Portrait: Bermiok Tea Garden
The small Indian State of Sikkim lies just north of the Darjeeling region in the Indian Himalaya. Until recently Sikkim had only one tea garden called Temi which was established in 1969 as a government project. Temi has been an annual feature in the Camellia sinensis catalogue for many years.
In 2003 the entire State of Sikkim went completely organic and that same year a local family set to clearing a small amount of forest to plant tea using bio-dynamic principals. Using Darjeeling clonal plants, they cultivated the new plantation, letting it grow for 5 years before building a tea factory to process the leaves in 2008
Bermiok Tea Garden is relatively low for a Himalayan garden at just 750-900 elevation, they currently have 12 acres of tea planted. In the last few years have gone from strength to strength. Camellia Sinensis are lucky to have exclusivity for these rare batches of Himalayan leaf.
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