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Darjeeling tea frequently asked questions - FAQ
What does Darjeeling tea mean? What is Darjeeling Tea?
Why is Darjeeling tea expensive? Why buy Darjeeling Tea from Thunderbolt Tea?
Why is Darjeeling tea expensive? Why is Darjeeling tea regarded as the most expensive tea in the world?
Production of Darjeeling tea annually and its place of production Where does Darjeeling tea production take place and what is its annual production?
what is flush? What is the word "Flush" associated with Darjeeling tea?
Darjeeling tea flavors What are the different flavors associated with Darjeeling tea?
Flavory Darjeeling tea Why is Darjeeling tea more flavory?
exclusive Darjeeling tea Why is Darjeeling tea considered 'Exclusive'?
Darjeeling tea logo What is the importance of the Darjeeling Tea Logo?
Authentic black teas from Darjeeling What is the essential consideration before purchasing a packet of Darjeeling Tea?
comparison between packed and loose Darjeeling tea What is the difference between Darjeeling tea in a 'tea bag' and loose Darjeeling tea?
Tea grades of Darjeeling teas What are the different grades associated with Darjeeling Tea?

What is Darjeeling Tea?
Darjeeling Tea can be defined as the most exotic, expensive and exclusively flavored tea. The flavor of an individual Darjeeling Tea is as unique as human personality, sophisticated, complex, gentle and delicate, relaxing and enigmatic. A delight to be in the company of.

According to the Tea Board Of India - "Darjeeling Tea" means: 
Meaning of Darjeeling tea by Tea Board of India "tea which has been cultivated, grown, produced, manufactured and processed in tea gardens in the hilly areas of Sadar Sub-Division, only hilly areas of Kalimpong Sub-Division comprising of Samabeong Tea Estate, Ambiok Tea Estate, Mission Hill Tea Estate and Kumai Tea Estate and Kurseong Sub-Division excluding the areas in jurisdiction list 20,21,23,24,29,31 and 33 comprising Subtiguri Sub-Division of New Chumta Tea Estate, Simulbari and Marionbari Tea Estate of Kurseong Police Station in Kurseong Sub-Division of the District of Darjeeling in the State of West Bengal, India. "

Meaning of Darjeeling tea Tea that has been manufactured and processed in a factory located in the mentioned area.
Description of Darjeeling tea has a distinctive and undeniably a unique flavor, muscatel aroma and colour of a light golden liquor and a typical fragrance.
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Why buy Darjeeling Tea from Thunderbolt Tea?
Thunderbolt Tea is run by locals based in proper Darjeeling town. There is no middle man involved and the cost of Darjeeling Tea provided for tea lovers is of utmost reasonable pricing. All Darjeeling Tea varieties chosen are of top quality, assessed personally by Benoy and Neelam through vigorous and hundreds of tea tastings done every tea season. We have written a comprehensive reason(s) as to why you should buy your Darjeeling Tea from Thunderbolt Tea. Even if you have already purchased from us earlier or are a new buyer, you should visit as to why buying from us is ethically good and that too without digging too deep into your pockets. Please do give it a read as to why you should buy Darjeeling Tea from Thunderbolt Tea
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Why is Darjeeling Tea regarded as the most expensive tea in the world?
500 kg of dry tea is the yield per acre in the fine tea growing valleys of Darjeeling. The lower elevation around Darjeeling produces about a third of many non-specialty Darjeeling Tea. The result of 20,000 individually hand picked leaves only produces about 100 grams of finished Darjeeling Tea. Therefore the high price is somewhat of a compensation for the unique and esteemed muscatel flavored tea. But most of all the reason for exorbitant rate is because of its very high cost of cultivation.
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Where does Darjeeling tea production take place and what is its annual production?
Darjeeling Tea is produced and grown exclusively in the hilly regions of Darjeeling. Darjeeling is positioned in the northern face of West Bengal, India. There are umpteen numbers of Darjeeling Tea gardens that fall under the jurisdiction of Darjeeling district. And tea coming and produced in these region are exclusively called Darjeeling Tea. It is neither feasible nor possible to produce the unique flavored tea any where in the world.

