Darjeeling Teas

Preparation & Storage of Darjeeling Tea

During preparation, about ten to twelve grams of tea leaves are added to one litre of water. This depends on the particular variety and also on personal preferences. Two grams, or about one teaspoon, is enough for one cup. The ideal temperature is 95 degrees Celsius, as this allows the ingredients to unfold and the flavour to develop. It also makes sense to rinse the pot or cup with hot water so that the tea does not get cold too quickly. Unlike green tea, black tea cannot be brewed several times.

The brewing time should never be more than five minutes; three minutes is ideal. If you wait longer, you will have to put up with an increasingly bitter taste, which is due to the tannins contained in the tea, and the caffeine content also increases immensely with longer infusion. A shorter brewing time, on the other hand, has a positive effect on digestion. The preparation in brief:

  • 1 litre of water with 10-12g of tea leaves
  • 95 degree water is ideal
  • for First Flush 2–3 minutes and 3–4 minutes for Second Flush. 

Black tea is stored like other varieties. Above all, light and moisture affect it, which is why opaque packaging makes sense and it should always be stored in a cupboard. Then the substances contained and the strong aroma are preserved over the long term and enjoyment is always guaranteed.

Did you know?

In the north-east of India, bordering Nepal, Sikkim and Bhutan, we find the tea gardens of Darjeeling district. The best of them are located at an altitude of over 1,500 metres. These teas are among the finest in the world. The high altitude, the harsh climate and the soil conditions allow the plants to grow longer than in the lower altitudes and give the tea a fine, nuanced aroma. Each planting period has its own distinctive flavour: the spring planting (first flush) produces delicate, highly aromatic teas, the summer planting (second flush) stronger and the autumn planting (autumnal) teas with less tannin. The so-called „Inbetween” (harvest between mid-April and mid-May) lie between the First and Second Flush harvests in terms of taste. The precious and sought-after Darjeeling teas have a light infusion. Their taste depends on the season. They are highly aromatic and flowery and must not be steeped for too long.

Customer service

If you have any questions about our Darjeeling teas, need more information about the sales process, or want to give us feedback, one of our staff will be happy to help.

Service hotline: 0172/ 9149105.

E-mail: info@lerbs-hagedorn.de


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