India is one of the largest tea producing areas in the world with teas coming mainly from the Assam, Darjeeling, Nilgiri, Kerala, Sikkim and Dooars regions. Tea production from each of these areas is quite distinct.
The largest tea producing district in India, as well as the world, is Assam which accounts for about 75 percent of all the tea that is produced in India. To give an idea of the size: If one were to stand at the seaport in New York City, and could see all the way to Chicago, they would be viewing the land that encompasses the Assam tea districts. In general, Assam teas range from a black to brown dry leaf and cup to a full-bodied, rich and malty taste. These teas are a particular favorite at Simpson & Vail.
Darjeeling teas are the most famous of Indian teas and are sometimes referred to as the "champagne of teas". Their tea gardens are located on the southern slopes of the Himalayan mountain range, at altitudes from 6,500 to 9,900 feet. The "First Flush" Darjeeling is plucked from March through April. "Second Flush" is plucked from May until mid July. In general, Darjeeling tea has a golden amber color, light flowery flavor and a sweetness of apricot and peaches.
These twisted, slightly tippy Assam black tea leaves from northern India are zestful and invigorating. They produce a deep copper colored cup, with a malty, mellow and full bodied flavor. Assam is truly the Bordeaux of tea! Brew tea at 212º - steep for 3 minutes.
The Banaspaty Estate is known for producing high quality orthodox teas. We're thrilled to offer this FTGFOP1 tea that brews to a copper colored cup with a brisk, malty taste that is full flavored and smooth. Destined to become a favorite, you'll love sipping this delightful Assam throughout the day.
If you're looking for a very malty, well balanced tea with a rapid infusion, then look no further. This tea is a CTC style (cut, twisted, curled) and unlike leafed tea, it doesn't expand. The tea brews to a deep amber cup that stands up to the addition of milk. A real morning "wake-me-up" beverage!
The Belseri Tea Estate is actually made up of the Belseri and Chardwar Tea gardens, which have 1500 acres under cultivation. This tea estate is one of the largest organic tea producers in northern Assam. The tea has medium-black leaves that brew into a bright amber cup. The taste has a creamy, malty, well-balanced cup.
The Dikom Estate is one of the oldest tea estates in Assam. The black, tippy leaves brew to a well-balanced amber cup, with a slight cocoa aroma, and a classic malty and slightly creamy taste. Brew tea at 212º - steep for 3 minutes.
This Assam tea from the Doomni Estate has a headiness of aroma in the black, twisted and tippy leaves. The bright liquor yields a brisk, creamy brew with fruity overtones. Brew tea at 212º - steep for 3 minutes.
Similar to China's Lapsang Souchong, but not as strong, this tea is smoked with local Indian woods instead of the Chinese pine wood. These long, well-formed TGFOP1 leaves brew to a copper colored, smooth cup. The smoke aroma and taste are delicate allowing for the distinctive malty Assam taste to shine through. As the cup cools a slight sweetness can also be found in the brew.
Located in the Mikir Hills at an elevation of 1800 ft is the Kopili Tea Estate. It is the only garden in Assam that is located at this high altitude, other Assam gardens are at a maximum of 150-200 ft. The organic blackish tealeaves, with golden tips, brew to a bright copper liquor with a sweet musty smell and a bold malty taste. Brew tea at 212º - steep for 3 minutes.
This tea is graded FTGFOP (Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe) and brews to a rich amber cup with a medium body and a smooth malty, slightly creamy sweet taste. The Nahorhabi Estate is recognized for producing excellent teas and this self-drinking tea has all the attributes associated with a fine Assam.
The Satrupa Estate is located in the eastern most region of Assam, closest to the Myanmar border. This tea has large, black, twisted, tippy leaves that yield a bright copper cup with a creamy cocoa-like aroma, an abundantly full flavor and a strong malty taste. Brew tea at 212º - steep for 3 minutes.
A delicious Assam! This small estate is located in Northeast India near the Namdapha National Park, which is recognized as one of India's richest areas of biodiversity. The medium-black, slightly tippy leaves brew to a medium amber cup with a delightful, well-bodied malty taste.
Our standard Darjeeling Black Tea is a blend of teas from all around the Darjeeling area, which are blended to create a consistent taste profile. These medium sized tea leaves brew to a dark amber cup and have a sweet musky smell with a smooth, medium body and pleasing citral tones that are bold but not overpowering. Brew tea at 212º - steep for 3 minutes.