Darjeeling produces approximately 10 Million kgs of tea annually.
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What is the word "Flush" associated with Darjeeling tea?
In tea, the tender portion of the shoots constituting the terminal bud, the internodes and the two of three leaves instantaneously beneath it, together constitute the crop, the ‘Flush’. Flush further refers to four different and separate tea plucking seasons throughout the year. They are particularly known for their idiosyncratic and distinctive flavour. Late February-mid April constitutes the First Flush Darjeeling Tea; May-June comprises the Second Flush Darjeeling Tea; July-September makes the Monsoon Flush and October-November constitutes the Autumn Flush Darjeeling Tea. These are the conventional names given to the respective seasons and the tea procured from it. More info More info on Darjeeling Tea Plucking Season - Different seasonal Flush
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What are the different flavors associated with Darjeeling Tea?
Tea Seasons play a dominant role pertaining to the flavors of Darjeeling Tea. The tea seasons differ according to the tea plucking period. Click here for detailed information More info on Darjeeling Tea Plucking Season and different flavours
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Why is Darjeeling Tea more flavory?
Darjeeling Tea derives its uniqueness from its Muscatel flavor. According to tea scientists, geraniol, linalool, terpenoids and some fatty acid degradation products add to the nature and the characteristic flavor of Darjeeling tea. There were research works carried out in Tocklai and its findings have revealed that the Darjeeling tea in comparison to other teas is much more stronger and volatile. The Volatile Flavoury Constituency (VFC) and the content of monoterpene alcohol are five times higher in Darjeeling tea from the hills compared to the North eastern plains. The cold, dry windy nights, humid moisture laden day with relatively low temperature prevailing through out the year has been accredited for the formation of VFC. Further the genetic makeup of the Chinary tea also imparts higher VFC formation. Therefore it can be stated that the contact and combinative interaction between climate, soil and genotype produces the famous tea in the world. The Champagne of Teas.

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Why is Darjeeling Tea considered 'Exclusive'?
The universally acclaimed and accolade as the finest tea, Darjeeling Tea is considered exclusive for its genuinely and perfectly flavor and the muscatel character that cannot be replicated or duplicated anywhere else in any part of the world.

The tea imbues an unmatchable character and quality. Grown in the idealistic, dreamy and the magical mountains at a height of 750-2000 meters in century old Darjeeling Tea plantations, these bushes are nurtured and cared by incessant showers of rainfall, golden glow of the pleasant sunshine and the soft mist. The hilly terrains provide a natural drainage for the intermittent rainfall that Darjeeling receives.

Well aware of the highly esteemed and reputed tea, even the tea pluckers only pluck the apical tender bud and the finest two leaves to augment the unique Muscatel flavor.

The low yield is due to the adherence to this lofty profile.

The Darjeeling planter have not succumbed before temptation of enhancing the yield at the expense of quality. Therefore they focus their every effort to promote high quality tea, inspite of its exorbitant production cost.
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What is the importance of the Darjeeling Tea Logo?
Darjeeling Tea LogoThe Darjeeling Tea Logo is the property of Tea Board of India and was launched in 1983. It symbolizes and verifies the packet/caddy etc contains 100% pure Darjeeling Tea which is original and unblended with any other teas from other growth. Tea Board of India prescribes certain procedures to be complied with to get the permission for printing of the logo on a product. In short the logo authenticates the purity of Darjeeling Tea.
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What is the essential consideration before purchasing a packet of Darjeeling Tea?
The Darjeeling Tea Logo should be checked on a packet. There could be any one of the three things mentioned to prove its genuineness. ‘Darjeelings’ or ‘Pure Darjeeling’ or ‘100% Darjeeling’.
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What is the difference between Darjeeling tea in a 'tea bag' and loose Darjeeling Tea?
It is believed that according to the industry terminology, most of the tea that goes into tea bags is “fannings or dust”. Moreover, its usually assumed that the entire process is mechanically performed, thereby not allowing the “touch” of a human hand in any of its progression; hitherto the result is likewise dismal.

We still have most important qualms about tea bags. Whole leaf teas require room to expand and unfurl and liberate its muscatel flavor. This is not possible in the tight and congested tea bags. The condition inside the tea bags alters the character of the tea by breaking up the tea leaves so that it can steep. Smaller dust particles release all their tannins into the hot water giving over steeped tea and bitter foul tasting tea that causes dryness of tongue. Further the tea bags are not able to bear and endure a number of infusions, this leads to dispersal of its entire flavor. The result is the same with decaffeinated tea bags as the release of the tannins are as swift as the caffeine. Lastly the best part of enjoying a delicious gulp of tea is also watching the leaves gently awake and unfurl as it steeps in boiled water - this can itself narrate a story about the tea.
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What are the different grades associated with Darjeeling Tea?
See "Darjeeling Tea Grading".

If you want further information on Darjeeling Tea, see under the heading "Darjeeling Tea Info".
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