Chip wrote:I would guess that so called "Darjeeling tea" sold in a canister from Iran sold in a Persian market would contain generic leaf.
Also given that much more Darjeeling tea is sold each year than is produced (yes, think about this and it is true), this is more likely a blend including Nilgiri, Nepal, Sikkim and Darjeeling teas.
It's hard to know if a package of tea is all Darjeeling leaf. In this case, you have the logo. But, I wouldn't assume it is not Darjeeling as this tea is exported all over the world and India and Iran are not that far away from each other.
When I was in Darjeeling, sellers talked about the problem of mixing tea and labeling it Darjeeling, but, they were referring to the practice of some tea gardens to take tea grown in the lowlands at the foot of the mountains that lead to Darjeeling and blend them with their own leaf thereby creating more quantity. Makaibari and some other 'big' growers were often mentioned in conjunction with this practice. I have no way of knowing the truth of this but heard it spoken of. In any case, it's usually better to buy the teas from the smaller gardens and from the higher altitudes.
Also, Nepal and Sikkim teas are virtually the same as Darjeeling. Of course, quality will vary from garden to garden but cultivar, altitude, and, weather are pretty much identical. They are all right next to each other on the map. Take away the names and it's all one region. It's quite a big growing area.