Darjeeling Tea Price

We all know that Darjeeling Tea is one of the most popular beverages in the world. When someone says Darjeeling, most of us think ‘Tea’ before anything else. The word ‘Darjeeling Tea’ had become so popular that many counterfeiters duplicated and started selling it as Darjeeling Tea. To gain more customers, they started giving discounts on the fake products too. Unfortunately for them, the Tea Board of India along with the other officials put a tag on the products. This stopped fake products from reaching the market and Darjeeling Tea’s reputation was saved. However, there are still many unauthorized dealers who sell fake Darjeeling Tea products secretly. To know more about them, you can check our other blog “Darjeeling Tea Seller”.  Now let us have a look at Darjeeling Tea Price with the following topics to help you understand better:

  • Darjeeling Tea Today
  • Where are the best tea buds at?
  • Darjeeling Tea Direct
  • Our Products and Prices
  • Why buy from us?

Darjeeling Tea Today

Darjeeling Tea has been coveted for hundreds of years since the first seed was planted in Darjeeling soil. On average, 10,000 tons of Darjeeling Tea is produced every year in Darjeeling. Most and the best of it are shipped abroad. They are quite expensive and prices vary according to the country and enterprise they were shipped to. The rest of the produce stays with India. Darjeeling Tea was the first product to receive a Geographical Indication (GI) tag in India. It indicates those goods which can only be procured from an identified geographic region. Currently, there are 87 tea estates in Darjeeling with GI tags on their products.

Today, Darjeeling Tea is the pride for not only Darjeeling but for the whole of India. It is well known for the light-colored concoction which gives out a pleasant aroma. The different variations of Darjeeling Tea are black, white, green and oolong teas. And each variety of Darjeeling Tea is packed with antioxidants which are beneficial for our health. The Green and White teas are rich in ‘catechins’. They have the potential to prevent different kinds of cancers, diabetes and other serious diseases. The ‘theaflavins’ and ‘thearubigins’ found in black and oolong teas are called tannins. These antioxidants are really good in keeping the arteries free of fat and thus simulating a healthy heart. 

Where are the best tea buds at?

As said earlier, there are 87 tea estates currently functioning in Darjeeling with a GI tag. Each tea estate has a specific taste that can be differentiated from one another. You can find 4 variations among the tea estates in Darjeeling, namely, black-white-green and oolong teas. There is a long history behind each Tea garden found in Darjeeling. A tea garden offers employment opportunities to more than a hundred workers. Consequently, these tea plantations have become the livelihood of hundreds of families. The families of the tea garden workers also stay within the estate premises. Likewise, the tea estates have also given refuge to many people including the tea garden workers.

It is very difficult to grade different tea estates, but we have the top 3 tea plantations where Darjeeling Tea Direct has connections with. They are:

  1. Risheehat Tea Estate
  2. Turzum Tea Estate
  3. Puttabong Tea Estate

RISHEEHAT TEA ESTATE

The tea garden was established by the British in the 1990s when it was known as Tshering Bagan. Later it was renamed as Risheehat, which literally translates to ‘home of the holy sages’. Located at an altitude between 2500 ft to 4800 ft, it is one of the highest plantations in Darjeeling. It is famous for growing the best organic teas in India. Steep landscapes blessed with rich and fertile soil, surrounded by apt temperature and rainfall. All of this makes it an ideal location for organic Darjeeling Tea farming. The tea-estate is divided into two main divisions-Risheehat Main Division and Liza Hill Division. 

TURZUM TEA ESTATE

The Turzum Tea Estate is located near the popular lake town of Mirik in the Rungbong Valley. It was established by the British planters in 1863. Located at an elevation of 1100 m to 1700 m, temperature varies from 3 degrees (winter) to 30 degrees (summers). Moreover, this place is covered in mist and fog most of the time and is exposed to very limited sunlight. So this makes the tea bushes grow slowly and gradually. The nearby Sungma and this Turzum tea estates are considered the most exquisite in Darjeeling for their finest orthodox tea. 

PUTTABONG TEA ESTATE

Puttabong Tea Estate is the first tea-estate in the history of Darjeeling Tea Plantation. It was inaugurated by the pioneer British tea planter Dr. A Campbell himself in 1852 located at an altitude between 1500 to 6500 ft, Puttabong tea estate is famous for the special blend of light muscatels. Previously known as ‘Tukvar’ tea estate, it is a beautiful tea garden located 9kms from Darjeeling. The estate is spread across 22kms making it the biggest tea estate in Darjeeling. It was the first tea garden to use pruning machine in Darjeeling and has the best tea garden hospital too.

Darjeeling Tea Direct

Darjeeling Tea Direct is an online platform where you can buy authentic Darjeeling tea and a few collectibles (related to tea). For years, our analysts and survey experts have researched the best Darjeeling tea searching among all the tea gardens here. We have built a strong relationship with the tea estate owners. Over the years we created links to promote and distribute their tea products across the Indian subcontinent. We aim at providing our clients with the finest teas Darjeeling has to offer. We took this initiative in order to make Darjeeling Tea available to anyone looking to taste the ‘champagne of teas’. Our main procurement center and warehouse is in Darjeeling, our IT cell in Kalimpong and our head office in Pedong.

Our Products and Prices

We have handpicked and assorted a selection of the finest tea from all over Darjeeling under the following categories:

  • Black Tea of Darjeeling
  • Green Tea of Darjeeling
  • White Tea of Darjeeling
  • Oolong Tea of Darjeeling

Each of the above varieties is special, have health benefits and can be distinguished in their own way. We will also discuss a few products and their prices related to these varieties. Let us see them now.

