India being the second-largest exporter of tea, a part of the export being Darjeeling Tea, proves that it is not only consumed heartily in India but is a consumers’ favourite overseas too. To understand this fondness, we delved in to find out what is so special about the tea that has everyone addicted to it.
5 Reasons That Makes Darjeeling Tea So Special
1. Legally Protected:
Honoured with the title of the “Champagne of Teas”, Darjeeling tea was the first product to be given legal protection under the Geographical Indication (GI) trademark in India. For a tea to be called Darjeeling Tea, it has to specifically come from the Darjeeling region in India. It is just like how it is illegal to call any wine Champagne if it is not from the Champagne region in France.
2. Hills of Darjeeling:
Camellia sinensis, a tea variety from China discovered thousands of years ago, is a resilient variety that can withstand the highest of altitude and coldest of temperatures. This variety grown in the foothills of the Himalayas, in the Darjeeling region, is one of the most elevated places in the world to grow tea. The high altitude, different temperatures during the day and night, UV rays exposure, and the oxygen levels here make it an ideal environment for the tea plant to thrive in.
3. Tea Flavour:
Considered to be one of the finest teas globally, Darjeeling Tea in India is typically a black tea, known for its distinct musky flavour, referred to as “muscatel”. This flavour combined with a very mild astringent kick, and fruity aroma evokes a sensation similar to that of sipping wine. This unique taste cannot be replicated anywhere else and hence preferred by tea connoisseurs around the world.
4. Tea Production:
With only a few dozen tea estates and gardens in this region, and the tea is harvested only a few times a year, makes it a prized possession and fetch very high prices. But it is not only the rarity that makes it expensive, the whole process of care and precision that goes into it right from the cultivation to harvest till its manufacture adds to it the elite status. Most of the gardens producing tea here do it fully manually and organically with the help of local workers.
5. Harvesting The Tea:
The Darjeeling Tea is majorly harvested thrice a year, known as the “flushes”. The first flush is harvested around March right after the spring rains. The tea from these leaves is light coloured, with a mild aroma and astringency. The leaves plucked around June constitute the second flush. These leaves give a full-bodied amber colour tea. As the sun intensity is stronger during summer, so does the flavour of the tea. It is this second flush black tea; that is known for the renowned muscatel flavour. The third harvest known as the autumn flush has a deeper colour but is a little less on the flavour when compared to the second flush.
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