Darjeeling Special Spring Clonal Black Tea


Of the SFTGFOP1 grade, this is a high quality tea. The raw mango character of this season’s tea are prominent with a pleasant hint of plum. Choose this tea if you want to understand what the fuss about a Darjeeling first flush is all about.

the experience



Sweet, floral and lemony, with a subtle hint of jasmine


Light gold


The liquor starts on a citrusy note with a lot of brightness in the middle. A brisk note of aromatic white flowers is prominent throughout, but more noticeably in the middle and the back. Towards the end, you notice a vibrant citrusy note similar to orange rind, which rounds out hints of jasmine flavors and ends as a pleasant aftertaste


Salad, vanilla cake, waffles, scones and macaroons

dry leaf


Sweet raisins, creamy, wood, toasted nuts


Mix of well-rolled, long blackish-green with brown leaves and plenty of silver buds



A mellow note of cooked greens, with a burst of lemon


Pale greenish-coppery leaves

steeping notes

cold filtered O2 Rich Water


Tea Leaves



180 fl oz

85-80 oF

3.0 tsp / 2.5 g

5 mins

Recommended number of steeps - one


Drink Plain




12 Reviews


  • Freshness 8
  • Smooth Body 7
  • Great Aroma 7
  • Unique Flavor Profile 7
  • High Quality 5


  • Bitter if Over-Steeped 1
  • No Flavor 0
  • Strong 0
  • Weak 0

Best Served

  • Anytime 6
  • Afternoon 4
  • Evening 1
  • Morning 1
  • Dessert Tea 0


June 18, 2015


Likes : Freshness.

Best Served : Anytime.

What a terrific tea. I don't usually prefer to drink black teas plain, but I have no problems with this one. The flavor contains subtle citrus notes that I thoroughly enjoy. It is easily one of the black teas I have ever had. It stills tastes good after 3 brews so you know that you can get your money's worth. I am running low on it already and I am already contemplating purchasing a new supply! A must try for any tea lover!


May 21, 2015

needs to be treated well

Likes : Freshness, Smooth Body.

Dislikes : Bitter if Over-Steeped.

Best Served : Afternoon.

This tea has a wonderful flavour but needs to be treated with care. It has a wonderful scent but can be a little bitter if over steeped. I received it as a free sample and would order something else for the same price, but I am very glad to have tried it.


March 31, 2015

a light refreshing black tea

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma.

Best Served : Afternoon, Evening.

Great packaging that keeps it fresh. The aroma is nice when you do open the package and Teabox sends a zip lock, opaque bag for you to store each tea in after you open. This was a little weaker than I expected, but that was easily fix by adding another teaspoon to the cup. Great flavor!


March 6, 2015

Great tea

Likes : Great Aroma, Unique Flavor Profile.

This is a nice blend, even its appearance is pleasant with silvery buds mixed in with the regular black and green leaves. The aroma is unique, strong, more spicy and woody, with a nice level of astringency.


Feb. 25, 2015

Unusual spring flush

Likes : Great Aroma, Smooth Body, Unique Flavor Profile.

Best Served : Anytime.

I am AMAZED! Seriously, all blends from Teabox I have tasted are great, but this one is outstanding. Full floral aroma, rich taste slightly sweet and subtle astringent, leaving delicate balmy aftertaste, for a loooong time.


Feb. 21, 2015

Mild, warming and invigorating

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, Smooth Body, High Quality.

Best Served : Morning, Afternoon.

This tea was a perfect treat after a cold morning outside. It has a mild soothing mouth feel, invigorating slightly astringent taste and a light floral aroma


Dec. 29, 2014

Definitely Outstanding

Likes : Freshness, Smooth Body, High Quality, Unique Flavor Profile.

Best Served : Anytime.

Refined and exquisite flavour. This is what a first flush should be all about. Smooth, clear flavour. When I am not drinking it, I find myself thinking of it, craving it. I did find that sometimes if I didn't have enough leaves, it just wasn't strong enough. However, I do like my teas to have punch and I do usually make a strong brew.


Oct. 8, 2014

The Essence of Darjeeling

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, Smooth Body.

Best Served : Anytime.

This is finally my dream of a true Darjeeling tea come true.

John Kramer

Sept. 5, 2014

Exceptional Value

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, Smooth Body, High Quality, Unique Flavor Profile.

Best Served : Anytime.

The tea is light, not too astringent, just perfectly so, with a slight note halfway between fruity and honeyed, followed by a bit of grit in the finish. Nice syrupy mouthfeel. I did a shootout between this tea, a similarly-priced competitor, and a more expensive single-estate competitor, and this Teabox blend won hands-down. I later tried it at 6.7oz of water per teaspoon of tea, 2 minute steep time, and it was just as great as it was at 8oz/3 minutes, and even had a faint taste of sweet roses. I honestly cannot believe how cheap this Darjeeling blend is too. It's a great buy.


April 11, 2014

Lovely blend

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, Smooth Body, High Quality, Unique Flavor Profile.

This tea could easy have been a single estate tea, there were all of the qualities I have come to expect from a single estate. Lovely leaf, fruity and sweet, with a sparkle of astringency.


March 31, 2014

A beautiful iced tea

Likes : High Quality, Unique Flavor Profile.

Best Served : Afternoon.

Having bought this tea to try out your blends, I was pleasantly surprised. First appearance was a very nice leaf quality. Slightly aromatic but pleasantly so. It brewed a nice cup of tea with fruity notes outweighing the floral. All in all it was a nice cup. I tried it iced, just today, and it really shined. The flavor brightened considerably and was truly delicious. I would say this tea is an excellent value.


Feb. 24, 2014

I prefer my tea in afternoons and it works well

Likes : Unique Flavor Profile.

Best Served : Anytime.

It has a slight fruity flavour but definitely not overwhelming. I love the balance.

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