BLACK TEA

The most popular and on-demand tea among the rest, Darjeeling Black Tea offers a variety of health benefits. It contains antioxidants and compounds that can help reduce inflammation in the body. For instance, it improves the digestive system, promotes heart health, reduces cholesterol and reduces stress, among other benefits. There are different types of Black Tea even within the same tea estates. Out of the many, the most popular black teas and their prices are given below:

Puttabong Moondrop Black TeaRs. 596 per gram
Turzum Himalayan MysticRs. 1230 per gram
Darjeeling Masala ChaiRs. 404 per gram
Orange Peel Black TeaRs. 593 per gram
Rose Black TeaRs. 614 per gram
Darjeeling Hand-madeRs. 475 per gram
Earl GreyRs. 572 per gram
Risheehat WiryRs. 607 per gram
Puttabong Special Rs. 499 per gram
Giddapahar WiryRs. 508 per gram

GREEN TEA

One of the healthiest beverages, Green Tea is considered to be an ‘anti-aging’ beverage. It is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients beneficial for your mind and body. Compounds found in Green Tea greatly helps in fat burning and improves your body’s physical performance. The antioxidants found in Green Tea are also said to prevent many diseases including certain cancers. They also help in reducing Insulin resistance and diminishes the risk of Diabetes and heart problems. Some of the Green Tea packages are mentioned below:

Arya DiamondRs. 578 per gram
Arya GreenRs. 380 per gram
Giddapahar Green TeaRs. 479 per gram
Tulsi Lemongrass Green TeaRs. 562 per gram

WHITE TEA

The White Tea undergoes the least processing as compared with the likes of black and Green Tea. This helps the tea leaves to retain a high level of phytochemicals. Therefore, the production of White Tea requires less time and labor when compared with Black or Green Teas. White Tea is known to contain tannins, fluoride, and flavonoids like catechins which are responsible for various health benefits. It has anti-aging properties and is good for skincare. It also helps in improving our oral health. Below is the list of White Tea products sold by Darjeeling Tea Direct:

Goomtee White TeaRs. 599 per gram
Rose Chamomile White TeaRs. 798 per gram
Silver Needles White TeaRs. 850 per gram

OOLONG TEA

The Oolong Tea is usually made up of two leaves and a bud and is processed similarly like black tea. But it goes through less oxidation than Black Teas. Oolong Tea is a rare tea not grown in all the tea estates of Darjeeling. It requires a high altitude and an average temperature between 5-20 degrees. Oolong Tea is used to sharpen thinking skills and improve your mental health and alertness. It is also known to prevent cancer, tooth decay, osteoporosis, and heart diseases. Two examples of Oolong Teas are:

Darjeeling Oolong TeaRs. 509 per gram
Glenburg Oolong TeaRs. 855 per gram

Those were some of the most popularly consumed teas with their prices in Darjeeling. Feel free to contact me for any related queries and we will be happy to help you. There are other tea products which you can find on our website. All the products mentioned above and those on our website are ready to be shipped, “Directly to your doorstep”. So what are you waiting for? Start ordering now.

Darjeeling Tea Seller

Darjeeling is mainly famous for tourism and Darjeeling tea. Darjeeling is a small hill station in the Indian States of West Bengal. It is located at an elevation of 6,700ft (2,042.2). Darjeeling is all about magnificent views of snowcapped Kanchenjunga, beautiful sprawling tea gardens, landscapes with ferns, firs and pines and combined with friendly Nepali people. 

How the name Darjeeling was coined?

In 1763, a Tibetan monk built a monastery at Observatory Hill. The name of the monk was Rinzing Dorji Legden La. The Tibetans named the place after the monk Dorji -Ling meaning”Place of Dorji”. and hence the name Darjeeling. In Sanskrit, the word ” Durjay Ling” means Shiva of invincible skill who rules the Himalayas.

There are many Tea Selling Companies in Darjeeling and one is Darjeeling Tea Direct. Darjeeling Tea Direct is a locally based company from the region of Darjeeling. The company aims to provide with the finest of teas, that Darjeeling has to offer, directly from the source. The motto of the company is “Darjeeling Tea at your doorstep directly from Darjeeling” and we are in consent perusal of authenticity, to ensure that your cup of Darjeeling tea, comes to you directly from Darjeeling. According to the wiki, Darjeeling produces approx.9 million kgs of tea per annum but the world sells about 40 million kgs of Darjeeling tea per year, as adulteration and falsification are serious problems in the global tea trade. As locals, we realize that it is up to us, to safeguard and ensure the authenticity and heritage of Darjeeling Tea for the growth and sustainability of our future generations.

There are currently 87 tea estates in Darjeeling. The Government enacted the status of Geographical Indication (GI) of Goods (Registration and Protection Act) of 1999. GI status makes sure that there is no copy or duplication of tea produced in Darjeeling. It came into force in 2003. And till now 320 products have been handed GI status in India. In the meantime, the distinctive taste and aroma of Darjeeling tea became more and more popular. So much so, Darjeeling Tea was patronized by tea connoisseurs around the world. With it came some hindrances as well though. By the early ’70s, tea duplication had reached a massive toll, especially from the neighboring states. The long heritage of Darjeeling Tea was in conundrum and fear of being lost forever. 

How to identify and buy the real Darjeeling Tea?

Now we come to the main question as to how not to be fooled while buying Darjeeling Tea. And where you can buy genuine Darjeeling Tea? Well, Darjeeling tea can be sold in any retail outlet in India or abroad, as long as the GI tag is present on the products. If the tag is missing but the name is still Darjeeling, you have the right to report it to the authority. Though necessary precautions have been taken, there might still be a few slips here and there. However, since we know the truth, it will be easier to proceed from now on.

The best way to get authentic Darjeeling Tea is of course by visiting Darjeeling. But recently, due to the rise in dependence on mobile phones and computers, online sellers have emerged. Now you can find many websites selling authentic Darjeeling Tea. We cannot assure you that the products you receive online will be fully genuine every time. But since we know about the packaging, you can ask for a refund or return.

