Please note that we are using Chai, as a generic term for the regular milk tea, and must not be considered derogatory or mockery. It's a word that most Indians can connect with, and understand easily...
|Wonders of Tea Leaves...|
The first one that we tried was Goodricke Tea, (Castleton Vintage Darjeeling Tea), which is the original Darjeeling tea. This one, as you can see in the picture, is coming from single estate, which means the tea packed inside is from one garden, and not mixed with others. And, what's important to know is that the tea packed inside is not the granule version (which many common brands offer), but the original leaves plucked from the bush, which are either from the first flush or the second. This means, that what you sip is the pure aroma of the tea, minus any other ingredients. This one that we tried had really long leaves, which open up once you boil them. And, yes, not to forget, such teas are not to be mixed with milk, simply boil water, add some sugar, and this tea. We loved it, as it had a wonderful coffee flavour.
|First flush Leaves|
|Second Flush Leaves|
These pictures will help you understand what original tea is all about. Look at the length of the leaves, which open up even more when they are boiled. The aroma can be felt during the boiling process itself!
Summer tea is one of the product lines of this brand, and falls under the Four Seasons range of teas from this brand. And, what's important to know is that this tea is meant for all four seasons.
We later spoke to Abhinav Gupta, Director, Basilur Tea India, to know more about this brand, and of course the benefits of green tea.