We are a boutique organic tea estate in the pristine Himalayan region of Sikkim, producing fine tea in small batches for select markets

Our Story

Our tea is as unique as our journey to becoming the only professionally managed private tea plantation in Sikkim

It required a fair amount of resolve to manually develop our boutique ‘plantation’ on the steep terrains of our virgin Himalayan forrest. The British used armies of their labour in the mid 19th century when they established their plantations in the Darjeeling region. A small family enterprise attempting to do this with its village community in the 21st century is rare. Tea had never been grown in this erstwhile Buddhist kingdom until the state government established its own tea garden in 1969. It was in 2000 that we decided to become the first professionally managed private tea estate in Sikkim. It took us nearly two years to make our land cultivable. While doing this we preserved the existing eco system of drains that went through the land and the shade trees. In 2003 we planted 100% high variety Darjeeling clonal teas. We nurtured them for 5 years and started commercial production only in 2008 and installed our own micro tea factory.We adopted age old agricultural practices of the indigenous tribes to preserve the heritage and secrets that have been passed on by generations and combined it with modern biofarming and tea processing techniques. We took our time keeping a long term vision for our estate and our village eco-system. We also take our time in crafting our teas, right from harvesting by hand and manufacturing in small batches to sorting by hand. Today our uniquely flavoured teas are appreciated by connoisseurs and tea tasters in the trade. Our estate is certified by the Sikkim Organic Mission and recognised by the Tea Board of India.

• 2003 - Planted our first sapling of camellia and registered with the Tea Board of India under the Small Growers Development Scheme

• 2008 - Installed micro tea factory on the estate

• 2015 - Exported over 60% of production to Taiwan

• 2016 - Increased production by 50% to 1,000 Kgs and started supply to Gangtok’s leading hotels and cafes

• 2016 - Bermiok Tea purchased and marketed by Delhi specialty tea boutique as single estate

• 2017 - new tea planting, factory upgradation and building of tea warehouse

 

Our boutique estate is all of 4 hectares today, producing ~ 1 metric ton of Tea annually. Our independent status and small size gives us the ability to provide special care to each batch of our hand harvested tea,
customise our manufacturing to suit our buyer’s needs and incorporate true bio dynamic and sustainable farming practices that are not influenced by corporate pressures.

Our Tea

100% young clonal tea, bio-dynamically cultivated at the lower altitude southern hills of a pristine agrarian region of Sikkim gives our tea a unique character!

Unique characteristics of Bermiok Tea

Robust & natural flavors with the woody aroma of our virgin Himalayan forest and

sweet undertones of fresh spring waters. Our liquor is neither as light as Darjeeling

nor as strong as Assam. A finely balanced tea for those in search of the middle way!

Our Region

An ancient Buddhist kingdom and India’s first 100% organic state

Sikkim, a beautiful Himalayan Buddhist kingdom was founded in 1642 and joined the democratic mainstream of The Indian Union as its 22nd State in 1975. It is India’s 2nd smallest state with an area of 7,096 sq. km. A geographically stunning region teeming with rich bio-diversity and culture, it is today a popular international tourist destination for Buddhism, horticulture and adventure sports.

Lonely Planet ranked Sikkim the world’s #1 place to visit in 2014,  citing its record as India’s cleanest state and its sustainable community-based tourism in less developed areas while New York Times has described Sikkim as a haven for spiritual seekers ranking it at #17 in its “52 places (in the world) to Go in 2017”.

The world’s third highest peak, Kanchenjunga, is located here. The state has 28 mountain peaks, 21 glaciers, 227 high altitude lakes, five hot springs, eight mountain passes and over 100 rivers and streams, one National Park and six wildlife sanctuaries.

Sikkim began its organic mission in 2003, when the State Government banned the use of chemical pesticides and fertilisers and called for agricultural community to return to natural methods of farming.

Since then 74,000+ hectares of the state’s arable land (~70%) has been classified as organic including our Bermiok village.

Our People

Our tea was conceived for and is made by the dwindling indigenous tribals of the Bermiok village

The people of Bermiok Tea Estate is a small and growing ‘family’ who are together striving to achieve a common goal, something we know is much bigger than ourselves – to build an enterprise that can live on for the coming 100 years and more. An enterprise that has the potential to uplift the local community and secure its future generations, and one whose produce and the stories behind it, will make this small region known amongst tea drinkers, the world over.

 

Local women are the backbone of our enterprise and our mission is to empower them with their own livelihood and progressive tea farming skills, establish a symbiotic relationship with the villagers and augment the Bermiok rural eco-system.

 

Of course, one can have the best intentions but it doesn’t mean you will craft the finest tea. We have also added a professional support system that will ensure we do just that. We have a second generation tea planter who is developing our estate for its next phase of growth, we have the erstwhile national brand manager of a major global consumer brand developing our trade channels, we have a husband and wife couple with a combined 50 years of experience in a leading organic Darjeeling tea garden who supervise our field work and manufacturing, and we also have senior retired tea planters, the Tea Masters as we call them, who advise us on an on-going basis.

Our enterprise is powered by the women from our village

Our estate is guided by Tea Masters who have grown, harvested and manufactured award winning teas in their combined 80+ man years of experience.

Our team comprises of 90% women who work the field as well as maintain the factory and help in manufacture! These women come from the village that surrounds our estate and whose families do traditional small scale paddy, corn, dairy and poultry farming.

Mr Jivan K. Pradhan joined the tea industry with the erstwhile British owned Lebong Tea Company in 1965 and was posted at the Badamtam Tea Estate in Darjeeling, which eventually merged with Goodricke Group Ltd in the UK. His first posting as Manager was in 1970 at the Kumargram Tea Estate in the Dooars. He retired as Deputy General Manager from Thurbo Tea Garden in Darjeeling. During his nearly 40 year career in Tea, he managed various gardens in both the Dooars and Darjeeling including Barnesbeg, Marybong, Chulsa and Meenglas Tea Gardens.

Mr. Narendra Kumar Puri, commonly known as NK in the tea circle was born and brought up in Darjeeling. He joined Duncans Brothers in 1965. In 1970 he was transferred to Goodricke Group Ltd. and has been in the best of tea estates in Darjeeling and Dooars such as Thurbo, Badamtam, Barnesbeg, Runglee, Marybong, Leeshriver, Chalsa, Sankos, Aibheel and Danjuahjar. He has over 40 years experience in growing, harvesting and manufacturing the finest teas that commanded the highest prices in the auctions.

Promoters

 Bermiok Tea Estate was started by the Bermiok Rinpoche, a scion of the distinguished Bermiok Densapa family, which is renowned for its staunch Buddhist roots and impeccable years of service to Sikkim’s administration, right from the time of the Chogyals (monarchy). The current promoters are taking forward the legacy and developing the enterprise for its next phase of growth.

The Simick Lingzey Gumpa, East Sikkim,

under the patronage of the Bermiok Rimpoche

Contact Us

Bermiok Hill

Visit us:
The Bermiok Tea Estate, Bermiok Village, Rayshyap Block, South District, Sikkim .

Our tea estate is located in Bermiok village which is 15 mins drive over theTeesta river from the town of Singtam.Singtam is 90 kms (3 hr. drive) from Bagdogra International Airport in Siligurion NH10 that leads to Gangtok (46 kms. / 1.5 hr. drive

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