Cups of Darjeeling’s Petrichor, ‘Sips of Monsoon’ – at The Whistling Kettle Kolkata

Cups of Darjeeling’s Petrichor, ‘Sips of Monsoon’ – at The Whistling Kettle Kolkata

Cups of Darjeeling's Petrichor, 'Sips of Monsoon' - at The Whistling Kettle Kolkata 2017: by Oendrila De JustODThings

Cups of Darjeeling’s Petrichor, ‘Sips of Monsoon’ – at The Whistling Kettle Kolkata

Among the many stereotypes about the people of Kolkata, one that I can relate to is the love for Darjeeling. I love everything about it – the much-loved city full of tourists, and the unpopulated villages around it with locals who make their way into the heart with the smile and simplicity; the unpredictable moods of the sky that will cover itself in grey clouds and shed rains without warning, and the beautifully aromatic tea with the essence of Darjeeling in a cup. I also love how Kolkatans never tire of trying to create bits and pieces of Darjeeling in the city; an example is Whistling Kettle in Golpark.

Cups of Darjeeling’s Petrichor, ‘Sips of Monsoon’ – at The Whistling Kettle Kolkata

A Bit of Darjeeling in the Heart of Kolkata at The Whistling Kettle 2017: by Oendrila De JustODThings

A Bit of Darjeeling in the Heart of Kolkata at The Whistling Kettle

The Whistling Kettle is a lovely restaurant in the city, with a menu, decor and theme that’s inspired by our nostalgia associated with Darjeeling. It has it all – wooden floor, sloped ceiling, photos of the mountains, guitar on a stand, English breakfast platters sourced by none other than Keventers, and of course, a wide range of teas. And not just any tea; it’s Nathmulls tea, and the founder of The Whistling Kettle, Mr. Sailesh Sarda, is the fourth-generation owner of Nathmulls of Darjeeling Chowrasta.

Sips of Monsoon at The Whistling Kettle

Sips of Monsoon at The Whistling Kettle 2017: by Oendrila De JustODThings

Sips of Monsoon at The Whistling Kettle

This monsoon, The Whistling Kettle came up with the Sips of Monsoon, to offer its patrons a series of new and exotic flavours of teas. Everyone knows the health benefits of tea, especially in the wet monsoon months. But, tea is more than that. The leafy flavour in a good cup of tea is like sitting in a rain-drenched tea garden on a slope near Darjeeling. A cup of tea for me is a feeling of warmth, in every way. It brings back memories of childhood and of learning to love a beverage by father does, of Darjeeling and rains, of dewy green leaves and the fresh smell of nostalgia.

Exotic Teas at The Whistling Kettle 2017: by Oendrila De JustODThings

Exotic Teas at The Whistling Kettle

The new range of teas by The Whistling Kettle includes Rose Musky White, Pearl White Tea, Ruby Clonal, Diamond, Jungpana First Flush, and other exotic flavours, as well as a selection of herbal teas, like those with the flavours of mint or basil, or a spicy hit. So, whether you’re like me, and enjoy traditional tea types, or enjoy them flavourful infusions for an interesting twist, you will find it here. And, now that the rains are less frequent, each sip will remind you of the goodness of monsoon, with a touch of the hilly verdure.

Teas and Beyond…

Delicious Food at The Whistling Kettle 2017: by Oendrila De JustODThings

Delicious Food at The Whistling Kettle

Aside from the amazing range of authentic Darjeeling tea, you will also find a number of other items to try, like the new Italian additions, from which I tried the Bacon Carbonara with Spaghetti. The pork and chicken platters are to die for! They’re flavourful, with no oil dripping from the pieces, unlike at Keventers where I had the famed pork breakfast a few months ago. The white sauce of the spaghetti dish and the sausages in the breakfast platters seemed like works in progress. But I’m sure they’ll hit that ‘WOW’ zone soon! Another must-try here is the Vietnamese Coffee, where black coffee is mixed with condensed milk to create a concoction you won’t forget!

Vietnamese Coffee at The Whistling Kettle 2017: by Oendrila De JustODThings

Vietnamese Coffee at The Whistling Kettle

My Verdict

It takes a true patron of tea to let this brew titillate the senses. And, tea is a part of my daily life, irrespective of the season. Just like rains in Darjeeling. And, I know one thing for sure; I’ll return to The Whistling Kettle to savour hot cups of the wet petrichor all the way from Darjeeling’s rain-drenched tea gardens. That’s what good tea does. And, that’s the art that The Whistling Kettle has mastered. So, if you love good tea, the smell of monsoon rains and the nostalgia associated with Darjeeling, I recommend that you visit the place!

Tea and English Breakfast at The Whistling Kettle 2017: by Oendrila De JustODThings

Tea and English Breakfast at The Whistling Kettle

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