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Discover Darjeeling Tea From India

Updated on January 9, 2017
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Uday works as a naturalist and birding guide in India. His love for wildlife and nature encourages him to blog and write articles.

Darjeeling Leaf Photo

Darjeeling CTC Leaf & Hot Tea
Darjeeling CTC Leaf & Hot Tea | Source

Darjeeling Tea Leaf

The tea plant is cultivated in the estates of Darjeeling District of West Bengal in India. Unlike other tea trees this one is cultivated at height on the hill slopes. In case of Assam and Nilgiri leaf the cultivation takes place in the plains.

Premium Certified Darjeeling Leaf because of its unique taste and flavor is the most prized in the world, especially in the English tea rooms. The aroma of the hot beverage made from this leaf is subtle, the taste sweet and muscatel. In short the aroma and flavor of the leaf is unique and unmatched by any.

The tea leaf comes in many varieties depending upon the seasonal flush. The product also varies depending upon altitude, soil and climate of the gardens it has been cultivated in. The seasonal flush plays a significant role in grading and quality. The plucking also adds to these features depending upon the number of leaves and buds.

The blended leaves are in demand in many countries and sold as brands. This variety is not sold to consumers in loose form.

The seeds are of Chinese and not Assam variety. Hence it is the Chinese leaf grown in India. Tea plantation began as experiment whence an Englishmen a civil servant began to plant them in this hill resort. On transfer from Nepal, Arthur Campbell a civil surgeon of Indian Medical Service by profession brought varieties of Chinese tea tree seeds with him. The leaves of this variety are smaller than the Assam variety. The plantation was a big success and in a period of time many gardens sprung up to produce the wonderful beverage.

Waghbakri Tea

Tea gift Baskets

Gift Wrap
Gift Wrap | Source
Combo Pack
Combo Pack | Source

Darjeeling Tea in Photos

Darjeeling Tea Bags
Darjeeling Tea Bags | Source
Darjeeling Green Tea
Darjeeling Green Tea | Source
Darjeeling Black Tea
Darjeeling Black Tea | Source

More Information

Darjeeling Tea is basically black leaf type but it comes in premium green variety as well. Popularity of green varieties from these estates are on rise, apparently due to their health benefits. The taste is unique, no doubt. During the brewing process aroma fills the whole room to enliven the party. The leaf is often blended with premium black varieties in order to bring the cost down.

Organic Variety

Organic Darjeeling leaves are also available in India. These are for greater health conscious people. These leaves are expensive. The plants are grown in conditions devoid of fertilisers, pesticides and other chemicals. Instead of chemical manure, organic manure is used. Traditional oils and herbs are used to ward off pests.

Oolong and White varieties are also cultivated in some gardens of Darjeeling District. These are rare produce that began whence the English initiated tea plantation in the district.

Darjeeling Tea as Gift - Relationship Builder

Many companies in India sell the finest organic Darjeeling teas from the best gardens. These are sold in bags and cartons, a recent introduction has been the gift wrap. These companies produce beautiful gift packing of finest blends including this prize leaf.

The exotic packing and high quality certified blends are unique. These are ideal as gifts. Not only connoisseurs even non tea drinkers are highly impressed with the gift baskets. This is one sure way of making friends strengthening relationships and making way into people's heart.

The gifts are all occasion items and can be sent even on small events to friends, family and business connects. Most of the online store ship the gift items directly to the recipients.

Fabulous Tea & Other Benefits

The State of West Bengal also benefits from tourism at Darjeeling. Most tourists arrive here on the toy train going over picturesque mountain settings. The tea estates here attract thousands of tourists to experience the cultivation and fresh taste of this wonderful beverage.

Tea Garden in Darjeeling District WB India

Tea Garden - Darjeeling District West Bengal in India
Tea Garden - Darjeeling District West Bengal in India | Source

Tea Video

Leaf & Bud

Leaf & Bud of Tea Plant
Leaf & Bud of Tea Plant | Source

Darjeeling Tea Variety

Both black and green variety are grown at Darjeeling Estates. The black variety is more prominent and popular. This tea cannot be cultivated anywhere except in some gardens of the district, as in the case of Champagne. Thus Darjeeling tea is referred to as the Champagne of teas.

