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First flush tea is picked and manufactured during spring season. In Darjeeling, where this term is most widely used, the first flush season lasts from end of February to end of April. The tea of this season is characterized by remarkably light body with flavors that are a mix of floral, peach and earthy. It is brisk and can have a sweet finish. First flush tea is generally highly prized among tea connoisseurs. Learn more about first flush tea.

Majority of Darjeeling tea is pure unblended premium tea. Like any high quality tea in its different forms Darjeeling tea has all the health benefits attributed to black, green, oolong or white teas. Majority of Darjeeling tea estates are certified organic, and many of them are located in pristine areas of eastern Himalayas in India. This makes Darjeeling teas both delicious and healthy.

High quality black teas can be enjoyed as is. But black teas that full body with a “malty” character like the ones from Assam do benefit from addition of milk and sweetener. It not only reduces the tannic quality of such teas but addition of milk results in a nice creamy, chocolaty cuppa.

Darjeeling tea is grown Darjeeling district, a small region located in the eastern Himalayas of India. There are around 80 tea estates of different sizes and elevations spread across the district. Tea is the mainstay of the region’s economy, besides tourism. See more about Darjeeling tea gardens.

The optimal shelf life of a green tea is a year from the time of manufacture and two years for black tea. However, if good quality tea is stored well the life span of a tea can be extended considerably! We have found couple of years old green tea still delicious and a six year old black tea still holding its flavor. We would advise you to make a cup and taste before discarding a surprise find way back in your pantry!

Black tea is one of the most popular beverages in the world, trailing only water and is consumed by more than two-thirds of the world population. And for good reason, because, yes, black tea is healthy.

Especially when it comes to loose leaf black tea, since it isn’t packaged into a teabag, allowing it to keep all its natural flavors, aromas, and health benefits. The various compounds and antioxidants found in black tea help reduce inflammation in the body and offer plenty of potential health benefits:

- Black tea contains flavonoids, which are beneficial for heart health.

- Some studies have shown that drinking black tea helps reduce LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. Too much “bad” cholesterol in the body can increase the risk of stroke and heart disease.

- Drinking black tea consistently may help decrease diastolic and systolic blood pressure.

- One study of 365,682 people found that those who drank at least two cups of tea had a 16% lower risk of stroke.

- Black tea is a healthy non-sweetened beverage that may help reduce blood sugar and even improve the use of insulin.

Black tea is rich in antioxidants that can provide health benefits like improved heart and gut health and lowered bad cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels. Consuming antioxidants helps protect cells against free radicals, which are unstable molecules that the body produces as a reaction to environmental and other pressures. Polyphenols are a type of antioxidant found in certain foods and beverages, including black tea. These groups of polyphenols are the primary source of antioxidants found in black tea.

Black tea has a strong flavor and contains caffeine, however less caffeine than coffee. This tea is made from oxidized Camellia Sinensis, a plant common in most teas, and the oxidization gives black tea leaves its dark color. Strong black tea is also a popular choice for making iced teas. On average, black tea contains around 55 milligrams (mg) of caffeine per 8 ounces, compared with 100 mg in the same serving as a cup of coffee.

It’s important to know the caffeine content of your favorite drink. If you love Darjeeling tea, like so many of us, you should know that there is, in fact, caffeine found within. All types of tea made from leaves of the Camellia sinensis species, including Darjeeling (and black tea) contain some caffeine. The average cup of Darjeeling tea contains around 120 mg of caffeine.