A superlative tea with a pale green infusion and lively fresh aroma, full of potent antioxidants.
Fair Trade Certified.
Our Organic Darjeeling Supreme Green tea from the Ambootia Estate in India has an exquisite flowery bouquet. It brews a pale green color with a lively, distinctive green tea flavor.
Darjeeling is a small resort town situated in northwest Bengal, 400 miles due north of Calcutta in the small neck of India that separates Nepal and Bhutan. Its location at 6,500 feet provides a temperate, if rainy climate, and breathtaking views that allow the eye to travel from the scorching plains below, upward over a succession of mountains that culminate with the mighty Kanchenjunga, almost as high as Everest.
Only to the western world is the name Darjeeling synonymous with superior tea. This is because Darjeeling's mere 42,000 acres under tea cultivation account for less than three percent of all tea that India produces. Darjeeling's reputation for quality tea is so high that India sells almost all of it abroad.
Stash Tea is pleased to work with the Ambootia Tea Estate, which has been producing superb Darjeeling teas since 1861. The estate has rich green hillsides reaching up toward the Himalayas, the highest mountain range in the world. The combination of climate and elevation creates a unique geographical phenomenon not replicated anywhere else in the world.
The Ambootia Estate is a balanced ecological system with natural forests which help maintain the ecosytem and protect the fragile soils of its steep slopes. Much of the tea is shielded from any excessive sun by these trees which play an important role in providing natural organic nutrients to the soil as they fall and decompose.
Ambootia is certified as organic by the Institute of Market Ecology of Switzerland which is recognized around the world for its exacting standards and is also a member of IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movement).
Only safe, all-natural preparations are used to grow Ambootia teas. Ambootia uses Bio-Dynamic organic principles to make the best compost possible. Revitalizing preparations made from yarrow, valerian, chamomile, nettle, oak bark and dandelion are used in small homeopathic doses. These preparations are added to compost heaps for their positive effects. No artificial fertilizers are ever used at Ambootia
Note: Stash Tea is certified organic by Quality Assurance International. QAI is a professional organic certification service that is internationally recognized. QAI's program is designed to certify every step of the organic chain - from the land on which the product is grown, to the growers, to the post harvest facilities and the final processing and handling facilities.
Such diligence provides assurance that the end product is indeed organic and that it complies with state, provincial, national and international organic standards. Products which carry the QAI certification seal convey the confidence of an unbroken "chain of custody" that all materials and processes have been individually certified as organic.