Darjeeling Loose Tea
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Darjeeling tea is famed for its sparkling clarity of taste and crystalline sweetness, benefiting from the steady rainfall, light soil and cool air of the Himalayan foothills. The British first established plantations in Darjeeling in the 1840s, using seeds smuggled from China, and some of the original China Jat bushes are still cultivated today.
Picked during the second harvest of the year between May and June, this “Second Flush” Darjeeling takes on some of the warmth of late spring, with developed fruit notes coming through in the cup. You'll often hear connoisseurs refer to the “muscatel” quality of a good Second Flush variety, and it's true that this particular Darjeeling tea has a real sense of that delicious dessert wine sweetness. Far lighter than most black teas, our loose leaf Darjeeling is best brewed lightly and enjoyed without milk – you'll find it's sublimely refreshing at any time of day.
• Origin: India
• Tea type: Black
• Number of servings (using 1tsp/ 2g per cup): 100g pouch = 50 cups, 120g caddy = 60 cups
Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
Weight: 100g pouch and 120g caddy
Storage: Store in a cool, dry place away from strong light and odours. Once opened, store in an airtight container.
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More about this Tea
Fresh and fruity, with a muscatel sweetness
Lighter afternoon tea – cucumber sandwiches
Contained within about 70 square miles of green rolling hills, Darjeeling is one of the world’s most beautiful tea growing regions. The gardens where we source our tea have an incredible view of the five peaks of Kanchenjunga, so 5 seemed a good number for our signature Darjeeling…
Tea plantations were first introduced to India by the British in the 19th century, after Robert Fortune stole Chinese tea cuttings to plant in the Himalayan region of Darjeeling. Today Indian tea is some of the most famous in the world: it's also home to Assam tea, found growing wild there by the Scottish explorer Robert Bruce.
How to Make
1 tsp loose tea
- Pop 1 tsp of loose tea per cup into a Pao mug or teapot with an infuser
- Pour in 200ml water per cup boiled to 98 degrees
- Wait for 3-5 minutes
- Remove infuser and enjoy
2 tsp loose tea
100ml freshly boiled water
Fruit or mint to garnish (optional)
- Add the loose tea to a refillable teabag or an infuser and place in a cup or heat-resistant glass
- Pour over freshly boiled water. Remove the teabag/infuser
- Top up with plenty of ice
- Garnish with fruit and sprigs of mint if desired
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