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Upper Namring Exotic Spring Black Tea

Upper Namring Exotic Spring Black Tea

$16.99
1.8 oz 20 cups
Castleton Exotic Summer Muscatel Black Tea

Castleton Exotic Summer Muscatel Black Tea

$26.99
3.5 oz 40 cups
Selim Hill Classic Spring Green

Selim Hill Classic Spring Green

$9.99
3.5 oz 40 cups
Jungpana Special Spring Oolong Tea

Jungpana Special Spring Oolong Tea

$16.00
1.8 oz 20 cups
Margaret's Hope Classic Spring Black Tea

Margaret's Hope Classic Spring Black Tea

$14.99
3.5 oz 40 cups
Mim Classic Spring Oolong Tea

Mim Classic Spring Oolong Tea

$15.99
1.8 oz 20 cups
Singbulli Special Summer Oolong Tea

Singbulli Special Summer Oolong Tea

$13.99
1.8 oz 20 cups
Samabeong Special Spring Black Tea

Samabeong Special Spring Black Tea

$13.99
1.8 oz 20 cups
Mim Special Summer Oolong Tea

Mim Special Summer Oolong Tea

$14.99
1.8 oz 20 cups

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Darjeeling Tea: Origin

 

Darjeeling, a town steeped in history, and set against the backdrop of the Himalayas, produces teas that enthrall both tea connoisseurs and casual enthusiasts alike. Darjeeling produces all tea varieties - blackoolonggreen, and white - including the prized and famed Silver needle tea and Orange Pekoe tea.

 

Arthur Campbell is the man credited with introducing Darjeeling to tea in 1841. Tea nurseries were established around 1847 and the Darjeeling Tea Company came up in 1856.

Most tea gardens in Darjeeling are legacy gardens, being home to tea plants that are more than 100 years old. Quite a lot of them also produce Darjeeling organic teas. Incidentally, Darjeeling tea was the first product from India to receive the GI tag. Indeed, this tea has become part of the country’s identity.

 

First Flush, Second Flush, and Autumn teas

 

There are three main harvest seasons in Darjeeling—springsummer, and autumn - the first, second, and the autumn flushes respectively. Spring or the Darjeeling first flush is the one that everyone looks forward to, coming as it does after a long winter of rest and restoration. The season runs between mid Feb all the way to end of April. The teas from this season have a complex flavor profile. They are fresh,  minimally processed, and taste floral and fruity.

The summer season follows soon after, going all the way to mid June. This is the peak tea season in both Darjeeling and Assam. And it’s time for the best Darjeeling black teas. It is in summer that Darjeeling produces the specialty muscatelsloose leaf teas produced in small volumes, heralded as the ‘champagne’ of teas, and that draw many a connoisseur. The name comes from the muscat grapes, flavors of which are found in these teas.

 

Autumn, the last main harvest season of the year, brings out the more refined of the Darjeeling teas, understated but interesting with a woody/musky quality to them.



What to expect from a Darjeeling tea?

 

Traditionally, Darjeeling black tea is the most preferred and popular but today, its estates, numbering over 90 and covering over 17,500 hectares, produce greens, whites, and oolongs of equally good quality as well. The best Darjeeling teas are produced at an elevation of 2500-5000 feet, where the air is cold, rainfall is ample, the sun is temperate and the soil is sandy-loamy.

 

Darjeeling is home to both the traditional chinary plants as well as some novel clones. No matter what type of tea plant, Darjeeling teas are all immensely fragrant, perfumy, and with an enveloping quality to them. They are not overwhelming or imposing but delicate and sweet smelling.

 

When you buy Darjeeling teas, you’re choosing one of the world’s best teas, one that carries its history easily, and is quite simply a classic.