The Tea Growing Areas of India

An in-depth look at current conditions in one of the most famous tea-producing regions of the world. Full article at the American Chronicle.

The Nilgiris district is located in the southern part of India. The name is Tamil and means "Blue Mountains." Nilgiri teas are becoming known as some of the world's finest black teas. The best teas have a hint of fruit and a smoothness that makes them nearly impossible to over-steep. They can be served black or with milk and sugar.

Darjeeling is a district in the north east section of India. Darjeeling tea is renowned for its high quality and is the basis of many famous blends. Darjeeling tea plantations are between 1000 and 2000 meters in altitude with ideal climatic conditions for producing first-grade tea. VIDEO

Tea production in India dates from the early 19th century. This was the first time that tea had been grown on a commercial scale outside of China.