Every once in awhile a tea comes along that defies expectations and redefines what a tea can be. A tea that seizes the senses and engulfs both the body and soul in a state of pure bliss and amazement. These types of extraordinary teas are the result of many decades of hard work on the part of those who cultivate and process them. The hard work of those who pass their craft down from generation to generation. Moonda Kotee Estate Darjeeling Autumn harvest is one such tea.
Known as the champagne of tea, Darjeeling is revered around the world and is famous for its ideal balance between light topnotes and a full, robust body. Single origin Darjeelings, that is to say Darjeelings that are produced and sold specifically by single tea estates that do not blend their teas with teas grown elsewhere, are particularly sought after by tea drinkers around the world.
Located in West Bengal, India, Camellia Sinensis (the tea plant) has been cultivated in the Darjeeling region since tea spread from China to India centuries ago. Since its arrival in the subcontinent, it has evolved and adapted alongside tea growing and processing methods to fit the environment of the Darjeeling region. The teas from this exclusive region are processed into multiple forms including green teas, white teas and oolongs, but the most popular by far coming from the region is the Darjeeling black tea, which also happens to be what the Moonda Kotee Estate is best known for.
This particular tea from Moonda Kotee Estate exhibits spiced top notes resembling a traditional Indian Masala Chai which is supported by an extraordinarily smooth mouthfeel and body. The flavour characteristics make it an ideal choice for cold weather hikes, fall outings, and relaxing on the afternoon of a busy workday.
The Autumnal harvest black tea offered by the Moonda Kotee Estate is cherished around the world for its thick bodied sweetness balanced by spiced under notes. It’s smooth character and robust body makes it a perfect choice to give away to first time tea drinkers to get them into the hobby while it’s complexity of flavour and aroma can be enjoyed by even the most seasoned tea drinker.