Second only to China in the volume of tea produced and exported, India is the largest consumer of tea in the world. It is believed that tea has been consumed in India since the 12th century where the tea plant naturally grew. However, it wasn’t until the 19th century that mass production of tea started to take off when the British East India Company took over areas of land and turned them into tea plantations.
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Types of Tea from India
Traditional Indian tea is grown in the Assam region where the tea plant occurs naturally hence the name Assam tea. This Indian black tea is known for its full-bodied malty flavour and is often sold as a breakfast tea. Darjeeling tea is often associated with afternoon tea and is available as black tea, green tea, white tea or oolong tea varieties. India is also known for its Chai Wallahs, which are locals who prepare and sell chai spice tea on the streets or in small shops.
As well as Assam tea and Darjeeling tea, India is probably best known for its Chai spice tea. Also called masala chai, this tea is often drunk with milk and sugar and has a mixture of different herbs and spices such as green cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks and fresh ginger. Traditionally the tea leaves, milk and spices would be brewed together and then strained into cups. Chai recipe teas are now a popular drink across the world with many countries making their own variations of the drink.
We stock a large range of the best Indian tea. As well as favourites such as our Indian Darjeeling Tea Blends and Assam tea blends, we also carry organic tea leaves, tea bags and spiced tea blends for making an authentic Indian chai.
Whatever your taste, you can find a tea you’ll enjoy. From bold and strong to light and fruity, our range of Indian tea has something for everyone.
We stock a large amount of loose leaf tea from India from many tea estates, why not try our Assam Tonganagaon GBOP Organic or maybe try one of our breakfast teas English breakfast tea BOP or try our Assam tea bags from India.