The “Champagne of teas", Darjeeling Tea is truly a gem of the Himalayas, which is touted as one of the most expensive teas in the world since quite some time. While back in the 15th century, this drink was popularised in the West by the British East India Company, which got the monopoly of importing goods from outside Europe, Darjeeling Tea is globally recognised as the connoisseur’s delight.
What makes this tea stand out from its counterparts is the particular climatic conditions in which Darjeeling tea is grown in the beautiful hill station from where it gets the name: temperature between 18 and 30 degrees, 150-300 cm annual rainfall and loamy soil rich in phosphorus and potash. Tea bushes grown in Darjeeling belong to the small-leaved Chinese variety, Camellia sinensis var. sinensis, unlike the large-leaved Assam variety, Camellia sinensis var. assamica.
Having a distinct muscatel flavor, this tea was awarded with the prestigious Geographical Indication status in 2003. This is not only a great move to bolster the international demand for this tea, but it also makes the tea germinating from Darjeeling an integral part of India’s rich cultural heritage. Its Muscatel flavor cannot be replicated in any other tea growing region in the world.
What is particularly interesting about this tea is also its variety:
1. Easter Flush (March – April):
This is produced just after the dormant winter months when the leaves are tender and very light green in appearance. The liquor too is light, clear and bright, imparting a pleasant flavor to this tea.
2. Spring Flush (May – June):
This flush is renowned for its prominent quality. The leaf has a purplish tinge. The liquor is more mellow and loaded with more colour (amber), giving it a somewhat fruity flavor.
3. Summer Flush (July – September):
During this period the nature of the liquor becomes more concentrated. Yet the leaves retain the brightness and character that Darjeeling is known for.
4. Autumn Flush (October – November):
The Tea during this period has a light coppery shade and liquors have a delicate character.
This thin bodied tea is not just a tea connoisseur’s delight, but also a great marvel from a health perspective. Packed with anti-oxidants, such as theaflavins and thearubigins, Darjeeling tea helps in combating the harmful free oxygen radicals. This keeps health issues like ageing, raise the risk for chronic illnesses, as well as cause cellular damage and cancer at bay. It is also a great way to improve oral health as it strengthens teeth by maintaining the pH levels in the mouth as well as helps to annihilate the harmful bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease. The magnesium in the tea helps enhance the bone mineral density and prevents bone-related disease such osteoporosis. Last, but not the least, it is low in calories and a great drink for weight watchers.
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