India is renowned for its delicious and aromatic teas. In fact, tea is so important that 4% of the country’s national income actually comes from tea and the estates. The beautifully diverse geography of India allows for vastly different climatic conditions therefore the different teas of India can be incredibly different from each other.
Within India, there are over 14,000 tea estates, however, there are 3 main types of tea that are produced here.
The Assam variety of tea is from the North Eastern regions of India. This area of India is populated with heavy and dense forestation, therefore is often home to many different species of wildlife. It is here you’ll find wild rhinos. The first ever tea estate was established in Assam in 1837, making it’s variety rich in its history. The flavour of Assam tea is earthy and full-bodied thus giving a robust aroma.
The Darjeeling region of India is tucked in at the bottom of the Himalayas. As a result, the region tends to be rather cool and wet. The flavour of darjeeling is often considered to be of the best in the world. It is delicate, yet tantalising for the senses. It is an aroma that not many forget. The Darjeeling plantations have 3 different harvests, with the crop from each giving a different flavour. The first ‘flush’ teas are lighter and aromatic compared to the latter end of the season produces lower quality tea.
The flavour of Nilgiri teas tend to be the most delicate and subtle out of all Indian tea varieties. The Nilgiri tea estates are located at the highest point, compared to the other types. Nilgiri teas tend to be blended with other teas as the aromatics are so gentle.
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