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India is one of the largest tea producers in the world, though over 70% of the tea is consumed within India itself.  Home of classic black teas from regions of Assam, Nilgiris, Darjeeling, Doars and Palampur.  Each region has its distinct tea plant varietals, history and notable tea growers.  India is also famous for its Chai, Tulsi (Holy Basil) and fragrant spices.  Recent inspirations by tea growers have led to new styles of tea processing besides black teas.

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  • The most popular tea region of India, located in Northeastern Himalayas. Home to about 85 estates. Annual mean temperature range is 48F - 58F
  • Heartland for the Camellia 'Assamica' varietal, Assam is the largest black tea region in the world. Known for strong, rich and malty flavor. High humidity and rainfall.
  • Known as the 'Blue Mountains', the Nilgiris in South India are home to a large number of small independent growers. Elevation: 5000-6000 feet. Temperature: max 25 celsius.
  • Kurseong 'Land of White Orchids' is a small tea area at an elevation of 4800 feet, within the Darjeeling district.
  • Located east of Darjeeling, Mirik is home to tea gardens with close proximity to Nepal. Average elevation of 4900 feet. Max temperature of 30 C in summer.
  • Coonoor, a small town in the Nilgiris and the state of Tamil Nadu has a long history for tea. Elevation 5900 feet. Summer temperature: 15-25 Celsius. Monsoons in June to September.