Did you know that India, the Land of Spices, is also a big producer of tea? There are more than 100,000 tea estates with many tea workers around the country. Tea is a big part of India’s culture so it’s no wonder why most of the tea they produce is consumed by its own people.
The kinds of tea that is grown and produced in India varies depending on its population, geography, and climate. Different tea-growing regions in India provides a different but perfect climate for specific kinds of tea. The three main Indian tea regions are Northern India, known for Assam tea; West Bengal or area near Tibetan Himalaya, known for Darjeeling tea; and Southernmost part, known for Nilgiri tea.
With that said, here are five types of tea that are popular in the Land of Spices.
As you can tell by the name, it’s a black tea that is native to Assam. It is referred to as the rich, deep-amber liquor, with a brisk, malty taste. Assam tea is known and liked in many other parts of the world. It’s beneficial to our body because it increases mental alertness and helps enhance the immune system and lessen the risk of cell damage which may lead to cancer. Not only that, the Assam tea is flavourful, packed with antioxidants, and can help relieve tension and nerves, etc.
This is a kind of black tea that is grown in Darjeeling town, located in the state of West Bengal in India. Many people consider this as the “champagne of teas” for its musky-sweet tasting notes that are similar to muscat wine. Darjeeling tea may also have vegetal, mossy, fruity, and citrus flavors. Health benefits include promoting antioxidant capabilities and positive cardiovascular effects, help prevent obesity, improve gut health, address gastric ulcers, and assist with lowering diabetes risk.
Just like the Darjeeling and Assam tea, it’s a dark, flavourful and aromatic tea that is popular around the world. Nilgiri tea is also known as blue mountain tea and is grown in the southern part of the Western Ghats. It has dark, twisted, chestnut brown shoots. The Nilgiri tea is the “fragrant one” among other teas, and this is said to be full of flavor that is strong but smooth and well-balanced. It helps reduce weight, improve oral health, and fight diabetes.
This is black tea mixed in with the Indian spices that the country is known to produce: cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and elaichi. Because of all its spices, the Masala Chai has a distinct aroma and flavor which makes it very popular not just in India, but also in snack houses all over the world. It’s health benefits include preventing body inflammation and helping beat fatigue.
It is said that traditional butter tea begins by simmering compressed pu-erh tea in water for several hours to produce a dark fermented tea that has a very earthy flavor. Next, it is churned with yak butter or yak milk to form a creamy and frothy tea. The Butter Indian Tea’s butter brew fundamentals is a long-standing tradition in both Tibet and India. They say that natives in Tibet treat this tea as food and that the caloric and micronutrient value can provide much-needed sustenance against harsh elements of the region. That’s why they are known to drink more or less 50 cups a day to maintain energy!
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