Loose Darjeeling Tea

Loose Darjeeling tea: the ‘Champagne of teas’. See our first & second flushes.

Darjeeling tea, from India’s Himalayan foothills, is known as the ‘champagne of teas’ which are well-known for their characteristic muscatel character. There is often a great colonial history to such famous Darjeeling gardens as Margaret’s Hope and Castleton. Loose Darjeeling tea is a light afternoon tea, best drunk without milk. First and second flush teas are noted for their briskness and smoothness respectively. The former are fresh, light and have a distinct muscatel character and the latter are particularly noted for their fuller, fruitier and smoother character.
Black Darjeeling teas are famous world-wide for their muscatel character and floral nose. Darjeeling lies at around 6000 ft. in the southern foothills of the Himalayas. The climate is cool and misty, bringing between nine and thirteen inches of rain during the monsoon season of June to September. Darjeeling was cultivated originally by British planters in the nineteenth century using cuttings from Chinese plants but the Assam variety, indigenous to India, is used at lower altitudes. First Flush Black Darjeeling teas are picked in March to mid-April. Second Flush Black Darjeeling Teas are picked in May. See also our Green Darjeeling Teas and Darjeeling Oolong.

DARJEELING TEA INSIGHT: From: Himalayan foothills of West Bengal, India. Known as: the ‘Champagne of teas’. Type of tea: Black orthodox. Sometimes green, oolong or white. Leaf: neatly hand-picked two leaves and a bud. Classified by: grade and picking. First grown: 1859 using Chinese tea seed. Picking: 1st Flush from March. 2nd Flush from May. Character: Light bodied, muscatel, fruity. In the cup: brisk to smooth.

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Feedback has been compiled from 61 customer reviews

DateProductScoreCustomer Comment

Darjeeling Okayti First Flush 2016

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  • Darjeeling Namring Upper Second Flush tea
  • Good Afternoon tea blend
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  • Darjeeling Namring Upper First Flush
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Service rating : Excellent product with rapid service. What more could I ask
Product : a pleasing and enjoyable brew, give it a good long time to develop its full flavour

Darjeeling Castleton tea

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  • Tie Guan Yin oolong
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  • China Keemun Peony tea
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Service rating : As usual, the tea arrived quickly, in a lovely pizza-style box, inside which are the wonderful 3-layer tea bags (paper, aluminium foil & mylar). BTW I HATE it when the website questions my spelling of aluminium. This is the ****** UK, twerps!
But to continue.
The Ti Kuan Yin (Tie Guan Yin, fooh!) is superb, a hearty greenish oolong. The Darj. is a repeat purchase, well-known on my shelf. The Keemun I haven't tasted for decades, & am looking forward to renewing my acquaintance. And the Oodoowerre... I am keenly anticipating this.
I shall report on the Greys webite in due course.
Product : A good, reliable Darjeeling.
An English haiku:

Sunrise is tardy,
Birdsong delayed.
Darjeeling cools in a pint glass.

Darjeeling Namring Upper Second Flush tea

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Service rating : Quick delivery and strong packaging to protect tea. Great selection with good photos of tea and description. I find I need a notepad and pencil as the subdivided sections make it a little time consuming to compare prices and tasting notes. Best tea supplier I've used so far.
Product : Rounded flavour. Not astringent. Good value.

Darjeeling Thurbo Second Flush 2016

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a super range of very good quality tea with excellent customer service and amazingly speedy delivery and a joy to shop with you.

Darjeeling Castleton tea

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Great choice. Great service.

Darjeeling Thurbo Second Flush 2016

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  • Nepalese Kathmandu TGFOP organic tea
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  • Darjeeling Margaret's Hope FTGFOP tea
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swift delivery

Darjeeling Margaret's Hope FTGFOP tea

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The tea did not arrive on time despite paying for first class post


On 04-Jan-2017 the supplier responded:
I am sorry that you were disappointed with our service. Your order was dispatched within two days by 1st Class Post. Post can however be slower than normal at this peak Christmas time.

Darjeeling Thurbo Second Flush 2016

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Service rating : An amazing choice of Teas which have never disappointed on the taste...your Darjeelings are my favourite.I can rely on your company for the very best in Tea,
Product : A tremendous brew of delicate flavours....love it

Darjeeling Margaret's Hope FTGFOP tea

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Quick despatch and fast delivery for some great tasting teas

Darjeeling Castleton First Flush 2016

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  • Darjeeling Castleton tea
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Service rating : Always amazed and delighted at being able to order top class teas that are delivered so fast to my doorstep.
Product : Delicate flavour for special occasions