2017 Darjeeling First Flush (spring pluck) from these two estates:
Mission Hill Tea Estate – SFTGFOP1 SPL (Super Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe, grade 1, SPL = Special)
Situated in the lap of lofty Himalaya, Mission Hill Tea Estate is spread over a sprawling 951 acres of land. Mission Hill is surrounded by forest, agile mountain streams and snow-capped mountain peaks. The estate has been producing very high quality teas, rich with the flavors of traditional Darjeeling. The history of the estate dates back to the days of the British Raj in early 1900s. The Survey & Settlement Reports of C. A. Bell, ICS 1901-1903 & H.C.V. Philpot 1919-1921, indicate that the estate was formally granted between 1903 and 1919. “Mission Hill” probably got its name from the early Scottish Missionaries who had a mission in the area.
Tindharia Tea Estate – FTGFOP1 (Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe, grade 1)
The name “Tindharia” means the “place of three mountain ridges” and the estate is located at the confluence of the three mountain streams in the South Kurseong dstrict of Darjeeling. It is a small, boutique bio-organic tea estate which pays detailed attention to all of its tea production. The estate starts at an elevation of 400 meters, and extends up to 1,000 meters. Thirty-five percent of the plantation is under China bushes, 10% is AV-2 clonal bushes, 25% hybrids, and 30% Assam bushes. Tindharia is certified organic by Control Union for USDA, EU, and JAS. It is also certified FLO Fairtrade. The estate considers its workers to be its prime asset and maintains harmony and excellent relations with the workers and the community while developing the infrastructure.