Darjeeling Tea

Darjeeling tea is considered black tea, however, they are more Oolong than black due to the lower oxidation and fermentation.


Darjeeling Tea is made from a small-leaved variety of Camellia Sinensis, hence the chopped or broken leaf appearance. Darjeeling oolong tea and Darjeeling green teas are growing in numbers and are also being produced as Darjeeling white teas. Many Darjeeling teas also appear to be a blend of teas oxidized to levels of green, oolong, and black. A wonderful tea melenge! There are many harvesting periods for Darjeeling Tea Leaves:
  • First flush is harvested in mid-March following spring rains, and has a gentle, very light color, aroma, and mild astringency. 
  • In between is harvested between the two \"flush\" periods.
  • Second flush is harvested in June and produces an amber, full bodied, muscatel-flavored cup. 
  • Autumnal flush is harvested in the autumn after the rainy season, and has somewhat less delicate flavour and less spicy tones, but fuller body and darker colour.

  • CL TPY means Clonal TPY.
  • SPL means Special.
  • CH SPL means China Special.
  • These are the two types of bushes available in Darjeeling tea gardens.
  • Clonal means tea produced from a Clonal tea bush.
  • CH means tea produced from a China tea bush.
  • Tea gardens put these markings on the grades to show that these are better teas than those normally produced.

    \'Muscatel\' would mean a typically flavored 2nd Flush Darjeeling.

    Darjeeling teas are graded by size and quality. There are 10 grades that fall into four basic groups: whole leaf, broken leaf, fannings, and dust:
    1. SFTGFOP: Super Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe indicates it contains many tips and is long and wiry in appearance. The liquors are lighter in color.
    2. FTGFOP: Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe 
    3. TGFOP: Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe Broken leaf consists of small tea leaves or pieces of large leaves. 
    4. FTGBOP: Fine Tippy Golden Broken Orange Pekoe 
    5. TGBOP: Tippy Golden Broken Orange Pekoe 
    6. FBOP: Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe 
    7. BOP: Broken Orange Pekoe Fannings consists of even smaller leaf sizes than the brokens and are primarily used to make teabags. 
    8. GFOF: Golden Flowery Orange Fannings 
    9. GOF: Golden Orange Fannings 
    10. Dust, the lowest grade, consists of small pieces of tea leaves and tea dust for lowest grade teabags.

    The Darjeeling tea health benefits are abundantly clear to the world tea connoisseurs and even the tea novice understands that the far reaches of the Himalayas is clean from industrial pollutants.  The Darjeeling teas growing region is paradise; Crystal clear rainfall and untouched mountains that reach right to the sky. That\'s all there is there...that and tea.

    It\'s no wonder all our organic Darjeeling tea is certified organic and pure!  The Darjeeling tea health benefits become more and more beneficial as you continually drink the Darjeeling Loose Tea. Darjeeling Tea Bags are not as beneficial to your health, nor is Darjeeling Tea with milk. Milk is food and tea is not. Try not to mix them together for the optimum tea health benefits. Adding a little lemon to your Darjeeling has a much higher benefit, as the vitamin content increases and allows your body to absorb more of the other vitamins and micro elements.

    Is the Darjeeling tea caffeine content as high as green tea or black tea? Well, they are the same. Darjeeling Tea caffeine and green tea caffeine are identical. And, as always, Darjeeling Black tea has more caffeine than Darjeeling Green Tea.

    Once you get familiar with the Darjeeling brewing methods and the various Darjeeling teas available, you can start experimenting with the delicate balance of the tea brewing times and temperatures.

    Your personal taste is important too. So, make sure you like your Darjeeling first, then expect Darjeeling tea health benefits to increase with time!

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