Black Tea / Estate Tea - India Assam Mokalbari Estate GFOP
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Black Tea / Estate Tea - India Assam Mokalbari Estate GFOP

A Delicious Tea with a Difficult Story

The popularization of this tea may be attributed to brothers Robert who is said to have first discovered tea in Assam in 1823, and Charles A. Bruce, an agent of the East India Company who was instrumental in importing tea farmers, and seed from China to develope the tea resources of the region. Meant to be grown individually, the plants cross-pollinated creating a hybrid that was considered undesirable. Bruce stuck with the cultivation of the native variety, over the Chinese import. The successful result was exploited by the East India Company who, through their political influence forced the dispossession of the indigenous people to the Company’s economic benefit, and Britain’s shame. It is believed that injustices as this contributed to the uprising in the East India Company’s army in 1857, which subsequently lead to the disillusion of the Company by Parliament in later years. Unlike the East India Company the tea industry did not disappear, and Assam thrives today as the largest tea region in India.

Grown at low altitude along the Brahmaputra river valley by the Indian border with Burma (Myanmar) Mokalbari Estate is one of Assam's best regarded tea gardens, producing teas of outstanding character. Gillies choice Assam produced in part by the action of the tropical climate on the plants,  is distinguished by its strong malty flavor, so well respected in the best Assam teas.

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