Tea is grown in very few places in India where the weather is mellow and moderate on the hills and plains with a rainfall of more than 200-400cm per year. Mellow sunshine, cold, good amount of rain with no waterlogging makes the best tea. India is the largest producer and exporter of tea in the world.
Darjeeling teas are grown on the Darjeeling hills at elevations ranging from 600 to 2000 meters above sea leveland a rainfall of 300 cm, which makes it very distinct from any other tea in the world. Some of the teas produced here fetches more than US$ 200 per kilogram due to its distinct taste, aroma and colour.The Darjeeling tea when brewed gives a colour of pale lemon to rich amber. The brew is said to have remarkable varying degrees of visual brightness, depth and body. The flavour emanating from the brew is a fragrance with a complex and pleasing taste and aftertaste with attributes of aroma, bouquet and point. The organoleptic characteristics of the Darjeeling tea brew are commonly referred to as mellow, smooth, round, delicate, mature, sweet, lively, dry and brisk.
Assam Teas are grown on plains at elevation ranging from 45 to 60 meters above sea level with an average rainfall of 350 cm which makes it unique. Assam Tea has a rich, deep-amber colour and is famous for its rich, full-bodied cup. It is known for its brisk, strong and malty character, making it a perfect tea to wake up to. The distinctive second flush orthodox Assam teas are valued for their rich taste, bright liquors and are considered to be one of the choicest teas in the world.
Nilgiris Teas are grown are grown at elevations ranging from 1000 to 2500 meters above sea level with an annual rainfall of 200 cm. A deliciously fragrant and exquisitely aromatic tea, with high tones of delicate floral notes and a golden yellow liquor. Crisply brisk and bright. Lingering notes of dusk flowers with an undercurrent of briskness. Creamy mouth feel. A truly flavoured tea for a stressful day.
Munnar Teas are grown are grown at elevations ranging from 950 to 2600 meters above sea level with an annual rainfall of 350 cm. Clean and medium toned fragrance of sweet biscuit in a dip malt. Liquor of golden yellow with an orange depth and a rounded cup. Strong bodied with lively briskness, a touch of fruit and a startlingly lingering note of sweetness in the finish. Expect the unexpected. The beauty of the hills beckons you to an inspiring morning of tea.
Sikkim Teas are grown at elevations ranging from 1000 to 2000 meters above sea level with a rainfall of 300 cm per year. The first flush of Sikkim Tea, harvested during springtime, has a unique taste and aroma. The refined golden liquor has a light floral finish and a hint of sweet lingering taste. Mellow and smooth, the second flush of Sikkim Tea is a toasty brew, with a heady, strong yet smooth brew. The third flush or Monsoon Flush of Sikkim Tea creates a full-bodied cup with mellow taste. The final flush or Autumn Flush of Sikkim Tea has a well-rounded taste and the light hint of warm spices. This amber liquor is the perfect end to the seasons of tea. Besides the above varieties of black teas, Sikkim also produces the delicate white tea, which is manufactured from the buds and unfurled new leaves; green tea, which is known for its flowery liquor; and Oolong tea, which is fruity, fragrant and earthy.
Coffee in India is grown under a canopy of thick natural shade in ecologically sensitive regions of the Western and Eastern Ghats. This is one of the 25 biodiversity hotspots of the world. Coffee contributes significantly to sustain the unique bio- diversity of the region and is also responsible for the socio-economic development in the remote, hilly areas. In India, coffee is traditionally grown in the Western Ghats spread over Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Robusta and Arabica are two popular varieties grown in India and exported to the world.