FROM THE FAR EAST
Apart from being popular for its beautiful landscapes, the far-north east is also known for its tea. The Temi tea estate of Sikkim established in 1986 is the oldest teas estate. The Donyi Polo in Arunachal Pradesh planted in 1986 was the first tea garden in the state. Now many smaller tea estates have emerged and are doing pretty well in the Indian tea market.
Although the tea estates in the region are young they cannot be overlooked. Known for its superior quality, Sikkim tea has travelled the world to please many palates. Teas such as the "golden flowery orange pekoe #1” from the Temi tea garden are pure and organic certified. The rich aroma and fine taste of the Sikkim Temi tea has many takers in the tea world.
BERMIOK TEA ESTATE, SIKKIM
The Bermiok tea estate was started in 2002, covers over 15 acres of land and produces around 1200kg of tea every year. It is also the youngest tea garden in history that is completely organic. Standing at an elevation of 2500 ft. to 3200 ft. in the highlands of Sikkim, the tea from this region is more floral with the aroma of fresh dew drops. The Chinary tea bushes cover most of the plantation along with the TV1 and TV2 clonal bushes.
Another name worth mentioning is the Lakyrsiew Tea Estate, Meghalaya.
Another tea estate to gain recognition is the Lakyrsiew Tea Estate, Meghalaya. This tea estate is situated on the southern bank of Umiam Lake at an altitude of between 1,000 and 1,300 metres. The estate was started in the same year as the Bermiok tea estate in 2002 and produces small quantities of about 5000kg of tea every year. The small size of the estate allows the workers time to pick out only the finest tea leaves to produce top-quality tea. This tea estate is also organic and was certified in 2010.