Phoobsering is one of the oldest plantations in the Darjeeling West valley.

Interestingly, the tea estate was not named in according to any accepted conventions of the time. It did not take its name from its earliest owners. Neither—as was common—is it romantically named after the breathtaking vistas as described in the local Lepcha language. No mythological gods, no ancient legend nor any historical event gave meaning to its nomenclature.

Phoobsering was very simply, named after the man who was its first “Sardar” or supervisor. Not much of the garden’s history remains in public memory, probably because of the number of times the estate changed hands since its inception in the mid 1800s. We have no idea why a lowly local supervisor called Phoob Tshering was immortalized when his British masters were not. Perhaps it is apt that a veil of mystery surrounds the garden’s past just as the veil of mists that envelop its 510 hectares of land. The estate ranges from 3000ft to 6000ft in altitude and has a total planted area of 240.52 hectares. The estate yields 133 million tonnes of tea per year. In this valley, the cool mountain air makes the bushes grow gradually and the climatic conditions ensure that the tealeaves absorb that special Darjeeling muscatel aroma to the fullest extent. Phoobsering’s prize-winning first flush tea has won the Gold at the Great Taste Awards and has many admirers around the world. At this estate, the tealeaves are plucked in early spring and yield a light-bodied, pale brew with a subtle, half-fermented, lingering floral flavor reminiscent of the most delicate White Tea.