Darjeeling Tea Direct operates all over Darjeeling, with the main procurement center and warehouse in Darjeeling. Its IT cell at Kalimpong and it’s head office at Pedong, very close to the renowned Samabeong Tea Estate. In fact, Pedong has some of the most amazing stories to tell as far as the history of Darjeeling Tea is concerned.

Darjeeling Tea Online

One of the most popularly sold and consumed beverages in the world is Darjeeling Tea. Probably the main reason as to why Darjeeling is so popular. Currently there are about 87 tea estates in Darjeeling, supplying tea across the world. Each tea estate in Darjeeling have their own signature taste and label, which sets them apart from the others. Darjeeling Tea is available for purchase in all the grocery stores and tea houses found in India. Due to the rising demand of Darjeeling Tea, few establishments have taken initiative to sell tea online. Consequently, many people buy their tea online or want tea delivered at their doorstep.

  • Origin of Darjeeling Tea
  • Types of Darjeeling Tea
  • Seasons for Darjeeling Tea
  • Where do we get our tea from?
  • Darjeeling Tea Direct products

Origin of Darjeeling Tea

The origin of Darjeeling tea takes us back earlier than 1835, when Dr. Archibald Campbell first introduced tea in Darjeeling. He established the Beechwood Tea Estate in 1841, at Darjeeling. This was the first tea estate to be established in the district. The weather conditions in Darjeeling were perfect for tea plantation. But a mystery still baffles the most brilliant of mind as to why Darjeeling tea is so exotic in taste. By the year 1846, there were a lot of tea estates established in Darjeeling district. The rest is history. Currently, Darjeeling produces 10,000 tons of tea products each year and a portion of it is exported abroad.

Types of Darjeeling Tea

There are basically 4 types of Darjeeling Tea produced annually by the 87 tea estates. Each type has a distinct flavour and aroma, and anyone will be able to differentiate between them. Out of these, the black tea is the most popular and is widely preferred by tea connoisseurs worldwide. It is also the most widely sold Darjeeling Tea in India. Darjeeling tea estates also produce Green tea, White tea and Oolong tea. 

  • Black Tea– The Darjeeling Black tea offers a variety of health benefits. It contains antioxidants and compounds that can help reduce inflammation in the body. The major benefits of this tea include- improved digestive system, good heart health, reduces cholesterol and lowers stress level.
  • Green Tea– The Darjeeling Green tea is one of the healthiest beverages and is considered to be an “anti-aging beverage”. It is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that are great for your mind and body. It boosts the immune system, lowers blood pressure and bad cholesterol.
  • White Tea– The Darjeeling White Tea has the antioxidant and anti-aging properties. It helps in maintaining good health and wrinkle-free skin by impeding UV rays. Its antibacterial properties, protects the body from various infection-causing bacteria. Intake of white tea also helps in healthy weight loss by burning fat.
  • Oolong Tea– The Darjeeling Oolong tea attributes its benefits to the antioxidant called polyphenols. These compounds help to prevent grave diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart disease. They also aid in weight loss and helps in fighting obesity. The Oolong tea is also known for improving skin health.

Seasons for Darjeeling Tea

There are mainly 4 seasons when tea is harvested in Darjeeling, Spring, Summer, Monsoon and Autumn seasons. Also known as First Flush, Second Flush, Monsoon Flush and Autumnal Flush respectively. Quite rightly, the taste and the texture of the brew differs based on the seasons they were plucked and processed in. 

The most preferred tea is the First Flush that is the Spring harvest. It is harvested in mid-March and lasts through April. The tea leaves are light green in color and the tea has a gentle, light color aromatic acetic flavor. 

Then the Summer Flush or the Second Flush. The harvesting is done through the months of May and June. This period  brings out the popular ‘muscatel flavour’ in the tea. It has a mature and mellow brew. The color of the infusion becomes purplish. 

Produced between July and September, the Monsoon Flush is darker bolder and stronger. It is commonly used as iced tea, masala tea, breakfast tea and commercial tea bags.

Autumnal Flush tea is harvested during the months of October and November. It brews a concoction that imparts  a delicate, silvery gentle coppery glow , with less spicy tones. It has a mixture of green tea leaves with that of a blackish or brown colours.

Where do we get our tea from?

We have conducted surveys and researches for over a decade to determine which tea estates produces the best Darjeeling tea. And we are proud to say that we get the tea directly from the below-mentioned tea gardens. Out of the 87 tea estates producing tea, we have carefully selected and linked up with the following establishments:

  • Arya Tea Estate
  • Giddapahar Tea Estate
  • Avongrove Tea Estate
  • Risheehat Tea Estate
  • Puttabong Tea Estate
  • Turzum Tea Estate
  • Glenburn Tea Estate
  • Goomtee Tea Estate

We are the locals of Darjeeling and we have our main procurement centre located in Darjeeling. Our IT cell is located in Kalimpong, while the business head office is in Pedong. 

Darjeeling Tea Direct products

We only deal with the best products Darjeeling has to offer. We have consigned people to test the products before packaging and distributing. So you have our guarantee that the products you receive from us are genuine. We are from Darjeeling, the land of Tea Gardens. Darjeeling Tea Direct is a locally based company from the region of Darjeeling. We aim to provide our patrons with the finest of teas, Darjeeling has to offer, directly from the source. With our motto as “DARJEELING TEA AT YOUR DOORSTEP DIRECTLY FROM DARJEELING” we are in constant perusal of authenticity, to ensure that your cup of Darjeeling tea, comes to you directly from Darjeeling. We have an online market and you can order your choice of Darjeeling tea from our website as well. Here are a few of our products.

