Just before Christmas I received a beautiful package from India (it had a bit of a tough time in the mail as evidence by the dents in the box, but the tea was safe) from my good friend Sonam of “Fresh Darjeeling Tea.”
Inside were 3 beautifully packaged fresh teas from Darjeeling — the likes of which I’ve never seen. Sonam has done a wonderful job sourcing rare and amazing Darjeelings — a quick browse through the image-slider on his homepage can show you this. He has found wonderful full-leaf oolong and pearls – teas not generally renowned in Darjeeling. His selection showed that Darjeeling will continue to be a key player in the specialty tea industry and that great strides are being made in creating superb teas.
Darjeeling Pearls – Rohini Estate:
Peculiar show of engineering, so fruity and sweet that you can imagine of a distant orchard of peach and plum, in a dream galaxy. To romance with the pearls use a glass pot to see the leaves unfurl and remind you of the days gone by.
Harvest of : October 20-2009
These pearls get me through my work week. I start in the morning and they are tightly rolled and steep my last cup around 4pm (steeping 6) and the leaves have completely unfurled. Check them out here: http://www.freshdarjeelingtea.com/products-page/oolong-teas/rare-pearls-rohini-estate/