A Case Study In Sustainable Tea
Madan Tamang, an ardent believer in sustainable agriculture has hit a home run with his Meghma Tea Estate.
He produces only small quantities of tea in his 7,000 foot high estate in Nepal. But what makes this tea stand out is the eco-friendly philosophy that pervades all aspects of production. All proceeds from sale of his tea are channeled into a fund that he hopes will eventually rejuvenate the precious Rhododendron forests in the Meghma region. When tea production is not on in full swing, he keeps the workers on the estate busy by using the bark of the native shade trees – Daphne bholua – to produce an eco-friendly hand-made paper called kobhalu.
Madan Tamang started the Meghma estate in 1999, and now produces teas every bit as good as those produced in Darjeeling. One of his specialities is the organic hand-rolled oolong tea that is simply superb. While not organic certified, this tea is produced using totally traditional organic farming techniques. It exudes the aroma of the native Daphne bholua and Rhododendron plants. With a light and smooth liquor and a trace of honeysuckle flavor, this oolong is distinctly different from the Chinese varieties.
Special thanks to Madan for providing us with his precious oolong tea from Meghma. We’re truly honored to make Honeybee Oolong Tea available online at The Simple Leaf.
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