Light, fragrant and divine, we tea lovers cannot imagine getting through the day without at least 4 cups of our favourite beverage. It is said that tea is the second most consumed drink in the world, next to water that is. Aren’t surprised are we?
To start you off, you should know that black tea, green tea, oolong tea, puer tea and white tea all come from the same plant: Camellia Sinensis. The various types of teas are created due to different processing methods.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT TEA
Tea Fact #1
The tea-plant is an evergreen which can reach a whooping height of over 30 feet if left to grow in the wild.
Tea Fact #2
The less processed the tea leaf, the greater antioxidants. This means that green tea has more antioxidants than black tea, and white tea has the most antioxidants of all!
Tea Fact #3
Drinking milk may mean stronger bones, but the same goes for a cup of tea! So drink up.
Tea Fact #4
Legend has it that in 2737 BC, Shen Nung, the second emperor of China, discovered tea when leaves blew into his pot of boiling water. Fact or fiction?
Tea Fact #5
On an estimate, there are about 1,500 kinds of tea. Wow!
Tea Fact #6
Teas don’t taste the same. Their taste would depend largely on the temperature and taste of water and the time they took to brew.
TEA FROM THE NORTHEAST
The people of Northeast India (Assam, Sikkim, Nagaland, Meghalaya), are no strangers to tea picking. In fact you could coin them as experts. The climate and land of the Northeast is ideal for tea plantations. Natural or organic, tea is punched with flavour and is exotic by nature. From Temi Tea to Hathikuli, we’ve got a wide range to choose from.
- Temi Tea: Make everyday special with a fine cup of organic Temi Tea. Temi Tea Temi tea derives its name from the place in the Himalayan State of Sikkim. Temi tea is an exceptional tea of quality grown and processed organically without pesticides or artificial fertilizers at an altitude of between 4800 ft to 6400 ft above mean sea level (MSL). The exquisite produce of Temi tea garden ranks amongst the top quality teas in the international market. Since they discard the flow of agro-chemicals, Temi Organic tea simply tastes better and is more flavourful!
- Hathikuli Tea: A nice cup of tea to start your day with. The word Hathikuli is derived from the Assamese words ”Hathi” (elephant) and ”Kuli” (Frequent) which translates into a place that is frequently visited by elephants. The estate is situated on NH-37, adjoining the Kaziranga National Park which is a world heritage site. It falls in two districts- Golaghat & Karbi-Anglong. The tea garden stretches 15 Kms along the Highway. It produces Organic Green Tea, Orthodox Tea, CTC Tea, Black pepper and inorganic fish spawns. Spread across 687 acres of greens, with an annual production turnover of 600 MT worth of organic produce, India’s largest integrated organic farm-the Hathikuli Tea Estate is situated in the periphery of the Kaziranga National Park. To help protect this fragile ecosystem and all creatures inhabiting it, they have made their tea estate fully organic. So instead of chemical fertilizers, they use vermi-compost and instead of dangerous pesticides they let nature create its own predators of pests.
- LaKyrsiew Tea: LaKyrsiew, meaning The Awakening in the local Khasi language, is a boutique tea garden situated in Meghalaya, in India’s North East. LaKyrsiew’s tea bushes are a mixture of the finest, slow-growing Darjeeling plants and some original Chinese varieties that were discovered locally – now producing tiny quantities of the finest teas in the world. Careful contour planting on LaKyrsiew’s steep slopes and the organic farming methods protect the centuries-old topsoil from damage, which is one of LaKyrsiew’s greatest assets and gives the tea a quality that older, over-cultivated estates simply can’t match. Scenically situated on the southern bank of Barapani lake between 1,000 and 1,300 metres altitude, the estate receives the heavy monsoon rains for which Meghalaya state is known for. Fresh and refines, the tea leaves are hand plucked by skilled experts.
- Meg Tea: Produced from the hills of Meghalaya; the land of the clouds. A great cup of tea starts with soil. As with other organic farm products, Meg Tea organic tea is produced using environmentally-friendly methods of cultivation. Carefully handpicked, they produce one of the best teas in the world.
- Urlong Tea: Enjoy the freshness of this 100% Organic Tea. Tea is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body. This includes improved brain function, fat loss, a lower risk of cancer and many other incredible benefits. Mawlyngot Tea Growers society is a cooperative of farmers who got together to collectively improve their lot, and those of other farmers through cultivation of tea. Since inception, their cultivation practices have been exclusively organic whereby no chemical application like pesticides and fertilizers have been used for soil and weed management or for pest control. The tea leaves are hand plucked to serve you the best.
- Anderson Tea: Cloud-wrapped, garden fresh tea from rain-drenched Meghalayas. Anderson brings you the first flush of sun-kissed tea from the Khasi Hills, ensuring that only the finest buds and leaves find their way to your favourite beverage. Every pack of Anderson tea is brimming with freshness and the anti-oxidant properties that make tea such a rejuvinating and restorative health beverage. Whether it’s a kick-start to your day or helping you keep pace, you’re sure to enjoy the freshness and flavour of this handpicked tea.
- Amonar Tea: Amonar Tea is premium Single garden origin tea sourced from pristine tea gardens in Nagaland that use natural, organic and sustainable methods of farming. Amonar tea is a garden to shelf eco-responsible. Their mission is to promote small tea growers, brewers and sellers for sustainability, independence and promotion of tea from Nagaland.
- Denmar Tea: Grown, processed and packed in Meghalaya. Naturally organic, the Denmar tea is something of a luxury. Rich in flavour, they make for the perfect cup of tea, whether it is to start your day with or you keep you with the pace.
- Konyak Tea: Konyak Tea is a premium brand of Assam tea from the house of Baruanagar Tea Estate Private Limited which boasts of a legacy of more than eight decades of commitment to and excellence in tea. he name that is truly inspired Konyak Tea takes its name from the Naga tribe Konyak: a people of fascinating culture who live both in the old and the new, melding tradition with modern life. Konyak Tea stands for similar values: the goodness of nature and the power of technology. The flavour of quality the world over Konyak Tea owes its superior quality to the pool of experienced tea-tasters who carefully select the right tea blends. Our tea-tasters come from around the world and our commitment to excellence has made Konyak Tea travel the world. Discerning tea drinkers in India, Japan and Germany have already made Konyak Tea a part of their lives and our expansion plans include winning over hearts, minds and taste buds everywhere.
- Korangani Tea: One of the oldest family owned Tea Gardens in Assam presents Garden Fresh Tea! A treat for real Tea connoisseurs; try our varieties of finest Assam Tea and experience flavours like never before.
- Naga Royale Tea: Sip on some royal-tea! This tea is organically grown in the Naga Royale Tea estate located in the scenic foot hills of the Naga hill along the Assam-Nagaland border at the height of approximately 3700 feet above sea level. The estate since its inception has made all efforts in pursuit of excellence to ensure rich natural flavour. Each tender leaves have been carefully chosen and hand plucked and scientifically processed with utmost care and attention by the experienced master blenders to cater the most discerning tea lovers worldwide. All efforts have been taken to retain its natural authentically traditional flavour produced by the ethnic local Naga Tea growers known to the world for their hospitality with a mission to offer the true Naga spirit of wellness.
We can all agree that there is no time like tea time. Have your pick from our finest!