Just as we have Champagne coming from a province in France producing the famous sparkling wine; so do we have Darjeeling, a region in India producing the much beloved- Darjeeling Tea. Nestled in the lower Himalayas, Darjeeling is found in the state of West Bengal in India. It is one of the most unique and distinctive teas in the world. A fun fact about high quality Darjeeling tea is that it is popularly known as the 'Champagne of Teas'. Tea connoisseurs around the world speak of the tea’s signature floral aroma and ‘muscatel’ flavor which has been described as a spicy deep fruity flavor.
Believe it or not, Darjeeling Tea’s origins are not precisely Indian. Most tea bushes in the region were seeds from China which were smuggled out by the famous Scottish adventurer and botanist - Robert Fortune, almost 200 years ago. Darjeeling’s altitude and its high rate of precipitation made it an ideal spot to grow the best Darjeeling tea. By 1866, the tea gardens had grown to occupy a 1000 acres of land by way of 39 Tea plantations. India is now globally acknowledged as one of the leading tea producers in the world. 2017 saw India break records having an export of 240.68 million tons of tea; the highest in 36 years.
There are different types of Darjeeling tea, along with different grades and varieties which categorize the highest quality Darjeeling tea to its lower grades. This may all seem confusing right now, just read further for clarity
Black tea, the most well-recognized tea, is the most fermented; which is what gives it its characteristic colour and flavour
Darjeeling Oolong tea is partially fermented and partially processed which gives it a lower caffeine count than the other Darjeeling teas
Darjeeling Green tea is not fermented at all. It undergoes only a small amount of processing and is a very healthy beverage for all ages.
Darjeeling White Tea is the tea which undergoes the minimal amount of processing
Darjeeling Teas are also harvested during different seasons or Flushes as they are known. Each harvest has their own distinct flavour, colour, and aroma.
First Flush is the batch of tea harvested just after the spring rains during the months of March to May.
Second Flush is harvested from June to mid-August.
Third Flush is harvested from the months of October to November.
There are two more minor flushes-
The In-between flush which lasts for about two weeks between the first flush and the second flush.
The Monsoon or Rains flush which is harvested between the second and third flush
There are gradations assigned to the type and quality of Darjeeling tea which are divided into categories of the Whole leaf, Broken leaf, Fannings and Dust.
There is currently 87 tea estate which is formally recognized by the Government of India to be true Darjeeling tea producers of India. Halmira is one of these tea estates and has been producing tea from 1915 - that's over a hundred years of tea production! We have had decades in the industry to finesse our processing and methods which helps us produce the highest quality Darjeeling Tea. Halmira offers some of the best Darjeeling Tea in the market, customers love our CTC with Darjeeling leaf and Quick Brew Assam and Darjeeling Green Tea.
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