Indian tea culture
One of the world’s largest producers of tea, India is a country where tea is popular all over as a breakfast and evening drink. It is often served as masala chai with spices, milk and sugar. Almost all the tea consumed is black Indian tea. Usually tea leaves are boiled in water while making tea, and milk is added.
Offering tea to visitors is the cultural norm in India.
There are three most famous regions in India to produce black teas- Darjeeling, Assam and Nilgiri. “Strong, heavy and fragrant” are 3 criteria for judging black tea. Darjeeling tea is known for its delicate aroma and light colour and is aptly termed as “the champagne of teas”, which has high aroma and yellow or brown liquid after brewing. Assam tea is known for its robust taste and dark colour, and Nilgiri tea is dark, intensely aromatic and flavoured.