Glenburn estate is located in Darjeeling, India. It is a 1600 acre plantation with breathtaking views over the Kanchenjunga Mountain Range. The estate stretches from an elevation of 3700 ft all the way down to the sandy banks of two snow-fed Himalayan rivers.
At Glenburn in Darjeeling, where the higher altitude provides the necessary “stress” to the tea plants ï¿½ giving the tea its characteristic flavor, the succulent leaves result in a very attractive tea with a purplish bloom and a sprinkling of silvery tips.
The estate is family operated in its 5th generation by the Prakash family, also known as theï¿½ Chaiwala familyï¿½ (tea planters). Originally started by a Scottish tea company in 1859, the Prakash family has now been cultivating magnificent teas for over a century.
Bret and I had the pleasure to meet Husna Prakash at the 2009 World Tea Expo and were fascinated by the idea to work directly with a tea grower. Normally, this is reserved for the big tea importers with huge order quantities. As a family business, the Glenburn Estate is very interested in supporting other small and growing companies which gives us the opportunity to import some of our teas directly from the country of origin.
Working with the Prakash family means that our customers will be able to get premium Darjeeling and Assam teas within weeks of their harvest.
It also means that some of the money spent on tea purchases at Souviaï¿½ will directly benefit the community of Glenburn. The Prakash family has established a ï¿½Workerï¿½s Trustï¿½ which supports the local elementary school where children receive an education while their parents are working in the fields. For school children moving on to higher level education, there is a scholarship available and the estate is proud that six scholarship students from last year ranked in the top three positions in their class.
It is wonderful to know that your purchase of Glenburn tea not only provides you with a beautiful tea experience, but helps others in the process.