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The story of Darjeeling teas started some 150 years ago when Dr Campbell (a civil surgeon), as an experiment planted Chinese tea seeds in his garden at Darjeeling, then a small hill town resort used by the army and well-off. The experiment went well and the government decided to set up nurseries in the area.

The first commercial tea gardens were planted by the British in 1852. By 1866,Darjeeling had 39 gardens producing a total crop of 21,000kgs of tea. In 1870, the number of gardens had increased to 56 gardens yielding 71,000 kgs. Today , Darjeeling produces the world's best aromatic teas. Presently, Darjeeling has 86 tea gardens which produce about 10 million kgs of tea annually

In Darjeeling 4 major crops are harvested over the year, and the same bush gives five different characters of tea over the harvest seasons

The First Flush from the first week of March to the first week of May, is greenish in appearance and has a mild liquor and floral aroma.

In-Between Flush – can yield some excellent teas

The Second Flush, more matured than the 1st in terms of aroma and liquor, with the world renowned Muscatel flavour. This crop is harvested from the end of the third week of May to the third week of June.

The Third Flush, known as the Monsoon Flush (July to September), this crop can be flat and dull although there are some outstanding exceptions.

The Autumnal Flush, the last and final crop, which is harvested from the last week of September to the 2nd week of November. This harvest gives the strongest liquor as it passes through the summer and monsoon. This tea has a remarkable aroma.

We are now packaging the majority of our teas in black matte finish stand-up pouches. The matte finish outer layer gives them a distinctive old world look. Sizes available are 50g (new), 100g, 250g and 500g. Orders of 1kg quantities are either made up of two 500g pouches or with the suppliers original 1kg packaging.

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Darjeeling Ambootia Estate 1st Flush SFTGFOP1 Organic

Darjeeling Ambootia Estate 1st Flush SFTGFOP1 Organic

Flowery-grassy with as full body and finely balanced. Leaves a slightly spicy impression with a little tartiness....

 From £8.25
Darjeeling 2nd Upper Namring TGFOP1

Darjeeling 2nd Upper Namring TGFOP1

A premium 2nd flush from one of Darjeeling's top estates. A distinctive Muscatel character is set off by notes of newly baked bread. A great tea!...

 From £6.75
Darjeeling, Soom Estate 1st Flush Organic  TGFOP1

Darjeeling, Soom Estate 1st Flush Organic TGFOP1

Produced during March at the height of the 1st Flush, this tea is alive with Muscatel flavour....

 From £5.75
Darjeeling - Castleton Estate FTGFOP1 Autumnal

Darjeeling - Castleton Estate FTGFOP1 Autumnal

A particularly fine and well-made tea, full of rich Autumnal flavour....

 From £5.25
Darjeeling TGFOP decaffeinated

Darjeeling TGFOP decaffeinated

Darjeeling of quality retains best attributes after decaffeination - a tender brew and fine muscatel aroma....

 From £5.25
Darjeeling 1st Tukdah TGFOP

Darjeeling 1st Tukdah TGFOP

A top 1st Flush Darjeeling, bright. lively and full of delicious nuanced flavour and Muscatel character. Great price too!...

 From £5.25
Darjeeling - 2nd Flush Organic FTGFOP1, Avongrove Estate

Darjeeling - 2nd Flush Organic FTGFOP1, Avongrove Estate

A high quality tea with a strong aromatic base and complex flowery notes....

 From £5.25
Darjeeling - 2nd Flush Organic FTGFOP1 Singell Estate

Darjeeling - 2nd Flush Organic FTGFOP1 Singell Estate

Full and very aromatic 2nd Flush has as soft and velvety muscatel flavour....

 From £5.25
Darjeeling 2nd Flush Bio FTGFOP1 Makaibari Estate

Darjeeling 2nd Flush Bio FTGFOP1 Makaibari Estate

The tea is dark golden-brown with many silvery tip, which develop a full, soft and aromatic taste....

 From £4.75
Darjeeling 2nd Happy Valley FTGFOP1

Darjeeling 2nd Happy Valley FTGFOP1

Happy Valley's elevation produces a stunning tea with notes of muscatel. The estate is located about 3kms from the city of Darjeeling at an altitude of up to 2.750 metres. The tea produced by Happy Valley is sold by "Harrods" ...

 From £4.75
Darjeeling 2nd Mim Estate TGFOP1

Darjeeling 2nd Mim Estate TGFOP1

This quality only becomes available in June when the 2nd Flush is at it's peak. This is an exceptional tea with good body and classic Muscatel character. We're thrilled at having found this one!...

 From £4.75
Darjeeling 2nd Margaret's Hope TGFOP

Darjeeling 2nd Margaret's Hope TGFOP

From a top Darjeeling Estate this 2nd Flush tea has a lovely muscatel flavour with a delicious astringency....

 From £4.75
Darjeeling Autumnal Blend GFOP

Darjeeling Autumnal Blend GFOP

Black and Brown leaves of even size and plenty of tip and a fantastic fruity autumnal character. This is a tea lovers tea!...

 From £3.25
Darjeeling - 1st/2nd Flush Blend  Organic FTGFOP1, Happy Valley Estate

Darjeeling - 1st/2nd Flush Blend Organic FTGFOP1, Happy Valley Estate

A medium sized leaf yields a highly aromatic, full and bright cup....

 From £3.25
Darjeeling 2nd Flush Monteviot Estate Bio GBOP  "Unscented Afternoon Selection"

Darjeeling 2nd Flush Monteviot Estate Bio GBOP "Unscented Afternoon Selection"

A beautifully worked leaf yields a fine, stylish Darjeeling. Designed for afternoon drinking. Recommended!...

 From £3.25
Darjeeling 2nd Castleton TGFOP

Darjeeling 2nd Castleton TGFOP

A wonderful muscatel flavour with rich but delicate strength. This tea has asll the hallmarks of a premium 2nd flush tea, and will appeal to the fine Darjeeling lover....

 From £3.25
Darjeeling 2nd Flush House Selection

Darjeeling 2nd Flush House Selection

Spicy and aromatic, a tea of high quality...

 From £2.95
Darjeeling 1st Flush Himalayan Blend

Darjeeling 1st Flush Himalayan Blend

Fresh, slightly spicy with medium body and fine aroma....

 From £2.95