India

India produces some of the world’s finest black teas. Known as the Distinguished Triad, the Exotic Darjeeling, the Strong Assam, and the Fragrant Nilgiri are grown in the most popular growing regions of the world. India is also the world’s largest producer, exporter, and consumer of tea. The tea industry in India is spread over a vast area in the Northeast and South. The three regions are different from one another and, at the same time, complement each other when their teas are used in blends. India produces almost a billion kg (more than 2,000 million pounds) of tea per year. In 1823, Major Robert Bruce struck up a friendship with Bessagaum, the Singpho chief in Assam, who gave him some locally grown Assam tea plants and seeds. This incident is thought of as the discovery of tea in India. In the years after 1840, more and more tea plantations were created until India became the world’s main producer of black teas.