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Darjeeling – The Queen of Hills


Darjeeling is a town in India's West Bengal state, located in the Himalayan foothills at an elevation of 6,700 ft (2,042.2 m). It is famed for its tea and the “Toy Train” a UNESCO Heritage Site. It is one of the few hill stations that are connected with the plains with a steam locomotive. The town is set against the backdrop of the snow-capped southern Himalayan mountains. Mt. Kanchenjunga happens to be the third highest mountain in the world.

Darjeeling is globally famous for the tea it produces, it is one of the oldest and most celebrated tea growing regions of the world. Darjeeling tea is internationally recognized and ranks among the most popular of the black teas. It is globally recognized as the ‘Champagne’ of teas. The region is blessed with a year -long cold climate, fresh mountain air, pine trees and natural flora and fauna which is not found elsewhere. The resultant is, Darjeeling produces some of the most prized aromatic teas.

Harvest seasons in Darjeeling are distributed over a span of nine months with three major tea flushes (spring, summer, and autumn) and two minor ‘in-between’ flushes. Every flush produces unique varieties of tea, and no two flushes produce the same kind. The famous Darjeeling ‘muscatel tea’ is one such kind. No other part of the world is known to produce this variety of tea.

Popular Tea Estates in Darjeeling

Thurbo Tea Estate

Avongrove Tea Estate

Badamtam Tea Estate

Castleton Tea Estate

Runglee Rungliot Tea Estate

Giddapahar Tea Estate

Margarets Hope Tea Estate

Goomtee Tea Estate

Gopaldhara Tea Estate

Jungpana Tea Estate

Singbulli Tea Estate

Longview Tea Estate

Barnesbeg Tea Estate

Makaibari Tea Estate

Glenburn Tea Estate

Marybong Tea Estate

Mission Hill Tea Estate

Namring Tea Estate

Puttabong Tea Estate

Poobong Tea Estate

Rohini Tea Estate

Highland Tea Estate

Selimbong Tea Estate

Giddhapahar Tea Estate

Sungma Tea Estate

Namring Upper Tea Estate

Arya Tea Estate

 

Tea grades produced in Darjeeling

Whole leaf, broken leaf, fanning, and dust – Darjeeling produces just about every grade of black tea and other types of teas, too. Common grades associated with Darjeeling tea include:

Whole leaf

SFTGFOP: Super Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe

SFTGFOP1: Super Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe One

FTGFOP: Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe

FTGFOP1: Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe One

TGFOP: Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe

TGFOP1: Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe One

GFOP: Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe One

Broken leaf

FTGBOP: Fine Tippy Golden Broken Orange Pekoe

TGBOP: Tippy Golden Broken Orange Pekoe

FBOP: Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe

BOP: Broken Orange Pekoe

Fannings and Dust

GFOF: Golden Flowery Orange Fannings

GOF: Golden Orange Fannings


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