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Those were the days…

In 1975 at a young 22, I was despatched up to Panniar Estate (High Ranges) by the Agents in Cochin.  Being born and with my entire formative years having been in Simla where the only crop was apples, planting as a career had never ever crossed my mind.  Providence and...

Women in Tea

Vaideghi Kanan – Tea Maker at Tea Studio Vaideghi Kanan’s family has been involved with tea for decades. They grow the green leaf that is sold to one of the numerous tea production facilities in the Nilgiris. Many of the women who grow up in this region find...

Tasting Notes: A Taste of Winter in South India

There is a revolution going on in South India, right under our noses.  Up until the late 1980s perhaps, South Indian tea – from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala – was predominantly comprised of mid-grade CTC (cut, tear, curl) produced for the local market. In...

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