Revised 12th December 2017 - Updates to match catalogue ....
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.
Darjeeling Whyte (21.00/39.00/75.00 OOS)
One of just a handful of teas still delivered in a chest! Large
leaves give a smooth and fulfilling taste.
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.
Poobong STGBOP1 (13.00/25.00/48.00 FF)
Enjoy added to a breakfast tea or on its own. The small dark leaves
give a brisk and chocolate flavour. The estate is tucked away
between the hill stations of Sukhiapokhri and Ghoom
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
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.
Assam Hand Rolled Silver Needle (28.00/53.00/103.00 FF)
From this springís picking, we are excited to add another white tea from India. Sweet
and delicate with all the top notes of a high quality, tippy tea, it has fine,
silver-haired downy buds and brews a light and refreshing cup.
Harmutty STGFOP1S (15.00/29.00/56.00 NEW-SF-RA)
Long twisted leaves infuse to yield the full-bodied, intensive flavour
characteristic of teas from this region. You may prefer to enjoy
this tea with a dash of milk. The estate is one of the oldest
in Assam, being planted in 1870.
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 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.
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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