Tips, Tricks & Tales from the SESA Beverage Lab
Our custom Three Estate Black Tea blends the finest leaves from partner farms in each of the three primary tea-growing regions in India. Each estate's terroir provides a unique flavor - blending into a delectable cup of tea & a veritable trip throughout India.
The Three Estates:
Regions of India
ASSAM - Matured in the Assam valley, at the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains, the single-estate Assam is a black leaf tea whose body holds a brisk, malty flavor, and shows a strong, bright color. The region of Assam is the world’s largest growing tea region and much of the tea here is grown at or near sea level.
DARJEELING - Prized for centuries as the most subtle and aromatic of the Indian teas Darjeeling has come to be known as the Champagne of Teas. Descended from Chinese small-leaf varieties bred for their fragrance, their leaves are subject to a lighter oxidation process than most black teas, resulting in a brew famous for its floral overtones.
NILGIRI - The younger sibling of the 3 fundamentals, this fragrant and newfound leaf is born of the Blue Mountains in the Nilgiri region of South India. Earning its place as The Fragrant One, it’s often grown in higher elevations where it captures a superior fragrance and flavor. Grown among other trees native to the region, many times Nilgiri may end up with flavors of mint, lemon, eucalyptus, and cypress. Also known as a “frost tea” for the special harvest season between December and March, the leaves of Nilgiri are at risk of frost during the harvest season but keep the special property of not clouding when making iced tea.