Amble through the Tea Gardens

  • Sivitar
  • Nagri
  • Mullootar
  • Chong Tong
  • Nurbong
Sivitar
THE TEA GARDEN

Named after the Hindu God Siva, the name literally means ‘Sivar’s abode’. And good choice for an abode, we say. Set amongst beautiful orange groves, in what is also one of the finest local orange producing regions, the garden is run according to the principles of biodynamic agriculture. It’s basically holistic medicine for plants, who seem to be very grateful for the effort. The tea bushes cover the steep slopes like a lush dark green carpet, stretching right up the hillsides to sections which lie at 4,000ft.

TASTING NOTES

The tea has a good golden colour, refreshing aroma and a full, rounded taste in the cup.

panchoproducer

Meet Pancha Maia Yadav

Her family owns 200 orange trees next to Sivitar which are famed throughout Darjeeling for their unique flavour...

Nagri
THE TEA GARDEN

"Where King Cobras dance at night." - The Nagri tea garden was established over 140 years ago in the Rungbong valley in the southwest of the Darjeeling District. Its name comes from the word ‘Nag’ for the King Cobra, an animal revered across India as auspicious and a symbol of rebirth. Appropriate in the case of this garden which was resurrected from its abandoned state nearly a decade ago. Since 2007 Nagri has been converted into an organic tea estate, using the principles of biodynamic agriculture and the factory has been modernised to bring out the full flavour in the excellent leaf that the tea bushes now once again produce.

TASTING NOTES

A light, bright cup, with a delicate floral taste and aroma, and smooth mouth-feel.

nagriproducer

Meet BIDHAM PRADHAM

"Things have really changed for the better everythwere on the tea estate. We are once again, able to work to the highest standards,of care and quality here. This really shows in the taste of our tea."

Mullootar
THE TEA GARDEN

The Mullootar garden is named after a variety of bamboo which still decorates the garden and gives it the look of a beautiful Eastern painting. Mullootar was founded in 1870 and planted with tea bushes mainly of the Chinese variety. This variety has small leaves which have a very full flavour but give a slightly lower yield. Almost a third of the Mullootar plantation is covered by subtropical forest – and the area is also famed for its turmeric, honey and ginger.

TASTING NOTES

Full bodied teas with an amber color, balanced flavor and aroma.

mullootarproducer

Meet Baiju thappa

He is the garden babu - like the garden fairy godfather - overseeing the adherence to bio dynamic farming practices.

Chong Tong
THE TEA GARDEN

Chongtong means ‘the place to drink tea’ and it isn’t hard to see why: this is the ultimate tea garden with a view. On a clear morning you can see Darjeeling town across the valley and in the distance beyond the snow capped peaks of the Himalayas. But often the weather changes quite suddenly, clouds waft up and within minutes even the tea bushes nearby eerily vanish in swathes of damp mist. It is truly beautiful to watch.

TASTING NOTES

A bright cup with light colour, a bouquet or floral aroma and a sophisticated flavor.

chongtongproducer

Meet BIMLA GURANG

She supervises a small group of pluckers - one of only three women in Chong Tong holding such a position.

Nurbong
THE TEA GARDEN

At the confluence of three rivers, cascading from the heights of the Himalayas to the river Ganges, the Nurbong tea garden was established in 1870. It is a truly exotic place – a third of the garden is covered by protected subtropical forest which is home to black leopards and tigers. During the hot late spring and summer season the wide canopies of the shade trees protect the delicate new leaves on the tea bushes.

TASTING NOTES

A bright cup with light colour, an enticing roasted aroma and invigorating flavor.

nurbongproducer

Meet Samjhana Tama


Having been picking tea for over 25 years, Samijhana is the most experienced tea plucker in her group in the Nurbong garden.

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