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Known as the 'champagne of teas,' Darjeeling tea is famed for its sparkling clarity of taste and crystalline sweetness, benefitting from the steady rainfall, light soil and cool air of the Himalayan foothills. The British first established plantations in Darjeeling in the 1840s, using seeds smuggled from China, and some of the original 'China Jat' bushes are still cultivated today.
Picked during the second harvest of the year between May and June, this 'Second Flush' Darjeeling takes on some of the warmth of late spring, with developed fruit notes coming through in the cup. You'll often hear connoisseurs refer to the 'muscatel' quality of a good Second Flush variety, and it's true that this particular Darjeeling tea has a real sense of that delicious dessert wine sweetness. Far lighter than most black teas, Darjeeling is best brewed lightly and enjoyed without milk - you'll find it's sublimely refreshing at any time of day.
Fresh and fruity, with a muscatel sweetness
Lighter afternoon tea cucumber sandwiches
For a refreshing elevenses, or light afternoon tea
Add one teaspoon (around 2g) of loose leaf tea per cup and always use freshly drawn and boiled water. Allow to brew for 3-5 minutes according to taste. Can be enjoyed with or without milk.
A rare delight by Jan Williams on 15th January 2017
This is not for breakfast but for savouring later in the day. I drink it without milk and love its beautiful colour. A high-class tea!
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Tea plantations were first introduced to India by the British in the 19th century. Britain had originally relied on China for their tea supplies, but their breakthrough came when the Scottish explorer Robert Bruce discovered tea plants growing wild in Assam. However, that didn’t stop the British from stealing Chinese tea cuttings to plant in the Himalayan region of Darjeeling, and the finest Darjeelings are still cultivated from the original China-Jat bushes. Despite its rather dubious beginnings tea is now an integral part of Indian culture, with sweet, milky chai sold on every street corner.
Contained within about 70 square miles of green rolling hills, Darjeeling is one of the world's most beautiful tea growing regions. The gardens where we source our tea have an incredible view of the five peaks of Kanchenjunga, so 5 seemed a good number for our signature Darjeeling
The Castleton Estate in Darjeeling is among the world's most celebrated tea gardens, famed for its superb Second Flush variety. Picked in June, Castleton's second harvest of the year produces teas with a pronounced floral aroma and a dramatic muscatel sweetness. More robust than a First Flush, this golden tea is the darling of Darjeeling.More Details
Cultivated high up in the Himalayas, this bright and breezy Nepalese tea has some of the delicate character of a Darjeeling, though with its own light spiciness and refreshing notes of citrus. Refined, bright and aromatic, Nepalese teas are some of the very finest we've tried you can really taste that mountain airMore Details
“I’m a bit of a traditionalist, so I tend to go for classic black tea blends like Earl Grey, or single origin varieties like Ceylon or Assam. Lapsang Souchong is a treat with hot cross buns.”- Jamie, Oxford Street Store Manager
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