  • Arya Diamond Black Tea- The Arya Diamond Black Tea is a superb selection from the second flush produce of the Arya Tea-Estate. It contains the highest quality of two leaves and a bud with a very delicate tippy appearance. This stimulating dark orange cup possesses a very nice aroma of wild flowers and fresh berries. With flavors that are felt instantly with very prominent complexity and range of notes.  And you are left with a very nice aftertaste coupled with floral fragrance lingering in your mouth.
  • Broken First Flush- The Broken First Flush comes from the famous Giddapahar Tea estate, which is famous for its exquisite tea. The century-old china bushes and the first flush teas are well renowned. The leaves of this flush’s appearance is a grayish-greenish broken leaf. This broken first flush brews into darker golden liquor with light, resh and astringent flavor.
  • Broken Muscatel- Another masterpiece from Giddapahar is this traditional Darjeeling Black Tea produced from an organic broken-leaf selection.  The Broken Muscatel invigorates the senses with its pleasing aroma acquainted by a rich, full-bodied cup with hints of honey and nuts.
  • Arya Ruby- Arya Ruby is a pursued drink by Darjeeling tea aficionados for its complex notes of rich muscatel and floral-fruity. The teas produced by Arya Tea Estate are named after precious jewels. This tea delivers a crisp and sprightly flavor with milder astringency than the typical black teas.
  • Avongrove Euphoria- It comes from the 100% organic Avongrove Tea Estate of Darjeeling. This autumn flush black tea has a delicate yet sparkling appeal. With rounded flavors distinct from the sharpness and astringency of the first and second flush. It has a coppery gold finish with is naturally fruity with delectable sweet nose and mellowness..This flush of the Avongrove Euphoria is preferred by tea enthusiasts for its delicate, well balanced and awakening taste.
  • Darjeeling Handmade- This exceptional handcrafted organic Darjeeling tea is grown and produced at the Kanchaan View Estate in the Darjeeling region. The fragrant leaves of this first flush black tea when brewed, produces a vibrant golden-yellow liquor with a crisp and fresh mouthfeel. It has a distinctly green note along with fresh citrus-like brightness. At first sip, the liquor tastes of wildflowers with a distinctly bright note of grapefruit and lemon and wildflower honey with a finish of hay.
  • Darjeeling Masala Chai- The muscatel character of this signature Darjeeling orthodox black tea leaves is beautifully blended with fresh aromatic Indian spices like cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and ginger. This tea is popular for its unique and refreshing aroma. It has many Ayuvedic and anti-inflammatory properties. It also relieves fatigue.
  • Earl Grey- Darjeeling Earl Grey is an exceptional blend which brings together the second flush black tea with a sweet and citrusy flavors. It gives you the sweet muscatel character along with the prominent fruity character. The tea is good in relieving anxiety, improving energy levels and help fight Oxidative stress. It is also good for weight loss, heart & dental health, helps to regulate digestion and strengthens the immune system.
  • Giddapahar Wiry- This tea is produced in Giddapahar tea estate and belongs to the first flush selection of teas. It consists of large and slightly twisted leaves of brownies hues. The concoction when brewed it produces a beautiful amber liquor of diverse colors on a base field of forest brown. This shows how the leaf and the tips responded to oxidation during manufacture. It has classy and delicate floral aromas.
  • Rose Chamomile White Tea- This is the best choice for all white tea lovers who prefer the delicateness of white tea and the floral sweet fragrance of the chamomile and rose. It is a good balance of Darjeeling White tea blended with rose petals and chamomile, which provides health benefits. Chamomile has long been perceived for its medical and beauty advantages. The presence of phenolic compounds which exhibit antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant and anti-cancerous properties. Also vitamins like vitamin B3, vitamin A, C, D, and E, in the rose is good for human health.Chamomile is a calming, soothing herb and the perfect drink to invigorate your senses and guard against ailments.
  • Silver Needles White Tea- This is a product from the tea estate of Puttabong surrounded by mountain air, unique soil and high altitude. The Silver Needle includes only top buds (leaf shoots) that are hand dried and produces distinct light liquor. It has a subtle sweet scented flavour that is very soothing to your senses. This is a perfect combination for relaxation after a hectic day.
  • Goomtee White Tea- Coming from the gardens of Goomtee tea estate which is famous for its black tea and exquisite teas made from special clones. This white tea leaves are made with the most tender shoots of the tea estate. It provides a perfect amalgamation of the sweet floral character with the musical notes transported by the fresh Himalayan wind. The floral notes with hints of the softest peach leaves a fresh mark on your palette.
  • Darjeeling Oolong Tea- The Darjeeling Oolong Tea is an exquisite blend of Indian and Chinese expertise to make a rare cup of tea. It has a combination of woody muscatel notes of Darjeeling teas, with floral aromatic notes and lingering flavour of the Chinese Oolong. The resulting brew is a bold, full-bodied and complex orchid undertones.  This tea is normally made of two leaves and a bud. Which is then processed much like Darjeeling Black Teas but goes through less oxidation? 
  • Glenburn Oolong- The Glenburn Oolong is an exquisite tea with a fine balance and of smooth taste and flavor. This product is brought to you directly from Glenburn Tea Estate. It is made in small batches towards the close of the season, using only the most experienced tea pickers. The brew gives a complex, fruity and sweet flavor with the leaf remaining intact and unbroken right through to the infusion.

So here you have it. You can check the variety of our collectibles listed on our website as well. Normally, items related to tea drinking and tea making are also alongside our tea products. 

