Crafted as a black tea it is lighter, more ethereal than later harvests - almost like a silky green tea but with heady florals, deep richness and all the verdant sweetness of spring. It infuses to a pale golden cup.
A close neighbour of Darjeeling, Sikkim is nested high in the green slopes of the Himalayas, between Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal and West Bengal.
In 2016 the entire state achieved full conversion to organic agriculture - being the first and only state in India to achieve this distinction. The environmental credentials continue with the banning of plastic water bottles.
Temi Tea Garden
Among the green hills tea thrives. On the Temi Tea Garden, the local Lepcha people cultivate and craft a tea that is truly outstanding.