‘Assam Second Flush Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe’ may be rather a mouthful. But one sip of this superbly rich and malty brew and you might just remember the name. Continue Reading
Just when we thought that we were summer ready with a layer of sunblock and oversized sunglasses, the soaring heat got the better of us. With the days getting hotter, we at The Tea Shelf head office are shaking off the heat with some of the coolest drinks this summer. While classic iced black tea will always be a summer favorite, we suggest you beat the heat this season with a Tea Smoothie. Continue Reading
While we consume tea first and foremost as a beverage, you will be surprised at how tea leaves can be used in cooking a number of dishes. The variety of teas, each with their own aroma and flavour only goes on to enhance the flavours of the dish. Continue Reading
It comes as no surprise that the district of Nilgiris in Tamil Nadu, embraced by the Nilgiri Hills, is flocked by tourists around the year. Also known as The Blue Mountains, owing to the periodical blossom of the violet ‘Kurinji’ flower in this region, Nilgiris is a nature-lover’s paradise with its unique biodiversity, making it one of the ‘hotspots’ of the world. Continue Reading
It’s been more than a year since it came out and yet “The Girl on the Train” seems unlikely to be dislodged from its place on the best-seller lists any time soon. Indeed with good reason, Paula Hawkins’ debut novel is a gripping work with malice, betrayal and drama, distributed along a shaky timeline. Continue Reading
There is something deeply calming about the rituals. I am not referring to any extravagant ones but the small ones, the ones that fit into our daily lives. For some it could be the elaborate end-of-the-day shower, for someone else, it could be the process of rearranging their book-shelf. As a tea lover, for me, it is the ritual of making, and having, tea.
Here comes the time of the year when Indians around the world will be celebrating to honour the birthday of Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed God, fondly referred to as Ganpati or Vinayak. The festivities begin on 5th September this year with the murti sthapna (installation of the idol) at homes as well as in public places and celebrations will go on for 10 days. Ganpati is known as the God of Wisdom and also as the God of beginnings, hence it is customary to invoke his blessings at the start of any Hindu ceremony or ritual. Continue Reading
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