Sunday 8th August 2010

Had a very good experience today…

While checking out all the bathroom basins Thomas had found while Annette was in Denmark – we passed the Tea Wholesaler from whom we are going to by some of our teas for Tings Tea Lounge Tea Menu.

Kanchangha Tea Estate

One of the suppliers to Tings Tea Lounge

The tea we are interested in comes from the mountains north from Illam close to Darjeeling on the Indian site of the border.

About the plantation:

Kanchanjangha Tea Plantation (KTE) is located at Ranitar in the remote hilly region of Panchthar district in eastern Nepal bordering the tea area of Darjeeling at an altitude of 1300-1800m. The garden lies at the foot hills of Mt. Kanchenjunga which covers the largest vegetation area with a combination of unique blends of natural factors for the growth of exclusive aromatic tea. The enterprise was launched in 1984 by the local farmers on a cooperative model. Over a 100 farmers joined hands, pooled in their marginal land holdings and became owners of the first orthodox tea plantation covering nearly 94 hectares of land. The land which was barely enough to sustain them is now utilized to produce High Quality Organic Orthodox Tea of the Himalayas.

At KTE we tasted an fantastic first flush green tea and put an order for a white tea, the new harvest of silver tips – a most fantastic tea which we tasted a few months back. This tea is something extraordinary and very difficult to get hold of (and from a mountain even further north of the KTE plantation with a special soil that makes this tea light, flowery and rich in flavor at the same time).

Normally this tea is only for export – but after hearing about our ideas and plans for Tings Tea Lounge we were allowed to by 1 kg of that particular tea when it arrives in September.

It will be interesting to see if our guest are willing to pay the price for a pot of the unique tasteful experience. The price will be around 300 NRP for one pot 🙂

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