Know about Darjeeling Tea

Traditionally, Darjeeling produces black tea harvested from the small-leaved Chinese variety of Camellia sinensis var. Sinensis, rather than the large-leaved Assam plant (C. Sinensis var. Assamica). This type of tea bush features smaller leaves and has a rich aroma. The tea is distinguishable from other Indian black teas. A growing number of estates are also producing a variety of tea like Oolong teas, Green teas, and White teas as these teas are becoming more popular.


The unique flavour of Darjeeling tea is created through a process that occurs during harvest. Leafhoppers and thrips suck on the sap in the tea leaves, causing mild damage that makes the plant repel these insects by producing terpenes. The higher terpenes content is accountable for the muscatel flavours in the tea.

Darjeeling Tea Types

Darjeeling Tea Grades

When Darjeeling teas are sold, they are graded by size and quality. The grades fall into four basic groups: whole leaf, broken leaf, fannings, and dust.

Darjeeling Tea Gardens