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Revised 28th August 2018 - New teas for Summer catalogue .... Castleton awaited!
Tea cultivation in earnest started in India in the 1840s after previous attempts to grow plants from Chinese stock had little success. The principal areas surround the Brahmaputra and its tributary, the Surma. Tea has also been cultivated in the Nilgiri Hills in the South of the country since the late 1800s.

Most of the tea production in Assam, which lies along the Brahmaputra River, takes place in the Darrang, North of the river, Lakhimpur and Sibsagar districts, both South of the River.

Further to the North East lies the small growing region referred to as Darjeeling. Tea cultivation started in 1856 at the Canning and Hopetown gardens and is now active in a region spreading South as far as Sankos, bordering Assam. We stock a variety of Darjeeling teas which include our house blend Hoopoe Choice and various garden marks.

To the North of Bengal, lies the small kingdom of Sikkim. Previously closed to outside travellers, tea is cultivated and possesses one garden which exports overseas, Temi.

Our prices are listed below in brackets and are in Canadian Dollars. They refer to 125g/250g/500g.


MandalGaon First Flush Oolong (21.00/39.00/75.00 NEW-FF)
Taiwanese manufacturing techniques are used to produce an oolong combining a distinct Darjeeling taste profile without astringency.

Oaks Exotic Tea (28.00/53.00/103.00 O-FF)
Attractive leaf yields a rich vegetal aroma with delicate notes of citrus and sweet grass. Oaks is one of the oldest plantations in the region located in Sonada Valley

Glenburn First Flush (24.00/45.00/87.00 O-FF)
Made from only the finest tender shoots plucked from clonal bushes during the onset of Spring. The liquor is light and bright, smooth on the palate with undertones of citrus, flowers and peach.

Goomtee Spring Oolong (24.00/45.00/87.00 NEW-FF)
This tea has a complex flavour that combines the fruity-floral aroma of a first flush Darjeeling with all the character of an oolong. Brews a rich yellow liquor with a wonderful flowery, fruity, muscatel-sweet fragrance and almost no astringency.

Makaibari FTGFOP1S (28.00/53.00/103.00 O-SF)
This is a full-bodied tea that has a pronounced fragrance of the dried Muscat grape. It has an explosion of flavours that are light and dry with a long finish.

Passabong Autumn Black (18.00/34.00/65.00 NEW)
This Autumn Flush tea is full bodied and mellow and has a delicate flowery bouquet with undertones of malt and a long finish.

Darjeeling Hoopoe Choice (14.00/27.00/52.00)
Tea Trader's house collection of fine Darjeeling teas, blended to be rich and refreshing in the cup.

Glenburn Autumn Crescendo (18.00/34.00/65.00 O)
This Autumn Flush tea is full bodied and mellow and has a delicate flowery bouquet with undertones of malt and a long finish.


Nepal Wonder Black (24.00/45.00/87.00)
Long, carefully hand-rolled leaves make this tea unmistakable. It brews a fine delicate cup, with light aroma.

Nepal High Grown Black (14.00/27.00/52.00)
A hand rolled tea has large unbroken leaves and from China stock at high elevation. The cup is light in colour brewing a fine and aromatic flavour.

Nepal Green (12.00/23.00/44.00)
One of the few machine-rolled teas manufactured by this grower, it brews a light and brisk brew

Maloom FTGFOP1 (14.00/27.00/52.00)
From a small garden on the top of the world, this is a veritable high grown tea with an aromatic and flowery taste.


Temi TGFOP1 (18.00/34.00/65.00 SF)
This later season tea has a colourful leaf with lots of tip. It brews an amber cup, highly aromatic and spicy to taste.


Latumoni Summer Royal Tippy Gold (24.00/45.00/87.00 NEW-SF)
A fine rare second flush crafted tea from a small farm, it has golden tips and leaves of faded golden appearance.

Colonel's Assam (12.00/23.00/44.00)
Tea Traderís house blend of Assam teas of orthodox manufacture with plenty of tip.

Meleng Golden Tips (21.00/39.00/75.00 SF)
This tea stood out in quality from the sample. The large leaf has abundant golden tip that yields an amber brew with hints of warm, sweet spices and malt. The estate is one of the oldest tea plantations of Assam, dating from 1856, with a variety of clonal material and seed jat.

Borpatra GFBOPS (13.00/25.00/48.00 NEW-SF-RA)
The well graded orthodox leaf with a modicum of tip is perfect as a breakfast get-me-up. The tea estate is located in the Sibsagar district, with the Dilli River forming the northern border.

Ten Gardens (12.00/23.00/44.00)
We canít name them all! Take a step back in time to enjoy the traditional British cuppa of 100% Assam CTC tea.

Namdang BP (13.00/25.00/48.00)
Quality and appearance make this a good example of an Assam manufactured by the CTC method. It cups well with milk producing an even, strong and deep coloured infusion.

Assam Green FTGFOP (12.00/23.00/44.00 SF)
This second flush offering has neat olive green leaves with a sweet aroma, has medium body and has plenty of flavour.


Doke Black Fusion (26.00/49.00/95.00 NEW-FF)
Of the Assamica cultivar, this tea is hand-picked and hand-rolled. Brews delightfully smooth with an aroma of cooked sugar and spice. Look for notes of malt, currants and a finish of grapefruit.

Doke Rolling Thunder Oolong (18.00/34.00/65.00 O)
From Bihar province of India along the Doke River, this oolong has an almost Assam-like malty, honeyed flavour with undertones of grape.


Parkside FOP (14.00/27.00/52.00 NEW)
Reminiscent of Ceylon tea but with a mellow and generally smoother character. The taste is round and soft, fruity and aromatic; nicely balanced with a hint of earthiness.

Nilgiri BOP (12.00/23.90/44.00)
Tea is grown at high elevation in the Blue Mountains, typically above 5000 feet. These teas are brisk, pungent and full-bodied often compared to those of Ceylon.

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