Did You Know That Tea Costs 99,999 Rupees Per Kilogram? Discover More About It Below.


On 14th December (Tuesday), premium tea from Dibrugarh district in Assam was auctioned for Rs 99,999 per kg, the “highest price” ever at a tea auction in the country.

Priyanuz Dutta, secretary of the Gauhati Tea Auction Centre (GTAC), said the Manohari Tea Estate sold 1 kg of their ‘Manohari Gold’ type to Sourabh Tea Traders. “This is the country’s highest auction price fetched in tea sales and purchases,” he said.

“We are producing the tea in response to increased demand from discerning consumers and tea aficionados,” said Rajan Lohia, proprietor of Manohari Tea Estate. The brilliant yellow liquor has a relaxing aftertaste and is known for its health benefits.

Manohari Gold Tea sold for Rs 50,000 per kg at the GTAC auction in July 2019, the highest auction price to date. The record was beaten less than a month later when ‘Golden Neddles Tea’ from Arunachal Pradesh’s Donyi Polo Tea Estate and ‘Golden Butterfly Tea‘ from Assam’s Dikon Tea Estate sold for Rs 75,000 per kg at separate auctions at GTAC.

What’s Special about Assam Tea

Assam tea is a black tea derived from the Indian state of Assam, where it is grown. Assam tea is produced only from the Camellia sinensis variety. Assamica plant (Masters). Assam tea is grown only in Assam. The first attempts to establish Chinese types in Assam soil failed. Despite being largely grown at or near sea level, it is known for its robust, bright color and body, briskness, and malty flavor.

Assam teas, especially blends with Assam, are often marketed as “breakfast teas.”. The Irish breakfast tea, for example, is made from small Assam tea leaves and is maltier and stronger than other breakfast teas.

Located on either side of the Brahmaputra River and bordering Bhutan, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and very close to China, Assam is the world’s largest tea-growing region by production. This part of India experiences high rainfall during the monsoon period, as much as 250 to 300 mm of rain each day. The daytime temperatures rise to about 36 degrees Celsius, creating greenhouse-like conditions of extreme humidity & heat.

Assam tea is well known for its malty taste due to its tropical climate. Assam generally denotes distinctive black teas; the region produces smaller quantities of green & white teas as well, with their distinct characteristics. Historically, Assam has been the 2nd commercial tea production region after southern China, the only 2 areas in the world with native tea plants.

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