Known as the “Champagne of Teas” Darjeeling produces some of the World's finest quality teas. Darjeeling is situated in the Indian State of Bengal in the foothills of the Himalayas. The hilltop town is situated at a height of 6,700 feet. The surrounding area has over 80 tea estates.
Each year the first teas of the season, the first flushes are most prized known as Darjeeling First Flush Tea. After the cold of winter and the warming air arriving from the plains the new growth on the tea bushes appear ready for harvest. When plucking these teas only the first two leaves and the bud are picked. The low lying estates produce the very first productions in mid to late March with higher grown, higher quality teas being plucked in early April. For example last years best teas were deemed to have been picked between the 6th and 7th of April.
Samples soon find their way to the Auctions in Calcutta and within weeks these teas are flown to us in Europe. The very freshest teas that you can actually be drinking from plant to cup in a matter of 3 to 4 weeks.
Every year we taste a variety of offerings and then choose the best. This year only 6 Darjeeling estate teas made it to Pluckley, some years it has been more.
We then await the Mid Season and the Autumnal Darjeeling Teas. Enjoy Darjeeling Tea !