It may have been a hamlet nestled along the Hill Cart Road on the way to Darjeeling, but Kurseong, a small hill station, also known as the Land of White Orchids, has become quite popular amongst tourists. This sub-divisional town in the Darjeeling district is surrounded by a myriad of tea gardens, including the world famous Makaibari, Ambotia and the Goodricke Group owned Castleton Tea Estates, hence making it home to the costliest teas in the world. Continue Reading
“Ah! That’s the flavor; I bet that’s a first flush.”
“No, it’s not. Look at the color of the brew, it’s a bit darkish. This has to be second flush.”
And then we both took our first sip. Both were trying to move the liquid around our tongue and trying to breathe in the oxygen, and then I felt it the odd muscatel flavor. It is definitely a second flush.
Well, the story goes like this. I love tea and so does he. It was a love at first brew! But I could practically never distinguish between the tastes and flavors, so it was he who told me about First Flush, Second Flush, Third Flush and mid flushes. Continue Reading
When the Assam and Darjeeling tea cultivation experiments succeeded it encouraged similar endeavours in other parts of India that had similar natural conditions. These efforts resulted in a thriving tea industry in many parts of South India and North east India. Continue Reading
We drink tea everyday but do we take the time to taste the tea and discover each of the aromas and the flavours? Unraveling the incredible variety of tastes, textures and aromas of your favourite tea is a fun way to enjoy the adventure of drinking tea. Continue Reading
The future of Darjeeling tea is at risk – according to a new book by American author Jeff Koehler.
The famous tea-growing region in the Eastern Himalayan hills of India is facing three threats, the writer, photographer, cook and author, who has recently penned Darjeeling: A History of the World’s Greatest Tea, said. Continue Reading