Ringtong is one of the riginal Darjeeling tea gardens dating back to 1865 and featuring some of the best Organic China jat tea bushes in Darjeeling!
This is a truly fantastic and surprising Organic First Flush Darjeeling tea. As you probably have realized, we don't list Darjeeling teas as "Black Teas or even as "Red Teas" but as "Himalaya" Teas. The reasoning is evident with first flush teas like this which undergo such a light oxidation that it really makes no sense to call them Black teas. But this Ringtong (which means Ring the Bells) is even more green that most First Flush Darjeelings. It's fresh green nature is really out of this world!
We were enamoured with this tea right away and if you know the Ringtong story it's hard not to realize this tea is something special! In a world where tea is a commodity and often plants are stressed to produce bountiful harvests, Ringtong was actually closed since 1996 due to a laabor dispute which ended with the factory being burnt down! On the flipside... this means the bushes had a really long time to rest!
We have just a small quantity of this luxurious tea so be warned... this one will disappear very quickly!
And to quote Bob Dylan's "Ring them Bells":
Ring them bells Saint Peter where the four winds blow
Ring them bells with an ironhand
So the people will know
Oh it's rush hour now
On the wheel and the plow
And the sun is going down upon the sacred cow.
Ring them bells Saint Catherine from the top of the room
Ring them from the fortress for the lilies that bloom
Oh the lines are long and the fighting is strong
And they're breaking down the distance between right and wrong.
Origin: Jorebunglow Sukhiyapokhri, Sonada Valley, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India
Harvest: 3rd week March, 2022
Color of liquor: golden
Aroma: fresh, minty, floral, cherry, papaya,
Flavor: sweet, fresh, typical classic Darjeeling astringency, sweet aftertaste
Temperature: 90º c
Steeping Time: 1min; 1min; 1,5min; 2min...