Indigenous to the northeastern regions of India, the tea plant has been produced
and consumed in this area for thousands of years. While it started off as a
medicinal plant, tea only gained in popularity in the 1800's when the British
introduced it from China. The climate and altitudes of Northern India made it a
promising location for tea cultivation. While the British colonials discovered
the indigenous plants growing in Assam, it wasn't until the methods from the
East arrived that they were able to process it.
In the 1820's The British East India Company began to invest heavily in tea
production and the introduction of tea plantations throughout Assam. Beginning
in the 1840s, the tea industry rapidly expanded, consuming vast tracts of land
for tea plantations. By the turn of the century, Assam became the leading
tea-producing region in the world.
Historically, India was known only for black tea. In recent years, however,
there has been a growth of green, white, and even oolong Indian teas, although
the vast majority of teas produced in India are still black teas. The most
famous tea-producing regions of India are Darjeeling and Assam, although Nilgiri
and Sikkim also produce notable teas.
Most of the tea produced in India is consumed there, around 70 percent.
Although, India does export substantial amounts of both mass-produced bulk tea
and high-quality specialty or artisan tea.
balasun first flush
Light body with floral layers, a hint of fruity notes, and a crisp clean finish.