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Oh my Darjeeling…

Known as the ‘champagne of teas,' Darjeeling 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 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.

  • Tea Type

    Black Tea

  • Origin


  • Taste Profile

    Muscatel, Refreshing

  • Tastes like

    Fresh and fruity, with a muscatel sweetness

  • Food pairing

    Lighter afternoon tea – cucumber sandwiches

  • When to drink

    For a refreshing elevenses, or light afternoon tea


Brew the perfect cup

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 note from Whittard

“I’m a big fan of our Mango & Bergamot – the coloured petals look lovely against the green tea leaves, and I like to store it in glass sweetshop jars on my kitchen shelf.”

- Marie Laure, Covent Garden Store Manager


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…

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