Darjeeling is known to be a delicate tea and because of that it can be easy to brew wrong. Brew you're Darjeeling too long and you'll end up with a bitter cup of tea. Use water that is too hot and you'll miss out on lots of beautiful flavor notes.
We want you to get the best cup of tea possible. Here's a little guide to brewing our Darjeeling Tea Blends!
Our Take Care Peppermint Blend is made with Green Darjeeling. Green Darjeeling requires lower water temperatures than Black Darjeeling.
For one lovely cup of our Take Care Blend we suggest using 1 heaping teaspoon tea leaves. Heat 1 cup of water to 170°F. This is a very important step. If you use boiling water the Green Tea will release more tannins. Tannins are the major cause of bitter tea. The best way to release less tannins is to use water that is below 210°F, only steep for 3 minutes and resist the urge to stir your tea while it is steeping! Once 2-3 minutes is over your Take Care tea should be perfect!
We highly recommend drinking this blend with a touch of honey. It's especially good for your throat when paired with honey.
Our Lazy Day Lavender Blend is made with Black Darjeeling Tea that is a little more forgiving during the steeping process. Black Darjeeling Tea can be steeped at a higher temperature though I still don't recommend using boiling water.
For one cup use one heaping teaspoon of tea leaves. Heat 1 cup of water to about 200°F. Though the black tea can handle a wider temperature range, it is still a more delicate black tea. Black tea, like Green also contains a high number of tannins. We suggest brewing for 3 minutes. Once 3-4 minutes is up your tea should be perfect!
We highly recommend a touch of cream with this tea. It can also be used in place of Earl Grey during the making of a London Fog. You'll love this unique substitute!
Last but not least there is out Get Up Spice Darjeeling Blend! This blend is the easiest to over-steep due to all the strong spices. Keep in mind that Darjeeling Black Tea is different than the black tea used in a traditional Chai. It is more delicate.
We recommend the same brewing process as for the Lazy Day Lavender Blend. Use one heaping teaspoon of tea teas and brew your water to 200°F. This tea should be steeped for 3-4 minutes. I sometimes brew it for only 2 since the strong spices come through pretty quick.
This tea pairs wonderfully with a dash of cream & sugar. If you over-steep this tea or enjoy it nice and strong than this is a great way to cover up any bitter notes.