Are you a Chai lover? How much does a packet of tea costs you? Rs 50, Rs 100 or Rs 400? Has it ever burned a hole in your pocket? Tea is probbaly one of the most cheap items in your kitchen keeping in mind the rising costs of other things. But what if you get tea as expensive as Gold?
The Guwahati Tea Auction Centre (GTAC) on Thursday fetched a world record price of Rs 40,000 for 1 kilogram of Golden Needles tea variety produced by the Donyi Polo Tea Estate in Arunachal Pradesh. This has happened second time in a month. On July 24, GTAC had fetched a price of Rs 39,001 for 1kg of speciality boutique quality orthodox tea from the Manohari Tea Estate in Assam's Dibrugarh district.
GTAC secretary Dinesh Bihani expressed that speciality teas are encouraging more and more buyers and producers to come together. He said, "We hope that these speciality teas will make us achieve our past glory on the world map. "We hope that these speciality teas will make us achieve our past glory on the world map."
According to the reports, "On Thursday, the GTAC broke its own world auction record when Golden Needles of the Donyi Polo Tea Estate was sold at Rs 40,000 per kg through pan India auction (Sale No. 34) by Contemporary Tea Brokers."
The expensive tea was sold to Assam tea traders, which is one of the oldest tea shops in Guwahati. The owner of the shop said, "There is a rising demand for good tea and we are selling speciality tea regularly. This Golden Needles will be sold through an online platform."
The special Rs 40,000/kg Golden Needles tea is made with only newly sprouted tips. It has small buds which are carefully plucked and the leaves, which have a golden coating, are soft and velvety.
Donyi Polo Tea Estate manager Manoj Kumar said, "It took lot of effort to make this type of tea. Earlier, the Silver Needles white tea had fetched Rs 17,001 per kg. Such type of teas can be made only when natural forces align with precise tea-making skills."