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  • Writer's pictureFaye Bradley

Tea WG Launches Darjeeling First Flush Harvests

Known as one of the most prized teas in the world, the Darjeeling First Flush Tea is sourced during the first plucking of new leaves and buds from the onset of spring. The “King of Black Teas” is harvested from the region of Darjeeling and is rich in aroma and complex in flavour. It includes prominent notes of ripe fruit and nuts, in line with spring. Tea WG announced its arrival of the coveted 2020 Darjeeling First Flush Tea in the Haute Couture Tea Collection, bringing an enticing selection of estate loose leaf teas for active tea drinkers. We explore further what it means to be from the first flush harvests.

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Tea WG

Founded in Singapore, Tea WG is a luxury tea brand which celebrates the region’s expertise in trading teas, spices, and fine epicurean products since 1837. Tea WG stands for The Wellbeing Group and was founded by Taha Bouqdib, Maranda Barnes and Rith Aum-Stievenard in 2008, incorporating unique and original retail outlets, fine tea rooms, and an international distribution network. Boasting the largest collection of teas in the world from the most renowned estates, the brand is internationally recognised for being a true innovator of seasonal teas. Tea WG also offers a range of exquisite modern tea accessories and delicate tea-infused desserts and savouries. The brand has over 70 locations across the globe including London, Shanghai, Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Dubai, and more. Tea WG supplies the most luxury hotels in the world including Rosewood Hotel Group, InterContinental Hotels and Marriott.

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New Darjeeling Arrival: The champagne of teas

Flown in directly from the Himalayan Plateaus, Tea WG’s Darjeeling arrival is the king of black teas, with harvests from the celebrated region. Part of the Haute Couture Tea Collection, Tea WG invites tea enthusiasts o embark on a journey of the illustrious Darjeeling Tea plantation to reveal the secrets behind the finest Darjeeling Teas by Tea WG. Available from 1 August 2020, the 2020 Darjeeling First Flush Tea (HK$368) and a selection of single-estate loose leaf Darjeeling First Flush teas can be purchased in store. From 1 to 31 August 2020, purchase a 2020 Darjeeling First Flush Tea in the Haute Couture Tea Collection and enjoy a complimentary Disposable Cotton Tea Filter (retail price HK$38). Available while stocks last.

Try the Darjeeling First Flush Tea Appreciation Sessions, hosted by the Tea WG tea connoisseurs from 1 to 30 September 2020 (at IFC after 7pm), exclusively available for customers who have purchased the 2020 Darjeeling First Flush Tea.

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Darjeeling: King of Black Teas from The Land of Thunder

Tea WG has its own dedicated garden on the pristine Okayti estate. Here, they grow, process, and serve the finest fragrances and flavours of Darjeeling Tea. The region is high up in the foothills of the Himalayan mountain range in the northeast region of India. Darjeeling teas are from the Camellia Sinensis v. Sinensis plant which thrives in colder climates, lending a delicate complexity in flavour and giving it a refreshing infusion.

In spring, sunlight shines on the tea plants. Thus, in combination with the cold Himalayan air, this causes the dormant tea bushes to come to life and burst into their first spring harvest. It’s sought-after for its unique terroir, from the cold temperature to the distinctive soil and rainfall, yielding some of the most revered black teas in the world. Thus, the Darjeeling harvest account for only 20% of annual Darjeeling production, making it a rare, highly-prized find. Each tea leaf is carefully picked by hand, processed, and handcrafted using the most natural and artisan methods.

The result is a floral aroma with a unique peachy muscatel flavour, lending a magical journey for tea appreciates. Visit the Tea WG Origin stores to try the teas and see what the admiration is all about.

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TWG Tea Origin Stories

Tea WG has also launched a new film series, the TWG Tea Origin Stories. It features Darjeeling, The Land of Thunder. Explore the organic cultivation techniques, the craft behind fine hand harvesting and the secrets behind tea processing. Viewers can thus also see the Tea Garden at the Okayti estate through a 360 VR view.

Visit the TWG Tea website to order your Darjeeling First Flush or visit in-store at one of the branches in Hong Kong (or if you’re located somewhere else, find the closest store to you).

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Hong Kong locations:

Festival Walk. Tea WG Salon and Boutique, Unit LG2-11, Level LG2, Festival Walk, 80 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong +852 2725 6930

IFC. Tea WG Salon and Boutique, Shop 1022-3, Podium Level 1, IFC Mall, 1 Harbour View Street, Central, +852 2796 2828

Elements. Tea WG Boutique, Shop 1095, Level 1, Wood Zone, Elements, 1 Austin Road West, +852 2363 9683

New Town Plaza.

Tea WG Boutique, Shop 204A, Level 2, New Town Plaza, Phase I, Sha Tin, New Territories, +852 2619 9603


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