Although Tea People sells teas from all around the world, I see the company as synonymous with Darjeeling tea and the Darjeeling region. Not only does the Tea People carry some great Darjeeling teas, but their company is a social enterprise that is deeply involved in the region. Tea People sends 50% of their profits to help fund educational needs of children in the region. You can read more about their social commitments here.
– The dry leaf consists of large, twisted leaves that range in colour from dark brown to light green
– The dry leaf has a pronounced floral, muscatel aroma
– The tea cups out a bright, golden liquor that has floral, muscatel aroma
– It is a medium-bodied tea with little astringency. The liquor has classic first flush flavours: floral, muscatel and a little spicy
– Infuse two to three minutes with 85 to 90C water. You can get two to three infusions out of this tea
– First flush Darjeelings are some of favourite teas, and I was very pleased to get a sample pouch of Tea People’s Darjeeling Queen. For my palate, this tea is spot on. I prefer a first flush with a bit less astringency and a good balance between floral and muscatel flavours: too much astringency makes this tea scratchy on my throat, and too much muscatel flavour makes it taste like a second flush. The fantastic aroma and refined flavours of this tea speaks volumes about its quality
Retail price: 75 gram pouch for £5.95 / 100 gram caddy for £9.95 / 500 grams for £26.30