From tea to teapot, discover TWG Tea’s Darjeeling: the king of black teas, like you’ve never seen it before.
Founded in 2008 by Taha Bouqdib, Maranda Barnes and Rith Aum-Stievenard, TWG Tea (The Wellbeing Group) is Singapore’s luxury teahouse chain with over 70 locations all around the globe. Constant expansion and innovation have brought forth its tea collection to be the largest in the world, with more than 800 different single estate harvests and exclusive blends from every tea-producing countries. In its new film series: the TWG Tea Origin Stories, TWG Tea unravels their collaborations with various acclaimed plantations and their celebrated harvests.
Kicking off the series is the partnership with Okayti Tea Estate and its production of the king of black teas, Darjeeling. Grown in India, their tea bushes are a pure China variety with delicate frames and small leaves. Located on the foothills of the Himalayan mountain range, it owes its distinctive floral aroma and peachy muscatel flavour to a combination of optimal climatic factors like sunlight, altitude and soil.
True to Okayti’s philosophy of “farming with nature and not against it”, the tea leaves are organically farmed and handpicked, ensuring quality and minimal damage. The Darjeeling tea production proves itself to be one of the most labour intensive with 20,000 to 22,000 shoots (of two leaves and a bud) making 1kg of the tea. With this, TWG Tea has announced the launch of its 2020 Darjeeling First Flush Tea ($55) from the Haute Couture Tea Collection®.
From cultivation to harvesting to sorting, Darjeeling first flush harvests go through a meticulously formulated and handcrafted manufacturing process to produce artisanal cups of tea that boast musky-sweet notes of ripe fruit and nuts.
To watch the TWG Tea Origin Stories video and for more information, visit TWGTea.com.