As a small business, we mostly have to rely on tea importers to obtain the teas for our store. For the past two years, however, we have bee establishing a relationship with Glenburn Estate in India, which makes it possible for tea businesses our size to purchase the teas directly at origin.
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 â€œstressâ€ 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 5thgeneration 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, one of theÂ estate owners and operatorsÂ atÂ the World Tea Expo in Las Vegas tweo years ago and have been importing some of our teas directly from the estate.Â Very popular is the Konghea AssamÂ with its rich and malty flavorÂ and the Glenburn Darjeeling. A few months ago, we purchased a small quantity ofÂ an Glenburn Autumn Oolong with an exquisite floral note, smooth mouth feel and a taste that incorporates the characteristics of a Darjeeling with those of a well-produced oolong.
I just received word from Husna, that the production of “First Flush Darjeeling” has begun. These prizedÂ Darjeelings areÂ eagerly awaited by tea aficionados.Â Due to our connection with the estate, we willÂ be offeringÂ the 2011 Glenburn Darjeeling “First Flush’Â Â at Souvia by the beginning of next monthÂ
Don’t forget to stop by for a sample!