knowyourtea

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We have talked about Teas from the terrain of Darjeeling in Taj Mahal Oolong Tale -Dance of the Dragon and Autumn Wonder Tea: a rare, seasonal delicacy By now, you would have possibly got a good idea of the salient features of Darjeeling Teas in terms of taste and aroma, and you might have also tried some of them. We now travel to a new terrain in North East India - Assam. As a single district, Assam is the largest tea growing area in the world. It actually has indigenous tea plants (Assam variety) growing wild since millennia. The raw...
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To recapitulate, Tea Connoisseurs call the Darjeeling Tea growing seasons as First Flush (Spring), which is the period from March to April, Second Flush (Summer) from May to June, Monsoon (Rainy season) from July to September, and finally, Autumnal (Autumn) from October to November. Accordingly, the characteristics of tea from even the same plant vary as we progress from First Flush, commencing in March, right through to Autumnal Flush, starting in November. Amazingly, Darjeeling Tea, often called “Champagne of Teas”, is a unique tea with Chinese genetics, grown on Indian terrain under harsh Himalayan conditions, which gets it to evolve...
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Tea connoisseurs worldwide label Darjeeling tea as “Champagne of Tea” due to its unique aromatic flavour found nowhere else in the world. In fact, because it is in so high demand in USA, Europe and Japan, the Indian Government has provided a Geographical Identification (GI) tag to Darjeeling Tea to safeguard against duplication. Darjeeling Tea was the first Indian product to be given this identification tag. For your information, other well-known GI tags awarded subsequently to Indian products are Basmati Rice, Kolhapuri Chappals & Bikaner savouries to name a few. These teas are grown at high elevation estates (up to...
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In India we often talk about the omnipresent and omnipotent “Kadak Chai” and can be blissfully content that wherever we go - North, South, East or West, we are sure to get it at any local Tea shop. In contrast, only a few well-heeled consumers, especially in Kolkata mention that they drink “Lumbi Patti” Darjeeling chai. More recently, the aspiring weight watchers have taken to Green Tea. Consumers in India are by and large unaware of other types of teas. At Taj Mahal Tea House, Mumbai, we are proud to talk to you about another variety of Specialty Tea- The...
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Hello and welcome to this blog of Taj Mahal Tea House. Let’s start off by me telling you a bit about how I got into the tea tasting profession in the first place and then I will let you know how I integrate tea into my everyday experience… A bit about me After completing my management degree in 1989, I aspired to do a Marketing job & joined Unilever (Brooke Bond India) in the Sales & Marketing Department. To my surprise, at the time of reporting at Bengaluru Corporate office, I was suddenly allocated to the Tea Buying and Tasting...
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The exquisite qualities of Darjeeling tea manifest themselves distinctly during the growing seasons from March to November. Tea Connoisseurs call these seasons as First Flush (Spring) which is the period from March to April, Second Flush (Summer) from May to June, Monsoon (Rainy season) from July to September and finally Autumnal (Autumn) from October to November. The season that we are currently experiencing is known as Autumn or Fall and this is the final growing period before the tea bushes gently bid farewell and go into their winter slumber, only to awaken and give the first harvest of the next...
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