Breaking its own record, Assam tea is setting a benchmark after it got its best price for the first flush tea on Tuesday. Surpassing the previous best price of Rs. 442, Halmari tea from Dibrugarh district fetched Rs 469 in the Calcutta auctions.
Halmari garden fetched Rs 469 and Rs 441 for its CTC variety tea of grade broken orange pekoe (BOP). The Kolkata-based Star Tea Company bought 125.80 kg of Rs 469 tea while Shiv Tea Company, also based in Calcutta, bought 151.80 kg of Rs 441 tea. BOP is a little bolder grade, which allows consumers to perceive the aroma and flavour to its fullest. It also provides a unique and very balanced combination of flavour and strength. A majority of Halmari’s produce is CTC tea and it has fetched the best prices in the auctions till date, both in the first and second flush.
Soham Daga of Calcutta-based Amarawati Tea Company Ltd, which owns Halmari tea estate, said that every part is perfect, right from plucking to manufacturing, and also the quantity is maintained. A garden official said Assam first flush is a little mellower than the second flush and has a “unique” flavour. Rabi Dey of Star Tea Company said Halmari garden was known for maintaining quality throughout the year.