How to Prepare Darjeeling Tea

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Darjeeling tea is as easy to prepare as black, green or herbal tea. Darjeeling is considered to be one of the most precious and exotic flavors of tea, a principal factor for why it is generally more expensive than most teas. As such, preparing your Darjeeling absolutely perfectly is all the more necessary. The intensity of flavor of the tea is up to you, but there are a few hints the Tea Board of India suggests for brewing the perfect cup of Darjeeling.

Things You'll Need

  • Darjeeling tea
  • Water
  • Tea cup
  • Kettle
  • Sugar (optional)
  • Lemon (optional)
  • Purchase only tea that carries the Darjeeling logo--it is the property of the Tea Board of India and certifies that the tea is 100 percent natural Darjeeling and not a blend. The logo shows a profile view of a man holding up a tea leaf with the words "Darjeeling" printed.

  • Boil clean, filtered water in a tea kettle or pot for about one minute continuously. Measure out the tea leaves while the water comes to a boil.

  • Use about 1 teaspoon of tea leaves per cup. You can use tea nets, balls, infusers, or simply place the leaves in the cup and pour off when brewed.

  • Pour boiling water over tea leaves, and allow to brew for two to five minutes. In two minutes, the tea is fully brewed for flavor and caffeine extraction. After two minutes, the leaves start to produce tannin, which gives the tea a stronger taste, though has soothing (purported medical) effects on digestion. Experiment with different brewing times until you reach a flavor that suits you.

  • Drink the Darjeeling as is, or add sugar, sweetener, lemon, honey or milk.

Tips & Warnings

  • Store your tea in an airtight container before and after use. This will help preserve the flavor longer.

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