Darjeeling Tea Garden

When we say “Darjeeling”, we are referring to so many things about the beautiful place. Frankly, Darjeeling is famous for various reasons and the main reason can be a bit controversial, to say the least. Well, to most, Darjeeling is a popular tourist destination, and to some, it is the different flavors of Darjeeling. Many may even point out the famous temples and monasteries in and around Darjeeling. Or the world heritage toy trains of Darjeeling. In fact, while driving towards Darjeeling, many just look at the view and claim it to be a wonderful hill station. So, we normally miss out on the biggest industry in Darjeeling right before our eyes. Yes, it is the Tea industry which is the biggest industry in Darjeeling. Our main focus in this content is the tea gardens found here. The content is subdivided under the following heads:

  • Darjeeling
  • Darjeeling Tea
  • Darjeeling Tea Gardens
  • Types of Darjeeling Tea
  • Top Darjeeling Tea Plantations

Darjeeling

  A hill station that has become the leading producer of tea in India and the world is Darjeeling. It is a hill station and one of the most important districts in West Bengal. Being a popular tourist destination, Darjeeling has a lot of tourists arriving and leaving almost the whole year-round.  But there are still more than a lakh people in Darjeeling, who still call it their home. And they work in various aspects of a working economy to make their hometown a better one. The fact that there are numerous valleys in Darjeeling makes it an appropriate sub-division for tea plantation. Not only the valleys but also the apt climate, the workers and soil texture along with the landscapes. All this and more made Darjeeling the best exporter of Tea in the world. 

Darjeeling Tea

   Darjeeling Tea has often been referred to as the “Champagne of Teas” and coveted as the ‘ world’s best tea’. Darjeeling can be thankful to the British for many things and tea is one of them. In 1835, when Darjeeling was passed on to the East India Company, a certain Dr. Campbell brought some tea seeds from Kumaon(Uttarakhand). The tea seeds were of Chinese origin. It was just as a test since he believed the climatic conditions in Darjeeling were compatible for tea plantation. But unlike the other regions growing the same variety, Darjeeling has a unique and magical effect on the plants. The experiment was fruitful and the plantation started rapidly since the year 1841. The rest is history. 

      Darjeeling Tea, when brewed properly, has a thin and light coloured drink with a floral aroma. In a year, tons and tons of tea beverages are produced in Darjeeling. A huge portion of which is exported to other parts of India and abroad. So if you have ordered tea say in a cafe in Italy, and you see “Darjeeling Tea” on the menu. Do not hesitate. It is quite possible that the cafe got imports of Darjeeling tea to Italy. The names on your Darjeeling Tea package includes the name of the tea garden where they were grown and manufactured. This is the best way to identify and authenticate the credibility of the Darjeeling tea in your possession. You can also clearly fathom the difference in taste between the various tea gardens in Darjeeling. And each garden has its own signature taste and quality.

      It is impossible to grow or manufacture Darjeeling Tea anywhere else in the world. And its flavours cannot be copied since Darjeeling Tea has a Geographical Indication (GI) status which is protected worldwide. Currently, only 87 tea-estates within the GI (Geographic Indicator) defined areas as listed out by the Tea Board of India.

Darjeeling Tea Gardens

     When the British left India they gave up ownership to some of the locals they were familiar with. Some were sold and some were merged, still, some went with partnerships. Currently, there are over 90 tea plantations in Darjeeling, fully functional and active. Among them, you can find variations ranging from high grade first flush tea to exotic flavoured teas. It takes years of hard work and diligence to earn a name and reputation as a manufacturer of the best tea in the world. The employers and employees in these gardens work extremely hard to maintain the standard and to protect its own brand. 

An average tea garden in Darjeeling ranges anywhere from around 300 acres to 1300 acres. Since running a tea garden requires huge manpower, there are hundreds of workers with families living within the tea estates. Most of the workers come from Nepal and the surrounding smaller villages in and around the Darjeeling district. They get trained and briefed about how the whole thing works, which is then passed on to the next generation. And so on and so forth. 

The Darjeeling tea was first planted considering the similarity in the soil and climate required to grow tea. However, other features also play a big role in shaping the taste of the tea in a tea garden. For instance, how much sun a tea bush gets can determine the taste of the brewed tea. Likewise, the taste of the tea-bush receiving more rain also stands out from the others that didn’t get enough rain. The slopes of the tea estate also help drain excess water from harming the plants. 

Therefore, it is possible to differentiate tastes between teas from two or more tea gardens. And many tea lovers in Darjeeling tend to prefer one tea brand from the others. While many just speculate and experiment.

Types of Darjeeling Tea

There are many different types of tea grown in different tea estates, and the name varies accordingly. The main types which Darjeeling Tea Direct deals with are listed below.

  • BLACK TEA- Black Tea is generally stronger in flavour than the less oxidized teas. It offers a variety of health benefits as it contains antioxidants. It also helps improve the digestive system and reduces cholesterol among other benefits.
  • WHITE TEA- White Tea generally features young or minimally processed leaves. The antioxidants and anti-aging properties, help in maintaining good health and wrinkle free skin by impeding UV rays. It also helps in a healthy weight loss.
  • WELLNESS BLEND- Wellness Blend is a composure of equally beneficial essence of herbs, spices, fruits, and flowers. It is a power-house of antioxidants, with enhanced taste and health benefits. 
  • GREEN TEA- Green tea are those whose buds and leaves have not undergone the same oxidation process as the black or oolong teas. It is one of the healthiest beverages, considered as an “anti-aging beverage”. It is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that are great for your mind and body.
  • OOLONG TEA- Oolong Tea leaves are semi-oxidized to produce the rare Darjeeling Oolong Tea. The benefits of Oolong Tea can be attributed to the antioxidants (polyphenols) that it contains. These compounds prevent grave diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart diseases.

Top Darjeeling Tea Plantations

It is quite unfair to rate tea estates based on their performance since various factors affect their overall ranking. However, we have placed the top 5 tea estates based on viewers and customer’s choice of tea. Please note that the ranking is not as per the Tea Board of India or other governing bodies. But it comes from a smaller survey. Plus the list is made randomly and not from top to bottom or vice versa methods.

