White Space, London, UK

The owners behind Jindea Gin, a new gin made using single estate Darjeeling tea, invited BlackLeaf Events along to make drinks at the brands London launch, held at White Space. Jindea is made with juniper, lemon, grapefruit, coriander, ginger, fennel, cardamom, cinnamon and angelica plus the key botanical of “first flush” Darjeeling. It is bottled at 40% ABV.

It has been created by bartender and cocktail specialist Matt Dakers with Adrian Gomes, who owns Aberdeen bars The Tippling House, Rye & Soda and Bos’n and Jack Rackham, commercial director of drinks distributor Emporia Brands.

The Darjeeling tea, which imparts aromas of muscatel grape and stone fruits, is sourced from the Goomtee Estate, a single-estate tea plantation in the Kurseong Valley. The first batch of the gin uses the 2016 harvest which means future bottlings may use tea with subtle variations detectable to connoisseurs.

It uses the first “flush” which is the first harvest in spring and produces the gentlest of black teas – known as the “champagne of teas”. Darjeeling is traditionally made with more intense flushes harvested later in the year.