Sunday, April 5, 2009

First Flush Darjeeling

I have mentioned the bad drought affecting Southern Asia ( India and Sri Lanka). Now it has gotten press in The Financial Times and Forbes. Our tastings confirmed the rumors of a terrible season in Darjeeling. Luckily, we did stumble on a lovely Rhisheehat. The Djs (invoices or lots of 5 chests that represent similar teas) on either side of Dj. 8 were not good, so it is very lucky to get this one.

Forbes commented on the production problems in Assam. THat is not a serious problem (yet). There is still chances of rain before the crucial 2nd Flush season in about 2 months. However it is troubling that one ofthe wettest spots in the world is having a drought.

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