  • Puttabong
  • Risheehat
  • Singbuli
  • Sungma
  • Balasun

Best Darjeeling Tea

Darjeeling alone produces around 10000 tons of tea annually, out of which more than half is exported abroad. It is considered the best tea in the world. The taste of Darjeeling tea definitely leaves a lasting impression on anyone who drinks it. Though the tea packages come from within the same geographical location, there are variations. Each and every tea-estate in Darjeeling has a distinctive taste which can be separated only by experts and tea-lovers. 

 Moreover, it is impossible to decide which is the Best Darjeeling Tea amongst the lot. Mainly because of the differences in taste preferences of the people. For some, it is the benefits they come with, regardless of the taste it brings. Still, some determine the best based on the demand and popularity of the tea. And then, some may not really care about tea at all, and we won’t take their input into consideration here. 

 So you can understand, there is no Best Darjeeling Tea. But Darjeeling grown tea is the best amongst the others and there is no typical Darjeeling Tea either. The teas are marked by variety, range, and price. They have increasingly different leaf characteristics and fineness in their own flavor and aroma. Which makes it rather difficult to judge and rate being a common person. However, it is possible to rate them according to their taste and aroma, their benefits and their popularity.

  1. TASTE AND AROMA

No doubt, the best in taste and aroma goes to Darjeeling Black Tea. The fragrant leaves of the first flush black tea when brewed give us a vibrant golden-yellow concoction. And with it a crisp and fresh sensation in your mouth. At first sip, the tea tastes like wildflowers with a distinctly bright note of grapefruit and lemon. Thereafter like some wildflower honey with a finish of hay. There are many different varieties of Black tea alone which are equally famous because of their properties. For instance, Arya Diamond, Darjeeling Masala Chai, Broken First Flush, Earl Grey, Puttabong Moondrop, just to name a few. 

Darjeeling Green Tea is also not far behind the pecking order for the best taste and aroma. Mostly ordered and drunk by people wishing to revitalize their body or burn some body fat. The Green Tea beautifully weaves the flavors of Darjeeling Autumn-flush with notes of ripe grapes and berries. Leaving a typical vegetal flavor on your taste buds. Some of the types of Green teas are Arya Emerald, Giddapahar Green, Tulsi Lemongrass Green Tea, and so on.

     2.  BENEFITS OF HEALTH

There are Darjeeling teas that are beneficial to your health and helps in preventing some critical diseases. They are a powerhouse of antioxidants, with enhanced taste and health benefits. They get this benefit from the addition of beneficial herbs, spices, fruits and flowers, and its essence. In this, a balance of both black and white teas and even green tea comes into consideration. Some of these teas have the presence of phenolic compounds with exhibit-antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, and anti-cancerous properties. They also have a mixture of some vitamins like Vitamin B3, vitamin A, C, D, and E. Thus a perfect concoction to invigorate your senses and rescind ailments. Some examples are Orange Peel Black Tea, Rose Chamomile White Tea, Tulsi Lemongrass Green Tea, and others.

The benefits of Oolong tea can also be considered for teas having medicinal value. Oolong tea contains antioxidants called polyphenols. These magnificent compounds prevent (to some extent) grave diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart disease. They, like green tea, can aid in weight loss and helps in fighting obesity. Oolong tea also helps in improving skin health. The traditional home of Oolong tea is in China and Taiwan. Darjeeling Oolong tea is an exquisite blend of Indian and Chinese expertise. It is a successful combination of the woody muscatel notes of Darjeeling tea with the floral aromatic notes and lingering flavor of the Chinese oolong. Classic examples of Oolong tea are the Darjeeling Oolong Tea and the Glenburn Oolong Tea.

     3.  POPULARITY

This is one category that varies from region to region, sometimes between different tea estates. But on the whole, we can say that Darjeeling Black tea is the most popular amongst the others. Nearly 6000 tons of the produce in Darjeeling is exported abroad every year. It is the most preferred tea worldwide by tea connoisseurs. The tea they serve in high-class cafes and hotels abroad or in India is the Darjeeling Balck Tea. Due to its taste and popularity, the price of Darjeeling tea is also rising each year. 

The list then goes on to the other types like Darjeeling Oolong Teas, Darjeeling White Teas, and Darjeeling Green Teas. And the demand is variable for each of the three across the globe. But undoubtedly, Balck tea is the one which has won the hearts of millions of tea drinkers in the world.

RE-USE OF TEA 

Apart from Drinking, tea leaves have other functions and benefits, not related to drinking. Therefore, apart from being the most marketable beverage (after water) in the world, it doesn’t limit itself only for consumption. So after the benefit of health and medicine, the utility of tea leaves can be massive too. 

Firstly, it helps improve the nature of your soil. After your first brew, most of the nutrients will have been consumed. But you will still have some left that you can put to use. Tea contains tannic acid, that helps with the speedy decomposition of the soil and it acts as a natural fertilizer. Acid loving plants like tomatoes or roses, grow healthier when used tea leaves are sprinkled along the base.

Secondly, it helps remove humidity. Who would’ve thought of that? To see this miracle, place the sun-dried tea leaves in the corner of your room, to reduce excess humidity.

It is also helpful in neutralizing bad odors. You can leave some used green tea leaves in a bowl and place it inside your refrigerator. This reduces the strong smell of garlic and onion inside. Even previously used tea bags can be placed inside the refrigerator to absorb bad odors. Green tea removes bad odors from your hands after you wash your hands with green tea leaves. Especially after you prepare some stinky foods like fish or meat. 

Used Tea can act as a natural pesticide. Just sprinkle the infusion from used tea leaves at the base of your plants. This will help you avoid garden pests like mice and other bugs. At the same time improving the quality of your soil. It also protects the plants from fungal infections.

