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  • May 6, 2010

    Tea and the Taster are One

    It is something we had always noticed: everybody has a different experience of the same tea. (Me and my wife no longer squabble over our different opinions about tea).  Our tea tasting notes that we publish are nothing more than rough sketchs, which you could...

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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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  • April 30, 2010

    Unusually hot, dry weather hit premium Darjeeling tea The unusually hot weather and lack of rainfall in the West Bengal hills have ruined the first-flush Darjeeling tea crop. "There has been no rainfall since October 2009, creating a drought-like condition. It has damaged the first flush," said...

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  • April 28, 2010

    Jungpana China FTGFOP1

    Jungpana is located in a rather narrow crest in the Himalayas. Hidden from the general view - a road is actually still to connect this tea garden - this garden is recognized for its high quality tea. Many high end...

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  • April 23, 2010

    Moonbeam, Arya Tea Estate

    Although one of the smaller tea estates of Darjeeling, Arya has gained a formidable reputation taking on the big players with its specialty teas. Arya teas are well crafted in terms of both appearance and taste; being organic is an...

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  • March 31, 2010

    Grandma's China

    This is a small illustrated essay on the collection of my mother-in-law's bone china. She got them from her own mother and mother-in-law.  She thinks they are at least about 50 years old. And no, she is not interested in...

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  • March 28, 2010

    Earth Hour

    Happy to introduce here Miss Tara, taking charge of the Earth Hour last evening (happens to be around the kitchen table again). Future was abstract, until the kids arrived. 2050 is suddenly not about me a grumpy old man ready...

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  • March 27, 2010

    Hello world!

    This blog is about tea. More specifically it is about the online tea store, Darjeeling Tea Exclusive, which me and my wife run. Even more specifically, it is about the discoveries we make along the endless journey into the world...

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