My father is a tea connoisseur and so I grew up drinking the finest Indian tea.
I remember going tea shopping with him in Calcutta as a kid and it was a big ritual. The shops used to have large wooden boxes with various teas coming from Darjeeling and Assam and my father will ask, “ Dada, what’s the finest you got this time? Make me a blend.” The Dada, i.e. the tea shop owner would then dig his steel ladle into the tea boxes and scoop up a few grams from here and mix it with few grams from there all the while sniffing the tea and nodding his head in satisfaction (or not). A good 10 minutes later a customized tea blend would be ready for us – perfect as per my father’s taste – little heavy on body and extremely aromatic over all – a rightly mixed Assam and Darjeeling tea. Those were my first live lessons on tea and tea blends.
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