The Best Darjeeling Tea
Darjeeling tea is grown on the southern slopes of the Himalayan Mountains in the region of Darjeeling in India. It is cultivated at extreme altitudes, on steep slopes, under intensive sunshine in a generally cool climate.
Darjeeling tea has a distinct and unique flavor. Its annual harvest is limited, and its taste and aroma cannot be replicated anywhere else.
Because it is so special, it is much sought after by tea connoisseurs. Boston Tea Campaign now makes The Best Pure Darjeeling Tea affordable for you.
Darjeeling - Queen of the Himalayas
"The one land that all men desire to see, and having seen once by even a glimpse would not give that glimpse for the shows of the rest of the world combined.“
The name “Darjeeling” (also spelled Darjiling) comes from the Tibetan words, “dorje” meaning thunderbolt (originally the scepter of Indra) and “ling” a place or land, hence “the land of the thunderbolt.”
Darjeeling borders Bhutan and Nepal and is situated in the northern region of the West Bengal state in northeastern India. The district’s capital is also named Darjeeling and situated on a long, narrow mountain ridge of the Sikkim Himalayas.
Darjeeling is famous for its tea, which is often referred to as “the champagne of teas.” Tea has been a cash crop since 1856 and today is being cultivated in 87 tea gardens or estates.
Darjeeling known for the spectacular views it offers on the Himalayas, earned it the title “Queen of the Himalayas.” On a clear day from Observatory Hill one can see the whole Himalaya mountain range and Tiger Hill which offers a view on the majestic Kanchenjunga (8.598m).
I like my tea light and flowery…
You should try our First Flush! First Flush Darjeeling comes from the first harvest after winter. It is a black tea with a lot of silvery tips, and a light and flowery flavor.
I like my tea with a bit more body…
Enjoy the amber-golden color and the mellow taste of our Second Flush! Its leaves are plucked during the second harvest in Darjeeling, from June till mid-July. As the intensity of the sun gets stronger during the summer, so does the flavor of this black tea.
I like black tea, but I’ve never tasted Darjeeling Tea before…
Why don’t you try our Selected Darjeeling? Darjeelig Selected tea is carefully chosen from different harvests. Its flavor is similar to First Flush, but its liquor is darker.
I like Green Tea!
Great that you know what you want -- and we have good news for you: we also offer Green Darjeeling Tea! Our long-time customers rave about its taste: mild and refreshing, with a flavorful edge of tannin. (And, of course, with the special health benefits of organic green tea.)
I want to try something exclusive…
For tea connoisseurs, we have something special: Darjeeling Garden Tea! Also known as Single Estate Tea, a tea of this designation is not a blend from different tea gardens, but comes from one of the more exclusive tea gardens among the 87 tea gardens in Darjeeling. Under the category of Garden Tea, we may offer First Flush as well as Second Flush teas, depending on availability
Whether First Flush, Second Flush or Green - our Darjeeling is a top-quality tea. In our silver package with the green label, you find the result of the most careful selection and the most stringent quality controls. Now it's up to you to allow the "champagne among teas" to achieve its peak flavor.
Always keep tea in a well-sealed container and away from sunlight. If you store it in our silver bag, an odor-free closet shelf will be just fine.
Use fresh tap water. Water quality varies by region. If necessary, buy non-carbonated mineral water.
For best results, brew your tea in a pot or container where the leaves can unfold freely in the hot water. Tea nets and especially tea infusers compress the leaves too much. Pour water when it's fully bubbling.
Measuring and Time
The tea's stimulating caffeine develops its full energy within two minutes. Longer steeping adds tannin, which has a calming effect on the gastro-intestinal tract. To find out what amount of tea leaves you should use and how long to steep them, we encourage you to experiment to determine your personal preferences. You may want to start with a tablespoon full of tea leaves for a pot of water and steep them for three minutes, and then increase or decrease these measures until you hit the perfect balance.
Before pouring the steeped tea into a teapot for serving, pre-heat that teapot with hot water. Warm water is not sufficient. Pour through a tea strainer into the pot.
Its preparation is a little less complicated. Do not boil the water; just heat it up to 160-170°F (70 - 80º C). While steeping, do not cover the pot, so as not to scald the leaves.
Darjeeling, especially the Second Flush, may be enjoyed with a drop of milk. Do not sweeten your tea too much, only enough to balance the natural bitterness. Because of the tea’s delicate character, we recommend white candied sugar. A teapot heater spoils the tea, so it’s better to keep it hot with a tea cozy.
What is the difference between black and green tea?
Darjeeling teas are available as either black or green tea. Black tea and green tea are made from the same tea leaves. Black Darjeeling tea is a fermented tea; Green Darjeeling tea is an unfermented tea. To prevent fermentation, Green Darjeeling undergoes a process of steaming immediately after it is plucked. All our teas are from certified organic tea gardens and of the highest quality, produced from even leaves and tender tips. Tea tasters refer to it as Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe (FTFGFOP1).