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Darjeeling Golden Summer Muscatel Tea
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Darjeeling Golden Summer Muscatel Tea

This is an exceptional second flush Darjeeling black tea with wonderful wine-like notes. It has a rich mouthfeel with notes of honey, oak bark, hay, dried mango, grape, peach, wildflowers and hay.
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Mirik, Darjeeling


Mirik, Darjeeling

Season - Second Flush, June


Second Flush, June

Altitude - 3000 ft


3000 ft

Cultivar - AV2 bushes


AV2 bushes

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Tea Type

Whole leaf oolong Tea

Indulge your senses with Golden Summer Muscatel, a premium whole leaf, second flush tea from the mountains of Darjeeling. 

Golden Summer Darjeeling Muscatel tea is a second flush, loose leaf black tea. It has a marvelous, rich mouthfeel which is almost wine-like. Prominent notes of honey and fruit like dried mango, grape, and peach, intermingle with undertones of aged oak and hay.

This lovely muscatel is grown on a small high altitude Darjeeling farm in limited batches. In early June, before the monsoons arrive in Mirik Valley, the choicest two leaves and a bud are hand plucked from the tea bushes, and result in a full-bodied tea with rich aromas, minimal astringency, and lasting aftertaste . We recommend our Darjeeling Muscatel tea as a must-try if you are a tea enthusiast or aficionado. Let's raise a cup and toast to the wonder that lies at the heart of Darjeeling.

Dry leaves

Dark, long olive-green leaves with abundant silvery-golden tips. Sweet honey, earthy, forest and hay aromas.

Wet leaves

Coppery leaves with a sweet, floral, fruity perfume, aromas of black currant, and baked dinner rolls.

Tea liquor

Translucent bright amber with golden hues and a sweet honey and fruity aroma. This second flush Darjeeling tea is full bodied with a very rich mouthfeel, mild-medium astringency, and lasting aftertaste. Overall it is sweet with a hint of a sour and bitter taste. Intense play of muscatel flavors with honey, dried mango, grape, peach, hay, and oak are felt throughout the cup.

Tasting Profile

Fruity - dried mango, grape, peach
Sweet - honey
Floral - wildflowers
Woody - oak
Vegetal - hay

Darjeeling Golden Summer Muscatel Tea Ingredients

Loose leaf black tea

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How To Make The Darjeeling Summer Gold Tea

Steeping Instructions

Western Style

Number of infusions per 2.5 g: 3-4


2.5 gms of tea (use a digital scale)


120-150 ml (4-5 fl-oz) or 1/2 - 2/3rd cup of water at 90°C - 95°C (or 195°F - 205°F)

Steeping Time
Steeping Time
  • 1st infusion:1-2 minutes
    Pour and enjoy
  • 2nd infusion:45 seconds - 1 minute
  • 3rd infusion:45 seconds - 1 minute

Gongfu Style

This whole leaf Darjeeling Muscatel tea works great for the gongfu method of steeping tea as it helps experience all the wonderful flavors.


We recommend 5 gm of tea


100 ml water (approximate 10-20 ml of water per 1 gm of tea) at 85°C - 90°C (or 185°F - 195°F).

Steeping Time
Steeping Time
  • Steep the tea for 10s, 15s, 20s, 30s, 45s, and then maybe a minute each time until it loses flavor.

More on: What Do You Need To Steep Tea?



What are the origins of your Darjeeling Muscatel tea?

Mirik is a small, charming town nestled in the serene hills of Darjeeling district in West Bengal, India. At an elevation of 5000 ft., it is surrounded by lush tea gardens, orange orchards, cardamom plantations, and forests of tall, dark Japanese cedars. Mirik, pronounced as Mir-yok, means ‘a place burnt by fire’ in Lepcha. Its cool and moist climate makes it the perfect setting for growing tea.

Benefits of Darjeeling Muscatel Tea

Darjeeling Muscatel Tea is a loose leaf black that delights the palate and also offers a multitude of health benefits. Rich in antioxidants, it may also support overall wellness by promoting digestion, reducing acute stress, enhancing relaxation, and contributing to hydration. Studies suggest that black teas also help reduce heart disease and improve brain health. Enjoy a cup of this exquisite tea for a delightful experience.


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Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Darby in Arizona
The Perfect "Cuppa Tea!"

Today was the perfect day to pop open my bag of Darjeeling Golden Summer Muscatel. I wanted a smooth but substantial, soothing but not boring, distinctive black tea. And voilá! This tea delivered.

The scent in the bag is bright and oaky; it’s the smell of walking through a sweet forest kissed by sunshine. The leaves in my strainer were also promising — earthy colors of brown and gold, tightly dried and scented of oak, but now with a slight fruity touch. I steeped the tea for approximately 2 1/2 minutes, and was rewarded with a lovely golden brew.

The taste is truly lovely. Straightforward TEA — rich but not bitter; strong enough to stand up to my avocado toast as well as my dark chocolate square. And, true to the name, once brewed there is a subtle taste of muscat grapes which lingers just long enough to be pleasant.

I quite enjoyed the Darjeeling Golden Summer Muscatel, and I’m certain anyone looking for a black tea which delights with every sip will find this tea their “cuppa tea!”

Marianna B

Darjeeling Golden Summer Muscatel

Tea-riffic Q&A Sips

A high quality second flush Darjeeling, like ours, which is hand plucked and skillfully processed to ensure whole leaves, on steeping, gives an exquisite cup that can be enjoyed by itself. Remember to steep and re-steep. If you enjoy milk and sugar with your Darjeeling tea, please do so, as everyone has their special way of preparing tea.

Golden tips are the oxidized buds that you see in the dry leaves. Our hand plucked Darjeeling tea has abundant golden buds, which give a delicate, sweet aroma and honey notes.

Darjeeling Summer Gold tea is famous for its exceptional taste, premium quality, potential health benefits, and limited production, making it a prized and sought-after variety of Darjeeling tea. Our Darjeeling Golden Summer Muscatel is one of the most premium second flush Darjeeling teas as it is hand plucked processed to ensure the delicate leaves do not break during oxidation and are whole leaves with abundant golden buds or tips.

Muscatel is a term used to describe Darjeeling's second flush teas. It means fruity or grapey and is borrowed from Muscatel grapes that make Muscatel wines that are sweet with fruity, floral, and often woody flavor notes. Read more about Muscatel.

Yes, our Darjeeling Golden Summer Muscatel is a high quality, hand plucked loose leaf black tea.

The Gongfu steeping method originated in China and is a style of steeping tea using a high leaf: water ratio, shorter steeping times, and multiple steepings to enjoy many delicious cups. Learn more about the wonderful world of loose leaf tea.