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Darjeeling tea

Puttabong in the rain

by Niraj Lama June 07, 2013 0 Comments

Woke up to a wet and misty morning here in Rochester, NY. As I looked outside, in a moment I was transported back to the Darjeeling hills where half the year it is wet and misty. Saw the rhododendron in our neighbor's garden and that reminded me even more of Darjeeling. During spring the upper reaches of the hills are alive with gurans - as rhododendrons are called locally. It is a sight that will cheer even the most disconsolate heart.

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Cold brewing Darjeeling, heaven in a cup.

by Niraj Lama May 31, 2013 0 Comments

The tradition of cold brewing tea is old. It is believed to have originated in Japan, where people just poured cold water over tea in a pitcher that was left to sit for hours in the coolest part of the house. The resultant brew was cool, smooth, full of flavor and very little bitterness.

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Why is Darjeeling first flush so green in appearance?

by Niraj Lama April 29, 2013 0 Comments

Risheehat First Flush 2013

One common question among Darjeeling tea lovers is why does the first flush look so green? Although it is classified as black tea, the appearance of dry Darjeeling first flush tea can make one mistake it for a green tea.

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Darjeeling First Flush 2013 sampling

by Niraj Lama April 05, 2013 0 Comments

Darjeeling first flush 2013

After what is always an anxious wait, the first batch of our first flush samples for 2013 finally arrived from Darjeeling. Thanks to modern transportation samples now take under a week to arrive from the gardens of Darjeeling! It's incredible. Think how long the wait must have been not too long ago when couriers were still rudimentary and expensive. We're lucky indeed!

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Darjeeling flushes explained

by Niraj Lama December 20, 2012 0 Comments

Darjeeling flushes

Most of Darjeeling’s popular teas are categorized as first or second flush teas. While the terms sound like part of the tea’s unending and cryptic lexicon, they are actually easy to explain and understand. And for once, this argot is handy when it comes to buying tea.

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Risheehat Tea Estate, a video

by Niraj Lama October 30, 2012 0 Comments

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What's the fuss over spring teas?

by Niraj Lama May 19, 2012 0 Comments

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As Earth Day approaches...

by Niraj Lama April 17, 2012 0 Comments

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Earliest Memories of Tea

by Niraj Lama March 30, 2012 0 Comments

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Spring Exotica, Goomtee

by Niraj Lama May 16, 2010 0 Comments

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Arya Emerald

by Niraj Lama May 11, 2010 0 Comments

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Storm in a cup?

by Niraj Lama May 04, 2010 0 Comments

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Jungpana China FTGFOP1

by Niraj Lama April 28, 2010 0 Comments

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Moonbeam, Arya Tea Estate

by Niraj Lama April 23, 2010 0 Comments

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