The state of Assam is famous in the world for its quality of tea. The natural beauty of the place along with pleasant climate makes it one of the ideal places for growing tea. Malty flavoured Assam brew is enjoyed all over the world. Here are some of the famous tea gardens (estates) of the state.
Situated on the banks of river Towkak, it is one of the most famous gardens in the state. Inhabited by a variety of wildlife and surrounded by government reserve forest Towkok is spread over a total area of more than 3000 hectares. Divided into three different estates, it is known for producing the orthodox variant during the first flush. It has its own tram trolley line is well accessible by airways, roads and railways.
The 403-hectare garden is near the city of Sonari in Sibsagar district of Assam. A well-planned estate it produces distinct variants of the brew that is popular across the globe. The factory of the estate is known for its architectural beauty and picturesque view. Manjushree is well served by roads and airports and it is the recipient of the highest yield per hectare in Sibsagar district.
Known for its unique bush plantation Mangalam produces orthodox and CTC teas that command a very high price in the market. The orthodox variant is in high demand in the German market. Spread over 117 hectares, Mangalam is credited for reintroducing orthodox tea.
Named after the “Nahor” tree, the Nahorhabi estate is spread over 650 hectares. It is one of the first gardens in Assam to receive ISO 9002 certification and is known for producing and marketing high quality traditional and CTC teas. Traditional process is the hallmark of this garden and the management carries out regular plantation of trees for maintaining ecological balance. Dense forest covers one side of Nahorhabi.
Meleng is one of the oldest gardens in Assam and got its name from Meleng river. Founded in 1852, Meleng is known for producing golden tippy orthodox brew with a rich malty taste. More than 1700 workers work here and it has earned many prestigious awards. Spread over 700 hectares, the gross yield of Meleng is over 1500 kg per hectare.
Adequate rainfall and perfect moisture make the state one of the best places on earth for tea plantation. Every year the gardens produce tonnes of different variety of teas that are exported to different parts of the world.
The author works as deputy manager in one of the famous Assam black tea manufacturer that owns several tea garden in Assam. He has a special affinity for Assam tea and its variants. He has written multiple articles on this blend of tea in various magazines and portals.