Darjeeling [Camellia sinensis var. sinensis]

Darjeeling tea is a type of black tea produced in India. Darjeeling tea has a fruity aroma and a golden or bronze color.

It’s often called “the champagne of teas.” Like champagne, a sparkling wine produced in the Champagne region of France, to be called such, Darjeeling tea must be grown and produced in the Darjeeling district, a geographically protected region in West Bengal, India.

The leaves in Darjeeling tea contain polyphenols or plant compounds that fight inflammation and chronic (long-term) disease. There are two essential polyphenols found in Darjeeling tea—theaflavins and thearubigins—are considered powerful antioxidants. These compounds protect against free radicals (harmful molecules) that damage cell DNA and cause cells to mutate.