Darjeeling Black Tea

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Updated: Mar. 12, 2014 

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About Darjeeling Black Tea

Golden-yellow tea in white teacup on dark wooden backgroundDarjeeling black tea, especially first flush tea like pictured here, can be much lighter in color and overall character than other black teas. Photo © Yoppy (Flickr), CC BY 2.0.
Darjeeling black tea, usually just called Darjeeling is one of the most well-known and highly-regarded varieties of black tea, produced in the Darjeeling district of India, located in the northeast of India on the border with Nepal. Darjeeling black tea is often categorized by flush, the time of year at which the tea leaves are harvested. Darjeeling tea is produced by different tea gardens, and the higher-quality teas from this region are often sold as single-estate teas, marked as originating from a particular estate.

Darjeeling tends to be lighter than other black teas, although teas from this region are diverse. For this reason, Darjeeling is often a favorite for afternoon tea, either on its own, or as an ingredient in lighter afternoon blends, in British tea culture. Some Darjeelings have an aroma that resembles muscatel grapes, a variety of grape sometimes used for wine. These Darjeelings share this quality with some bai hao oolong, a Chinese oolong tea that also often resembles muscatel grapes.

Loose-leaf tea with irregular, crinkly leaves, colors ranging from pale green through orange and olive to dark brown or blackThis Darjeeling, produced by Makaibari estate, shows a mix of ranges of oxidation, reflected in the leaf color ranging from silvery and pale green (low oxidation), through reddish and olive (mid oxidation), to dark brown and black (higher oxidation).
Unlike most black teas, Darjeeling teas often have a substantial portion of greener (less oxidized) leaves mixed in, which gives the dry leaves a diversity of colors. In some cases, such as with some high-grown first flush Darjeelings, the leaf is entirely green in color. Brewed Darjeeling tea has a wide range of color; many Darjeelings are an amber color, lighter in hue than most other black teas. Some Darjeelings, especially the highly-desired first flush teas, are less oxidized and are more like oolongs than black teas, although these teas are distinct from proper Darjeeling oolongs.

Teas similar to Darjeeling:

Other regions of India, such as Sikkim, and nearby regions outside of India, such as Nepal, produce teas in a similar style to Darjeeling tea. Teas from these regions are not referred to as Darjeeling, but are often categorized by the same system of flushes. These areas together form the Himalayan region of tea production.

Varieties, Kinds, or Types of Darjeeling Black Tea

Best Darjeeling Black Tea

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

Most Often-Rated Teas

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Darjeeling

Brand:Twinings
Style:Darjeeling Black Tea
Region:Darjeeling, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
34
8 Ratings
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Darjeeling

Brand:Two Leaves Tea
Style:Darjeeling Black Tea
Region:Darjeeling, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Sachet
8
5 Ratings
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Darjeeling (Sachets)

Brand:Hampstead Tea
Style:Darjeeling Black Tea
Region:Darjeeling, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
65
4 Ratings
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Darjeeling (teabag)

Brand:Ahmad Tea
Style:Darjeeling Black Tea
Region:Darjeeling, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
13
4 Ratings
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Darjeeling Black Tea

Brand:Bigelow Tea
Style:Darjeeling Black Tea
Region:Darjeeling, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
7
4 Ratings

Top-Rated Teas

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Darjeeling (Sachets)

Brand:Hampstead Tea
Style:Darjeeling Black Tea
Region:Darjeeling, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
65
4 Ratings
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Darjeeling 2nd Flush Muscatel

Brand:Rishi Tea
Style:Darjeeling Second Flush
Region:Darjeeling, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
64
3 Ratings
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Singbulli Darjeeling DJ41

Brand:Harney and Sons
Style:Darjeeling First Flush
Region:Darjeeling, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
61
3 Ratings
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Singbulli, Darjeeling Black Tea, First Flush 2014

Brand:Happy Earth Tea
Style:Darjeeling First Flush
Region:Darjeeling, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
57
3 Ratings
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Darjeeling (Loose)

Brand:Ahmad Tea
Style:Darjeeling Black Tea
Region:Darjeeling, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
55
4 Ratings

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