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The History of Darjeeling Tea - Part 1

The History of Darjeeling Tea - Part 1

In the Indian foothills of the Himalayas, on the border of Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal, lies Darjeeling. Shrouded in mist, cool and wet from the rain and humidity, this land offered a unique, ideal home for the English explorers and botanists who introduced tea to India.

Darjeeling is not a type of tea, but rather more like Champagne and sparkling wine, is the place from which tea became world famous. Darjeeling Tea can be enjoyed as a white, green, oolong tea or more traditionally as a black tea.

Though the first tea plants were originally born in China and smuggled out of the country by Scottish explorer and botanist, Robert Fortune, it was due to the increasing English consumption that the story of Darjeeling tea really begins.

English Tea Consumption

The East India Trading Company is notorious today for being one of the first global trade corporations. One of the biggest reasons for their success was the English demand for Chinese tea.

During the 1800s, the average Brit consumed one kilo of tea per year. This demand was quite phenomenal considering that the English at the time had to import it all from China.

Think about that for a moment. In an age where the trip from China to England would take months by sea or by land, the British were buying hundreds of thousands of pounds of tea a year from the other side of the world.

In the 1860s, the steam engine burst into the market and helped, but the conditions of the trip remained deplorable. Cramped and dark, boats were festering pits of disease and death.

To supply themselves in tea, the British exchanged silk, cotton and spices between their colonies in India and the Chinese.

On top of this, there was the massive cost of life and time that it took for the British to provide themselves with enough tea to meet the demand.

As a result of this massive investment, and with the colonial expansion in full swing, they sought their own supply of tea plantations.

And so Darjeeling went from being a small hub with a few tea plantations to a world-renowned producer of the most refined and high-quality tea. 

Read our next blog post for the rest of the story of the wonderful history of this healthy and delicious beverage.




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