In a sudden flash, a lightening bolt struck just below me. Seconds later, a thunderous clap made my hair stand on end. Laughingly, I was told that Indra, the Thunder God, was just waking from his nap. Welcome to Darjeeling, the “Land of the Thunderbolts.”
Similar to the champagne designation in France, only black teas grown in the Darjeeling region (cultivated, grown, and processed in the hilly areas of Sadar, Kalimpong, Kurseong, and Silguri) are allowed to be called “Darjeeling Tea.” The annual production of the entire region is approximately 10,000 tons which has led to “false” or “fake” Darjeeling, with worldwide sales exceeding 45,000 tons.
Charged with the distinct, high-grown muscatel character of the Land of the Thunderbolts, this 2nd flush Darjeeling is a cup of complexity.