Unique Taste of Indian Tea
If you want good-quality tea, you may find it in dedicated tea parlours in posh city markets. And, there are chances that you will have a choice of different types of teas from different parts of India. Here is a bucketlist of some of the most famous kinds of teas, produced in India, which I am categorising on the basis of the region the leaves are grown in, for convenience.
Darjeeling tea shows a variation in colour, ranging from sharp amber to a pale lemon. Connoisseurs give its taste qualities like smooth, round, delicate, mellow, dry, sweet and mature. For its exquisite quality, it is often called the Champagne of teas. You should really drink it as it is rich in antioxidants that keep the heart healthy and bolster the immune system. A study says that it also helps in preventing certain kinds of cancers, Alzheimer’s and even diabetes. Another research suggests that the green and black varieties can help you lose weight!
The second flush or the second plucking of the leaves in the season is one of the most expensive in the world. Did you know, when the English, Scottish or Irish have tea with breakfast, it is mostly Assam tea?! The upcoming India-England cricket series may be stuck in limbo, but we have certainly conquered the British on at least one front. This is another variety, which may help reduce cancer risk, as it lessens the damage, caused to cells by nitrogen and oxygen. Assam tea is also known to prevent Parkinson’s disease.
A good thing about Nilgiri tea is that it is cultivated round the year as the region is influenced by both the northeast and southwest monsoons. Nilgiri tea tastes different from other Indian varieties and is closer to Ceylon tea (grown in Sri Lanka) as the weather conditions of the two places are similar.