Darjeeling Teas

Darjeeling is a town in India’s West Bengal state, in the Himalayan foothills, Eastern part of India. Once a summer resort for the British Raj elite, it remains the terminus of the narrow-gauge Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, or “Toy Train,” completed in 1881. It’s famed for the distinctive black tea grown on plantations that dot its surrounding slopes. Its backdrop is Mt. Kanchenjunga, among the world’s highest peaks.

Darjeeling tea is renowned  and appreciated for its distinct muscatel flavour.  The combination of  soil, climate, the  longitude  & latitude of Darjeeling   lend  the tea its unique character.  The light, bright  liquoring  cup  is valued for its briskness and flowery  flavour.  Darjeeling Tea cannot be replicated anywhere else in the world.

Assam Orthodox & CTC Teas

Assam is a state in northeastern India known for its wildlife, archeological sites and tea plantations. Assam is the world’s largest tea-growing region by production, lying on either side of the Brahmaputra River. Assam is the largest contiguous tea-growing area in the world.

Assam Tea has a rich, deep-amber color and is famous for its rich, full-bodied cup.  It is known for its brisk, strong and malty character, making it a perfect tea to wake up to.  The distinctive second flush orthodox Assam teas are valued for their rich taste, bright liquors and are considered to be one of the choicest teas in the world.  Both Orthodox and CTC (Crush/Tear/Curl) varieties of tea are manufactured in Assam. Assam Orthodox Tea is  a registered Geographical Indication (GI)

South Indian orthodox and CTC teas

In South India, Nilgiri Tea is more commonly used. The beautiful Nilgiri Hills, sprawling through the states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala, are home to the pastoral Toda tribe and tea gardens that create the fragrant cup of tea. Nilgiri tea has a slightly fruity, minty flavor, probably because trees like the Blue Gum and Eucalyptus dot the region. And perhaps the spices produced in close proximity to the tea gardens lend the light brew its briskness.  The balanced blend of flavor and body makes Nilgiri tea a ‘blender’s dream’. The Nilgiri Hills aka the ‘Blue Mountains’ come under the influence of both south-west and north-east monsoons; a reason why the tea leaves grown here are plucked around the year. Nilgiri Orthodox tea is a registered Geographical Indication (GI). Both Orthodox and CTC varieties of tea are manufactured in this region.

A deliciously fragrant and exquisitely aromatic tea, with high tones of delicate floral notes and a golden yellow liquor.  Crisply brisk and bright.