Welcome to this week’s blog!!! Tomorrow is International tea day(15th December), So I have decided to tell you a little more about the world-famous Indian teas. Possibly you are reading this blog while drinking tea and if you are a coffee lover, well, I will try to amaze you with these Indian teas and maybe you will try these teas someday.
I tried to keep the introduction duration shorter than the time your biscuit should remain in the hot tea, so let’s start with the first entrant in our list:
1. Darjeeling tea
I don’t think it is possible for a tea lover to not know about Darjeeling tea already. Darjeeling is situated in West Bengal, India. Darjeeling tea is famous because of the flavour and specific climate conditions in which they are grown. It is known as The Champagne of teas due to its fruity, exotic taste and this taste cannot be replicated anyhow.
It is available in 3 Flush- first, second and autumn. Darjeeling tea is expensive because of its unique taste, careful timing & limited production. You can buy it from here :
Do you know – Darjeeling tea is expensive, but not the most expensive tea in the world, that title goes to the tea from china- Da Hong Pao, which cost around $600,000 per pound.
2. Assam tea
2nd on the list we have Assam tea which is the most consumed tea in India. The state of Assam (north-eastern Indian) is the world’s single largest tea-growing region. Assam tea is popularly known as The breakfast tea. The harvesting of Assam tea is done twice a year, the first flush from March-May and the second flush in June.
Assam tea tastes best with milk, sugar and water (of course). You can find it here :
Do you know- Tea is good for heart health, aids digestion, supports mental health and contain less caffeine than coffee, these could be a few reasons for coffee lovers to consider tea.
3. Nilgiri tea
This type of tea is grown in the Southern Indian state- Tamil Nadu in Nilgiri hills (Blue mountains). It is popularly known as the Third cousin of Assam and Darjeeling tea (our previous entrants). Tea grown in Nilgiri hills are intensely aromatic & flavourful. You can buy it from here:
Do you know: Tea bags were invented in the united states, although it is not considered a good invention among tea lovers as tea in tea bags are tightly packed and hence it affects the taste and fragrance.
4. Kashmiri kahwa
This type of tea originates from Kashmir. The amazing thing about this tea is the special preparation process that makes it unique. You need Kashmiri tea leaves & several other spices for a perfect blend. Trust me, after seeing this video, you will desire this tea:
5. Masala chai
The last one on our list is Masala chai, which is just some regular black tea; but, here’s the catch; different people have different ways of making it. The basic recipe is to boil water, then add tea leaves, then sugar, milk and boil it further, But why different people are able to make it taste differently? Well, it’s about the way of preparation, how much are you boiling it, the type of tea leaves used & so many other additions you can make like ginger, black pepper, mint leaves, cloves or even red chilli (who am I to stop anyway).
Share your way of making Masala chai in the comment section.
Different styles bring different tastes of tea, some honourable mentions are:
Irani chai- The speciality of Hyderabad.
Rajwadi chai- The style of Rajasthan.
Tandoori tea- A special tea made in small clay pots.
Noon chai- The pink tea of Kashmir
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That’s it, readers, I hope you like this blog. Let me know what type of tea you like, and what is your best time for a hot cup of tea? Are you a coffee lover or a tea lover? Let me know all these things down below.
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