Sip on Darjeeling—the champagne of black teas!
In the shadows of Kangchenjunga (the third-highest mountain in the world) grows Darjeeling tea. This tea is one of the world’s finest and most popular black leaf varieties. Its history goes back to the early nineteenth century when colonial powers began dotting tea plantations across the Darjeeling district in West Bengal, India.
Innovative black tea hybrids and fermentation techniques soon followed. As a result, Darjeeling soon became internationally recognised and beloved the world over! Explore our single-origin Darjeeling tea and breakfast blend range below.
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The Tea Centre’s collection of Darjeeling tea
There are many reasons why Darjeeling is considered the hot beverage equivalent of champagne by the world’s tea connoisseurs. Aside from its delicate muscatel taste and hints of aromatic almond notes, this tea grown at the base of the Himalayan alps is made special by its exclusivity.
Unlike other full-bodied Indian black teas like Assam, Darjeeling is not as widely available. For example, while Assam tea makes up approximately 53% of Indian’s total tea production, Darjeeling in comparison only contributes around 1%! The Tea Centre’s curated collection of Darjeeling teas builds on this exclusivity by offering a number of single-origin loose leaves sourced from orthodox tea estates.
Darjeeling teas like our Goomtee Premium and Makaibari boast higher price points as they were 100% cultivated by hand and only plucked within their harvest season. Experience this elusive tea for yourself by exploring our range of Darjeeling above!
The history of Darjeeling tea
The first commercial tea gardens in Darjeeling were established by British colonial powers in the mid-nineteenth century. The first man to plant Darjeeling tea in the shadows of Kangchenjunga was a colonial civil surgeon named Dr Campbell in 1847. Fast-forward a hundred and fifty years, and Darjeeling tea (70% of which is certified organic!) is abundantly grown and harvested four times a year. The first two crops—known as First Flush and Second Flush Darjeeling—can be purchased from our online and physical stores. You can also learn more about what a Darjeeling flush is here.
What are the health benefits of Darjeeling tea?
Consuming Darjeeling tea is one of the best choices a person can make when experiencing mild digestive discomfort. Darjeeling tea is thought to increase metabolic function, which in turn accelerates your body’s ability to cleanse the gut and digest food more efficiently. Like many black teas, Darjeeling can also work as a healthier and non-diuretic alternative to coffee due to its hearty caffeine content.
This full-bodied tea’s golden brew and nutty aromas also make every sip a relaxing experience. Therefore, Darjeeling tea is further thought by many to be a mood-enhancing tea that can keep one energized throughout the day. Its high levels of antioxidants can further boost a person’s immunity and promote overall better cardiovascular health.
Consider pouring a cup of Darjeeling tea the next time you want to unwind during some well-deserved “me” time. Making a mug of tea is also a great gesture of hospitality and a wonderful way to welcome someone into your home.
Buy Darjeeling tea online or in-store at The Tea Centre tea shops
Here at The Tea Centre, we pride ourselves on the elite quality of our tea and work hard to make them luxurious and thoroughly enjoyable. You will notice that our Darjeeling teas are beautifully fragrant and enticing, with elements of musk, fruit, and floral notes in different teas across our range. It’s all part of our plan to provide you with the finest tea possible.
Making a pot or a cup of Darjeeling tea with loose leaves is not as hard as it sounds, with easy-to-use infusers and strainers available. However, if you are looking for a quicker alternative, we do also offer a range of teas in pyramid tea bags, including black tea bags, green tea bags, and herbal tea bags.