Darjeeling Tea Bags

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Brewing instructions

Brewed with water at 90 Degrees, let the flower unfurl do not remove flower. This is can be steeped a number of times.

Brewing instructions

Darjeeling Tea is known as “The Champagne of Teas” throughout the world. Our very own Darjeeling Tea Bags stand testament to this grand title. Teas to originate from this renowned Indian district are more than just simple beverages; they are experiences, evoking strong images of beautiful landscapes more than half a world away.

These acclaimed brews boast distinct muscatel tastes and aromas with malty undertones. They are best enjoyed with the knowledge and understanding that Darjeeling is, quite possibly, the best tea-growing region in the world.

The district of Darjeeling is one of the three main tea-growing regions in India, yet it’s by far the smallest and accounts for only 1% of India’s total tea output. Stretching between high mountain ridges and deep mountain valleys, Darjeeling can sometimes be challenging terrain to access. However, it yields a truly delicate and wonderful-tasting tea known and loved globally. So, why not bring your teacup to life with the best of the best? Enjoy our truly special Darjeeling Tea Bags today.

Contrary to popular belief, most Darjeeling Teas do not originate from the Indian variant of the tea plant known as Camellia sinensis var assamica. Instead, many are harvested from the Chinese variant, Camellia sinensis var sinensis. These plants have long acclimated to the high elevation and rugged terrain of Darjeeling and now thrive throughout the landscape.

Perhaps most interesting of all, many specialists believe that a sizable proportion of Darjeeling-grown teas are actually harvested from a China-India hybrid plant found nowhere else in the world. Plants less than 4 years old often require extra attention during winter as they are often particularly susceptible to the cold; however, the climatic conditions of Darjeeling play a vital role in the growing cycle of these tea plants.

By Springtime, Darjeeling’s incredible journey begins as the valleys and hilltops are rejuvenated in time for the First Flush of the year. Some say there are three flushes each growing season in Darjeeling while others say there are four flushes, maybe even five. The first is considered the most precious and sought-after, with harvesting conducted from late-February / early-March and going through until mid-April.

Darjeeling second flush Tea is picked as early as April and runs through until May or sometimes even June. The tea leaves are often considered more mature and consist of slightly fruitier notes. Whilst not as valued as earlier harvests, Darjeeling Second Flush is said to be less astringent and makes an excellent afternoon tea. Come September and many plantations may harvest a ‘monsoon flush’. The leaves are plentiful but considered low quality, steeping a dark tea liquid and mild flavour. Then there is the third flush, sometimes known as the ‘Darjeeling Autumnal Flush’. This comes as the monsoon season ends in mid-September and tea plants resume growth until October and November, when they are harvested.

The leaves produce a very dark leaf that produces a particularly full-bodied and naturally fruity flavoured tea. Stronger than the Second Flush, many consumers may choose to have this Autumnal brew as a brisk breakfast get-me-up. On rare occasions, a winter flush might be attempted but as the tea plants often become dormant from December to February, the quality of the tea will likely suffer. This flush is very uncommon, with many plantations avoiding it to ensure the plants are suitably looked after as they ‘sleep’, awaiting the repeated process the following year!

Type of Tea: Loose Leaf Black Tea.

Origin: The Darjeeling District, West Bengal State, India.

Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water and infuse for 3 to 5 minutes.

How to Serve: Most prefer to enjoy Darjeeling Tea without accompaniments, although milk, honey, lemon, or sugar are sometimes considered (but not combined!).

Tasting Notes: This brew has a distinct “Darjeeling” taste, offering earthy and woody notes with a bold muscatel taste. Flavoursome to the last sip, Darjeeling Tea Bags also have deliciously astringent undertones.

Colour in Cup: Amber liquor with golden highlights, light in tone.

Health Benefits: Consuming our Darjeeling Tea Bags as part of a healthy and active lifestyle can improve cardiovascular and oral health, reduce gastric ulcers and even, most potentially, strengthen bones. Numerous observational studies have been conducted in recent years to uncover the beneficial qualities of consuming either tea or coffee for improved bone health. Whilst the results for coffee have generally been inconsistent, Black and Green Tea consumption is still thought to have positive effects.

A meta-analysis of 14 studies, including 195,992 individuals and 9,958 cases of hip fracture found that drinking 1-4 cups of tea per day reduced the risk of hip fracture by at least 28%. With 1-2 cups daily, the risk was reduced by 28% whilst further cups of tea had the potential to reduce the risk by around 37%. This, of course, depended on how many additional cups of tea were consumed. Further research is likely required, but as of present, Black Teas such as Darjeeling Tea are often recommended to people suffering from osteoporosis or even osteogenesis imperfecta (mild brittle bones). Despite this, The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company do not personally endorse tea consumption for this purpose.

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  • Type
    Black Tea
  • Health Points
    Health Points
    Hydration, Refreshing, Relaxing
  • Caffeine Level
    Caffeine Level
  • Options
    Tea Bags
  • Time of Day
    Time of Day
    Breakfast, Lunchtime, Afternoon, Evening