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What is the difference between second flush tea and English Breakfast tea?

What is the difference between second flush tea and English Breakfast tea?

The term "tea flush" is a reference to the various seasons in which tea grows in Darjeeling, the state in West Bengal, India, that is famous for the mighty leaf. 

Every year, there are three primary tea flushes. The first happens between mid-March and May, the second between June and mid-August and the third (also referred to as the autumn flush) between October and November. There are also two "in between" flushes, which occur between the first and second, and between the second and third flushes. 

Let’s take a look at what's special about the second flush and how it differs from regular English Breakfast tea. 

Richer colour 

When you compare second flush Darjeeling tea with first flush Darjeeling tea or English Breakfast tea, the first thing you'll notice is that it is darker in colour. By June, the blooms develop a glorious, purple-red colour that gives the leaves their richness. When brewed and poured into a cup, the tea has a lovely, amber shade. 

Stronger, fuller flavour 

The second appealing aspect of second flush Darjeeling becomes evident when you start sampling. Line it up against English Breakfast and the second flush's stronger, fuller flavour becomes clear immediately. 

It is distinctively fruity, with one of the most common notes being muscatel grape. This arises because, by June, the tea plant has been visited by insects, which imbibe liquids. In fact, some drinkers say that second flush tastes a bit like wine. 

In addition, there can be layers of musk, spice and smoke. Various growers emphasise these flavours to various degrees. So, where one Darjeeling tea might be dominated by muscatel grape, another will be more focused on spice. This means that drinking second flush is always an adventure - there are so many flavour profiles to try. There's no doubt that it offers more variety and interest than your typical English Breakfast. 

More delicate 

Despite being strong in colour and more flavoursome, second flush is unmistakably delicate. Don't expect to be battered over the head with its flavour, but to discover each note slowly. In that way, the comparison to a fine wine makes a lot of sense.

If you want to experience the stronger, fuller flavour of Darjeeling tea, or find out more about it, contact us at the Tea Campaign today.




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