Are you familiar with Darjeeling tea? It is a tea that is known for its intricately complex flavor and aroma. It’s also known as the champagne of teas. It has muscatel grape flavor notes, which is similar to the grapes that make champagne. The original cultivation occurred in Darjeeling, a region in West Bengal, India. Nestled up to The Himalayas, the rich air also contributes to the unique and complex flavors these teas bring.. You can find organic Darjeeling in our Black Chocolate blend. It adds such unique musky-sweet touch to the blend. Pinkies up because it’s fancy.
Tea was brought to the Darjeeling area in 1841 by the East India Company. Where the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant were harvested then processed to achieve a variety of different colors and flavor notes. The leaves are then withered, which dry out the leaves. After the withering process, it is rolled then fermented, which give it its unique flavor. The intricate process results in a lighter and less astringent tea than most other black teas. It also contributes to its touted reputation as a delicacy.
GREEN, WHITE & OOLONG
Some estates in Darjeeling also produce green, white and oolong teas. Green Darjeeling has become quite popular. The tea leaves are steamed instead of fermented, which loses the oxidation and keeps the natural green color. Like black Darjeeling Tea, the leaves are rolled then they’re ready for steeping. The steaming process allows the antioxidants in the leaves to remain, making it popular for those who are looking for the nutritional benefits of tea.
Darjeeling white tea has a light and sweet vegetal taste with citrus and floral notes. The leaves are delicately selected, then hand picked and dried by the sun. Like all other Darjeeling teas, they are rolled to preserve their delicate flavor notes. Similarly, Darjeeling oolong tea is harvested, then exposed to the air and sunlight for oxidation. They are then pan fried and hand rolled, leaving them semi-oxidized. The process results in a floral aroma, with a nutty muscatel flavor.
No matter if it’s black, green, white or oolong, you can find the complex similarities in each Darjeeling tea. Here’s to a toast; to the champagne of teas!