Tea is and has been playing a significant role in many cultures including India. It is a centuries-old beverage and its importance cannot be confined to words.
Drinking a cup of hot steaming tea is what the Indians need to refresh and revive their senses, every morning. Tea in India is so widespread that fondness for has reached the point of adoration and for some addiction as well.
The best quality of Tea in India pours chiefly from Assam. There is perhaps not even a sole tea lover in this world that hasn’t tasted Assam tea.
Assam is in north west India and the climatic conditions of this region make a perfect environment to produce the tea. Assam experiences heavy rainfall and humid atmospheric conditions throughout the year. Therefore, the valley offers rich and loamy soil which makes it fertile and creates the perfect setting to produce tea.Let’s see History of Tea in Assam.
Assam tea is universal famous full-bodied tea with vigorous flavor produced in the state of Assam in India. It is the largest tea producing area in India, making up to more than 50% of all tea production in the country.
On an approximate value, more than 507 million of kgs of tea is produced in the world’s largest tea growing region i.e Assam. There are more than 100 beautiful tea estates in Assam which covers about 2,16, 200 hectares of land.
In India, it started way back from 1823 when Robert Bruce, a merchant and soldier noticed tea plant in Assam in hills near Rangpur. To check the species of these plants, leaves were sent to the botanical garden, where later they were found to be of the same species as of the China tea plant.
The first company for growing and making tea in India was set up in Assam, in 1839 with the name of Assam tea. Sooner the company grew and in 1862, 160 gardens were embraced by Assam Tea industry. These gardens were owned by the five public companies and 57 private companies.
The teas which are grown and manufactured in tea estates located in the Brahmaputra Valley in the northeast India only qualifies to be called as Assam teas.The black teas grown in this region are well-known world over for their robust, bold, brisk, malty flavors and dark liquor making it a perfect pick world over.
The contribution of Assam is about 15.6% of the world’s tea production. And when we talk about Indian tea industry, it contributes almost 55% of total tea output. Assam tea industry also contributes for providing employment to thousands of people in the state. Almost 12.5% of the total population is estimated who depends on this industry for their livelihood.
Numerous of lavish green tea-gardens burrowing in the Himalayan foothills of Assam enhance the charm and natural beauty to the state, in addition to forming the backbone of its economy. Assam tea not only wins on taste but also contributes to a lot of health benefits and flourishing Indian economy as well.