One of the most popularly sold and consumed beverages in the world is Darjeeling Tea. Probably the main reason as to why Darjeeling is so popular. Currently, there are about 87 tea estates in Darjeeling, supplying tea across the world. Each tea estate in Darjeeling has its own signature taste and label, which sets them apart from the others. Darjeeling Tea is available for purchase in all the grocery stores and tea houses found in India. Due to the rising demand for Darjeeling Tea, few establishments have taken the initiative to sell tea online. Consequently, many people buy their tea online or want tea delivered at their doorstep.
- Origin of Darjeeling Tea
- Types of Darjeeling Tea
- Seasons for Darjeeling Tea
- Where do we get our tea from?
- Darjeeling Tea Direct products
Origin of Darjeeling Tea
The origin of Darjeeling tea takes us back earlier than 1835 when Dr. Archibald Campbell first introduced tea in Darjeeling. He established the Beechwood Tea Estate in 1841, at Darjeeling. This was the first tea estate to be established in the district. The weather conditions in Darjeeling were perfect for tea plantation. But a mystery still baffles the most brilliant of mind as to why Darjeeling tea is so exotic in taste. By the year 1846, there were a lot of tea estates established in Darjeeling district. The rest is history. Currently, Darjeeling produces 10,000 tons of tea products each year and a portion of it is exported abroad.
Types of Darjeeling Tea
There are basically 4 types of Darjeeling Tea produced annually by the 87 tea estates. Each type has a distinct flavor and aroma, and anyone will be able to differentiate between them. Out of these, black tea is the most popular and is widely preferred by tea connoisseurs worldwide. It is also the most widely sold Darjeeling Tea in India. Darjeeling tea estates also produce Green tea, White tea, and Oolong tea.
- Black Tea- Darjeeling Black tea offers a variety of health benefits. It contains antioxidants and compounds that can help reduce inflammation in the body. The major benefits of this tea include- improved digestive system, good heart health, reduce cholesterol and lowers stress level.
- Green Tea- The Darjeeling Green tea is one of the healthiest beverages and is considered to be an “anti-aging beverage”. It is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that are great for your mind and body. It boosts the immune system, lowers blood pressure and bad cholesterol.
- White Tea- The Darjeeling White Tea has antioxidant and anti-aging properties. It helps in maintaining good health and wrinkle-free skin by impeding UV rays. Its antibacterial properties protect the body from various infection-causing bacteria. Intake of white tea also helps in healthy weight loss by burning fat.
- Oolong Tea- The Darjeeling Oolong tea attributes its benefits to the antioxidant called polyphenols. These compounds help to prevent grave diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart disease. They also aid in weight loss and helps in fighting obesity. Oolong tea is also known for improving skin health.
Seasons for Darjeeling Tea
There are mainly 3 seasons when the tea is harvested in Darjeeling, Spring, Summer, Monsoon, and Autumn seasons. Also known as First Flush, Second Flush, Monsoon Flush, and Autumnal Flush respectively. Quite rightly, the taste and the texture of the brew differs based on the seasons they were plucked and processed in.
The most preferred tea is the First Flush that is the Spring harvest. It is harvested in mid-March and lasts through April. The tea leaves are light green in color and the tea has a gentle, light color aromatic acetic flavor.
Then the Summer Flush or the Second Flush. The harvesting is done through the months of May and June. This period brings out the popular ‘muscatel flavor’ in the tea. It has a mature and mellow brew. The color of the infusion becomes purplish.
Produced between July and September, the Monsoon Flush is darker bolder and stronger. It is commonly used as iced tea, masala tea, breakfast tea, and commercial tea bags.
Autumnal Flush tea is harvested during the months of October and November. It brews a concoction that imparts a delicate, silvery gentle coppery glow , with less spicy tones. It has a mixture of green tea leaves with that of a blackish or brown color.
Where do we get our tea from?
We have conducted surveys and researches for over a decade to determine which tea estates produce the best Darjeeling tea. And we are proud to say that we get the tea directly from the below-mentioned tea gardens. Out of the 87 tea estates producing tea, we have carefully selected and linked up with the following establishments:
- Arya Tea Estate
- Giddapahar Tea Estate
- Avongrove Tea Estate
- Risheehat Tea Estate
- Puttabong Tea Estate
- Turzum Tea Estate
- Glenburn Tea Estate
- Goomtee Tea Estate
We are the locals of Darjeeling and we have our main procurement center located in Darjeeling. Our IT cell is located in Kalimpong, while the business head office is in Pedong.