Orange Valley, Darjeeling, India
Orange Valley has really been knocking it out of the park.
First they blew us away with their extra tippy first flush, then now the autumnals are coming in strong to reset standards that have been lost in the region in previous years.
This is what it’s about, plenty of green in this SFTGFOP1 grade. First you sip to enjoy that dry, bright, muscatel profile but then as you put down your cup, a unique coating of warmed currants fills the palate. The afters is what you should – nay – must, chase as it competes with the best of pai mu dans, giving the Chinese a real run for their money.
Dry leaves: short and medium leaf, plenty of green tips
Liquor: light orange colour
Taste: muscatel, woody, bright, excellent juicy afters
Process: fully oxidised
Alternate brew methods