Our Darjeeling takes your taste buds on a journey of discovery. Delicate yet complex, floral yet fruity, this is a distinguished brew for discerning tea lovers everywhere.
Nestled in India’s Mahabharata Mountain Range (aka the ‘lesser Himalayas’), Darjeeling is a very special tea region. At around 2,000 metres (m) altitude, Darjeeling’s hilly tea gardens only produce tea in specific seasons, each with their own character.
Our Tea Masters blend Darjeeling teas from different seasons. The first flush (harvest) is picked in the springtime, when the young leaves have a fresh, floral character. This is then balanced with teas from the second flush, picked in early summer. By now the leaves are more mature, giving the brew its richer notes, often said to resemble Muscat grapes.
Bright and golden in the cup, our Darjeeling has a refreshingly brisk taste with a fine balance of flavours. While the tea is lovely at any time of the day, we love it in the afternoons, served without milk. Try brewing it medium-strong to release all the tea’s fragrances and crisp finish.
We’re honoured that our Darjeeling tea picked up a Great Taste Award in 2018. The world’s most coveted food and drink award, Great Taste judges praised our Darjeeling for its "bright and distinct flavours" and a "long-lasting Darjeeling character". The box shows William Marlow’s 1788 painting "Blackfriars Bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral". This illustrates Central London and the Thames - the river that connected Britain to the rest of the world – and as such, we think it sums up our Darjeeling nicely.
Origin*: Darjeeling*Please note, subject to change due to seasonal variations.
Each and every morning, my favourite cup of tea would be English Breakfast. It’s strong, it’s coloury, it’s got a wonderful nutty flavour that I really do enjoy, and it takes the milk well.William Manning, Senior Tea Taster
In the UK Head Office we taste over 500 cups of tea every day, to search for the best quality teas available from around the world.Dominic Marriot, Tea Taster
Later on in the afternoon I might try something like a Darjeeling that has the muscatel flavour, or maybe even a high-grown Ceylon, but definitely my favourite brew, and the one that I drink the most of, is English Breakfast.William Manning , Senior Tea Taster