Few people in the US have witnessed the changes in the tea industry the way James Norwood Pratt has.
When Pratt was a young man starting college in Winston-Salem, one of his professors asked him if he was a Darjeeling man. He quickly, though somewhat overconfidently, answered “No sir, I’m from Forsyth County.”
Mr. Pratt’s understanding and appreciation of tea has grown immensely since then to the point that he served as a judge for the inaugural Golden Leaf India Awards Southern Tea Competition in 2005. He authored The New Tea Lover’s Treasury and the Tea Dictionary. He has been the voice of the American Tea Renaissance for years, and continues in his love for Darjeeling tea.
I asked Norwood to share some of his insights on Darjeeling.