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Darjeeling Second Flush Black Tea

Darjeeling Second Flush Black Tea

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Harvested in the second picking of the year, these leaves are more full-bodied than its first flush counterpart. Yet they still retain that quintessential floral taste unique to Darjeeling tea, which comes from the unique terroir of this Himalayan region.

Darjeeling teas are not as robust as those from Assam, which are typically used for a full-bodied English Breakfast.

  • Certified organic and biodynamic
  • Yields 50+ cups of tea 
  • 100% compostable packaging, including the label and zipper
  • As seen in Food & Wine Magazine's February 2022 Home Issue
Darjeeling First Flush’s cousin is Second Flush, the more commonly available variety of Darjeeling Tea. Plucked later in the year, Second Flush tea leaves have had time to develop a stronger, more robust flavor, and thus, more caffeine. This tea holds up well to milk (of choice, we recommend a barista style oat, if you’re looking for a plant-based alternative).

While Darjeeling Second Flush is a wonderful breakfast tea to wake up and start your day, or a gentle late afternoon pick-me-up; on cooler days, it makes a unique and flavorful iced tea.

We recommend brewing it for five minutes, straining the leaves, and then popping it in the fridge to chill. Add orange slices, and some honey, and you’ve got a unique iced tea for those summer months.

METHOD: Teapot
QUANTITY: 1 heaped teaspoon
CUPS: 3 cups
BREW TIME: 3 minutes
CAFFEINE QUOTIENT: Approximately 50mg per 8 oz cup


1) Heat 3 cups of filtered water to approximately 175 degrees Farenheit (below boiling temperature)

2) Add 1 teaspoon of Darjeeling Second Flush leaves (approximately 2.5 grams) into teapot. Pour hot water over leaves.

3) Steep for 4-5 minutes, then remove strainer if teapot has one, or use hand held strainer to pour tea into your cup.

4) Add honey to sweet.

5) For iced version: Add sliced oranges while the tea is still hot, and place in fridge for 2-3 hours to chill tea.

6) Steep again: Darjeeling Second Flush tea can be steeped twice. Steep the second time for approximately 5 minutes.
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