‘A lot can happen over a coffee’ – True! But there’s nothing better than beating the blues with a hot cup of tea after a stressful day. Coffee might be the addiction of millennials; tea has been there as a taste of comfort since ages. We Indians have an unbreakable bond with tea that ask us any time of the day, be it early morning, afternoon, evening, night or even late night, we won’t refuse to have a garma garam chai. Irrespective of the weather, there’s something magical about this simple dark coloured drink that pleases the taste buds of every Indian. It’s a sentiment!
Tea being the National Drink of India and the State Drink of Assam, India is the second-largest producer of tea and almost 70% of it is consumed within our country itself. The ones who have never tasted tea cannot understand the value of it in the lives of the ones, who not only drink it but see it as a motivation, stress-buster and cannot live without it. And with the types of tea in the market nowadays, it also benefits our health immensely. Almost all of us know that Green Tea is touted to be one of the healthiest drinks on the planet.
Since everyone knows that we are striving to boost ‘Make in India‘ under the #VocalForLocal movement by supporting Indian brands to help our economy, here’s a list of homegrown brands to choose from over foreign brands when you shop next for your ‘cup of tea’.
Headquartered in Kolkata, West Bengal, Tata Tea had begun its journey more than 30 years ago and today, it is India’s largest tea brand. One in every three households consumes tea from the brand’s extensive range of variants. Tata Tea is beyond just a cup of tea and it offers taste and flavour their consumers love at a price they can afford.
Brooke Bond Taj Mahal Tea, known today for its iconic Wah Taj experience, was and still is India’s first premium tea brand. Born at a tea taster’s chamber in Kolkata,Taj Mahal Tea has a legacy of more than fifty years ago. Taj Mahal Tea source their teas from the gardens of Assam, Darjeeling and the Nilgiris.
Founded in Lucknow (1997), Organic India works with thousands of small family farmers to cultivate tens of thousands of acres of sustainable organic farmland across India. With variety of tea flavours, Organic India will give your cuppa a health-edge!
Seller of packaged 100% pure organic products,First Bud Organics offers a varied range of organically produced high-quality merchandise. With the varied options of green tea at First Bud Organics, you can take that first step towards a fit and healthy lifestyle.
New to the market, but a serious competitor to watch out for, Laplantis a Mumbai based brand that offers exotic and unique blends of green tea in tulsi, lemon and longleaf varieties. Reasonably priced and with attractive packaging, it is sure to make a prominent name in the tea market.
In 2018, Amaara Herbs was started with a mission to offer quality products of natural herbs to all tea lovers, and with a wide range of herbal teas including Ashwagandha, Gokshura, Brahmi, Satavari etc. and major herbs, it will surely contribute in your step towards a better lifestyle. As they say, “Not just tea, these are herbs brew with therapeutic benefits.” Well, they are indeed different!
In 1882, a couple had founded The Dharmsala Tea Company and the Kangra District Gazette had described the tea as ‘superior to that produced in any other part of India’. Currently managed by the sixth generation of the tea planters, they offer a wide range of ayurvedic, herbal and caffeine-free teas, along with floral and fruit blends to transport people to the peace and tranquillity of Dharmsala.
Another brand added to the young brand list, Tea Treasure is on its journey to make a prominent name in the tea market and they aim to revolutionize the way chai has been perceived, supplied and savoured in the Indian market so far.Tea Treasure tea reaches directly to their customers from their tea gardens without any middle-men or third parties.
Brew yourself a cup of calm! Based out of Mumbai, Dancing Leaf was born out of pure passion, the vision being to create an elixir of carefully picked teas, spices and herbs which would brew into a plethora of benefits for the mind and body. The tea is sourced locally from Assam, Nilgiri and Darjeeling, and even internationally, from China, Taiwan and Japan.
A luxury Indian brand, No. 3 Clive Road was founded by Radhika Chopra and it specialises in hand-blended teas. The starting point of their brand was is pre-independence India, and with No. 3 Clive Road, they aim to preserve the elegance of that era with a range of products that evoke luxury, history and a timeless quality. For example, their Diwali Blend limited edition is a calming blend of green tea from the Himachal Hills with marigolds and the sacred leaves of the Tulsi plant. Tulsi symbolizes Goddess Lakshmi, with the Ganges flowing through its roots, Lord Brahma residing in its branches and the Vedas celebrated in its leaves.
Founder of the artisanal tea brand, Hillcart Tales, Ashutosh Ghosh had first discovered his love for teas at the HillCart Road, Darjeeling. His vision was to bring the choicest of world teas together and to offer exquisite blends to aficionados worldwide. Rare tea blends like Celestial Chamomile, Tiramisu Delight, Caramel Dream and many others, have been a part of their heritage and their environment-friendly muslin tea bags are handcrafted under strict hygiene standards.
Himherbs operates from the Village of Raja Ka Bagh in Kangra, and it strives to bring their customers a step closer to the mother nature by blending rare combinations of mountain flowers and herbs with an underlying base of the finest Kangra green tea. They serve ‘a cup that truly cures’ by bringing together the holistic goodness of Ayurveda!
Founded by master tea taster, Sanjay Kapurin 1981,Sancha was India’s first gourmet tea store in Old Delhi. And today, over three decades later, they have a tea gallery and sell 75 varieties of tea. The best thing is that their tea bags are environment-friendly and biodegradable.Some of the bestsellers of Sanchaare the Sleeping Beauty Tea (made to soothe the body at bedtime) and Lavender White Tea (for rejuvenation).
Born out of passion and love for tea, Satori offers Indian premium tea, which is sourced directly from family-run estates across the country and aims to help their customers, reconnect with their soul over a cup of tea. Satori is a Japanese Buddhist word that stands for an experience of inner enlightenment. It offers seven boutique teas including Lavender Dream, Kiss of Rose, Golden Twirl and others.
Founded by tea sommelier, Snigdha Manchanda in 2013, Tea Trunk aims to source teas directly from farmers and craft them into unique wellness blends. The teas are crafted in small batches, which are not compromised on the quality and they are whole leaf, flavorful and healthy.
Keep calm and drink tea!
If you know any more Indian brands that we have missed in this list, let us know in the comments below.
Also, do tell us your favourite ones, if you’ve tried any.