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Tea Tasting Session At The “Goodricke Tea House”

Being a Bengali Tea is an absolute favourite for me.Be it my morning cup of green tea or a refreshing “Nimbu chaai” in the evening after a hectic day,i cannot survive without tea.So when i was invited at the goodricke tea house for an exclusive tea tasting session with other city bloggers i just couldn’t miss the chance.Being quite ill that day i still braved to the goodricke house lured by entire process of tea tasting.When at school i was always intrigued by the job of tea tasters,i always wanted to know what they exactly do.And finally the time had come to clear all my doubts.

On entering the Goodricke house we were welcomed warmly and was taken to the tea tasting room.Little did i know how enormous it would be.The room was huge and everywhere you look had racks of tea and tea leaves.

Every time we have tea we do not even realise how much handwork it takes behind making it,from sourcing the right tea leaves to tasting it the process is quite a task.

At first Mr Chatterjee gave us a brief idea about the CTC variety which means crush,tear and curl which should be had with milk.So if you are someone who loves you tea to be really milky and creamy then this should be your choice.He also told us that tea’s from different gardens have a different aroma to it thats solely because of the weather and the soil of the garden.

Then we met Mr Gurung who is an expert in Darjeeling tea.He told us the entire process of the tasting,they first take the aroma of the leaves then the infusion and finally taste the tea.After all of this the tea leaves are graded.We were told that while tasting a tae you should roll your tongue and male slurping noise,by that all your taste buds open and you actually get the perfect flavour.Mr gurung also told us about different tea gardens in Darjeeling from where they source their tea leaves and also small stories associated to them.We also came to know about a garden called “The Margaret’s Hope”.You can read about it here.

The entire tea tasting session was an extremely enlightening process for me and i totally enjoyed it.

ABOUT GOODRICKE TEA:

The Company was incorporated in the State of West Bengal, India on 14th June 1977 as a public limited company under the provisions of the Companies Act 1956 (Act). Its main objects per Memorandum & Articles of Association are, amongst other things, to grow, cultivate, manufacture, treat, blend, process, buy, sell and deal in tea in various forms, to carry on the business as planters in all its branches, to manufacture, buy, sell and deal in machinery for processing tea and in connection therewith or acquire by amalgamation, purchase, take-over or otherwise the whole or part of the assets, liabilities and undertaking in India or elsewhere of any other company, body corporate, firm, association of person.

The Company was granted a certificate of entitlement to commence business under the provisions of the Act by the Registrar of Companies, on 27th June 1977. 

All the 17 existing tea gardens of Goodricke Group Ltd. were owned by eight Sterling Tea Companies . They had established tea gardens progressively in late 1800s and were carrying on business in tea in India. The sterling companies together owned 17 tea estates in India. 12 estates are in the district of Jalpaiguri and 3 in Darjeeling in the State of West Bengal and 2 in Darrang district in the State of Assam.

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