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loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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Harvested on March 3, 2022, this stellar first flush Darjeeling intoxicates with its fresh floral fragrance. Upon first sip, the vibrant gold liquor fills your mouth with a buttery smooth feeling like golden corn silk. Enlivened by a rich honey sweetness, the classic floral character conjures a stroll through a lush spring garden. Vegetal hints linger in the crisp finish, completing a delightful tea moment.

TD203
| ($3.26/cup) ($2.45/cup)
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 2 Reviews
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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Harvested on February 24, 2022, this outstanding first flush Darjeeling is referred to as ‘Jethi Kupi,’ an auspicious title given to the earliest first flush harvests at the Rohini Estate. The bright golden liquor is light and refreshing with a buttery smooth corn silk mouth feel. The fresh aroma is delicate and floral with gentle vegetal hints. The classic floral cup is embraced by tropical fruit and sweet toasty hints. A crisp, lingering finish completes an exemplary tea experience, imbued with sunshine and felicity.

TD202
| ($2.67/cup) ($2.00/cup)
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 1 Review
Tindharia Estate First Flush FTGFOP1 (2022 EX-1) Darjeeling
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Harvested on March 8, 2022, this is the very first plucking of the first flush season at Tindharia Estate. A profusion of downy silver tips decorate the olive-green leaves, which produce a fragrant golden liquor redolent with buttery floral notes suggestive of honeysuckle. The silky smooth cup fills your mouth with a lively feel that awakens the palate. Classic floral notes pair with a fruity sweetness reminiscent of juicy pineapple, which linger into the crisp finish. A truly delightful way to enjoy a tea moment at any time of day.

TD204
| ($2.64/cup) ($1.98/cup)
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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In this first flush offering from Singbulli Estate, bold, well-made leaves in variegated tones of olive-green, sprinkled with silver tips, steep a golden amber liquor with a vibrant aroma hinting of sweet flowers and buttery corn silk. The cup is rich and smooth with a delectable honeyed floral flavor that fills your mouth upon first sip. The finish lingers with a crisp “bite.”

TD179
| ($2.32/cup) ($1.74/cup)
Singbulli Tea Estate First Flush Darjeeling Tea Leaves SFTGFOP1 CH 2023
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In this 2023 first flush Darjeeling offering, very bold leaves in shades of olive-green yield a bright amber-gold cup with a fresh fragrance that hints of wildflowers and a toasty brown sugar sweetness. A smooth buttery mouth feel embraces a lively character with classic floral flavor, enhanced by notes of honey and sweet nectar. The finish lingers on a crisp bittersweet note. Another exemplary selection from one of our favorite tea estates!

TD231
| $1.69/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 1 Review
Rohini Estate First Flush Loose Leaf Darjeeling Tea Moonlight FTGFOP1 (2023 EX-3) Jethi Kupi
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Harvested on February 8, 2023, this singular first flush Darjeeling tea is referred to as ‘Jethi Kupi,’ an auspicious title given to the earliest first flush harvests at the Rohini Estate. Beautiful silver-tipped leaves produce a light golden liquor that glows like morning sunshine. A sweet vegetal fragrance introduces delicate floral hints that bloom in both the aroma and the silky smooth cup of loose leaf Darjeeling tea. Notes of honeyed corn silk and lingering nuances of tropical fruit add to the complexity of flavor. The finish is crisp with a fleeting whisper of spice. The perfect choice for your mindfulness practice.

TD216
| ($2.22/cup) ($1.67/cup)
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 2 Reviews
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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This outstanding selection displays beautiful leaves in shades of green, sprinkled with delicate, silvery tips. The fragrance is fresh and sweet, with hints of corn silk. The sparkling amber-gold cup is bursting with honey sweetness and rich floral notes reminiscent of a spring garden. A buttery smooth mouth feel supports light vegetal hints and a crisp, lively quality that lingers long into the finish. Savor each sip of this stellar offering.

TD168
| ($2.17/cup) ($1.62/cup)
The average rating for this product is 4.5 out of 5 stars 3 Reviews
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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Spread across the rolling hills of the Mirik area of Darjeeling, the Singbulli Estate is well known for crafting top-notch Darjeeling teas. This 2022 second flush offering is true to their reputation. The lively cup begins with a toasty/woody aroma, accentuated by hints of caramel. The dark amber liquor exhibits a rich fruity bouquet, complemented by an excellent pairing of muscatel sweetness and crisp citrus-like notes, which linger into the finish. Steep longer if a splash of milk is desired.

TD210
| $1.58/cup
The average rating for this product is 3.5 out of 5 stars 4 Reviews
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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The bold, attractive leaves of Balasun Estate’s very first plucking are sprinkled with a fair complement of silvery tips. The fresh aroma is delicate, with honeyed floral hints. The amber-gold cup is exceptional, with rich floral notes enhanced by a silky smooth mouth feel. A tropical fruit sweetness leads to a crisp, lingering finish.

