, but in a world now dominated by big coffee chains and increasingly complex coffee concoctions our devotion to the humble cuppa is seemingly in decline.
Or is it? There has been unprecedented growth in ‘speciality’ tea over the last decade, but what does ‘speciality’ actually mean? A hundred years ago there was nothing particularly special about loose, whole leaf tea. In many ways we are in fact going back to basics!
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