Speaker: Shalini Prakash Agarwal, Glenburn Tea Estate
Presentation: A History of Darjeeling Tea
Summary: A history of Darjeeling teas; using cuppings of four different Darjeeling teas Shalini will lead you to discover seasonal differences.
Bio: Born to the ‘Chaiwala’ family of Dehra Dun, Shalini grew up in tea farms of Assam and Darjeeling. The family has been in tea since the 1930s and the fourth generation is now managing the farms that her grandfather acquired from the British.
She completed high school at Woodstock School, a boarding school for American missionary children, located in the Himalayan Mountains, and then joined Delhi University and graduated with a B.A. in Economics. After getting married, she moved to Los Angeles and got a degree in Interior Design and is state certified in Workers’ Compensation and worked in this field for many years.
Shalini could not escape the ‘tea running in her veins’ and has been promoting teas from the family gardens, Khongea in Assam and Glenburn in Darjeeling, in North America for the last five years under the brand name ‘Glenburn Tea Direct’.
Her son, Dhruv, lives in Seattle and daughter, Sheena, is currently on assignment in Thailand.