Harvest month: May 2019
Type: Black tea
Region: Sikkim, India
Grade: SFTGFOP1 (tippy)
A government owned and operated tea estate, Temi is also the only tea estate in the Northeastern state of Sikkim. Sikkim is the only completely organic state in the country, and as such, Temi's high quality teas are organically produced.
The estate was formed in 1969 and spanned a little under 450 acres, though now almost 500 acres are under production. Temi's teas have been often compared to neighboring Darjeeling's renowned produce. Majority of Darjeeling tea estates were planted by the British. In Temi's case, the land on which it resides was used to plant and cultivate tea to provide employment for Tibetan refugees displaced by the Chinese invasion.
Temi is best known for its black tea. Originally sold under the Darjeeling logo, in the year 2000 Temi tea started being marketed as "Sikkim Tea".
2.5 gms (approx. 2 tsp) per 6 oz of filtered water, steep for 3-4 mins at 190 F/88 C.
Vary leaf quantity, brewing time, and temperature per individual preferences.
Appearance, aroma, and taste
Amber infusion, slight musky and woody aroma, medium bodied smooth liquor with hints of stone fruit.