Brew with fresh boiling water and infuse for 3 to 5 minutes
Sikkim 1st Flush Tea is a rare, fascinating Indian Black Tea FTGFOP1 from the Himalayan State of Sikkim. The area lies near to Darjeeling district, hence why the taste of this infusion is somewhat comparable to that of its neighbour.
It consists of a well-made leaf with ample tip, which, when brewed, boasts a bright liquor with a beautifully rounded floral character.
Only two Tea Estates lie within Sikkim. Our Sikkim First Flush Tea comes from the Temi garden, the oldest and most prestigious of the two.
In 2008, the property (as well, of course, as the Tea it makes) received 100% organic certification. This is yet another reason to choose it.
Perhaps best of all, though, is the fact that we pack it fresh to order here at our Kent-based factory.
FTGFOP1 Grade Meaning
The term “FTGFOP1” stands for “Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe.” Let’s break this down a little - “FTG” represents Tea with the highest tippy content, which is arguably the best you can expect from your morning cuppa.
“FOP,” meanwhile, denotes Tea made from the top bud and the first two leaves of each new shoot. It also contains young, tender leaves with a balanced amount of “tip” and “bud.”
About Sikkim Tea
Sikkim is in North East India. It produces Tea at altitudes between 1,000 and 2,000 metres above sea level, the leaves of which workers hand-pluck to ensure its utmost quality. Cultivation has taken place since 1969 when the Temi Tea Estate was established.
The Bermiok Tea Garden, meanwhile, opened in 2002, later receiving organic tea certification in 2016. This means that all Tea produced here is Organic Tea.
Springtime is when harvesting happens - the same as Darjeeling 1st Flush. As a result, both Darjeeling Tea and Sikkim Tea tend to have light, flowery notes with sweet undertones.
Casual drinkers and connoisseurs alike indeed flock to beverages such as these for their remarkable flavours. Few, however, know of Sikkim 1st Flush Tea, in particular, so why not impress your friends today?
Type of Tea: Black Tea.
Origin: Tea Temi Tea Estate, Sikkim, India.
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water. Infuse for 3 to 5 minutes.
How to Serve: Best served without additions.
Tasting Notes: Imparts a delectably sweet, floral flavour from start to finish.
Colour in Cup: Coppery liquor, light in tone.
Health Benefits of Sikkim First Flush Tea
This wholesome, nutritious beverage boasts a multitude of vitamins and minerals capable of improving life in small yet significant ways.
What’s more, according to a study out of John Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA, its caffeine content (specifically 45-mg per 8-oz cup) can help.
It concluded that a 200 mg caffeine pill is all it might take to help those living with dementia. The same perhaps applies to Sikkim 1st Flush Tea.