Tannins present independently in black tea makes up for an amazing taste. And they are also great in shining the hardwood floors. Without the use of too much water, apply and rub some used tea-leaves brew on hardwood floors. And let it air dry. You can also dip a soft cloth and use it to wipe and shine your wooden furniture. Or use it to sparkle the mirrors and windows of your house. Similarly, you can also use tea bags to remove stains at the bottom of the toilet bowl. Just leave those used tea bags in the toilet for several hours, or at night, then flush the toilet. Don’t forget to brush the bowl.

Darjeeling Tea, the first product in India to receive a GI Tag

Darjeeling Tea, the first product in India to receive a GI Tag

Geographical Indications-Darjeeling tea

The idea of trade, and what makes trade valuable for societies, has evolved .The economic transition to the modern trading system demands a regulatory mechanism, which did not comply with the traditional ways of trading. The World Trade Organization (WTO), global international organization, provides the instrument to augment smooth, predictable and free trade flows between nations.

The TRIPS Agreement under WTO, adopted in 1994, plays a critical role in facilitating trade in knowledge and creativity, in resolving trade disputes over intellectual property, and in assuring WTO members the scope to achieve their domestic objectives .This was important as trading of goods today, is not confined to shipping of goods only, but comprises an entire system of innovation, creativity and branding. 

A geographical indication (GI), under TRIP, is a name or sign used on products which corresponds to a specific geographical location or origin (e.g. a town, region, or country). It acts as a certification of the products bearing the unique physiognomies and the tradition of the place of origin.Appellation of origin is a subtype of geographical indication where the complete spectrum of the production- quality, method and reputation strictly originate from the allocated area defined under its intellectual property right registration.

Why is GI important?

Geographical indications present a remarkable marketing potential in terms of product branding. It provides a competitive edge to the local products in the international market through an added value and forms a basis of identity .By generating a premium brand price; they contribute to local employment and a safe haven for new business enterprise and other GIs in the region. It also helps in economic resilience by preventing or minimizing the external shock affecting the price percentage. Preservation of natural resources essential for the production, the traditional knowhow and ultimately the environment is other impacts of the GIs. Geographical Indications, does not only provision product imprinting but the entire region acting as catalyst for tourism. The outlined impacts are not guaranteed and depends on an interplay of available conditions at the GIs applied areas.

Is GI only for agricultural goods?

Majority of the GIs throughout the world are applied to agricultural product as they are influenced by specific local, geographical factors such as climate and soil. In recent years, the human expertise that is used in the place of origin, such as specific manufacturing skills and traditions are also entitled to the GIs. That is the case, for instance, for handicrafts, which are generally handmade using local natural resources and usually embedded in the traditions of local communities. 

Darjeeling tea –GI tag

Government of India enacted Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act in 1999(Came into force in 2003).The journey began with Darjeeling tea around 2004-2005. So far total of 320 products have been given GI status in India.

Darjeeling tea with its distinctness of flavour and colour from the others rose to fame and was patronized by tea connoisseurs across the world. It required protection as duplication was rampant under its name in the global market and marring its genuineness. The first step to obtaining this protection for Darjeeling tea began in 1983, by the creation of a logo as a certification trademark. The GI tag which came in effort in 2004 was able to save the long heritage of Darjeeling tea by providing it an authentic marker. This culminated into reaping various benefits for the tea and the entire region like-steady growth curve, consolidation of ownership, new investments and workers plights. 

Tea as an antioxidant

Tea as an antioxidant

Expended for thousands of years and assimilating many cultures, tea has been the source of delicious medicinal benefits around the globe.

Let’s have some tea and unravel this magical drink.

Teas produced from the Camellia sinesis plant contain natural antioxidants which protects cells against the damaging effects of free radicals

Deciphering free radicals

Free radicals are reactive atom or group of atoms that has one or more unpaired electrons that is produced in the body by natural biological processes or introduced from an outside source (such as tobacco smoke, toxins, or pollutants).The unpaired electrons seek out chemical structures in our bodies from where they can steal an electron and damage the structure/tissue. This damage produces array of negative health effects: degenerative diseases, premature ageing, inflammation, heart disease, etc. There are three ways to minimizing the damage- environmentally through avoiding pollution, radiation etc.(which is near impossible); neutralizing of free radicals by anti-oxidants  and increasing the elimination of cells damaged by free radicals.

How do antioxidants ‘neutralize’ free radicals?

An antioxidant is a molecule stable enough to donate an electron to a raging free radical .This stabilizes the free radical and breaks the process of cell damage caused by stealing the electrons. In other words antioxidants deter oxidation, a chemical reaction that can produce free radicals.The antioxidants acting in the defense systems act at different levels such as preventive, radical scavenging, repair and de novo, and adaptation 

The most common antioxidants are beta-carotene, lycopene and vitamins A, C and E. Antioxidants found in fruits, vegetables and also teas is the most nutritious way to obtain them, as believed by experts.

All teas contain numerous different chemicals which act as antioxidants. Darjeeling tea is the powerhouse of antioxidants as well.

Green and white teas are rich in chemicals called catechins, a type of flavonoid. The catechins include epicatechin (EC), epigallocatechin (EGC), epicatechin gallate (ECG), and epigallocatechin gallate. They have the potential to prevent different kinds of cancers, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and many other serious diseases. The catechins generally impart an astringent quality and a bitter taste to tea. Green tea also contains a small amount of Vitamin C, an antioxidant which is also an essential nutrient. 

When tea is oxidized, the catechins are converted into other chemicals, called theaflavins and thearubigins, different chemicals which still act as antioxidants. The oxidation process changes the relative amounts of catechins vs. theaflavins and thearubigins, but does not necessarily result in a lower total antioxidant content. The theaflavins and thearubigins, found in black and oolong teas are called tannins which impart them the darker color  and good for keeping the arteries free of fat, therefore, promoting good heart health.

