Darjeeling tea properties

(Camellia sinensis)


Characteristics of Darjeeling tea

Darjeeling tea is a type of black tea that is produced in the region of India with the same name, located in the north of the country (in West Bengal state).

The Darjeeling region is located near the Himalayas, and the purity and the climate of the region is suitable to grow the tea plant (Camellia sinensis), at a height of 1,000 – 2,300.

Darjeeling tea is valued for its delicate flavor and characteristics that are essentially attributable to its geographical origin.

It is produced in India, which is the second largest producer of tea. Scientists analysis have determined that traditional processing of Darjeeling tea gives it a catechin content similar to the green tea and superior o other types of black tea.

To ensure that this product is original of the Darjeeling region, it should have this logo:

Darjeeling tea logo

Darjeeling tea properties

Darjeeling tea is a delicious drink, mildly stimulating and tonic, with body and rich flavor. It is a black tea with moderate caffeine content, higher than other types of tea. Caffeine (= theine) that this drink gives us has a gradual effect, because it is absorbed more slowly than caffeine in coffee.

Caffeine is a natural stimulant of the nervous system, a metabolism booster and fat burner, and so are catechins (other components that tea provides).

It is appropriate to take tea in the morning, noon or after eating, and it is more recommended than coffee in case of hypertension or obesity, since it has the beneficial effects of catechins and polyphenols. It is also recommended for its stimulant properties to decayed people with mild depression or in situations that require an extra physical or mental effort.

Another key feature of black teas like Darjeeling tea lies in its oxidized polyphenol content. This is mainly composed of theaflavins and thearubigins, astringent substances that provide a strong flavor to this type of black tea and a red or orange tinge to its infusion.

In small doses, this tea can be healthy for the stomach as a digestive stimulant or regulator. Taken too frequently or in high doses, black tea can cause palpitations or heartburn.

* More information: Properties of black tea

Darjeeling tea

Photo of Darjeeling tea

How to prepare Darjeeling tea?

Make an infusion at 90-95 º C of a teaspoon of Darjeeling tea leaves (2 – 4g.). Never let it boil. Cover and let stand 5-7 minutes. Serve hot with or without milk. This type of tea is never served cold.

* More information: How to prepare a good tea.

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25 June, 2021

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