There are two main types of tea bush; Camellia Sinensis var. sinensis and Camellia Sinensis var. assamica. The sinensis variety has a smaller leaf and is able to withstand lower temperatures than assamica.
The Darjeeling district lies in the foothills of the Himalayas at 2000 to 6000 feet above sea level and this makes the sinensis variety ideal - the temperature is rarely above 20˚C and can drop below 0˚C in the winter.
The temperature, altitude, soil and bush type, make this slow growing tea the ‘Queen of Teas’ and the highest prices in the world are paid for some of its production Our Darjeeling tea was plucked during the ‘first flush’ when the spring warmth is just allowing the first of the slowest growth.