Darjeeling 2nd Flush, Giddapahar WonderLate spring | hand rolled
A lifted, tippy Darjeeling, full of personality yet with a lightness of touch. Bright aromatics, light-to-medium bodied, brisk and refreshing.
Origin: Giddapahar Tea Garden, Kurseong, Darjeeling
Variety: Camellia sinensis sinensis (AV2 clone, or Ambari Vegetative)
Giddapahar Wonder is a high-altitude AV2 tea. AV2 is a specially developed clone (which they call Wonder at Giddapahar, Moonlight at other estates) that exhibits superior characteristics and is being grown increasingly widely in the very experimental Darjeeling region.
The leaves are hand picked and hand rolled to reduced breakage and create a better tasting tea. And the overall results are wonderful: extra nuanced, with musky top notes.
Giddapahar, meaning eagle cliff, has been in the same family since its inception in 1881. The 94 hectares of tea fields reach up to an altitude of 1,585m, meaning cool conditions slow the leaf growth and allow for the development of more complex flavours. Checked growth also allows for a more considered, quality pluck in the field.