Green Tea Tales from the Tea Guys…
Our tea guys Dan and James are pretty amazing at all things tea, and we love listening to their stories of their travels to the tea gardens, as well as hearing about all the growers and local people they meet. But we have to admit, our eyes turned the same shade as our green tea when they sat us down to tell us of tails of their recent trip.
The beautiful Nilgiri Blue Mountains in Southern India was their destination. 7,000ft up, in the misty hills, there is garden after garden of rolling, tea plants which is where our green tea is being skilfully grown. Our guys work closely with our chosen tea gardens to grow and develop our tea, in fact we’ve been growing tea with some of the same gardens for tens of years. The Nilgiri Mountains in Southern India has perfect growing conditions with its lush, fresh, tumbling gardens and the moist mist which rests on the mountain tops.
Dan and James rave about the quality of the leaves from these estates. You can see for yourself how vividly green the leaves are. Shade trees offer some cover from the sunshine during the day and you can still see young tea leaves being hand-plucked and in some tea gardens its still carefully rolled and steamed the old fashioned way, to deliver the crisp, light and delicate taste of Clipper.
In recent years, herds of bison have returned, and freely roam the tea gardens. They look very cute and harmless from the photos but we’re not sure how close we’d actually let them get before we made a run for it! Who knew that bison were such fans of tea!
We’re looking forward to joining them on their next visit to Southern India in March next year to see this beautiful region for ourselves and finally getting to pluck our own tea!
If you haven’t tried green tea yet, hurry up! Yes, it is good for your body with all its antioxidants, but it’s also mighty fine for your taste buds. And as the first Fairtrade brand in the UK, we like to think of ourselves as experts of tea so you should take our word for it… or at least Dan & James word… and the bison!