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Sun, 15 Dec 2019

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Rare Assam Tea Fetches Rs. 50,000 Per Kg At Auction, Sets New Record

Rare Assam Tea Fetches Rs. 50,000 Per Kg At Auction, Sets New Record
July 31
11:20 2019

NET Bureau

At a time when the 200-year old tea industry in Assam is facing tough times, a rare variety of handmade tea from the Manohari Tea Estate was auctioned for Rs.50,000 a kg at the Guwahati Tea Auction Centre (GTAC) on Tuesday, setting a new record.

The GTAC confirmed this is the highest recorded price for any variety of Assam tea sold through a public auction.

The rare tea variety – marketed as the Manohari Gold Tea – is made from small buds and not tea leaves. It’s a process that the Manohari Tea Estate has developed in the last five years to yield what they describe as the “finest variety”.

Last year, this variety was auctioned for Rs. 39,001 per kilogram, but it was the Golden Needle variety from the Donyi Polo Tea Estate in Arunachal Pradesh that had set the record. It was sold for Rs. 40,000 per kilogram at the auction.

Rajan Lohia, the owner of the Manohari Tea Estate, says this year, they had put “more efforts”. “The tea is grown out of a specialty variety of finest clone called ‘P-126′, which is not readily available. The tea leaves are plucked very early in the morning. It’s a handmade variety. In a year, we have yielded only five kilograms.”

At a time when the 200-year old tea industry in Assam is facing tough times, a rare variety of handmade tea from the Manohari Tea Estate was auctioned for Rs.50,000 a kg at the Guwahati Tea Auction Centre (GTAC) on Tuesday, setting a new record.

The GTAC confirmed this is the highest recorded price for any variety of Assam tea sold through a public auction.

The rare tea variety – marketed as the Manohari Gold Tea – is made from small buds and not tea leaves. It’s a process that the Manohari Tea Estate has developed in the last five years to yield what they describe as the “finest variety”.

Last year, this variety was auctioned for Rs. 39,001 per kilogram, but it was the Golden Needle variety from the Donyi Polo Tea Estate in Arunachal Pradesh that had set the record. It was sold for Rs. 40,000 per kilogram at the auction.

Rajan Lohia, the owner of the Manohari Tea Estate, says this year, they had put “more efforts”. “The tea is grown out of a specialty variety of finest clone called ‘P-126′, which is not readily available. The tea leaves are plucked very early in the morning. It’s a handmade variety. In a year, we have yielded only five kilograms.”

Admitting the slump in the industry, Mr Lohia added: “We have been making different variety of specialty tea for past five years. We also make the normal CTC and orthodox tea but we shifted to producing specialty tea only to survive. Now, we are not looking at quantity but quality as the normal tea market is on a downfall and only different varieties of specialty tea are doing well.”

 

Source: NDTV

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