The perfect cup of Darjeeling is simple but exacting to prepare:

■ Spoon 1 level teaspoon of good-quality loose-leaf Darjeeling tea into a small, warmed teapot.

■ Pour over freshly boiled water that has been allowed to cool for a minute or two.

■ Steep for 3 minutes.

■ Drink without milk, sugar or lemon, which would cloak the tea’s unique and delicate flavors.

Recipes:


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