Mineral Spring was an abandoned tea estate where once there was much hardship and hunger. However several villages and their families united to sell their tea at a good price which guarantees a better future and pride in their own production. Unlike Darjeeling estates which are many hundreds of acres, the farms in Mineral Spring are on average 2 acres. Another big difference is their polyculture, Mineral Spring farmers grow oranges, peaches, taro, ginger, black cardamom, carrots, bitter gourd, squash, mustard greens, sweet potato, avocados, pomelos, carrots, corn, turmeric, beetroots, and guavas amongst other fruit and vegetables.
Summer Darjeeling 2020
£6.95 – £31.00
A full-bodied Second Flush Darjeeling produced by a co-operative that grows tea at the abandoned tea farm at Dawai Pani, now better known as Mineral Spring and processed at the factory on Singell Estate. It is made from seed-grown Chinese bushes descended from the cultivars brought over to Darjeeling from Wuyi in the 1800s.
This year’s Summer Darjeeling is particularly aromatic and fruity, with a heady muscatel note typical of great second flush Darjeelings and a strawberry bubblegum juiciness. For the price this is one of our favourite black teas of the year – we’re very pleased to be able to offer a tea grown on small farms that easily competes with factory tea many times the cost.
Brew with water slightly cooled to 90°C and a teaspoon of tea per cup. This tea can be taken with or without milk, although if you take it with milk we would recommend using boiling water.
432 Small Farmers, Mineral Spring Tea Farm, Darjeeling Town, Darjeeling, India
SIZE OF FARMS
1.5-2 acres (average)
PLANTS AND PROCESSING
Camellia Sinensis Sinensis. Chinese descended seed grown cultivars. Batch EX47. Harvested Summer 2020.
90-95°C, 3-4g per cup, with or without milk. 3 infusions.