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Legendary Makaibari Tea Planter gifts Tea Saplings to Salesian College

By C.M. Paul
L to R : Rajah Banerjee and Fr George Thadathil with new variant tea saplings.
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Kolkata, Apr. 8. Siliguri, 8th April 2021: Legendary Darjeeling tea planter Rajah Banerjee who developed his own tea variant plant christened RIMPOCHA - meaning ''reincarnated tea'' has gifted tea saplings to Salesian College Principal Father George Thadathil.
Rimpocha is a registered trade mark tea with a rare and special aroma. The new variant tea is completely indigenous to the foothills of Darjeeling.

''In the near future, we hope to jointly set up a Tea Academy in Salesian College,'' said Rajah Banerjee whose team will teach Salesian College Siliguri gardeners, how to nurture and also brew Rimpocha tea.

Principal Father Thadathil said, ''Yes, it's part of a Memorandum of Understanding with Rimpocha Tea being worked out.''

In 1859, Girish Chandra, Rajah's great grand father, founded the Makaibari estate, in the Darjeeling Hills, two-thirds of which is still a rain forest, and set up the world's first tea factory.

Makaibari tea plantation is the only family-owned garden that has survived the tribulations of time in the Hills making it the ultimate brand for a connoisseur of Darjeeling tea. It was the official tea partner at Beijing Olympics in 2008 and at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.

Rajah, the fourth-generation owner of the garden, pioneered organic cultivation of tea back in 1988 and Makaibari is the first fully organic tea garden in the country. In 2018, Rajah gifted 12% of his share in the Makaibari Tea and Trading Company to the workers.



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