The most majestic amongst Indian Teas, Darjeeling Tea is grown in the foothills of the Himalayas. It is composed of leaf that is light brown, flecked with olive green. When infused, the leaf evolves into an olive infusion with coppery brown hues and a beautiful aroma. The leaves yield a golden orange liquor that offers a bright yet mellow tea, with the characteristic muscatel note. A lingering floral finish complements the elegance and gentle tea and its unique personality.
Tasting tea is an art that can be perfected only through experience. Experts undergo years of training in order to develop their pallet but even they can disagree on the variances of the character of the tea. All teas have a unique profile and we believe that there is a systematic approach towards tea tasting. It helps one relate the sensor character of tea to its terroir and the production process behind it- leaving you with a better understanding and appreciation for the liquor.
It is best to taste tea when you are in the right mindset- for many of us, that entails when we are full of energy and creativity. Only then can you appreciate the spirit of tea and experience a delicate balance of peace, comfort and finesse.
Gielle Tea Estates are the most celebrated tea gardens in Darjeeling, and they take their name from the sweet water stream Gielle. Carefully selected China bushes were planted with infinite care, and these gardens have a clear location advantage over all others in the area. They are situated on cold sunny slopes, stretching upwards from 2500 to 6500 feet above sea level, the highest point above the valley. These fertile slopes are blessed by cool mists, bright sunshine and crisp winds of the Kanchenjunga, where the legendary flavour of pure Darjeeling tea was conceived.