During the early hours of a fine summer morning, ☀️
I found myself walking down a patchy little trail.
Surrounded by lush greens, wildflowers, birds and butterflies, Oh! there flies a lil’ Himalayan blue-tail. 🐦
Almost halfway down the scenic pathway,
On the opposite, lies a sea of blue-green ridges,⛰
Enchanting enough to drive all the blues away.
And finally here I am in the abundance of emerald and forest green,
That permeates an aroma as pleasant as the summer’s bouquet.
No, I’m not speaking of some whimsical fairy land, 🧚🏼♀️ In fact I’m talking about this wonderful tiny tea estate called the ‘Bermiok Tea Farms’. A private boutique tea estate nestled in the south-east slopes of Bermiok village in Sikkim. It is a fully organic tea estate with 100% young clonal tea bushes which is bio dynamically cultivated. The tea estate lies at 2,000- 3,000 feet, relatively low for a Himalayan tea region which lends the tea its unique and utterly delicious flavor and characteristics.
Early this summer, I had the opportunity to visit the place where this beautiful tea is grown. And the best part, I was accompanied by my Aunt (who first introduced me to this tea). Luckily, she too was on a short break from her active life in the capital city. We arrived at Bermiok pretty early on a bright sunny morning. 🌿
Besides all the wonderful teas that they produce, I have to say that the people in the estate were so warm and welcoming. They patiently showed us around the factory and explained to us about their teas in great detail. The in-charge of the estate, Mr N.T Bhutia is of calm and humble demeanor and through our long conversation, I learnt that Bermiok tea is all about sustainable farming and they care deeply about producing high quality teas in small batches, rather than focusing on higher yields and figures only. It’s social and environmental integrity speaks for itself in its pure yet fantastic flavor. 🍵 🍃
And as my holiday came to an end, I flew back not only with a suitcase full of Bermiok Wulongs, blacks and greens but also with some freshly stamped postcards of precious memories which I shall always revere and cherish.
As I write this, I have a cup of Denzong Green beside me to give me company.🥰
Lastly, I would like to thank Mr Nikhil Pradhan and Mrs Dolkar Densapa – the owners of Bermiok Tea farms and also their entire tea family for bringing TRUE tea into our lives. For an avid tea drinker like me, your beautiful leaf not only comforts me but it also syncs in perfectly with the mindset of living consciously with gratitude.. each day!
May your precious leaf continue to bring peace, joy and warmth into peoples hearts all across the world. 🤍
With much appreciation and love. 🙏