Tea Wholesaling

First flush tea from Darjeeling


The freshest leaves of the season

The incomparable aromatic fresh aroma of the best Darjeeling is only fully revealed shortly after the harvest. That's why we don't wait until this precious tea has crossed the sea to us, but take the finest leaves straight away by air. And so you too can enjoy the extraordinary freshness of the first harvest in our own time zone.

Longview Highlands BIO DJ-1*
Arrival ca CW11 

With its 125-year tradition, this tea plantation is one of the oldest in all Darjeeling. At Longview Highlands, the finest tea leaves prosper even at lower elevations. Thanks to the especially mild climate, the harvest period begins very early in the year. 

Singell BIO DJ-4*
Arrival ca CW15
From 5 kg delivery in a wooden box

The Singell Garden is located at around 1000 metres above sea level in the Himalayan Mountains. The summers are moist here, and the winters dry and cool. Ideal conditions for absolutely top quality. One notable fact: Singell has been cultivated exclusively organically since the 1980s. 

Badamtam BIO DJ-3*
Arrival ca CW15
From 5 kg delivery in a wooden box

The Badamtam Tea Garden is located in the Darjeeling West Valley, right next to the third largest mountain on Earth, the Kanchenjunga. Top-class Darjeeling has been cultivated here since 1858 at heights of between 305 metres and 1830 metres.

The perfect way to prepare it: add 12-15g of Darjeeling First Flush to 1 litre of 90°C hot soft water. Let the tea brew for 2-3 minutes.

Top quality with tradition: 

First Flush represents a battle with time which is filled with tradition. The ships from India used to take up to 12 weeks to reach European docks, and by then little remained of the fresh lightness of the first harvest. More and more traders therefore decided to fly in the best Darjeeling within a few days, to bring the special freshness of India to Europe.

Even today first flush teas are still the absolute highlight of the tea market. The freshest and most delicate leaves are exported by air immediately after being processed, making them available in the European trade only two weeks after being produced. 

Labels such as DJ-1, DJ-2, etc. describe the picking procedure. For example, DJ-1 teas are the product of the first picking day after the end of the winter break. Every harvest day possesses its own unique character, which is defined by climatic influences and the production process. The first picking is not necessarily the best. 

Many tea fans await the annual first flush with great anticipation and order their goods in advance, because there are often only small batches of the finest pickings, of approx. 50 to 150 kg.