Sikkim, directly north of Darjeeling, is one of Indian tea’s best kept secrets. Although it only spans 2,700 square miles, Sikkim is part of the Himalayas and its elevation varies from 1,000 feet above sea level and climbs to 28,169 feet (Mount Kangchenjunga, the world’s 3rd highest peak). Sikkim is one of the only states in India that receives snowfall, so it will come as no surprise that Sikkim has all of one tea garden, Temi, in the Southern district. Temi, established in 1969, spans 440 acres, producing 100 tonnes of organic Black tea (only). Temi tea is broken into four grades: FTGFOP, Sikkim Solja, Mystique, Kanchanjunga as well as dusts. About 75% of all Temi tea is exported via auction in Kolkata.