India has a delightful variety of teas to offer the health and environment conscious, with abundant varieties of organic brews available.
Whether from the northeastern Indian parts of Assam, Darjeeling in West Bengal or the Nilgiris in south, teas original to India come in many forms. Keeping up with changing times, brands and estates in India, tea growers have also taken to growing popular white, floral and infusion teas apart from the regular black ones. As tea drinking for many comes as a health decision, organically grown teas are increasingly becoming popular as wellness becomes a priority. Here are some delicious brands and estates to sample from.
A brand aimed at providing organic foods, supplements and teas, Organic India offers a wide range of options for those who are conscious of what they consume. Among the teas available, some of the popular choices are from their Tulsi Green Tea range. Tulsi, or basil, is a herb that is said to help the immune system and the overall metabolism of the body. Organic India offers green teas such as Tulsi Green Tea Jasmine and Tulsi Green Tea Pomegranate in addition to Tulsi wellness teas such as Tulsi Sleep, which is aimed at offering a good night’s sleep and relief from sleep disorders, blending tulsi with other herbs such as brahmi, ashwagandha and shankhpushpi.
Darjeeling tea, known world over for its distinct flavour, originates from the hilly region in West Bengal. Makaibari, based in the same region, makes some of the best teas from here and uses ethical and sustainable practices. Certified with a Fair Trade affiliation and USDA Organic certification, Makaibari offers its prized Silver Tips Imperial as well as white teas such as Bai Mu Dan and green teas such as Silver Green. Offering oolong teas such as Darjoolong and black teas of first flush and second flush grade, Makaibari teas are a delight for all tea lovers.
Teas from the southern part of India are grown in hilly ghats of south India, mostly in the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu as well as Kerala apart from other places. Nilgiri tea is known worldwide for its aromatic nature and rich flavour. The Korakundah estate in Tamil Nadu offers some brilliant organic teas, apart from the regular green teas, along with teas such as chamomile and delicious white teas. Korakundah prides itself at being among the highest points in the world to be growing tea, and with its organic teas becoming a great brand, it is also widely available online.
A company that has tea gardens in both Darjeeling and Assam, Chamong offers specialties from both these parts of India, and has been around for almost a century now. Chamong has classic tea options available, with Assam, Darjeeling and Green tea as options and has also introduced flavours such as lemon and masala in their green teas. Made in an organic process, Chamong offers teas that are suitable to the taste buds and a boost to health.