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Serious tea planting in India started with the British and was done in a plantation style instead of the small farms which are so prevalent in China. India is known for its black tea production, Darjeeling and Assam have become household names the world over. Now there is much experimentation as Indian tea estates produce other types of tea as well.

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Assam, Monmohinipur Estate (4 oz or 1 lb)
$16.15

A rich, malty, full-bodied tea from northeastern India, one of the largest tea-producing regions in the world. Bold and balanced on its own, it also mixes well with milk.

Assam, Naharabi Estate (2 oz)
$10.25

A rich, malty, full-bodied tea from northeastern India, one of the largest tea-producing regions in the world. Bold and balanced on its own, it also mixes well with milk.

Cacao Chai Black Tea | In Pursuit of Tea
Cacao Chai (4 oz)
$13.05

A velvety chai of Assam tea, aromatic spices and roasted cacao bean shells. Naturally sweet, it works well with or without sugar.
Classic Chai Black Tea | In Pursuit of Tea
Classic Chai (4 oz)
$14.25

A delicious, full-flavored chai made from hearty Assam tea and aromatic Indian spices.
Darjeeling 1st Flush | In Pursuit of Tea | Steinthal Estate
Darjeeling 1st Flush, Steinthal Estate (2 oz)
$35.00
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From the Steinthal Estate, this exquisite Darjeeling has a clear, sweet flavor and a rich passion-fruit aroma.
Darjeeling 2nd Flush Goomtee Estate | In Pursuit of Tea
Darjeeling 2nd Flush, Goomtee Estate (4 oz)
$26.75

From the Goomtee Estate, this well-balanced Indian tea is pleasantly spicy and sweet.
Darjeeling 2nd Flush, Makaibari Estate (2 oz)
$16.75


Banjhi Leaf of Darjeeling

On Making Second Flush Leaves

Sebastian Beckwith has spent much time in Darjeeling over the years, talking with many growers and tasting teas. He was there just at the end of the First Flush season and the beginning of the little known Banjhi period. Here are his notes on a previous trip.


Tea is one of the only plants that is used only for the vegetative growth, not its fruit or flower. The tea plant is an evergreen small tree by habit, but has been trained as a shrub/bush through the periodic management practices like plucking and pruning.

After the winter dormancy, the new growth is highly prized as the first tea of the season. Depending on the region it may become white tea or green tea. In Darjeeling it becomes its famous "first flush" tea. After the first spurt of growth from the plant it goes into a second period of dormancy. This occurs about a month after first flush starts and is called the Banjhi period. The plant produces a small bud, which doesn't grow to full size, as well as a leathery larger leaf which has little taste and is hard to process.

During this two-week period the plant must be plucked to get rid of these leaves. Often teas are made from these leaves, but the result is a low-quality tea, often produced for local consumption. The Banjhi plucking allows the plant to grow the small and extremely desirable second flush leaves.

Masala Chai Black Tea | In Pursuit of Tea
Masala Chai (4 oz)
$14.85

A spicier chai than our classic version, rich in notes of pepper and ginger.
Meghalaya, LaKyrsiew Estate (2 oz)
$45.00

Thai Chai Black Tea | In Pursuit of Tea
Thai Chai (4 oz)
$20.35

Rich and full-bodied, this chai blends black Chinese tea and earthy whole saffron- enjoy it hot, or use as a flavorful base for Thai iced tea.
The Chai Collection | In Pursuit of Tea
The Chai Collection: Crimson Chai & Classic Chai
$37.50
$33.75

The ideal pairing for fans of Masala Chai.  Enjoy this classic black tea with spices, and the herbal infusion using the base of Rooibos.