How this tour works: this tour is an introduction to the world of indian tea the tour starts with a tea appreciation and tasting workshop, conducted at an indoor venue the workshop is led by a knowledgeable resource person who will explain the interesting story of tea and its history in india you will be introduced to the. History of chai masala chai ( spiced tea) , or simply chai, chai tea or chai latte as it has become known in australia, is spiced milk tea usually sweetened originating from india, chai is widespread with many household and regional variations the folklore surrounding chai dates back to between 5000 and 9000 years. Since 1600, the british east india company had a monopoly on importing goods from outside europe, and it is likely that sailors on these ships brought tea home as gifts but the first it was the marriage of charles ii to catherine of braganza that would prove to be a turning point in the history of tea in britain she was a. The documented evidence according to the history of tea drinking in india dates back to 750 bc tea in india is generally grown in the north eastern regions and the nilgiri hills having evolved since those early days, tea drinking in india has now come a long way today this nation is proud to be one of the largest tea.
What is chai, you ask chai tea has a rich history dating back 5000 years, and is made with black tea from the assam region of india. There has been no dearth of published historical accounts of the indi n tea industry till date but all of them are limited either to select aspects or to select units of production mr griffiths' work, although presented in the form of a business history, is the only avsilable complete account of the tea industry, with an all- india. We craft each tea to have its own unique east india company signature – rediscover favourites such as our staunton earl grey and royal breakfast, explore original blends like first romance or the tropical blend 68, the historically inspired boston tea party, seasonal specialties including darjeeling first flush and pedro. The process felt so steeped in tradition: the order she added the ingredients, the bhajans, or hindu prayers, she would chant while it simmered, beautiful and hypnotic-sounding just one sip of that spicy-sweet tea takes me straight to india and yet, history shows it is anything but a traditional indian drink.
Below is a breeze of tea history in india prior to british introducing commercial production of tea in india in the late 1830s, the tea plant was growing wild in the jungles of north east assam in 1598, a dutch traveller, jan huyghen van linscho. Learn about the history of tea in india - incl origin of tea, how tea cultivation & plantations started, etc - from brand india plantations, a govt trust.
Commercial production of tea in india began after the conquest of large areas by the british east india company, at which point large tracts of land were con. Gopaldhara still produces some of the best teas from more than the 132 years old china bushes planted by british people, which are always appreciated by the tea lovers so, now you know the history of the most recreational drink and the highest elevated tea garden of darjeeling, gopaldhara tea. A brief history tea was discovered in china and for hundreds of years, remained a chinese beverage tea grew in popularity in asia and made its way to europe and england in the 16th century we wanted to capture the true quality, taste, and experience of indian chai in our product, so we went to the source: assam.
For the next thousand years, documentation of tea in india was lost in history records re-emerge during the first century ce, with stories of the buddhist monks bodhidharma and gan lu, and their involvement with tea research shows that tea is indigenous to eastern and northern india, and was cultivated and consumed. Chai the word itself is set to soothe millions of you who thrive on this all-season beverage add to it some aromatic spices and you are sorted for the day but did you know that until the 19th century tea, as you consume it today, was not as popular or even enjoyed in the way we do today the masala chai. A small proportion of a household's total budget is spent on tea at lower levels of income tea consumption responds to changes in income the income elasticity of demand (ie the percentage change in consumption due to a one percent change in income) for tea in india in the 1950s was estimated to be 11 but at higher. The bbc's justin rowlatt discusses the dark history of tea - india and britain's favourite drink.
Prev back to main next history the origins of indian tea august 03, 2000 by jane pettigrew long before the commercial production of tea started in india in the late 1830s, the tea plant was growing wild in the jungles of north east assam in 1598, a dutch traveller, jan huyghen van linschoten, noted in a book. The history of the masala chai tea now found in nearly any coffee house dates back thousands of years learn about the origins and spread of chai.
In india, chai is more than just a cup of tea to start the day on international tea day, here is the interesting history of chai in india. History of indian tea the credit for creating india's vast tea empire goes to the british, who discovered tea in india and cultivated and consumed it in enormous quantities between the early 1800s and india's independence from great britain in 1947 around 1774, warren hastings sent a selection of china seeds to george. Tea has been part of the indian culture and society from a long time the morning newspaper is accompanied with a cup of tea, and evenings too are incomplete without a refreshing cup the teas from darjeeling and assam are among the most renowned teas in the world tea connoisseurs everywhere. (tom standage, “a history of the world in 6 glasses”) britain granted the john company (which was later merged with the east india company) a monopoly of all trade east of the cape of good hope and west of cape horn, which allowed it to dominate the tea trade for over a century its powers were practically equivalent.