The Thurbo Tea estate in Darjeeling is one of the largest in the district, producing some of the finest teas. This beverage consists of a neat, green leaf with little tip and, when brewed, boasts a bright gold liquor. It is an extraordinarily enticing tea and brings to light everything that is good about the Darjeeling district.
The name “Thurbo” derives from the British invasion of Nepal, where soldiers set up base in the nearby area in preparation for the historic move. In the local language, the British camp was called “Tombu”, meaning “tent”, which over the course of time became Thurbo, perhaps through mispronunciation. The name Thurbo remains today, representing one of the best estates of the Darjeeling district.
Thurbo was established officially in 1872 during a time when Darjeeling’s Tea industry was on the rise. Little has changed since then with the estate being located in the midst of the Mirik Valley at an altitude that ranges from 762 to 1890 metres above sea level, the borders of Nepal visible on the horizon. But the most important factor, the factor that will undoubtedly help you to decide on Darjeeling 1st Flush Thurbo today, is its oneness with nature, the estate’s positioning in the valley meaning the elements, including the winds and rainfall, determine the quality of the tea. And that quality can seldom be overstated.