In terms of sheer popularity, drinks don’t get much bigger than tea in India. For many Indians, tea is both a breakfast and evening drink, often served as ‘masala chai’ with milk and sugar and sometimes scented. Almost all the tea consumed is black Indian tea. In fact, India is the second largest producer in the world, making over a billion kilos of tea every year.

WHERE IS IT GROWN?

There are three famous regions in India that produce black tea – Darjeeling, known as ‘the champagne of teas’ with a delicate aroma and light colour, Nilgiri that produces dark, intensely aromatic and flavoured tea and Assam, known for its robust taste and dark colour.

In fact, Assam is actually the world’s largest single tea-growing region and one of only two regions in the world with its own native tea plant, the other being Southern China

HISTORY

Compared to China, whose tea culture goes back thousands of years, the history of tea in India is rather short. It wasn’t until the early 19th century when the British, seeing the potential of the Assam region’s climate, started commercial production there with the aim of competing with China.

It was in Assam that a new native species of the tea plant was discovered, Camelia sinensis assamica, which was more suited to the region’s climate, allowing tea production all-year-round.

WATCH THE VIDEO

The British began allowing companies to rent land in the Assam for tea growing which led to an escalation of tea plantations and by the start of the twentieth century, India had become the biggest tea producer in the world.

Our expert Tea Taster, Dominic Marriot explains the importance of India’s tea growing regions to Ahmad Tea.

Hibiscus infusions and your health

Drinking infusions that contain hibiscus, which often gives the deep red colour in fruity herbals, could be good for your health.

24.09.20 CONTINUE READING
Afternoon Tea

Our Tea Taster, Dominic Marriott, and an afternoon tea expert explore how to make the best afternoon tea at home.

12.08.20 CONTINUE READING

From selecting the finest teas that go into Ahmad Tea blends to checking those blends are up to scratch, our team of Tea Tasters are…

15.07.20 CONTINUE READING
Exploring the history, geography, culture and production of tea in Japan.

Exploring the history, geography, culture and production of tea in Japan.

01.01.20 CONTINUE READING
Tea around the world

Renowned as the epitome of Englishness, the cup of tea has a rich tradition in the British Isles. But there are many other countries where…

11.10.19 CONTINUE READING
Matcha Tea

Arguably the best known of the teas to come out of Japan, matcha has found its way into a variety of foods and beverages. Although…

12.09.19 CONTINUE READING
Tea travels to assam

For obvious reasons Tea Tasters at Ahmad Tea HQ are some of the most envied people in the organisation. And never were they more so…

27.08.19 CONTINUE READING
Darjeeling’s First & Second Flushes

Having such a unique and interesting profession makes Ahmad Tea’s Tea Tasters quite a hit at dinner parties (if they do say so themselves)

07.08.19 CONTINUE READING
Focus on Africa – Tea in Uganda

Our African Tea journey arrives in Uganda, a country that has overcome political turmoil to become Africa’s second largest tea producing country.

25.07.19 CONTINUE READING

Explore our exclusive range of teas!

DISCOVER MORE