In Part 1 of our series on Darjeeling First Flush teas, we looked at the characteristics of the Darjeeling First Flush and how it...
Discover Yourself with Darjeeling Tea
There is so much more to you than a ragtag group of neurotransmitters like dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin randomly swirling around in your brain. You are uniquely you, and so are the secrets to your inner peace. The path you take to discovering true contentment may very well lie in exploring unique beverages that cater to your specific taste profile.
This is where Darjeeling tea comes in. Only 87 tea estates grow Darjeeling tea in limited quantity, making it’s supplies incredibly rare every year.
Darjeeling tea has developed a reputation for creating unique tea moments. It combines the best tastes and aromas to lure you into an irresistible moment of pleasure. New tea connoisseurs will be enchanted by the cosy moments that Darjeeling tea leaves in its wake.
Whether you want to relieve stress or elevate your mind into a heightened sense of self-awareness, that hot cup of Darjeeling tea will help you create your defining moment. Over time, you will develop your own way of enjoying your favourite cup of tea.
Everyone has their own special tea moment, what’s yours?
What Makes Darjeeling So Unique?
Darjeeling tea grows in India, although its leaves are Chinese. It’s got sweet notes of grapes with the chilling Himalayan mountain air. It tastes more like wine than tea. Even if you’re not a tea connoisseur, a good cup of Darjeeling will make you one. Aptly named as the “champagne of teas” with its notes of sweet musky wine and citrus flavors, Darjeeling tea will expand your drinking palette.
The same Darjeeling tea from the same garden will exhibit different aromas, textures, and taste profiles depending on the time of the year. There are three main harvests in a year called flushes. The first, second, and third harvests range from delicate and light variants to full-bodied and robust ones. It all depends on exposure to the sun and relative oxidation levels.
How you respond to each flush depends entirely on you. Some individuals may prefer the highly prized first flush, which uses the youngest leaves that make one feel optimistic, while others may prefer the dark and coppery texture of the full-bodied third flush leaves.
Why Is Darjeeling Special?
The non-tea drinker may wonder what the big deal about the Darjeeling is. It’s just tea after all right? Well, it gets more complicated. Discovering Darjeeling and exploring its wide taste profile and fragrance is like learning about gin if you’ve only heard of whiskey and vodka.
Darjeeling tea is a game-changer in the context of tea and it’s ironic that some people don’t pay attention to it.
How you explore Darjeeling tea is entirely up to you. You have to carve out your own unique journey and find out for yourself what those first sips of first flush, second flush, and third flush can offer. There’s a lot of potentials to explore here.
After all, you are unique and so is your Darjeeling!