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This marvel is produced by Allan who is the young but dedicated tea maker of Yanki Darjeeling Orthodox Small Tea Growers Welfare Society, a small batch tea farm in Rangbang Villagestarted by Yanki, Allan’s mother. Yanki used to be a tea plucker who sold her leaves to the big tea manufacturers in the area. One day her hard work was rejected and she was told her plucked leaves were not of good quality and did not make the cut. Yanki lost a day's pay and she was heartbroken as she then was a daily wage worker. She promised at the time she would have her own small tea producing farm. She has started a cooperative, and is uplifting her fellow villagers by paying them almost four to five times what other tea manufacturing units in the area would pay for bought leaves. We love their story and are excited to collaborate with them to bring their finest teas to you. When we met Yanki she treated us to the most delicious momos and we had a wonderful time planting tea saplings with her.
Golden-green rice fields, thick forests, manicured tea estates surrounded by blue hills, green valleys, and a red river, Assam is the largest Northeastern state in India. Situated just below the eastern Himalayan foothills, it stretches along the Brahmaputra River. This tea comes from the Sivasagar district from a tea garden by the banks of the river Teok. The name 'Teok' means – 'The place of milk and ghee' in Tai.
This tea was plucked by a small team of 13 pluckers working at a boutique tea garden Meghalaya. A hidden gem, located in the picturesque East Khasi Hills, on the banks of the Umiam -Lake, the tea garden specializes in small batches (ghani batches) of tea, as it pays meticulous attention to the harvesting and processing aspects, so as to craft the most unique and magnificent teas of unparalleled quality. Meghalaya is extremely picturesque and has great biodiversity with the garden hidden amongst otherwise untouched rainforest. Meghalaya lies between Darjeeling and Assam and is known as the ‘Abode of Clouds.’ Lush jungles, golden-green paddy fields, windswept highlands, and verdant valleys, Meghalaya is a breathtaking sight.
One of the oldest mountain ranges, the beautiful Nilgiri Hills, is a part of the Western Ghats and is situated at an elevation of 3000 to 9000 ft. These mountains are spread across the borders of Tamilnadu, Karnataka, and Kerala - states in the southern part of India. Picturesque with its smoky haze, rolling grasslands, dense sholas, waterfalls, and vast expanse of tea plantations, the Nilgiris are a truly breathtaking kaleidoscope of visual treats. The Nilgiris, also known as the Blue Mountains, are named after the blue strobilanthes flower that grows in the area. The region is dotted with Blue Gum and Eucalyptus trees and spices like cardamom, pepper, cinnamon, and cloves. These hills are home to the pastoral Toda tribe and tea gardens that create the famous Nilgiri tea. The teas are known for their slightly fruity and minty flavor. The growing season in Nilgiri is unique. The teas are harvested all year round as they experience two monsoons each year. With beautiful aromas and mellow flavors, Nilgiri teas are refreshing and can be enjoyed any time of the day.
Surrounded by small hills and narrow valleys, Churachandpur, locally called Lamka, is the second largest town in Manipur after Imphal. Misty and cloudy with rainfall throughout the year, the hills surrounding the valley make for an ideal setting for the growth of quality tea. Tea has grown wild and thrived in these forests for centuries. Wild tea bushes have deeper root systems and, therefore, can absorb higher nutrients from the soil and develop complex flavors. In addition, the surrounding flora helps add further unique flavors and aromas to the tea. The tea leaves are foraged from these wild tea bushes and then handcrafted by mountain artisans. The tea leaves are harvested from wild tea bushes, no chemicals or fertilizers are used, and the forest's natural ecosystem is preserved.
The Clouded Leopard is the state animal of Meghalaya and an extremely shy, nocturnal, and tree-dwelling species. It is endangered with only about 10,000 remaining in the wild.