Darjeeling tea comes from the Darjeeling district in West Bengal, India. Tea was first planted in Darjeeling in 1841 by a civil surgeon of the Indian Medical Service. He was transferred from Kathmandu, Nepal to Darjeeling in 1839 and used stolen seeds from China to begin growing tea in this region. In 1847 the British government also established tea nurseries in the area. Commercial tea production began during the 1850s.
Darjeeling has three major flushes - the 1st Flush begins around late February and ends in late April or early May, the 2nd Flush runs from early June through the middle of July and the 3rd Flush (sometimes called the Autumn Flush or the Monsoon Flush) runs during the rainy season from the middle of July through the end of September.
Leaves from the First Flush are more delicate in flavor and yellower in color. Darjeeling 1st Flush tea is preferred in Germany which has been a major importer of this particular flush for years.
The Second Flush produces a stronger flavor and a darker color than the 1st Flush Darjeeling. With a purplish bloom the tea leaves of the Darjeeling second flush brings a unique muscatel flavor that no other tea in the world is able to replicate. The muscatel flavor is caused by the tea plant reacting to the small insects that suck some of the plants juices from the stems. The color of the 2nd flush liquor is an amber hue.
The 3rd flush is considered a lesser quality Darjeeling compared to tea harvested earlier in the year as the tea plants absorb lots of water during the rainy season greatly diluting the flavor and color.
Our Darjeeling 2nd Flush is plucked from the Namring Estate in Darjeeling’s Teesta Valley. This estate sits at 4,527 ft above sea level where the air is crisp and the sunlight bright which makes this one of the world's best regions for growing tea. The area has a loamy soil that along with its unique climate and high altitudes places a significant strain on the tea bushes, so they grow more slowly which allows them more time to develop their signature flavor. The Darjeeling leaves are typically a bit more fragile so they tend to oxidize and dry up at different rates during production.
Our Darjeeling Namring 2nd flush has a tea grade of TGFOP1 (Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe #1). Tea leaf grading is the grading process based on the condition and quality of the tea leaves themselves. “Tippy” means that it contains an abundance of tips, “Golden Flowery” means that it includes very young buds or tips that are typically golden in color and these are usually picked early in the season. The highest tea grades are referred to as "Orange Pekoe”.
The aroma of the Darjeeling tea leaves is fresh with distinctive floral notes.
The flavor profile of our Darjeeling 2nd Flush is full bodied yet nuanced with exceptional muscatel notes balanced by a pleasant astringency and gentle jasmine-like undertones.
Brew 3 minutes at 195 - 200°F to best preserve the floral qualities. Steep for 1 minute.
1 oz of tea produces approximately 12 cups.
All of our tea bags are made with unbleached tea filter paper. They are approximately 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" and have no strings or tags.
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Tea was reportedly discovered in China around 2737 B.C. by The Emperor Chen Nung when a tea leaf fell into his bowl of hot water. This tradition of tea drinking became an integral part of society and was the preferred beverage for all walks of life; from monks and mandarins to the nomadic tribesmen who traded horses for bricks of tea. The Japanese may have transformed tea drinking into a sacred ceremony; however, the Chinese are credited with initiating the time honored ritual of offering a guest a cup of tea as a sign of hospitality.
Scented teas have been around for a long time and are produced according to ancestral recipes. Before the advent of essential oil extracts one of the easiest scents to duplicate was ‘Rose’. The plantations would literally cut the rose blossoms from the plants bordering fields and pathways and sprinkle these into the tea. The result was a delicate but finely flavored tea. Today the practice remains virtually the same, but essential oils are used to speed up the scenting process and freshly cut flowers are added to the tea for visual effects. The result is a delightfully attractive leaf accented with rose petals combined with the refreshing cleansing flavor of roses. The next time a guest drops by, why not offer a truly special cup of hospitality accented with the scent and petals of roses.
Hot tea brewing method: Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 teaspoon of tea for each cup into the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 3-7 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea). We recommend adding milk and sugar (if this is to your taste), but if you prefer your tea ‘straight-up’ it is equally acceptable and enjoyable.
Iced tea brewing method: (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 5 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. [A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to double the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water]
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