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Darjeeling, India

Wikipedia: Darjeeling_district | Official Government Website: darjeeling.gov.in 
Updated: Jan. 24, 2015 

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About Darjeeling, India | Styles of Tea Produced in Darjeeling, India | Best (Top-Rated) Darjeeling Teas

About Darjeeling, India

Rolling green hillsides of tea with fog and clouds
A tea plantation in Darjeeling
photo courtesy of Ekabhishek, Licensed Under CC BY-SA 2.0
Darjeeling is a district in West Bengal, India, which is famous for producing tea. The map above shows Darjeeling's (dark green) location in West Bengal (light green). Darjeeling is most famous for its black teas, but it has recently started producing more green and white teas, and even a few oolong teas.

Located on the edge of the Himalayan mountain range, Darjeeling is a high-altitude region, and its teas are often described as "high-grown"; the altitude imparts a unique flavor and aroma to the teas.

The high altitude, combined with the seasonality of precipitation produces a unique phenomenon in some of the teas grown here, particularly first flush black teas produced after the first spring rains. At this time of year, the air is still dry, owing to a combination of the dry season in winter, and the thinner, high-altitude air, which is still cool in early spring. These conditions allow the leaf to dry out quickly during processing, effectively halting oxidation and retaining a greener character to the leaf, much as happens in green tea production.

Neighboring Regions Producing Darjeeling-like Tea

The Darjeeling district is quite small, but it exists within a broad band of regions with more or less similar climate. Many of these areas, especially those directly adjacent to Darjeeling, grow tea as well. These teas can be very similar to Darjeeling teas in overall qualities. Neighboring regions of India include the Jalpaiguri district to the southeast, and Sikkim to the North. Parts of Nepal to the west also produce teas with similar qualities. Darjeeling also shares a narrow border with Bhutan to the east, and with Bangladesh to the southeast.

There has been a problem with counterfeit tea labeled as being from the Darjeeling region: because teas from this region fetch a premium price on the global market, similar teas (and sometimes less similar ones) from other regions are falsely labeled as "Darjeeling".[1]

There is currently no standard term used for teas produced in the style of Darjeeling. Some companies refer to teas from this region as Himalayan teas. Because of the geographic reference, we only classify teas as Darjeeling if they are actually grown in this region.

References:


1. Gadi Kenny, Darjeeling Tea: Intellectual Property Rights of Darjeeling Tea in the age of globalization and world trade, American University - Trade & Environment Database (TED) Journal, No. 752, July 2004.


Useful Links:

Official Darjeeling Government Website


Darjeeling District | Wikipedia



Styles of Tea Produced in Darjeeling, India

This is a selection, not an exhaustive listing, of the styles of tea most commonly produced in Darjeeling, India.

Best Darjeeling Teas

The notion of the "best" Darjeeling teas is subjective, because different people have different tastes. We present the most often-rated and highest-rated teas produced in Darjeeling, India, and allow you to draw your own conclusions.

Most Often-Rated Teas

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Darjeeling

Brand:Twinings
Style:Darjeeling Black Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
18
8 Ratings
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Darjeeling

Brand:Two Leaves Tea
Style:Darjeeling Black Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Sachet
49
5 Ratings
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Darjeeling Black Tea

Brand:Bigelow Tea
Style:Darjeeling Black Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
17
4 Ratings
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Darjeeling (Sachets)

Brand:Hampstead Tea
Style:Darjeeling Black Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
91
4 Ratings
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Darjeeling (teabag)

Brand:Ahmad Tea
Style:Darjeeling Black Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
42
4 Ratings

Top-Rated Darjeeling Teas

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Darjeeling (Sachets)

Brand:Hampstead Tea
Style:Darjeeling Black Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
91
4 Ratings
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Darjeeling (Loose)

Brand:Ahmad Tea
Style:Darjeeling Black Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
88
4 Ratings
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Singbulli, Darjeeling Black Tea, First Flush 2014

Brand:Happy Earth Tea
Style:Darjeeling First Flush
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
83
3 Ratings
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Makaibari Estate Darjeeling 2nd Flush Black Tea

Brand:Arbor Teas
Style:Darjeeling Second Flush
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
82
3 Ratings
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Singbulli Darjeeling DJ41

Brand:Harney and Sons
Style:Darjeeling First Flush
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
80
3 Ratings

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