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  • Photo of Puttabong tea in a teacup
    June 7, 2013

    Puttabong in the rain

    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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  • April 5, 2013

    Darjeeling First Flush 2013 Sampling

    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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  • October 30, 2012

    Risheehat Tea Estate, a video

    I was recently in Darjeeling. During the trip I visited Risheehat tea estate. An organic tea garden, Risheehat is owned by Jayshree Tea Company, which has got tea gardens in every tea growing region of India. Our customers have thoroughly...

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  • April 17, 2012

    As Earth Day approaches...

    Even as Earth Day approaches, there are signs here in upstate NY as well as across the world, in the remote fastness of the Himalayas, that something strange, almost bizarre, is going on in the weather. Signs, did I say?...

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  • March 30, 2012

    Earliest Memories of Tea

    It was dark as I peered into the bowels of the tea bushes. I must have been about five or six, when I ventured out on my own beyond the train tracks where the tea plantation was. It was perfect...

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  • May 16, 2010

    Spring Exotica, Goomtee Tea

    You can always depend on Goomtee tea garden to produce good quality Darjeeling. It is the quiet workhorse of the industry. If you are looking for a classic Darjeeling first flush, sans any stunts, Spring Exotica is for you. DRY...

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  • May 11, 2010

    Arya Emerald Tea

    We are happy to release the first of our spring green teas for this year. And nothing can be more delightful than to start with Emerald from the Arya Tea Estate. Emerald is always among the best of Darjeeling green...

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  • May 4, 2010

    Storm in a cup?

    On the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, this 22 April, we had announced our decision to donate 10 per cent of all our sales proceeds for a month to a Darjeeling-based environmental NGO, Save the Hills. On our main website...

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