The Darjeeling Second Flush season is a highly anticipated one by tea lovers and connoisseurs worldwide. During this season only, do tea lovers get the famous muscatel taste which Darjeeling teas are famous for. A balanced combination of weather (hot/cold), certain amount of rainfal and the right amount of insects that suck the juices out of the stem of the tea plant produces the famous muscat/grape taste.
This year 2nd flush season had a delayed arrival due to the fact that the first flush season got pushed back by the lack of rainfall initially that not only resulted in crop shortages but also a slight drop in quality for a certain time period. And as we know quality 2nd flush teas/crop is produced before the monsoon period which is in July. Monsoon season in India witnesses its largest share of rainfall in comparison to the entire year. And once there is excess rainfall, the tea leaves water content rises quite a bit thus causing deterioration in quality. Thus the period of quality 2nd flush Darjeeling teas was shortened quite a bit due to weather conditions.
In the period of June, there was an unexpected rainfall for one week that again made it impossible for the leaves to have the quality cup. Thus we had to be very careful in selecting the second flush teas for our buyers in the period of June – before and after the rainfall period. Having said that – the quality of second flush teas if picked at the right moment after careful tasting has been excellent. We here at DarjeelingTeaXpress have been very selective in terms of our pickings and have picked some excellent second flush muscatels, oolongs and classic black teas.
As the 2nd flush season is coming to a close, we would provide our end of season analysis to our customers to provide an indepth understanding of the vagaries of 2nd flush Darjeelings.