DetailsDarjeeling Tukdah TGFOP 1st flush
Country of Origin: India
Grade: TGFOP (Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe)
Altitude: 4000 7000? ft. above sea level
Cup Characteristics: Bright, lively and full of flavor. Lovely muscatel character with a hint of nuttiness. An excellent 1st flush Darjeeling.
Infusion: Golden yellow
Tukdah estate, nestled high in the hills below the soaring majesty of the Himalayas is one of the shimmering jewels in the Darjeeling crown. The 557-hectare estate clings to the steep banks of the Teesta River Valley downstream from Sikkim. It goes without saying that this corner of the globe is home to some of the most beautiful and arduous terrain on planet Earth. Even by Himalayan standards, the Teesta valley receives incredible amounts of rainfall. This comes in the form of great monsoons that wash across the landscape like a vast barrel being emptied from heaven. Interestingly, the actual name Darjeeling means place of lightning.
The monsoon rains appear during the first flush, a period of peak seasonal quality. The rain ensures that estate's soil remains sufficiently wet for cultivating tea while the steep hillsides ensure that all rootstock is kept perfectly drained. Temperatures are cool - much cooler than in the neighboring growing region of Assam resulting in a markedly lighter cup overall when the product of the two are compared. Production and operational excellence has earned the estate HACCP certification certified by SGS India.