The Tea Board’s final production shows India continued its record breaking tea production in 2014. In the year 2013, India produced 1.2 billion kgs of tea. 2014 saw a marginal increase to 1.207 billion kgs. Continue Reading
The name of this tea from The Tea Shelf is Halmari Clonal and it’s a Black Orthodox Assam Tea during the 2014 growing and monsoon season. The grade is listed as GTGFOP1(SL). Since I usually double the suggested amount because I like my black tea quite strong I took about 2 teaspoons and infused it for about 1 and a half to 2 minutes however the company does suggest 1 teaspoon for about 3 minutes if you are one that follows instructions to a tee (or should I say a TEA). For infusing it is also suggested to stay right around the 90 to 100 degrees C or 195 to 210 F. Continue Reading
Today I am taking a look at another offering from The Tea Shelf, continuing my journey through Nilgiri with Billimalai Nilgiri Oolong, so far I have been really enjoying learning about this region, specifically this estate. Before I get into the tea, I need to point something out that I have forgotten to in the past, The Tea Shelf’s packaging is pretty great, the tea samples came in a jute bag (totally using as a dice bag) and the pouches have awesome little icons saying which mood, time of day, and character the tea has, you can find these on the website too, but I think having it on the packaging is awesome. Continue Reading
Organic green tea made a pricey debut at the Gauhati Tea Auction Centre (GTAC) today, plucking a record Rs 2,501 per kg and leaving all and sundry spellbound.
Organic green tea is non-fermented tea with pale greenish liquor and a raw, pungent flavour and has a lot of health benefits. Continue Reading
The most important thing to keep in mind when buying tea is that loose tea is always better than pre-bagged. The leaves used in tea bags are usually dust & fannings. There are various types and sizes of tea bags available these days in the market but most tea bags constrain the tea leaves from expanding which results in loss of flavour and aroma. Continue Reading
If you’re a coffee person, giving up your morning cup of coffee may not be as easy as you might think it is. Anything this good must be bad. We crave it. We guzzle it. Drinking coffee makes us feel good, it gives us a false sense of control and helps us handle an overbearing boss or an unruly pack of toddlers. But then… we feel guilty about it, suspecting that sooner or later, it’s going to do us in. Continue Reading