It is often considered one of the finest teas in the world.The Darjeeling region is in the north east of India, in the Himalayan foothills. It is a legally protected geographical designation for teas grown and manufactured in this region. Like the "Champagne" region, only teas that are grown in this region can be called Darjeeling.
The tea is grown at high altitudes and in relatively cool weather the bushes grow a lot slower and therefore production is limited. The best time of year for quality is during 'second flush' end May - end June.
Typically “Darjeeling tea” refers to a black tea that is light to medium-bodied with fruity and floral notes.. The liquor usually appears light golden to a darker bronze colour with a strong fruity aroma.
Some describe this tea as nutty; others find it reminds them of blackcurrants but mostly it is described as a taste similar to the Muscat grape. Perfect for an afternoon tea with scones and raspberry jam.