India's top recreational houses sell the best Darjeeling tea bags and packets. They export the leaf all over the World.

Darjeeling leaf comes in wide variety and grades. Some of the popular one's are black, oolong, organic green and regular green tea leaf. These varieties are certified in terms of purity by the Tea Board of India.

The production is as follows:

Monsoon flush

1st Flush

Autumn Flush

In between

2nd Flush

These leaves are further graded before being sold in the market or exported. The spring and summer slush is most preferred by the connoisseurs.This harvest fetches more price in the International Market.

Tea brands

Aromatic Tea

Aromatic Darjeeling Beverage
Aromatic Darjeeling Beverage | Source

Refreshing Darjeeling Green Tea

Refreshing Darjeeling Green Tea
Refreshing Darjeeling Green Tea | Source

Tea Board of India

The Tea Board of India certifies Darjeeling teas based on a set criteria. Only those cultivated in notified regions are certified as true Indian Darjeeling leaf before being sold.

The Board is a Government Body created in order to promote the cultivation and export of the leaf from India. The certifications offered by the board is a way of assuring the authenticity of leaves produced in the country.

Darjeeling tea recipe

Tea Cup Image

Tea Cup Photo
Tea Cup Photo | Source

How to Buy Darjeeling Tea?

The Darjeeling tea gifts and cartons are available on company websites. These websites have a shopping cart that sells variety of products. Once the purchasing is done the company ships the products directly to your home address.

The blends are also available at shopping malls and retail stores of repute. While buying the packet one should read about the certification of its purity. The hot beverage is not available at local chai tea stalls because of the pricing. The brew can be availed at five star hotels and tea lounges in India.

The famous Darjeeling tea is much preferred by connoisseurs who are the major buyers. The aroma and taste is what makes this beverage priceless. The blended products can be stored for to be used on special occasions.

Hot Brew

Hot Tea Brew in Cup
Hot Tea Brew in Cup | Source

Tea Shop

Tea Shop in N.E. India
Tea Shop in N.E. India | Source

About Darjeeling District of West Bengal

Situated at a height of more than 6700 MSL Darjeeling is known for its fantastic tea and the World heritage train that ferries passengers uphill. The destination is situated in Mahabharat Hill ranges and is popular among the tourists.

The unique topography and soil type is shaped by the Lesser Himalayan Ranges. The destination is rich in biodiversity and hence home to many rare and endangered animals like the red panda besides many small mammals.

Darjeeling tea is produced in many estates of this district. The leaf is grown for home consumption as well as for exports. Many fine blends of this leaf are available in the market.

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      solarshingles 9 years ago from london

      I do like the taste of Darjeeling tea. It's really special taste and quality should not be spoiled by adding sugar or milk (just my preference with Darjeeling tea).

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      pjdscott 9 years ago from Durham, UK

      Darjeeling is wonderful tea; personally I prefer if it is not brewed for too long. A very interesting hub.

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      Organic Tea 8 years ago

      This is a very interesting Hub. Personally, I have always Darjelling Tea when I am sick, but I like some of the ones you presented.

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      Green Tea 8 years ago

      "Its "flavor notes" stay in a constant, predictable and lovely rhythm that never changes."

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      thespicehut-alex 5 years ago from Bellingham

      An interesting piece of trivia to note is that Darjeeling tea is so popular that it is often counterfeited by unscrupulous business peoples and passed off as legitimate Darjeeling grown.

      The Tea Board of India has been working against this since the 1950's but the problem still remains.

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      Hoa Xuan Nguyen Thi 4 years ago from Hanoi, Vietnam

      I like tea that goes well with milk. I live in Vietnam however where only green tea is easily available and that certainly does not go well with milk! Black tea is available but it is more expensive than even in the highest cost economies of Europe.

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      Uday Patel 4 years ago from Jabalpur, MP, India

      That's a surprise in India black tea is quite economical . Why not import from India? Thanks for the comment.

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      vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

      I love Darjeeling black tea! It's good to know it's available in organic varieties, too. Thanks for sharing.

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      Uday Patel 2 years ago from Jabalpur, MP, India

      Yes Darjeeling Leaf is available as organic leaf as well.

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