India’s first 100% organic state, Sikkim, a beautiful Himalayan Buddhist kingdom, was founded in 1642 and joined the democratic mainstream of The Indian Union as its 22nd State in 1975. Lonely Planet ranked Sikkim the world’s #1 place to visit in 2014, citing its record as India’s cleanest state and its sustainable community-based tourism in less developed areas. The state has 28 mountain peaks, including the world’s third highest peak, Kanchenjunga, 21 glaciers, 227 high altitude lakes, five hot springs, eight mountain passes and over 100 rivers and streams, one National Park and six wildlife sanctuaries.
They’re here! Our shipment of First Flush teas from India arrived yesterday. From Darjeeling, we have teas from Avongrove and Jungpana…and from Assam, the Silver Needle White returns to our catalogue, along with a spring harvest black tea from the Raidang Estate.
“Miss Grey was shopping for tea. To the girl at the counter, this was all part of a rather quaint ritual, conducted regularly once a fortnight…but to Miss Grey it was important. She was shopping for tea.”
More first flush samples arrived today. We will be choosing from some familiar names, and some new ones; Giddapahar, Oaks, Avongrove, Jungpana, Puttabong and Arya for Darjeeling…Kamakhya, Bordubi, Margherita, and Raidang for Assam. We’ll let you know what we select and, most importantly, when they’re available to purchase!
Taken from a short story written by Anton Chekhov, this excerpt describes how Olga Mikhaylovna entertains guests during a name-day party she is throwing for her husband, Peter. Continue reading Tea Break – “The Party”
Earlier this year we brought in one of our first ever Yellow teas, something we had tried over the years but never purchased. It is certainly one of the lesser known categories of tea but it’s great to be able to offer one now and it has been very well-received so far!
We recently came across this wonderful photo and blog post about Winston Churchill and a couple of his favourite habits, namely cigars and the unmistakable smoked black tea called Lapsang Souchong. Continue reading Smoke on the Water