Often called the 'champagne of teas' because of its exceptional taste, lightness of flavour and fine colouring - attributed to the unique geographical location, the type of the plants and their processing, Darjeeling tea has enjoyed the patronage and recognition of discerning consumers all over the world for well over a century.
Only the tea grown in the 87 tea gardens of Darjeeling district - in the areas of Darjeeling, Kurseong, Kalimpong, Mirik, and the Rungbong and Teesta Valleys, qualify as Darjeeling tea.
The term 'Darjeeling Tea' and its logo
- depicted by a tea-picker holding up a sprig of the tea plant in her left hand with
'Darjeeling' written on the top left within a circular frame and all in black, were the first two geographical indications (patent signifying a product as being specific to a place or region) to be registered in India.
Most of the tea pickers are women, who harvest the green leaf exclusively by hand before sunrise - picking only the most tender of the two leaves and a bud.
Held in December, the Darjeeling Tea and Tourism Festival - with its exhibitions on tea history, sampling, tasting, photo exhibitions and cultural programmes, is a great place to experience the aura of Darjeeling tea.
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