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2017 Darjeeling First Flush

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The mountainous town of Darjeeling -- often referred to as the "Champagne of tea" -- is one of the most famous tea producing regions in the world.  The exquisite leaves from this small region in northeastern India are well known for yielding a uniquely brisk cup.

Among these, the annual First Flush black tea is unquestionably the most treasured.  Not to be confused with highly tannic, cheaper tea dust that was popularized by the British...  This batch, harvested in early March from a single estate, contains a myriad of valuable silver tips and maintains its whole-leaf quality as well as any Indian tea.  Its sage-like aroma has bright, floral notes and hints of citrus and pine...

Notes:          lemon, white peach, balsam

Infusion:      200ºF / 93ºC for 30 seconds

Origin:          Darjeeling, India




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Tea Infusion Quantities

So how many cups is 50g of tea? Or 1lb of tea leaves?

The appropriate amount to use depends on the size of the teapot, teacup, or gaiwan, and how much water is being applied.  Typically, an average serving of tea in a small-medium vessel is about 4-6 grams.  Experienced tea drinkers will often use 6-8 grams per serving - with shorter and more frequent infusions.

Therefore, a 50 gram pouch of tea should be good for 8-12 servings of tea.  Depending on the type of tea, however, the leaves can withstand several "steepings", so that 50 gram pouch should allow for 24-50 cups of tea!  And, since a pound (lb) is about 450 grams, a properly steeped pound of tea should produce several hundred cups of tea!

 

Quantity of Tea

50 grams

100 grams

1 pound

Servings

8-12 servings

16-24 servings

70-85 servings

Cups of Tea*

24-50 cups

50-100 cups

200-400 cups

*often depending on the technique of the tea master, time per infusion, and thirst of the drinkers