Known as the Champagne of Teas, Darjeeling tea is exquisite and unique.
Considered one of the most prestigious teas around the world, not only does it delight you with different flavours and distinctive fragrances, it also brings astonishing health benefits for you and your family.
To find out where this tea comes from, take your seat and let’s go up… up… up…
This great tea is grown, produced and manufactured in the hilly areas of Darjeeling district in India, where it enjoys the perfect conditions to grow and become the finest of all teas.
Most Darjeeling gardens are located at an elevation of 750-2000m in the Himalayan Mountains, receiving enough moist, intermittent rainfall and sunshine, which contribute highly to the peculiar character of Darjeeling teas.
Unlike most Indian teas that originate from the large-leaved Assam plant, Camellia Sinensis var. assamica, Darjeeling tea is made from the upper leaves of the small-leaved Chinese variety Camellia Sinensis var. Sinensis.
The Darjeeling adventure started in 1841 when a civil surgeon in the Indian Medical Services by the name of Dr. Campbell brought black tea seeds from China and decided to plant them in his backyard at Beechwood, in the Darjeeling region.
The wonderful quality of this tea quickly caught the attention of the government, setting up tea nurseries in this area in 1847. Darjeeling quickly made it to the British market and was sold for very high prices. It had the quality and care to compete with the best Chinese teas.
Nowadays, Darjeeling tea is produced in 87 tea gardens, on a total area of 17,500 hectares. The majority of the production is destined to foreign markets due to its high price and quality.
This tea is exported either as a blend of leaves from many gardens and sold simply under the label of Darjeeling, or as single packets marked with the tea garden of origin, the grade and precise picking dates. Only the rarest and purest of harvests are packaged in this fashion.
Being extremely cherished around the world, unfortunately, this also means that there are many fake Darjeelings out there.
A clear sign that fake teas are being sold is that the annual production of only 10 million kg is greatly below the enormous amount of this fragrant tea available on the market.
To avoid this, the Tea Board of India placed the Darjeeling Logo on each tea packet, meaning it contains 100% pure Darjeeling.
So next time you plan to buy Darjeeling, search for the logo to make sure it is not a fake.
Darjeeling tea exquisiteness is given by the different seasons in which it is harvested. Each flush offers this nutritious and healthy tea, unique characteristics that enchant tea lovers worldwide.
For you to enjoy this healthy nectar, tea leaves have to undergo several stages to make them unique. Let’s have a look at the steps of processing tea:
This processing method is relevant for the Darjeeling black tea variety; other varieties undergo slightly different processing methods.
The leaves are then graded into the following four basic groups:
This grade terminology helps to describe the tea leaves and their quality inside each group. Whole leaf is regarded as the group with the highest qualities.
Try this wonderful tea now!
It’s time to savour your tea and enjoy its amazing health benefits. In order to do that, it’s important to learn how to brew Darjeeling tea.
Let’s head to the kitchen and allow the magic to flow.
Here’s a tip: Drink it simple, this way you can savour its fruity taste and enjoy all the powerful health benefits. Do not sweeten or add lemon or milk to it until you have tried it this way.
These instructions are best suited for Darjeeling black tea, the most common variety of this tea.
Have a look and discover this and other amazing varieties of this tea and see how they can help you fight the onset of ailments and stay healthy!
This tea is a healthy nutritious beverage with small amounts of vitamins and minerals. Whether you want to prevent influenza symptoms, lose body fat or increase muscle mass, Darjeeling may just be your right tea!
”In the Taste of a single cup of tea you will eventually discover the truth of all the ten thousand forms in the universe.”
- Attributed to Kyongbong Sunim, Ch'an (Zen) Master
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