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No. 9

Darjeeling Earl Grey - Loose Leaf

Indian Black Tea Blend

Made with premium spring-flush leaves and Calabrian bergamot, our loose-leaf Darjeeling Earl Grey is a luxury black tea with a palate-enlivening citrus tang.

From: Darjeeling, India

LOOSE LEAF
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2-5 days, up to 14*, Not Tracked

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8-15 days, up to 30*, Not Tracked

USA tracked

From £15.00

Fedex

2-3 days, up to 7*, Tracked

ROW Tracked

From £18.95

Fedex

1-5 days, up to 5*, Tracked

 *Most deliveries will be made within the usual time frame, but some areas and services may experience delays.

 

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Standard

From £4.00

Royal Mail

8-15 days, up to 30*, Not Tracked

USA tracked

From £15.00

Fedex

2-3 days, up to 7*, Tracked

ROW Tracked

From £18.95

Fedex

1-5 days, up to 5*, Tracked

 *Most deliveries will be made within the usual time frame, but some areas and services may experience delays.

 

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The origins of our Darjeeling Earl Grey black tea


A milder, fruitier take on the traditional blend of Earl Grey tea, our finest Darjeeling Earl Grey is light, fragrant and citrusy, making it a wonderfully refreshing brew for mid-morning or afternoon. Whatever time of day you serve it, this luxury loose-leaf tea can be enjoyed black, with lemon or a dash of milk.

Made from a blend of premium Indian black tea and zesty citrus bergamot from the West Bengal foothills of the Himalayas, our Darjeeling Earl Grey combines a delicate richness with a citrus zing. A beautiful mix of rolled dark leaves with snowy buds, pieces of bergamot fruit and vivid green leaves, it's a wonderfully aromatic and flavoursome Earl Grey.

For our characterful interpretation of this classic tea, we have delicately infused carefully selected Darjeeling leaves with 100% pure essential bergamot oil from the coastal region of Calabria, Southern Italy. Dried bergamot fruit pieces – also from Calabria – are then added to the blend, adding a luxurious scent and flavour. The light-amber coloured infusion yields an aroma of balanced citrus and floral notes. At the same time, its mouthfeel is gently tangy and floral with the distinctive muscatel notes Darjeeling is famed for.

Read about the health benefits

Darjeeling black teas are known as the 'Champagne of teas'. Usually made from the Chinese Camellia Sinensis variety of the tea plant, they impart a thin-bodied and light-coloured brew with distinctive muscatel notes and a floral aroma. Part of the beauty of this Earl Grey blend is its stunning mix of mossy green and dark brown Darjeeling leaves, harvested in spring yet reminiscent of a forest floor in autumn.


The health benefits of Earl Grey tea


Black teas such as Darjeeling are known to be packed with antioxidants that may help ward off infection and disease. Thanks to the addition of bergamot essential oil, our Darjeeling Earl grey has additional health benefits: studies have shown that bergamot may aid digestion, inhibit inflammation in the gut and help fight bacteria associated with stomach ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders.


Alternatives to this Indian Black Tea blend


Love the heady qualities of Earl Grey? Order a caddy of our Supreme Earl Grey – rich in bergamot oil and bright cornflowers, it's a benchmark example of the style. For another delicate example with more floral notes, try our Mary Grey. If you love the light muscatel richness of this classic Indian tea-producing region combined with the lighter, grassy qualities of a spring flush, try our Darjeeling House Blend. Or for a Darjeeling with the lighter piney notes of the region's summer harvest, look to our Margaret's Hope second-flush tea.

With their colourful mix of fruit, flowers, dark and green leaves, Earl Grey teas are a feast for the eyes. For maximum visual enjoyment, consider brewing yours in a glass teapot or infuser. Explore The Tea Makers of London's range of beautiful glassware in our Tea Shop. If you'd like to learn more about the history behind the Earl Grey blend, see our Tea Journal.

Ingredients


Black Tea, Bergamot Wedges, Natural Bergamot Flavouring and Other Natural Flavourings.

Tasting notes


This tea offers a gentle citrus aroma and light amber infusion. A subtle bergamot blends with muscatel flavour with orange blossom mouthfeel.

Region


Darjeeling is the northernmost district in West Bengal, Eastern India. Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, it is bordered by Nepal in the West, Sikkim state to the North, and Bangladesh on the South-eastern boundary. The eponymous city, 2,100m above sea level, is located on a long, narrow mountain ridge of the Lesser Himalayas.

Learn more about the Darjeeling Region of India

On a clear day, the city offers unparalleled views of Kanchenjunga (the world’s third highest mountain), and Mount Everest can also be seen from nearby Tiger Hill, which itself sits at 2,590m above sea level. The highest peaks in the district are part of the Singalila Ridge and reach 3,600m. Depending on the elevation, the climate is either Humid Subtropical (CFA) in the lower areas, or Subtropical Highland (Cwb) on the higher hills, with a Tundra climate (ET) on the higher mountains, and numerous microclimates along the steep relief.

The city itself enjoys a mild and temperate climate (Cwb), with average lows of 10°C in the winter, and average highs of 21°C in the summer. The summers are wet and overcast with high precipitation from May until September; and the winters are mild and clear. Winds are generally low throughout the year. The land between 1,000m and 2,000m is mostly used for cultivation: principally tea, but also rice, corn, wheat and cardamom. The slopes above 2,000m are covered in forests, with a mixture of semi-evergreen, temperate and alpine trees. The forest around the city of Darjeeling is home to rare, protected orchids.

The reserve forests are also home to small Indian civets, mongooses, badgers, as well as a conservation centre for the elusive and endangered red pandas. Teas from such altitudes are considered high-grown. Considering that Darjeeling is only 280 miles from Assam, it is remarkable that the two regions produce vastly different teas.

As well as climatic and topographic differences, soil quality varies. Whilst Assam is considered very fertile, Darjeeling soil is loose and poorly consolidated, with risks of landslides. But the steep slopes ensure efficient drainage, and the misty, wet summers with limited direct sunlight are ideal for the cultivation of the Camellia sinensis sinensis. The mild, dry winters also encourage a period of dormancy, so the new Spring leaves can burst with flavours (First Flush harvest).

How to brew

3g - 4g

3g - 4g

100°C

100°C

200ml

200ml

3 - 5mins

3 - 5mins

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