Harney & Sons Darjeeling is a blend of First Flush and Autumnal Teas from the best tea estates in the Darjeeling district, West Bengal in India, high in the mountains of Himalayas. First flush is harvested in mid-March following spring rains, and has a gentle, very light colour, aroma, and mild astringency while the Autumnal Teas are harvested in the fall season after the rainy season, and has somewhat less delicate flavour and less spicy tones, but fuller body and darker colour. The mixture of these two in the Harney & Sons Darjeeling yields a light color brew with a medium body that is very fragrant.
Darjeeling has developed a good reputation among tea drinkers for over 150 years, so by making this blend, Harney & Sons wanted something that would respect that tradition. They created this blend that combines many esteemed qualities but is reasonably priced. As all Darjeeling teas, this Harney & Sons blend is also created with the small leaves of Camellia Sinensis and you can find green (hard withered green flakes) along with larger brown leaves.
Some people call Darjeeling "The Champagne of Teas". Just as the word 'Champagne' signifies sparkling wines that come from the Champagne region of France, in the world of tea the word 'Darjeeling' denotes tea from the district of Darjeeling located high in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas. Currently, there are collectively about 87 tea estates in this small region that create this special type of tea. The sub-tropical, high altitude conditions, the slightly acidic soils and the climate that alternates between sunny to frequent cloudy periods, all contribute to the unique taste of the tea in this area.
|Product Contains||20 wrapped sachets of loose-leaf tea|
|Base||Small green leaves (hard withered green flakes) along with larger brown leaves|
|Aroma||Bright aromas of a First Flush with pineapple and grapefruit and darker stone fruit notes of Autumn Teas|
|Character||Bright citrus notes and darker notes of stone apricots and plums
|Brewing Time||4 to 5 minutes|
|Brewing Temperature||212° F|