This little teapot is getting rather upset at the derisive terms being used to describe Robert Fortune (16 Sept. 1812 – 13 April 1880). He was a botanist from Edinburgh who is credited with introducing tea plants to the area around the town of Darjeeling in West Bengal, India, in 1848, ending China’s monopoly on tea. He is called a thief and accused of stealing tea plants from China. Time for me to set the record straight and put Fortune in his proper place in tea history: a hero to many tea drinkers around the world. And to us teapots, as well. TOOOT! Continue reading Little Yellow Teapot Spouts Off: Robert Fortune – Tea Drinker’s Hero
Over the past years, a number of samples of Darjeeling teas have arrived, been tried, and been written about (in articles posted on a blog now gone and replaced with this site). Your ever humble, knowledgeable, and totally honest little teapot (me) wanted to review some of those experiences with you along with some info on the various gardens. TOOOT! Continue reading Here at Last! Our Guide to the Darjeeling Tea Gardens
The revitalizing efforts of the Rohini Tea Estate by the Saria family have made their teas worth revisiting, so here goes! Continue reading Rohini Tea Estate Revisited!
First there was too little rain, then too much, but the folks at Goomtee Tea Estate persevered. Bravo, TOOOT! Continue reading Rainfall and First Flush in Goomtee Tea Estate
India is seeing the interest in tea tourism really growing and becoming an important source of revenue for some struggling tea gardens. The Darjeeling area is a big draw and sports many fine locations from which to choose. This little teapot encourages you humans to check them out. We offer some information on a few that we find especially inviting below. Continue reading Darjeeling Tea Tourism Is a Growing Trend
Probably the most memorable name of the tea gardens in the Darjeeling area is Margaret’s Hope. This garden is also the source of some very fine teas. Time for this little teapot to do some trekking. Come along, humans! TOOOT! Continue reading Margaret’s Hope Darjeeling Teas and a Haunting Past
Prepare for another journey to the foothills of the Himalayas, to those special tea gardens who have warranted the designation of being a “Darjeeling Tea Garden.” This time we stop in at Goomtee Tea Estate in West Bengal, India, and revisit some teas from there. We haven’t tried many, but they have been memorable to be sure. Continue reading Goomtee Tea Estate Fine Darjeeling Teas Revisited
Namring is one of the older of the tea gardens in West Bengal, India, that qualify as officially being a Darjeeling Tea Garden. Their teas have some reputation among connoisseurs of Darjeeling teas. We recently came across a fine one presented by one of our site sponsors (Tea Punk Teas) and wanted to pass on some background on where that tea is from. Continue reading Namring Tea Garden Shines!
Of the 87 (or 88) tea gardens that bear the official designation of being Darjeeling gardens, a few seem to garner most of the attention while the rest barely get noticed, despite the quality of their teas. Marketing is a tough thing for them and usually not affordable. So sites like this one help spread the word. It benefits you, the tea lover, and people like us who spread the word about such teas. (In our case, the benefit is that these great teas continue to be available as the gardens continue producing thanks to folks buying them.) Continue reading Some Lesser Known Darjeeling Tea Gardens
Correction on ownership 17 Sep 2016: Rungneet (Kanchaan View) is owned by Ajit Agarwala as Proprietor and is part of Terai Group.
The Rungneet (Kanchaan View) Darjeeling Tea Estate is part of the history of India in more ways than one. Rajiv Lochan tells their story here. [Editor’s note: Rungneet is the former name of Kanchaan View; for the sake of making that known to you, we have used both names here. “Kanchaan” is sometimes spelled “Kanchan” but we used the more common spelling.]