Tead Off wrote:There are different grading systems. They wouldn't normally blend high grades with others. In the sorting and processing, many broken leaves of various sizes. These will sell for less money but can still be labeled by the garden's name.
The grading system is only about the leaf size though, isn't it? I'm sure fame has something to do with whether the garden is blended or not, I don't imagine you would see Margaret's hope blended with other gardens.
Who blends it anyway? The tea estate or the person who buys it from the Auctions? If the latter, if he bought Darjeeling and blended it with Sikkim or Dooars, is there any rule that past a certain ratio he can't call it Darjeeling anymore?
There is a lot more Darjeeling tea being sold than grown. This means 'monkey business'. In the lowlands, there are big tea plantations growing tea that is labeled Darjeeling. This is not real Darjeeling tea. It's a good practice to stick with reliable sellers and known tea gardens.
Known tea gardens, I have a couple lists with 80+ gardens on each, I assume you're referring to those? Also, since the area is 7 valleys, when you refer to the lowlands where are you referring to? Outside of these valleys?
Ref: http://camellia-sinensis.com/carnet/?pa ... 12&lang=en
China, Taiwan, and Korea all have single estate teas. They are usually premium teas and often handmade.
I think Lopchu is a/the Japanese one, which are the Korean/Chinese?