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tea growers in India have won legal
protection for the Darjeeling brand name from the European Union. Like champagne - which the European Union
recognizes as a sparkling beverage from only wineries in La Champagne,
France - the European Union now recognizes Darjeeling tea as tea grown only in
Darjeeling, India. Is it just a coincidence that Darjeeling tea is
often referred to as the “champagne” of teas?
Photo credit: David J. Fred
Darjeeling tea, known for its flavor, quality, and premium price, is
a tea that has been produced in the foothills of the Himalayas in the
Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India for over a century and a half. It was
the British who
introduced Chinese tea plants into the region in the 1800s. According to the Tea Board of India – which
regulates all tea from India - the combination of the climate, soil conditions,
altitude and meticulous processing has resulted in the special aroma and rare
fragrance of Darjeeling tea, making it the most coveted tea. Today, however, the bulk of the tea sold
worldwide as Darjeeling tea is in fact, not from Darjeeling.
In response, the Tea Board has been active in protecting the Darjeeling
trade name and has registered Darjeeling tea as a “geographical indication” (GI) for
tea, whichis recognized by the World Trade Organization. A
GI is a name or sign used on certain products which corresponds to a specific
geographical location or origin. On December 17, 2012, the European Union agreed to phase out
within the next five years the misuse of the Darjeeling tea name with the
marketing of tea consisting of blends from outside of Darjeeling, India.