Castleton Tea Estate – Kumseri Tea Garden

History of Castleton Tea Estate

Castleton Tea Garden is located in Kurseong’s South Valley, about an hours’ drive from the town of Darjeeling as well as Siliguri.

It was planted in 1885 by Dr. Charles Graham.

The former name of this tea estate was Kumseri but it now derives the present name from a building, named “Bank Ghar” in the vicinity of the garden which reflected the characteristics of a castle. Hence the name Castleton tea estate which produces one of the finest Darjeeling Tea.

 

Location of Castleton Tea Estate

Castleton tea estate is located at an altitude ranging from 980 meters to 2300 meters spanning the hilly slopes of Kurseong and Pankhabari. It has a planted area of around 170 hectars which produces one of the world’s best Muscatels, the annual total production stands approximately at 30,545 kilograms.

One interesting aspect of this garden is about the practice of naming tea sections by names instead of numbers which is the usual practice.

Hence, the names like “Bhalu Khop” in local language meaning bear cave, “Dhobitar” meaning washerman’s cloth line, “Baseri” meaning resting place and “Jim Bhasha”, should be interest to tea lovers and historians alike.

 

 

Certification of Castleton Tea Estate:

Castleton Estate is the first garden to receive the ISO 9002 certification

The garden has also been awarded the ISO9000/HACCP/ISO 22000 Quality Systems Certification

  • FSSC 22000 Certified
  • Rainforest Alliance Certified
  • ETP Certified

(Source Goodricke)

 

Ownership of Castleton Tea Estate

Castleton Tea Estate, owned by the international group Camellia Plc, which is listed in the London Stock Exchange and is governed in India under the Goodricke Group and Amgoorie Group Limited.

 

Castleton’s Darjeeling Teas:

The Castleton Tea Estate consistently achieves record prices and is known to fetch the highest world prices for its Muscatel teas which are its prized production.

Apart form the Muscatels got from the second flush, Castleton also produces fine First Flush Teas and Autumn Teas.

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Contact Address:

Goodricke Group Limited

Camellia House,

14, Gurusaday Road, Kolkata- 700 019

West Bengal


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