Wednesday, 1 August 2012

The Indian Tea PotPourri


It is hard when someone says not to have tea, if you're a tea lover. Millions of people all over the world, as a ritual, kick start their day with a cup of tea. 

The story of tea began long ago in China. Legend has it that over 4000 years ago, a Chinese emperor was sitting under a tree, while his servant boiled drinking water when some leaves fell from the tree into the water and created a golden brew & the emperor tasted this incidentally created infusion which we now call tea. Tea drinking became a custom in China for centuries, before it reached other parts of the world. During British rule, Tea was introduced in India & since then India became a tea heaven and is known for its distinct famed tea culture. From Assam (eastern India) the birth place of Indian tea, to the high elevation estates of Darjeeling in the foot hills of Himalayas, right down to tropical tea gardens of the Nilgiris in the south, all offer a refreshing tea experience in their own flavor.

Well Known Facts about Indian Tea - 

Assam Tea - The sights and sounds of an Assam Tea Plantation are of a different kind. Assam tea is known for its body, briskness, malty flavour and strong bright colour. These teas are oftened sold as breakfast teas, & they are orthodox as well. 

Darjeeling Tea - Darjeeling, the dream land of the east, has been a popular hill station. Exclusive tea grows at an altitude from 600 to 2000 meters. The place has some of the most lovely tea estates in the country and the beauty of the many tea gardens may be compared to the top vineyards of France.Tea grown here on the misty heights of the hills, is popularly known as the "champagne of tea" and is famous world wide for its exquisite aroma and taste. The premium tea is mild in character and has a distinctive natural fruity flavor.

Nilgiri Tea - The borders of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka in South India share the Nilgiris or Blue Mountains. It is an important tea growing area of India. Nilgiri tea is dark intensely aromatic and flavorful & provides a higher number of cups per measure. The expensive full leaf version are highly sought after at international auctions.

Enjoy your Tea!!!

       


A light weight transparent Tea kettle along with the Cup and Saucer




















This beautiful embroidered pink flowered Napkin is 20 years old. Happy to share it in this post.



 










Beautiful Tea Garden Slopes of the Nilgiri or Blue Mountain

 


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10 comments:

  1. You always display such amazing photography my friend. Your tablescape for tea is lovely, I love all your glass and therefore, etherial design to it. Very inviting and I also love the photos of the country scenery and the awesome place. Thanks for sharing and for dropping by to visit me, I love it when you do!
    FABBY

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  2. Lovely tea time table, and your photos are gorgeous!

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  3. Gorgeous photos.. Loved learning so much about tea. Is that a plumeria flower? So pretty. I loved your tea table.. xo marlis

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    1. Thank you Marlis,yes they are the beautiful plumeria flowers.:):)

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  4. So very pretty! The clear glass tea set is a nice alternative to china! Wonderful photos!

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  5. Very pretty! I just drink regular tea once in awhile.
    Thanks for linking to Let's Dish at www.cuisinekathleen.com

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  6. I love all the glass and your photos are wonderful.

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  8. I thank all of you for appreciating and to leave encouraging comments for this post of mine.i draw my inspiration by visiting all your wonderful blogs which you do with love.there is so much to learn from you all,thanks,warm regards from Sujatha.

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