TD170
| ($2.05/cup) ($1.54/cup)
Rohini Estate ‘Jethi Kupi’ Moonlight Darjeeling First Flush Tea
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Plucked on February 2, 2024, this exemplary first flush Darjeeling tea is referred to as ‘Jethi Kupi,’ an auspicious title given to the earliest first flush harvests at the Rohini Estate. Bold tea leaves with silver-sage tips produce a pale amber-gold cup rich with the freshness of a spring morning. A pronounced sugary sweetness, like a sugar cookie, envelops the buttery smooth liquor and aroma, fragrant with notes of cornsilk and vegetal hints. Notes of spring flowers, reminiscent of lavender, bloom as the cup cools, accented by hints of fresh spring greens. A smooth, lingering finish completes a memorable tea experience, sure to leave no doubt as to why it is referred to as the "champagne of teas."

TD232
| $1.52/cup
Putharjhora Estate Dooars Tea Loose Leaf Silver Spring SFTGFOP1
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The Dooars region lies south of the Himalayan foothills of Darjeeling and north of the Brahmaputra River basin. This lovely 2023 offering from Putharjhora estate exhibits a lively citrus-like mouth feel and inviting tropical fruit notes, reminiscent of pineapple. A pronounced stone fruit sweetness enhances notes of corn silk in the champagne-gold cup. The finish is silky smooth and clean.

TO61
| $1.34/cup
The average rating for this product is 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 Reviews
Jungpana Estate Loose Leaf Darjeeling First Flush Tea FTGFOP1 (2023 DJ-4)
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In this 2023 first flush Darjeeling loose leaf tea offering, flecks of spring green brighten bold, dark-olive leaves, redolent with a fresh herbaceous aroma. With its pronounced sweet floral fragrance and flavor, the golden amber cup invites that first sip. A buttery smooth mouth feel leads to a clean finish that lingers with a honey sweetness. A superb selection from Jungpana Tea Estate, creating a memorable tea moment with every sip.

TD222
| ($1.68/cup) ($1.26/cup)
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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First planted in 1852, the Puttabong Tea Estate is notable as one of the first tea gardens in Darjeeling. With a sweet floral aroma reminiscent of a blooming spring meadow, this 2023 first flush Darjeeling tea selection invites you to take your first sip. Bold, dark-olive leaves, sprinkled with downy silver tips, produce a light amber-gold liquor that delights the palate with its fresh, buttery smoothness and classic, honeyed floral flavor. A smooth, clean finish completes a memorable Darjeeling tea experience.

TD219
| ($1.63/cup) ($1.22/cup)
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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Smooth and rich, this second flush Darjeeling offers pronounced muscatel notes in both the fragrant aroma and the dark amber cup. Nutty/toasty nuances and hints of honey lead to a dry, lingering finish that hints of spice. Another sublime selection from Victoria’s Peak, a division of the renowned Steinthal Estate.

TD187
| $1.22/cup
The average rating for this product is 3 out of 5 stars 2 Reviews
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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Named after Queen Victoria, the Victoria’s Peak garden is a division of the renowned Steinthal Estate. In this 2023 first flush Darjeeling tea offering, premium loose leaf black tea leaves in rich tones of olive green are laced with silvery tips. A full, lively mouth feel enhances the sweet floral character, which is complemented by juicy notes of pineapple and tropical fruit. Nuances of corn silk and honey linger long into the crisp finish.

TD223
| ($1.52/cup) ($1.14/cup)
The average rating for this product is 3 out of 5 stars 1 Review
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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With elevations ranging over 6,000 feet, the Thurbo Estate has been producing premium Darjeeling teas for over a century. In this first flush offering, silver tips decorate attractive leaves in a colorful display of olive greens. A rich toasty aroma introduces an amber-gold cup with an assertive character that enhances its full, lively mouth feel. Fresh floral/herbaceous notes and a honey sweetness are complemented by notes of stone fruit, which lend a gentle crispness to the lingering finish.

TD177
| ($1.50/cup) ($1.13/cup)
The average rating for this product is 3 out of 5 stars 2 Reviews
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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The bold, dark brown leaves of this 2022 second flush selection infuse a smooth, full-bodied liquor with classic muscatel flavor. A pronounced sweetness in the aroma complements a rich earthy quality reminiscent of a fall walk in the woods. Mouth-watering fruity notes and a sweet character make this exceptional Darjeeling a great choice for your next cup.

TD209
| $1.13/cup
The average rating for this product is 4 out of 5 stars 1 Review
Liza Hill Tea Estate Second Flush Darjeeling CL Muscatel (2023 DJ-06)
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Downy, golden tips thread through dark brown leaves that steep a rich, dark-amber liquor with a pronounced muscatel aroma. Hints of almond, honey, and oak add a balanced complexity to the fragrance. The classic muscatel notes bloom in the silky smooth flavor, accentuated by hints of Burgundy and soft floral nuances. A honey sweetness lingers in the finish.