Release the trepidation when you hold your tea, as it is a magical potion to life!

Tea Blog

Darjeeling teas are graded by the size and quality of the tea leaves. Within each type and flavor of Darjeeling tea, the grade becomes a major factor to determine the the final price of the tea sold. Darjeeling tea fall into four basic groups: whole leaf, broken leaf, fannings, and dust.

We at Darjeeling Tea Direct offer you the finest darjeeling tea which falls into whole leaf and broken leaf categories (upto TGBOP).

1.Whole leaf

SFTGFOP: Super Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe indicates it contains whole leaf and many tips. It is long and wiry in appearance. The liquors are lighter in colour. 

FTGFOP: Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe

TGFOP: Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe

2.Broken leaf consists of small tea leaves or pieces of large leaves.

FTGBOP: Fine Tippy Golden Broken Orange Pekoe

TGBOP: Tippy Golden Broken Orange Pekoe

FBOP: Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe

BOP: Broken Orange Pekoe

3.Fannings consists of even smaller leaf sizes than the brokens.

GFOF: Golden Flowery Orange Fannings

GOF: Golden Orange Fannings

4. Dust, the lowest grade, consists of small pieces of tea leaves and tea dust.

D: Dust

Amazing reuses of tea leaves

Tea being the most sought after beverage in the world after water does not limit itself only for its consumptional value. Known throughout for its health and medicinal benefits, the utility of used tea leaves can be massive too!

Improve the Nature of your Soil:

Most of the nutrients though may have been consumed in the first brew of tea, you may still have some left that you can put to use. Tea contains tannic acid which helps in the speedy decomposition of the soil and acts as a natural fertilizer. Some acid loving plants like tomatoes and roses flourish a great deal when sprinkled used tea leaves  at the base.

Reduce Humidity:

  Place the sun dried tea leaves at a corner of your room to reduce excess humidity.

Neutralize bad odors:

Place some used green tea leaves from your cup in a bowl and leave it in your refrigerator. It cuts down even the strong smell of garlic and onion. Also try used tea bags in the fridge instead of baking soda to absorb odors. Green tea also removes odors from your hands. Rinse your hands with green tea after eating or preparing stinky foods like fish etc and have your hands smell fresh and clean.

Natural Pesticide:

Sprinkle the infusion from the used tea leaves at the base of your plants and avoid garden pests like mice and other bugs whilst improving the quality of your soil. The infusion also protects your plants from fungal infections.

 Cleaning:

The high percentage of tannins in black tea makes up for an amazing flavor but also are great in shining hardwood floors. Don’t use too much water and rub some used tea leaves brew on hardwood flooring and let it air dry. Also dip a soft cloth to wipe and shine your wooden furniture and sparkle your mirrors and windows. You may use a spray bottle as well. Surprisingly, tea bags have been known to remove the stains in the bottom of the toilet bowl. Leave them in the toilet for several hours, then flush the toilet and brush the bowl.

Soothe Burns and Scratches:

The compress from used tea leaves relieves and speeds up the recovery of burning sensation and minimizes redness from sunburn. It further soothes the pain of pinkeye and razor burn. Tea can help relive itchiness and redness from a bee sting or bug bite. Warm wet teabags on your eyes reduces tired puffy eyes which may look less ridiculous than cucumber slices.

Deodorize your shoes:

Put sun dried tea leaves in a muslin cloth and tie the ends properly. Place it near the toes on the sole of a stinky shoe to absorb moisture that has a bad smell. Relax by soaking your feet in strong tea for 20 minutes regularly to reduce foot odor.

Freshen your breath:

Cool your third or fourth brew green tea for mouthwash. Fluorides present in tea strengthens your tea and is effective against cavities and gingivitis. Gargling with strong tea help reduce halitosis. Thus, stay confident and keep smiling.

How does Actual tea vary from Herbal tea?

Drinking tea is a great way to start our day in an elated mood or to unwind after a day at the office. But can we call a cup of aromatic cinnamon brew as “TEA”. Precisely, the answer is NO!!!

For a drink to be “tea” it should come from the leaves of the tea bush (Camellia sinensis).In the cinnamon brew, it is not the actual leaves but made from herbs brewed in water. White tea, green tea, black tea and oolong tea all come under the umbrella of real tea. The difference between them pertains to the way they are processed (more in other blurb of the website).

Herbal tea is a generic term used for any beverage made by steeping flowers, roots, leaves, and bark from plants other than Camellia sinensis. “Herbal infusion” may be the better term to use because herbal teas do not actually have tea leaves from the tea plant. Tisane, is the other word that been popularized in the tea world to draw a clear demarcations.

Succinctly there are three things that separate real tea from tisanes/herbal tea

1. Actual tea contains caffeine while most herbal teas don’t contain caffeine.

2. Tea leaves are rich in antioxidants –catechins, thearubigins, epicatechins which have several health benefits. Whereas the antioxidant in herbal teas depends on the choice of ingredients and the amount of herb used to make the drink.

3.  Actual teas come in four varieties whereas herbal teas can be many depending on our needs-for   instance chamomile, rooibos, mint, cinnamon, ginger, and lemon to name a few.

Sometimes to get away with the mundane taste and aroma of tea, we tend to add some spices from over the kitchen counter. The market is also flooded with such varietal of teas. What are these concoction called? Are they herbal tea as they use herbs as well for the flavorful play? They are popular under the name of Blended Teas which uses one or combination of actual tea as their base. Tea is hydrophilic (“water-loving”), so it absorbs the moisture and aroma/flavor of the added herbs/fruits /flower. The quality of the tea plays a major role in the flavor of tea and not just the added ingredients. Therefore, blended teas which contain actual pieces of added ingredients, depends on the quality of the actual tea that has been used.