Tag - Darjeeling

Breaking the back of the tea industry in Darjeeling

Storms are brewing in the eastern state of West Bengal, as India’s most famous tea-growing region is under conflict. Darjeeling with its beautiful sprawling estates and unique micro-climate, by many considered to be the Mecca of tea, produces some of the world’s most expensive black premium teas, including the highly coveted First Flush teas. Prized for their distinctive flavor and aroma, Darjeeling teas, also known as the ‘Champagnes of Teas’, are largely exported to European markets. Due to the current conflict, [...]

Darjeeling First Flush

The Darjeeling District found in India is well known for its tea and perhaps the most special one of them all is the Darjeeling First Flush. This seasonal tea is the first harvest, or 'flush', of the year after the winter has come and gone and the first leaves of spring are ready to be plucked. Typically, the First Flush is in season from March to May, but each year's harvest is different, as much depends on weather patterns and the [...]