TD226
| $1.10/cup
Balasun Tea Estate Darjeeling First Flush Loose Tea FTGFOP1 (2023 DJ-7)
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The bold, meticulously crafted leaves of this 2023 first flush Darjeeling yield a lively cup with a rich, silky mouth feel. The candied floral aroma whispers of orange blossoms and a light herbaceous nuance. With notes of tropical fruit and flowers, the flavor profile epitomizes “springtime in a cup.” This exceptional offering finishes on a crisp citrus-like note, balanced with a lingering sweetness. A staff favorite.

TD224
| ($1.41/cup) ($1.05/cup)
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 1 Review
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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First planted at the turn of the 20th century, the south-facing tea slopes of the Jungpana Estate are located in a remote area near Kurseong, where the average elevation is 4,000 feet. This first flush offering displays dark olive leaves that are laced with a fine complement of downy silver tips. A sweet tropical fruit aroma sets the stage for the buttery smooth, amber gold cup. Rich notes of honey and spring flowers are complemented by a refreshing astringency that settles around the edges of the palate. A honey sweetness tempers the crisp, lingering finish.

TD173
| ($1.41/cup) ($1.05/cup)
North Tukvar Darjeeling First Flush Loose Leaf Tea SFTGFOP1 CL (2023 DJ-2)
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Located near the border of Sikkim, the North Tukvar Tea Estate has been producing superior teas since it was first planted in 1884. This outstanding 2023 first flush Darjeeling tea offering was plucked on March 11th at an elevation of 2,000 feet. An abundance of downy silver tips decorates bold leaves of variegated olive greens, which produce a rich golden amber cup with a sweet floral/fruity aroma. A smooth, round mouth feel supports a flavor profile bursting with notes of tropical fruit and melon. This loose leaf Darjeeling tea's finish lingers with a palate-awakening crispness reminiscent of biting into a red apple.

TD217
| ($1.36/cup) ($1.02/cup)
Sungma Tea Estate Second Flush Darjeeling FTGFOP1 CH (2023 DJ-93)
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Located in the Rung Bong valley at altitudes ranging from 3,500 to 5,500 feet, the Sungma Estate was first planted in the 1860s. This 2023 second flush Darjeeling selection offers a smooth, medium-bodied cup with a sweet, toasty aroma, hinting of oak and cedar with a whisper of vanilla. The mahogany-colored liquor exhibits a classic muscatel bouquet, enhanced by a honey sweetness and complemented by woody/toasty hints. The finish is clean and refreshing with an appealing bittersweet quality.

TD227
| $0.98/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 1 Review
Castleton Estate Second Flush Darjeeling Tea FTGFOP1 2023 DJ-170 Loose Tea Leaves
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The Castleton Estate is known for crafting top-notch Darjeeling teas. This 2023 second flush Darjeeling tea offering is true to their reputation. The chestnut-colored liquor has a lively fruity bouquet in both the aroma and flavor, with hints of muscatel and a ripe stone fruit sweetness. The smooth, full-bodied cup has a rich mouth feel and honey nuances, which linger in the finish alongside a whisper of wildflowers.

TD225
| $0.98/cup
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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From its bold, well-made leaf style to its rich, lively cup, this 2023 second flush Darjeeling tea offering, from one of our favorite estates, has many excellent points to consider. The aroma is fragrant with notes of muscatel and hints of black cherry. Layers of muscatel, apricot, honey, a biscuit-like toastiness and a whisper of mahogany weave together to create an immensely satisfying flavor. The smooth finish lingers with a dried fruit sweetness and white wine crispness.

TD228
| $0.96/cup
The average rating for this product is 1 out of 5 stars 1 Review
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Indian black teas are some of the richest and boldest teas on the planet. This is why black tea from India is so highly prized. Several of the most famous black tea varieties are grown in India. Darjeeling Tea, often called the Champagne of teas, is one of the region's most sought after varieties. The extremely popular spicy Masala Chai is also a black tea from India. If you have ever enjoyed an English, Scottish or Irish breakfast tea you have sampled the malty and bold Assam Indian black tea which is a key component in all of those blends. Upton Tea Imports has assembled an incredible collection of loose leaf black tea of India for you to enjoy. Here you can choose from a wide variety of loose leaf organic and conventional Assam, Sikkim, Nilgiri, Darjeeling and Himalayan black teas.
An Indian black tea tip from our experts: We highly recommend Himalayan teas as a great alternative to expensive single-estate Darjeelings. While they are not grown within the Darjeeling district itself, Himalayan teas exhibit the same light, refreshing flavor as the tea grown by their more prestigious neighbors.
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