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THE HISTORY OF TEA

  • It is known that the tea plant was a wild plant in India that was brewed by local inhabitants of different regions. Ancient Ayurveda referred to it as “Soma”.

    The next recorded reference to tea in India after the 12th century dates to 1598, when a Dutch traveler, Jan Huyghen van Linschoten, noted in a book that the leaves of the Assam tea plant were used by Indians as a vegetable, eaten with garlic and oil, and as a drink.

  • In the early 1820s, the British East India Company began large-scale production of tea in Assam, India. In 1826, the British East India Company took over the region from the Ahom kings through the Yandaboo Treaty. In 1837, the first English tea garden was established at Chabua in Upper Assam.

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Types of Tea
  • WHITE TEA
  • GREEN TEA
  • OOLONG TEA
  • Black Tea
  • CTC Tea
Flushes of Tea

spring flush

The spring flush has a very special, prized position among the already premium Darjeeling teas. Spring flush teas are harvested during the earliest growth spurt of the plant. The two leaves and a bud of the spring flush are very delicate. The brewed cup has a fresh, almost floral aroma and low astringency. The spring flush holds a place of high esteem among tea connoisseurs. Plucking starts as early as February and lasts till April.

SUMMER flush

The summer flush lasts between May to June and is the second growth spurt leading to longer, more mature leaves with a smoother, stronger flavor. The leaves are gently plucked and processed within no longer than 14 hours to retain the maximum flavor and high quality.

Rains Flush

Come rains and the tea plant receives abundance of moisture and nutrients. This is the rain flush that starts from June and lasts up to late August. The brewed cup is light, translucent and coppery with a rich fruity flavor.

Autumn Flush

As the monsoon season ends the autumn flush begins. Post-monsoon grandeur of the Darjeeling Mountains reflects in the tea leaves that take on red overtones in this season. The aspect is gorgeous, deep copper with red reflects. The resultant brew has a fine fruity taste with a silky finish.

What Differentiates Tea?

Process

Process

Tea is classified as orthodox, CTC or green, based on the production process and level of fermentation. Orthodox tea is rolled, fermented and roasted, while CTC refers to the process of cutting the tea leaves finely, allowing them to ferment and finally curling and roasting them.

REGIONS

Regions

Darjeeling tea, best known for orthodox varieties is fondly known as the Champagne of teas. High altitude, perfect weather and soil conditions have bestowed the hills with the finest tea crop. Assam tea is popular for both, orthodox and CTC Teas while the Dooars excel in CTC Teas. Each region has its own distinct advantage and produces teas that are loved by many.

PLUCKING SEASON

Plucking Season

Every bush produces tea giving slightly different liquors in different seasons. Every estate is known for a particular flush based on individual conditions that lead to distinct flavours.

ESTATES

Estates

Each tea estate is unique and has something special to offer. Some of Goodricke's estates have achieved iconic status globally. Typically, single-estate teas are considered more premium than blends.