India's tea history began in the early 19th century when the British sought to develop an alternative to the then Chinese tea monopoly. Liberal spying on Chinese methods and advances from the Industrial Revolution accelerated the development of the local tea industry. Today, India is the world's second largest producer, specializing in full-bodied black teas.
The two principal growing regions in India are Assam and Darjeeling, both located in the far east of India. Assam is the largest tea growing region in the world and primarily produces crushed tea used in tea bags. Tea estates in Darjeeling took an opposite tack, focusing instead on low yield, premium grade teas. Today, Darjeeling stands as one of the premier tea growing regions in the world.
This Assam tea is not for the faint of heart. Grown in the Golaghat district of eastern Assam, the tea undergoes a unique process where a wood fire blows smoke through a bamboo screen and on to the leaves. The result is an incredibly distinct smokey flavor that persists from scent to finish, not too different from a peaty scotch. This tea is best reserved for adventurous palates!
We proudly offer an organically cultivated Darjeeling tea from one of the oldest plantations in the region. The Makhaibari Estate has been tended to by the same family for four generations. This second flush Darjeeling is plucked during the peak harvest period in June and features an abundance of silver tips. It produces a bronze colored cup with a full body, yet mellow taste.
This tea is a prime expression of the traditional black teas from the region. Grown in Mangalam Estate in the very northeast corner of India, the tea is loaded with rare golden tips and produces a full bodied cup punctuated by malty flavors, layered with spice. The elevated caffeine content makes it an ideal tea for mornings and early afternoons.
Situated in the emerald hills of Darjeeling, the renowned Singbulli Estate has been crafting world class teas for almost a century. The estate's teas are organically cultivated and fair trade certified. This rare variety is harvested in very limited quantities and made into an oolong of remarkable character. The result is a beautiful light copper cup with an incredibly floral profile that's silky smooth from start to finish.