“If you are cold, tea will warm you;
if you are too heated, it will cool you;
If you are depressed, it will cheer you;
If you are excited, it will calm you.”
William Ewart Gladstone
Darjeeling tea – which is one of the finest teas in the world fascinates us. Darjeeling tea is grown only at the foothills of the Himalayas in Darjeeling, India (3200 ft above sea level) and cannot be grown, manufactured or replicated anywhere else in the world. The unique agro-climatic condition of the region contributes to its distinctive muscatel flavour and aroma.The rare and coveted Organic (chemical free) Darjeeling tea, which is an art, is handpicked and carefully crafted primarily by women.
Did you know, according to the official sources, each year, around 10 million kg of teas are grown in 87 tea gardens spread over 17,500 hectares of land but over 40 million Kg teas are sold worldwide as Darjeeling.
Darjeeling is a magical and mystical hilly-town in the Indian state of West Bengal. Surrounded by the Himalayas,it is located at an elevation of 6,700 ft overlooking Mt. Kanchenjunga (world’s third-highest mountain) and is fondly called the ‘Queen of Hills’. Darjeeling got its name from Tibetan words Dorje-ling (Dorje meaning Thunderbolt and ling meaning Land) or ‘Land of Thunderbolt’.
Its world famous Tea, Toy train,(UNESCO’s World Heritage site) and spectacular Trekking tracks make Darjeeling an incredible experience.
The flavor and taste of Darjeeling teas are defined as per harvesting season. Darjeeling has four seasons as per climate of tea.
First Flush (or Spring Flush)
Another romantic name for First Flush is Lover’s Blush. The time frame of First Flush is mid-March to April. Teas of this time frame have highest demand and price tag than the teas of other seasons.
The First Flush teas are harvested following the spring rain. The color of the leaves is light green. The taste and aroma of the First Flush tea are gentle, light and mild astringency.
Second Flush (or Summer Flush)
Second Flush starts from the month of May to June. It’s also referred as Summer Flush. Teas of this period are full-bodied and muscatel flavored and provide an amber color.
Best White Tea brands from Darjeeling
Most of the famous tea gardens of Darjeeling manufacture White Tea. Normally unfurled bud along with two tender leaves are selected and handpicked to make silver needle white tea.Rare and Best white tea brands have high antioxidants and lots of medicinal properties. Regular use of white tea can give you many health benefits. White tea helps weight loss, works as a detox tea for body cleansing. It has anti-aging properties and is good for skin health.