Because of its unique flavor and qualities, Darjeeling tea is universally acknowledged to be the finest of all teas. Sometimes called the “queen of teas” or “champagne of teas,” Darjeeling is grown and manufactured only in the Darjeeling district in West Bengal, India.  Situated in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains, at altitudes of up to 4000 feet above sea level, this region offers the perfect climate for tea.  The hills of Darjeeling are home to the most expensive teas in the world.

Darjeeling tea has been harvested since the 1840′s and was commercially developed by the British in the 1850′s.  It has maintained its high standard for 160 years and is exclusively hand-picked.  Proper plucking of Darjeeling tea is as unique as its flavor.  The smallest and most tender shoots, comprised of two new leaves and a bud, are gently plucked by quick skillful hands.  It takes about 22,000 shoots to make one kilogram or a little over two pounds of tea. Pluckers must battle steep terrain, cold, mist and heavy rainfall to complete each picking, and all of these conditions factor in to the high price that some Darjeeling teas can bring.

How amazing that so many different qualities and characteristics can describe tea from the very same plants depending on the climate and season!  Darjeeling tea cannot be manufactured anywhere else in the world, similar to Champagne in that region of France.  In fact, tea without Darjeeling would be like wine without the prestige of Champagne.  It is the standard to which all other teas strive.  Enjoy a cup today!