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Young Mountain Tea Tea 1.5 oz ($0.50/cup) Organic Darjeeling Second Flush
Young Mountain Tea Tea 1 lb ($0.17/cup) Organic Darjeeling Second Flush
Young Mountain Tea Tea Organic Darjeeling Second Flush
Young Mountain Tea Tea 1.5 oz ($0.50/cup) Organic Darjeeling Second Flush
Young Mountain Tea Tea Organic Darjeeling Second Flush
Young Mountain Tea Tea 5 oz ($0.40/cup) Organic Darjeeling Second Flush
Young Mountain Tea Tea Organic Darjeeling Second Flush
Young Mountain Tea Tea Organic Darjeeling Second Flush

Young Mountain Tea

Organic Darjeeling Second Flush

$18.00 $15.30

Size:
1.5 oz ($0.53/cup)
5 oz ($0.40/cup)
1 lb ($0.21/cup)

Organic Darjeeling Second Flush | Premium Darjeeling Tea

Taste: Cacao nib & lemon peel

OriginDarjeeling, Northeastern Indian Himalayas

Tea Maker: Makaibari Estate

Infusion Suggestions:

Steep 1 0.5 Tbsp /2.5 g  |  8 oz  |  190° F  |  3 min

Steep 2  8 oz  |  195° F  |  3.5 min

Certifications: USDA Organic, Biodynamic Certified

Contains Caffeine

Darjeeling Second Flush is a full-bodied, well rounded tea with both light notes of lemon and dark cacao. Ours is made by the tea makers at the legendary Makaibari Estate, the world’s first certified biodynamic tea garden.

Tasting Notes  This tea brings a kaleidoscope of sweet, spicy, and citrus flavors into one cup.  Stronger than the First Flush that precedes this tea in the annual harvest calendar, it strikes a unique balance of a light black tea with body, strength, and smoothness. The initial strong notes of raw, powerful cacao nibs give way to a pleasantly bright, tart lemon peel. The finish returns to sweetness, but with a spicy kick that evokes cinnamon. Darjeeling gained its worldwide reputation with this tea, prompted largely by German demand in the 1970s. Lovers of heavily roasted Taiwanese oolongs will likely enjoy this tea.

Production: Darjeeling Second Flush Tea is picked just before the monsoons in June. The leaf develops a full body as the plant’s growth furiously accelerates under the hottest sun of the year. The first rains then trigger an explosion of all forms of life--flora and fauna alike--and the rapidly growing tea plants attract a small green fly called a thrip. As the thrips bite the tea leaves, the plants fight back by producing a host of compounds that create wonders in the cup. The tea pluckers are at their busiest during this window. They return to the same bushes every seven days. Without this vigilant attention, the prized youngest leaves that make the best Darjeeling Second Flush teas will become mature and flavorless.

Region: Running along Nepal’s eastern border, the mountainous area of Darjeeling is a confluence of varied ecologies and cultures. The region’s sharp ascent from the plains of West Bengal into the towering Himalayas creates the ideal conditions for tea to flourish. As rain clouds heavy with water from the Bay of Bengal collide into the mountains, the tea bushes receive intense bursts of rainfall followed by strong, unfiltered sunlight. These heavy rains are actually what gives the region its name; “Darjeeling” means “Land of the Rolling Thunder” in Tibetan. Recognizing the potential for high elevation specialty teas, Darjeeling tea makers have focused on quality since they began crafting teas there in the 1850s  and have built a tea tradition that fetches some of the highest prices in the world. Darjeeling is also a melting pot of South Asian ethnicities, home to Tibetans, Nepali, and Indians. Under colonialism, the mild mountain temperatures made Darjeeling a perfect retreat for British soldiers, which is why the town was originally built. Today, in the shadows of Mt. Everest and Mt. Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest peak, Darjeeling remains a destination for tea lovers and trekkers alike.  Read our blog about this region here.

Tea Makers: The Makaibari Estate has led the way in progressive ecological and social practices for decades. Under the leadership of Rajah Banerjee, Makaibari evolved from a famed tea garden into a center for agricultural innovation; in his tenure, the garden became the world’s first certified organic, first certified biodynamic, and first certified fair trade tea estate. The communities that live in the garden even own a small share of Makaibari. One such community member is Maya Devi, Darjeeling’s first female supervisor of tea pluckers. From her kitchen table, she proudly tells the story of her shattering through the glass ceiling. You can eat at her home as part of Darjeeling’s first homestay program where guests can stay with families of tea pluckers. 

Impact: Through biodynamic and permaculture farming practices, the ecological diversity of Makaibari makes it one of the healthiest and most resilient tea gardens in Darjeeling. The abundance of plant and animal species create healthy soils, disease resistance in plants, and a stratified root structure that retains water and minimizes landslides. Makaibari has raised the sustainability bar for many other tea estates in Darjeeling and beyond. 

Packaging: Our teas come in resealable standup pouches with strong moisture and oxygen barriers. All our pouches are made with at least 20% post-consumer recycled milk jugs and water bottles. They are infinitely reusable although not recyclable. They are essentially high-end resealable bags. After you have finished your tea, wash and reuse them to store your car snacks, carry your favorite trail-mix on a hike, or even store odds and ends such as art and craft supplies, batteries and toiletries.

Darjeeling tea garden tea plucker woman with lush green tea bushes beside her

(Read our Darjeeling blog: The Evolution of Darjeeling Tea)

Customer Reviews

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Fruit forward, complex tea - great brewed gong fu style.

Brewed ~ 8g of this tea in my 200 ml gaiwan, getting around 8 strong steeps. Lots of stone fruit aromas with a bit of caramel sweetness with a long tanic finish. Very nice tea and great value.

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R.S.

Delicious, organic, beautifully packaged tea, delivered quickly, with a handwritten thank-you note. A great company, doing worthy work!

J
J.
Perfect loose leaf tea

I look forward to ordering more. The Tea comes perfectly packaged and the leaves are just right! Not a lot of Tea dust (almost none) so perfect for every type of infuser. The Second Flush Darjeeling is my recommendation and Young Mountain Tea is who I will be recommending to order it from.

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T.
Best caffeinated tea

Ten of us were sampling and choosing our favorite Young Mountain Teas. First of all, we liked the way this tea looked, like a black tea should. We found it to be the most flavorful and a second pot was requested. Just a tiny bit of sweetener was added (people used either German rock sugar, white sugar, or artificial sweetener), to help bring out the flavor.

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
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(4)
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D
D.
Fruit forward, complex tea - great brewed gong fu style.

Brewed ~ 8g of this tea in my 200 ml gaiwan, getting around 8 strong steeps. Lots of stone fruit aromas with a bit of caramel sweetness with a long tanic finish. Very nice tea and great value.

R
R.S.

Delicious, organic, beautifully packaged tea, delivered quickly, with a handwritten thank-you note. A great company, doing worthy work!

J
J.
Perfect loose leaf tea

I look forward to ordering more. The Tea comes perfectly packaged and the leaves are just right! Not a lot of Tea dust (almost none) so perfect for every type of infuser. The Second Flush Darjeeling is my recommendation and Young Mountain Tea is who I will be recommending to order it from.

T
T.
Best caffeinated tea

Ten of us were sampling and choosing our favorite Young Mountain Teas. First of all, we liked the way this tea looked, like a black tea should. We found it to be the most flavorful and a second pot was requested. Just a tiny bit of sweetener was added (people used either German rock sugar, white sugar, or artificial sweetener), to help bring out the flavor.