Ajit Madan, co-founder of Camellia’s Tea House in London and the UK's first certified ITEI Master Tea Sommelier, introduced the brand owners to ‘Exotic Thunder’, a first flush Darjeeling tea from Goomtee Estate, a single estate tea plantation in the serene Kurseong Valley, long-considered the 'grand cru' of Darjeeling. The high altitude and artisanal cultivation yields arguably one of the finest black teas in the world.
Darjeeling Tea is known for its gentle aromatic and floral qualities, imparting aromas of muscatel grape and stone fruits. Known as the 'Champagne of Teas', the picturesque artisan tea gardens of Darjeeling, at the foot of the Himalayas, produce less than 1% of India's total tea production, mostly from single estates and often organic and hand-plucked. Darjeeling is a black tea and produces four harvests throughout the year, known as 'flushes'. The first flush is the Spring picking (March/April) which produces the gentlest of black teas. This and the second flush are the most desirable.