Hi wrote this for my Email Newsletter, but could occupy as a blog post as well, so…
With the advent of First Flush and the end of the Autumn Flush, the 2009 tea season for Darjeeling Tea has ended. Winter is totally a dormant period with no production at all, mainly due to severe cold weather conditions with lack of sunlight and rain which are much needed. The next big season for Darjeeling Tea will start from March 2010. We wait for the new First Flush season now.
We have tremendously increased the volume of teas we used to purchase and we would like to thank all the tea lovers who made it possible. Without you all, it would just be an impossible dream. We try our best to source what Darjeeling produces each season and thanks to all for liking our teas. Once again Thanks ALL for your support and for building your trust in us. One thing we promise you – we won’t let you down on your expectations!
New Arrivals and Discount Straight away:
The new arrivals on our store are the single estate teas from the last tea season of the year namely “Autumn Flush“. We were busy sourcing teas here and there and the good thing about Autumn is, you can get good teas at very affordable prices. Of course some teas are exceptional, like the Arya White Tea, which tend to have a higher price tag – don’t blame us, we bought it expensive!
With the advent of Christmas, just a few weeks away, we thought of giving discounts on our new tea arrivals as well. First Flush and Second Flush teas are already on sale and the discounts on the new Autumn Flush will extend till end of Christmas. Regular pricing of Autumnal teas will prevail after Christmas.
So now is the perfect time to order, as our slowest method of shipping takes about 15 days for delivery. Expedited is one week. Don’t wait, order now and stock up your teas for the coming Christmas! Boast away with your possessions and throw a Christmas Tea Party!! – Autumn Flush here!
Doing Something Good This Christmas
We always wanted to help non profit organizations / tea laborers, needy Darjeeling people etc. and have been doing in small ways. This time we want you to get involved as well. People travel all the way from different countries to Darjeeling to do their desired social work and here is your chance to give something to the needy. No, we are not asking for any money, we will tell how you can get involved. The perfect organization to work with is Hayden Hall, a women’s non profit organization which has been operational from 1969. They focus on poor women’s self-sufficiency programs which in turn focus on solving the problems their children, families and communities face. They make various handicraft products which are all amazing, but since we are tea centric, our focus got diverted towards the beautiful tea cozies that they make. We will not sell their tea cozies but instead send as a free addition to your existing order which should total up to USD 199. Don’t forget USD 199 total comes with Free Fedex or equivalent shipping and yes, this will also include one year of free membership to our Darjeeling Tea Club. Satisfied? How are you helping them – You buy the teas, we send you the tea cozies free. Our buying of tea cozies is indirectly your buying of the tea cozies and a direct support to Hayden Hall. And not to forget that all our teas are on sale at the moment!
(I visited Hayden Hall some days ago to place the tea cozies order and met Miss Radha, one of the main Hayden Hall social worker. It was a tremendous feeling talking about all things they are doing for the poor women folk. A visit to their 100% Fairtrade shop was just overwhelming. Meeting the actual women folk doing their daily jobs was like getting in touch with poverty trying to make a living – despite all their worries, very jovial women, always happy!)
Our Facebook Page:
Lately Facebook has been our regular update page and all things new are updated instantly. So if you have a facebook profile, you can catch us here! Thanks to Facebook for providing such a magnificent service. Our profile here!
This year’s tea season’s been with up and down initially with the starting of First Flush and the hectic sourcing from the low production was difficult, but we thank God and luck that our pursuit for quality teas got fulfilled. We will be striving for the best First Flush teas next year and hope the weather conditions do peak up for the peak quality teas.
Some Hayden Hall Photos that I clicked when I visited them:
You can visit Hayden Hall’s official site at – www.haydenhall.org