First flush means first harvest, sometimes also spring harvest. It takes place between the end of February and the end of April. At this time, the plants have grey-green leaves with a characteristic spicy scent.
It’s not just about figuring out what period the tea comes from.
This label also defines the quality of the tea. Together with second flush, teas harvested during the first flush period are among the best that the current market has to offer.
Otherwise, this designation is mainly used for Darjeeling teas. These come from India, growing at the foot of the Himalayas.
They are one of the most highly prized black teas, which is why they are called “the champagne of teas”. They are very delicate. They are characterised by their tenderness, freshness, aroma and sweet taste. This is matched by their very high price.
Tea connoisseurs are especially fond of them.