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Lochan Tea at the O-cha Festival in Japan!

O-cha festival is probably the biggest tea event in the world ceremonies under Mt. Fuji every three years and opened by Royal family member with a three day celebration in Shizuoka, Japan. Chitose Shasida of Tokyo, who had visited our India Tea Forum organized by Confederation of Indian Industries in Siliguri every two years under Mt. Kanchenjunga, represented her newly floated company Lochan Tea Japan, and we were very lucky to get a Gold Prize for Doke Silver Needle white tea. Continue reading Lochan Tea at the O-cha Festival in Japan!

Little Yellow Teapot Reports: Doke Green Diamond Sparkles!

Growing tea is a tough business and often one that gets little attention from tea lovers. But your little teapot buddy (me!) is here to fill you in on what is behind many of those tasty teas you love. This is another tea from Doke Tea Garden, which has been around for a number of years and seems to be getting better all the time. This is their Second Flush Green Diamond tea from 2016. Continue reading Little Yellow Teapot Reports: Doke Green Diamond Sparkles!

Little Yellow Teapot Reports: How Doke Green Diamond Measures Up to Other Green Teas

The Doke Tea Garden in Bihar, a state in northern India, has been around for a few years now. And while the tea plants have been growing and maturing, so has the staff. A recent sample of their second flush Green Diamond certainly is a testament to how they have improved over the years. And their Silver Needle, having won a gold medal in Japan, is further proof that this tea garden and staff are working hard, learning fast, and making true progress (see article here). Time for this little teapot to show you how they measure up to some Chinese and Japanese green teas, generally speaking. Continue reading Little Yellow Teapot Reports: How Doke Green Diamond Measures Up to Other Green Teas

Little Yellow Teapot Reports: Doke Silver Needle Worth the Award?

In the world of tea, as in other areas of human endeavor, awards are given out for various reasons, and quality is not always a factor, so when I, your fave little teapot, heard that Doke Tea’s Silver Needle (2nd flush of 2016) had won a gold medal in Japan, I and my humans were skeptical. Were they just about a fancy gold presentation bag? Or did the Japanese palate detect something special here? This little teapot and my humans wanted to find out and were excited when a package arrived with some of this tea included. The taste test was delayed a bit due to other commitments (another package of samples had arrived from another tea vendor), but we soon got one of the gaiwans in our Tea Gang busy on the infusing. Was Doke Silver Needle worth that award? Well…  Continue reading Little Yellow Teapot Reports: Doke Silver Needle Worth the Award?

Halloween and the Magic of Doke Tea!

Halloween is a time of scary things that go bump in the night and for magic that seems to be everywhere – even in a tea garden. Our visit to the Doke Tea garden in Bihar, India, is proof. Come along with us and see that magic in action and meet the magicians who bring it about.  Continue reading Halloween and the Magic of Doke Tea!

The Story of Rungneet (Kanchaan View) Darjeeling Tea Estate

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.]

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A Blue and White Tea Time Featuring a Black Tea

by Little Yellow Teapot (a tea steeping marvel and occasional contributing author)

It’s always tea party time at our house. That’s why this little teapot had to form a Tea Gang – quite frankly, I was getting worn to a frazzle. TOOOT! But it’s even a better day when a package of teas arrives. I was scooting around the table so much with joy that my humans had to grab me at one point so I didn’t scoot off the edge. Then we settled down to a nice blue and white tea time, giving some of the blue and white pieces my humans have collected over the years a chance to be the stars. Time to steep that 2nd Flush 2015 Black tea from Doke Tea.

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Tea Harvesting, or The Rush to the Flush

Farming is quite challenging and never has a certain outcome, being affected by a number of variables, and tea farming is no exception. Not enough rain at the right time. Too much rain at the wrong time. Too hot. Too cold. Weeds choking out the plants and robbing them of nutrients and water. Pests eating the leaves (unless it’s the leafhopper essential to producing Oriental Beauty oolong). Elephants trampling through the garden. And so on. The tea farmer can often find himself in a hurry to harvest, rushing to the flush, as it were.

Doke Tea Garden’s second flush of the growing season……a green delight!
Doke Tea Garden’s second flush of the growing season……a green delight!

Then, there’s the labor issue. Finding people who know how to pluck properly. Certain teas require a certain way of plucking the leaves off the bush. This photo below by Norman Shu, brother of Thomas Shu who processes great oolong teas from the nation of Taiwan, shows expert plucking of only the two-leaves-and-bud pairing they wanted for the special oolong being produced:

Perfect two-leaves-and-bud sets plucked by knowledgeable workers.
Perfect two-leaves-and-bud sets plucked by knowledgeable workers.

Tea farmers also need workers willing to be out in sun and heat, as well as steaminess. It’s often sauna conditions. This photo from Cre Ar Te Blends de Té shows one woman’s solution to dealing with such conditions:

Rushing to pluck that flush! The umbrella is to shade her from the sun, since tea is generally not harvested in the rain.
Rushing to pluck that flush! The umbrella is to shade her from the sun, since tea is generally not harvested in the rain.

Paying a wage to attract both skilled and sturdy workers can be a problem, since the price of the harvested leaves can be determined at auction and often not cover the expenses of that labor. Yes, rather challenging to be a tea farmer. And that is why I continue to write about, promote, and spread the word about tea……not that stuff in a bag, but the good stuff.

Check some out at your favorite tea vendor. Go exploring!

© 2015 A.C. Cargill photos and text

The Saga Continues with a Certain Black Tea

by Little Yellow Teapot (a tea steeping marvel and occasional contributing author)

2015 Second Flush Black Fusion
2015 Second Flush Black Fusion

Your buddy and ever faithful to true tea teapot here! TOOOOT! Time for the next chapter in the ongoing saga of Doke tea garden, having recently supervised the infusing of the two latest samples: First Flush 2015 and Second Flush 2015 of their black tea. Continue reading The Saga Continues with a Certain Black Tea