Does Organic Tea Taste Better?

by Julian

Sanwar, I wonder if great tasting tea is more likely to come from highly organic tea farms ... As you are a Darjeeling grower, I would you to ask your opinion of an article I came across recently:

Identity Crises for Darjeeling Tea

I quote the last paragraph:

Sudan Gurung, manager of the Happy Valley Tea Garden, one of the few tea gardens perched over 6,000-feet height in Darjeeling region, says it is a myth that use of chemicals boost yield. Actually, use of chemicals mars the fertility of soil which could eventually lead to zero yield.

Even the use of chemicals affects the health of workers and contaminates the underground water resources. Our experiences now show that switching over to organic farming helps natural boosting of soil fertility and subsequently the yield and the quality of tea. Most of the 87 gardens are going for total organic farming now.”

I have heard variations from Chinese tea experts, who said that use of chemicals produce teas which may look good on the outside, but lacks inner quality.

Do REAL organic tea tend to taste better? Can great tasting tea comes from tea gardens where chemicals have been over-employed? Can taste and pollution go hand in hand?

These are my questions that I am dying to know the answer of.

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Oct 06, 2007
Reply from Sanwar
by: Anonymous

Rate of growth of the tea flush is bound to be slow in case of organic tea bushes in comparison to nonorganic tea bushes, all other factors remaining same. Slow growth will give better aroma than rapid growth period, all other factors remaining same.

The use of chemicals even in Darjeeling Non organic tea gardens is very limited and judicious, because every Darjeeling non organic garden also sees that every invoice of his teas are below MAXIMUM Residual Limit (MRL) of the chemicals.

Chemicals are very costly and more than a century old and experienced and well organized Darjeeling tea industry would not waste money on the overuse of chemicals.

Taste varies from customer to customer and Darjeeling teas get their value from its unique Aroma .

With increasing population and the dwindling forests in Darjeeling, Dareeling tea bushes planted even in step slopes are silently and majestically facing the threat of pollution.

On an average daily basis , we hardly consume 3- 5 gms of tea, whereas we take daily more than 250 gms of veg or non veg food.

Consider these figures while enjoying a cup of Darjeeling tea or any other oolong tea - irrespective of organic or non organic ( Julian please correct me on these figures, since I am not good in statistics)

Oct 05, 2015
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by: Anonymous

Thank you!

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