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Darjeeling Second Flush

 
Last Updated: Mar. 18, 2014 

About Darjeeling Second Flush

Loose-leaf black tea with rich reddish-olive colorPhoto of Leaf of Darjeeling Sungma Summer (Darjeeling #22) from Adagio Teas by A Girl With Tea, Photo © A Girl With Tea, CC BY 2.0.
Darjeeling second flush or second flush Darjeeling tea designates Darjeeling tea that has been harvested at a specific time, in the summer, well after the first flush. This tea is also called Darjeeling summer tea or Darjeeling summer flush. The harvest time for second flush tea comes at a period of greater rainfall than the first flush, but well before the peak of the monsoon season. Tea harvested during the monsoon season is called monsoon tea or rains tea and is not the same as second flush, and is usually considered inferior quality.

Compared to first flush, second flush Darjeeling has a darker color and is richer in flavor. Many of these teas, however, have a light color and can still be much milder than most black teas.

Second flush Darjeeling, like first flush, is considered a highly desireable tea, and can be very expensive. It is hard to generalize about price or quality; although first flush is often considered more expensive and desireable, some second flush teas exceed some first flush teas in price, and some tea drinkers prefer second flush teas for their bolder flavor.

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78 / 100
Picture of Organic Darjeeling Kalimpong

I thought this was an excellent second flush Darjeeling, with a fresher and cooler aroma than average, and surprising strength that allowed the leaf to stretch very far. A tea that I like to savor very slowly, not something for if you're in a hurry.

Thank you to Mighty Leaf for this generous sample!

I love the s...

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77 / 100
Picture of Snowview Tippy Black Tea

Every now and then I encounter a Darjeeling that only seems to shine when paired with the right foods, and this was one. The first couple times I drank it, it was easy to overlook, but when I paired it with a spicy coconut curry soup I made, it seemed to take on a completely different character.

Dry leaf is brown a...

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70 / 100
Picture of Giddapahar AV2 Clonal Black Tea

This was a singular tea that was highly unlike any other teas I've tried. Minimalist in aesthetic, I can see this one appealing to people who like delicate white teas, and it tasted more like a white tea than other black teas. It's not my favorite sort of tea, but I found it intriguing with every sip, and drinking it...

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83 / 100
Picture of Giddapahar Muscatel Darjeeling Black Tea Second Flush

A very pleasant tea, quite dark for a Darjeeling, and with a pleasant astringency.

The dry leaf is dark and smells fruity, suggesting sweetness, and also very malty.

Brews up a dark cup, even for a second-flush Darjeeling. Aroma is strongly fruity. For having the name Muscatel though, this tea isn't among the t...

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80 / 100
Picture of Thurbo Moonlight Darjeeling Black Tea Second Flush

A unique tea, very different in aroma from any other Darjeeling second flush I've tried. Excellent, but I think I'd like it more if it were more bitter.

The dry leaf smells aromatic, fresh, and light, with herbaceous and spicy notes. It also looks strikingly beautiful--and fascinatingly, the color of the leaf, a m...

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Picture of Makaibari Estate Darjeeling 2nd Flush Black Tea

Makaibari Estate Darjeeling 2nd Flush Black Tea

Brand:Arbor Teas
Style:Darjeeling Second Flush
Region:Darjeeling, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
86
3 Ratings
Picture of Darjeeling 2nd Flush Muscatel

Darjeeling 2nd Flush Muscatel

Brand:Rishi Tea
Style:Darjeeling Second Flush
Region:Darjeeling, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
65
3 Ratings
Picture of Giddapahar Musk (DJ 29) 2009

Giddapahar Musk (DJ 29) 2009

Brand:Thunderbolt Tea
Style:Darjeeling Second Flush
Region:Darjeeling, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
2 Ratings
Picture of Sungma 2nd Flush Darjeeling

Sungma 2nd Flush Darjeeling

Brand:Harney and Sons
Style:Darjeeling Second Flush
Region:Darjeeling, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
2 Ratings
Picture of Makaibari Estate FTGFOP1S Second Flush (DJ-142)

Makaibari Estate FTGFOP1S Second Flush (DJ-142)

Brand:Upton Tea Imports
Style:Darjeeling Second Flush
Region:Darjeeling, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
2 Ratings

Top-Rated Second Flush

Picture of Makaibari Estate Darjeeling 2nd Flush Black Tea

Makaibari Estate Darjeeling 2nd Flush Black Tea

Brand:Arbor Teas
Style:Darjeeling Second Flush
Region:Darjeeling, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
86
3 Ratings
Picture of Darjeeling 2nd Flush Muscatel

Darjeeling 2nd Flush Muscatel

Brand:Rishi Tea
Style:Darjeeling Second Flush
Region:Darjeeling, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
65
3 Ratings

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