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”.

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.

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.

THE HISTORY OF TEA

  • WHITE TEA

  • GREEN TEA

  • OOLONG TEA

  • BLACK TEA

  • CTC TEA

THE HISTORY 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.

White Tea

The rarest gem in the crown of Darjeeling tea, white tea was reserved for Chinese royalty for centuries. The leaves can be plucked only two days an entire year and are barely processed retaining all the natural goodness. A calm, subtle flavor with unmatched smoothness and richness, this tea is one of the finer pleasures of life.

BREWING INSTRUCTIONS:

Step 1: Ideally use mineral water or RO purified water

Step 2: Bring water to a single boil and take off the heat

Step 3: Add 1 teaspoon of leaves per cup

Step 4: Let it brew for 3 to 5 minutes based on your preference

Step 5: Strain and serve

Step 6: Enjoy!

HEALTH BENEFITS:

White tea is rich with anti-oxidants and is believed to provide the following benefits-

Boosts cardiovascular health

Improves complexion making you look younger

Helps lower cholesterol

Reduces the risk of cancer

Enhances weight loss

TRY THIS!

Make delicious mint tea by adding sparkling water, sugar syrup, lemon and mint to your white tea.

GREEN TEA

Green tea is the least processed tea and is believed to provide immeasurable health benefits upon regular use. Fresh plucking followed by instant heating, cooling and drying retains the original benefits of the leaves.

BREWING INSTRUCTIONS:

Step 1: Ideally use mineral water or RO purified water

Step 2: Bring water to a single boil and take off the heat

Step 3: Add 1 teaspoon of leaves per cup

Step 4: Let it brew for 3 to 5 minutes based on your preference

Step 5: Strain and serve

Step 6: Enjoy!

HEALTH BENEFITS:

Green tea is rich with anti-oxidants and is believed to provide the following benefits-

Boosts cardiovascular health

Improves complexion making you look younger

Helps lower cholesterol

Reduces the risk of cancer

Enhances weight loss

TRY THIS!

Add lemongrass and honey to the green tea while bringing the water to a boil and then add the tea leaves once the water is cooled to 80 degrees or so. Let it brew. Strain and enjoy!

OOLONG TEA

Special and rare, this tea is plucked from the steep mountain slopes of Darjeeling and is carefully rolled and dried to seal the flavors at the perfect stage. Oolong tea is a result of carefully manipulated processing done by master tea makers of our time. Like white and green tea, Oolong is well appreciated for its taste as well as immense health benefits.

BREWING INSTRUCTIONS:

Step 1: Ideally use mineral water or RO purified water

Step 2: Bring water to a single boil and take off the heat

Step 3: Add 1 teaspoon of leaves per cup

Step 4: Let it brew for 3 to 5 minutes based on your preference

Step 5: Strain and serve

Step 6: Enjoy!

HEALTH BENEFITS:

Oolong tea is rich with anti-oxidants and is believed to provide the following benefits-

Boosts cardiovascular health and immunity

Improves complexion making you look younger

Helps lower cholesterol

Reduces the risk of cancer

Enhances weight loss

Prevents osteoporosis and bone deterioration

TRY THIS!

Brewed and cooled Oolong tea mixed with strawberry syrup, mint and ice is a wonderful twist to the beverage.

BLACK TEA

The most popular Darjeeling tea is the black tea. After rolling, the leaves are allowed to ferment to the right flavors that are sealed by roasting and finally packing in freshness-preserving packs.

BREWING INSTRUCTIONS:

Step 1: Bring water to a boil

Step 2: Add 1 teaspoon of leaves per cup

Step 3. Allow to brew for 2-3 mins

Step 4: Strain and serve

Step 5: Enjoy!

HEALTH BENEFITS:

Black tea is brings a feeling of refreshment and gives a boost of energy. When mixed with certain spices, it is believed to boost immunity

TRY THIS!

Use mineral water to make your tea for that authentic Darjeeling experience!

CTC TEA

The most popular tea enjoyed by people of all ages in every region of India, black tea from the plains is a common love of the entire country. From households to roadside stalls, one will never be too far from a cup of black tea. Also referred to as CTC, black tea is usually brewed with milk, herbs and spices.

BREWING INSTRUCTIONS:

Step 1: Bring water to a boil

Step 2: Add 1 teaspoon of leaves per cup

Step 3: Add milk and sugar. Let it boil for a few minutes

Step 4: Strain and serve

Step 5: Enjoy!

HEALTH BENEFITS:

Black tea is brings a feeling of refreshment and gives a boost of energy. When mixed with certain spices, it is believed to boost immunity

TRY THIS!

Make delicious black tea by adding ginger, black pepper, cardamom and cloves to water while boiling.

HOW TO MAKE CLASSIC INDIAN MASALA CHAI

INGREDIENTS

4 Whole cloves

2 Cardmom pods

4 Whole cloves

2 Cardmom pods

4 Whole cloves

2 Cardmom pods

4 Whole cloves

2 Cardmom pods

DIRECTIONS:

Castleton Premium Muscatel Darjeeling Tea - Premium whole leaf summer flush single estate darjeeling black tea packed in a 100 g beautiful metal caddy from the Goodricke castleton Tea Garden.

HOW TO MAKE FLAVOURED GREEN TEA

INGREDIENTS

Green Tea - 1 tsp

Mint Leaves - a small bunch

Orange Rind - few pieces

Honey (Optional)

DIRECTIONS:

Boil mint leaves and orange rind in water for a few boils. Allow the mix to cool slightly. Add 1 tsp of green tea leaves and let it brew for 2-3 minutes. Strain the mixture and add honey. Enjoy!

HOW TO MAKE LEMON ICED TEA

INGREDIENTS

4 green tea bags

4 orange pekoe tea bags

6 cups boiling water

1 cup white sugar

1 can frozen lemonade concentrate

1/2 lemon juiced

Cold water as needed

DIRECTIONS:

1. Place green tea bags and black tea bags in a glass jar. Pour boiling water over tea bags; steep for 30 minutes.

2. Remove tea bags; stir in sugar and lemonade concentrate until dissolved. Fill jar to the top with cold water; stir in lemon juice. Chill in the refrigerator until cold. Serve over ice.

HOW TO MAKE SWEET TEA

INGREDIENTS

1 pinch baking soda

2 cups boiling water

6 tea bags

3/4 cup white sugar

6 cups cool water

DIRECTIONS:

1. Sprinkle a pinch of baking soda into a glass pitcher. Pour in boiling water, and add tea bags. Cover, and allow to steep for 15 minutes.

2. Remove tea bags, and discard; stir in sugar until dissolved. Pour in cool water, then refrigerate until cold.