Often referred to as the champagne of teas, Darjeeling is a smooth black tea that begs for a full English tea service such as an afternoon tea. It’s one of my favorite teas for breakfast served with a little sweetener and milk.
The area called Darjeeling is a legendary tea-growing area made up of many tea estates nestled on the steep Himalayan slopes of northeastern India with altitudes of up to 7,000 feet above sea level. The microclimate, unique soil and high elevation produce a very high quality black tea coveted by connoisseurs. The area of Darjeeling produces teas with bright muscatel and delicate floral characteristics not found in teas grown anywhere else in the world. If it’s grown anywhere else in the world it will not have the right flavor and it cannot have the Darjeeling name.
When brewed, Darjeeling has a light brown color with a delicate flowery aroma and crisp astringency. The first crop harvest for each year is known as the “First Flush” and commands the highest price. Octavia tea’s Darjeeling, a prestigious 2nd flush micro-lot comes from a garden that is a favorite of Queen Elizabeth II and offers radiant notes of Muscat wine, unsweetened cocoa, peach, orange blossom and cedar.
Try a pot of Darjeeling with friends. It’s perfect served with an afternoon tea and I’ve found it to be a most acceptable tea for everyone that drinks tea….not too strong, not too weak, just perfect. It makes a wonderful black Iced Tea also. Brew it today, chill it over night and have an iced tea party tomorrow.
If you’d like to try Darjeeling for yourself, go to Octavia Tea’s website HERE or look for Octavia teas in specialty shops.
This and my other posts for the month of April are part of an A-2-Z Challenge to write everyday in April except Sundays with the next letter of the alphabet.