Pure Darjeeling Tea
The Darjeeling Geographical Indication (GI)
A geographical indication (GI) is a sign that identifies a product as originating from a particular location which gives that product a special quality, reputation or other characteristic. Well-known examples of GI´s include Bordeaux (wine), Champagne (sparkling wine), Roquefort (cheese) and Tuscany (olive oil).
DARJEELING TEA is India’s treasured Geographical Indication and forms a very important part of India’s cultural and collective intellectual heritage. This special tea cannot be grown or manufactured anywhere else in the world. Just as Champagne is indigenous to the Champagne district of France, so is DARJEELING TEA to Darjeeling. DARJEELING TEA has its own, unmistakable flavor. It is this flavor that has made it one of the world’s most famous teas.
Beware: “Darjeeling” is not always Darjeeling
Not all teas sold as “Darjeeling” are 100% pure! The official Indian tea authority The Tea Board of India, estimates that up to 40,000 tons a year are sold as “Darjeeling” worldwide, although the district of Darjeeling only produces 10,000 tons a year. In 1953, the Tea Board of India was founded, to engage in the protection and preservation of genuine Darjeeling tea. The Tea Board of India issues licenses to prevent fraud and illegal mixing with tea from less good growing areas. It has developed a unique Darjeeling logo as a seal of authenticity and awards licenses to companies that sell 100% pure Darjeeling.
Each package of our tea has our license number and the Tea Board of India’s seal of authenticity. We carry this logo to raise consumer awareness of the issue of “authenticity”