Surrounded by the majestic Himalayan range, the natural beauty of Darjeeling is overwhelming. Fondly referred to as ‘The Queen of Hills’, many have fallen in love with its breathtaking landscape and Tea.
Famously known as the Champagne of Teas, Darjeeling is known for its tea that is widely popular and appreciated across the globe. The tea estates in Darjeeling offer one of the best teas in the world. The tea grown in this region has a unique taste and color, thanks to its geography, soil and weather that’s so unique in itself!
Only the teas that are grown in the estates of Darjeeling are allowed to use the name. Made from the finest pick of two leaves and a bud to retain and enhance the mesmerizing flavor of Muscatel and the musky aroma, this tea is known for its superior and consistent quality. Not to miss, the distinctive aroma of the tea makes it stand out among its countless peers.
This tea is grown at an elevation of 750 meters to 2000 meters. Darjeeling tea accounts for less than one percent of world’s tea harvest but its charisma is infinite. This tea can be consumed with or without milk. It guarantees a strong unique taste in every sip. An interesting fact about estates producing tea in Darjeeling is that each of them is unique in terms of taste, color and aroma – the three key characteristics of tea. The taste varies from plantation to plantation. The Champagne of Teas – Darjeeling is graded based on its size and quality. They usually fall under four categories; they are whole leaf, broken leaf, fannings and dust. While the whole leaf is considered to be the best grade, dust tea is the lowest grade made from minute pieces of tea leaves and tea dust.
Darjeeling tea is traditionally known for its black tea. However, over the years, the region has become a production hub for white tea, oolong tea and green tea, among others.
'The key to appreciating Darjeeling is hidden in its steeping method'
So, here you go!
What you need:
- Water- Make sure it’s filtered sweet water. Do not use bottled water.
- Steeping Pot- It’s advisable that you do not use metallic pots or pans to steep. A ceramic pot or china is recommended.
- Tea Pot- Heat the teapot with boiling water before pouring the steeped tea in it. It helps to keep it hot for a longer time.
Tips to brew it the best way:
- It’s always recommended that you add hot water to the Darjeeling tea leaves and not the other way round.
- Do not pour boiling water to the tea leaves as it destroys the nutritional value of the tea.
- The steeped leaves can be used twice for infusion.
- Darjeeling should ideally be consumed without milk or sugar for its rich flavors and aroma to be intact.
- The unused leaves should be kept in an air tight container and kept in a cool dry place.
How to make Darjeeling Tea:
- Add a tea spoon of Darjeeling loose tea leaves in the steeping pot.
- Boil water, let it cool for a minute and pour over the tea leaves.
- Do not cover the teapot.
- Steep for around 2 to 3 minutes
Buy Darjeeling and pour yourself the finest cup of tea.