REVIEW: Tea People – Darjeeling Queen (2014)


Tea: First flush Darjeeling tea from the Gopaldhara tea estate
Sample provided by: Tea People
Twitter: @TeaPeopleLtd
Facebook: Tea People
Link to Darjeeling Queen

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.

Dry leaf:

– 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

Infused tea:

– 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


About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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2 Responses to REVIEW: Tea People – Darjeeling Queen (2014)

  1. Thanks for the review. Will help the people in Darjeeling and our stakeholders, in particuular.

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