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Sikkim Imperial Black

8.52 8 cups
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ORGANICALLY GROWN
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A very fine handcrafted black tea from a boutique organically grown small tea farm in the pristine Himalayan region in Sikkim, India. This superior rare crafted tea from the late spring boasts of a very distinct aroma even though the Darjeeling clones are grown across the estate. When infused pronounced notes of early muscatel can be felt on the palate with notes of cedar and raisins in the mids with a bold aromatic finish. The liquor is a mix of highlander Darjeeling summer teas and a bold Assam with a medium body.
General
Product Title: Sikkim Imperial Black
Tea Type: black tea
Caffeine: HIGH
Origin: SIKKIM
Flush/Season: SPRING / FIRST FLUSH
Grade: Hand-Rolled Whole Leaf
Date of Manufacturing: May 21, 2017
SKU: SKMBRK 01
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About the South Sikkim

An ancient Buddhist kingdom and India’s first 100% organic state Sikkim, a beautiful Himalayan Buddhist kingdom was founded in 1642 and joined the democratic mainstream of The Indian Union as its 22nd State in 1975. Lonely Planet ranked Sikkim the world’s #1 place to visit in 2014, citing its record as India’s cleanest state and its sustainable community-based tourism in less developed areas while New York Times has described Sikkim as a haven for spiritual seekers ranking it at #17 in its “52 places (in the world) to Go in 2017”. The world’s third highest peak, Kanchenjunga, is located here. The state has 28 mountain peaks, 21 glaciers, 227 high altitude lakes, five hot springs, eight mountain passes and over 100 rivers and streams, one National Park and six wildlife sanctuaries. Sikkim began its organic mission in 2003, when the State Government banned the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers and called for agricultural community to return to natural methods of farming. Since then 74,000+ hectares of the state’s arable land (~70%) has been classified as organic. A small family enterprise attempting to do this with its village community in the 21st century is rare. Tea had never been grown in this erstwhile Buddhist kingdom until the state government established its own tea garden in 1969. It was in 2000 that Bermiok Rinpoche a scion of the distinguished Bermiok Densapa family, which is renowned for its staunch Buddhist roots and impeccable years of service to Sikkim’s administration, right from the time of the Chogyals (monarchy) decided to professionally manage a private small organic tea estate in Sikkim. It took them nearly two years to make the land cultivable and while doing that they preserved the existing eco system of drains that went through the land and the shade trees. In 2003 plantation of 100% high variety Darjeeling clonal teas has been initiated in the small farm. The tea plants were nurtured for a period of 5 years and started commercial production only in 2008 and installed a micro tea factory. Age old agricultural practices of the indigenous tribes have been adopted to preserve the heritage and secrets that have been passed on by generations and combined it with modern biofarming and tea processing techniques. They take out time crafting the teas, right from harvesting by hand and manufacturing in small batches to sorting by hand. Today the uniquely flavoured teas from this small farm in Sikkim are appreciated by connoisseurs and tea tasters across the world and The endeavours to provide a platform for these rare craft teas and connect consumers across the world. The estate is certified by the Sikkim Organic Mission and recognised by the Tea Board of India.