Do you know “How Darjeeling Tea to be produced”?(2)
After the leaves are plucked, next step is withering process.
Let the leaves dry with wind and stay over night for self-fermentation.
After over night, leaves are changed to brown color.
However there are many of still green leaves.
Many of these green leaves are hard, over grown leaves.
Even the leaf size is small, if the leaf is hard, the leaf can not be used.
So these hard leaves need to be removed one by one by hand after wither process.
(Hard leaves can not be defined before withering process)
This is very important process for keeping high quality tea.
But this is very bothersome and time consuming process.
So good quality gardens always do this process seriously. But not so good garden will take this roughly.
This process would make the gap in quality among the Darjeeling tea gardens.