The Orange Valley Tea garden is located directly above the district capital of Darjeeling City in Darjeeling District at 2,000m elevation. The tea garden boasts 100-year-old China tea trees that are highly mineral and lend the Golden Valley Darjeeling its intense character.
The fresh tea leaves of the spring first flush have a high moisture degree of 75% that evaporates during the strictly monitored withering process when air is blown between the leaves. The tea is machine-rolled to open up the leaves, expose the leaf juices, and thus facilitate fermentation. The tea is fermented for a relatively short time, under constant supervision to ensure the full development of the flavour bouquet, which is delicate and floral. In the last stage the tea is fully dried in an oven for 21 minutes and hand-packed into tea crates.
This tea is exclusively sourced from the above mentioned tea farm in Darjeeling, India. Sourced directly from the tea estate.