of Assam Tea
Dewan Maniram Dutta Borbhandar Barua, on seeing the
specimen plant in Robert Bruce’s hands, remarked, “We
have the plant growing in our jungles”. He was later
appointed by The Assam Tea Company – which he left to
run his own garden.
Company in the World
Company – the world’s first tea company – came into
being on February 12, 1839. Dwarakanath Tagore,
grandfather of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, was
one of the directors.
On board a
sailing ship named Calcutta, a dozen precious chests of
India’s very own tea sailed to Britain in 1838. This was
how the export journey of Indian tea began and the first
consignment arrived in London on January 23, 1839. The
Court of Directors of the East India Company wrote to
the Government of India “...we have received favourable
reports regarding it … from the most respectable brokers
and tea dealers … an offer is made to contract for 500
or a 1,000 chests ……” This was the first export contract
in the history of Indian tea.
10, 1839 the first consignment of Indian tea from Assam
consisting of eight chests (about 350 lbs) was put under
the hammer at the Commercial rooms in Mincing Lane,
London. The lots were: 3 of Assam Souchong and 5 of
Assam Pekoe, for which there were 60 bids was knocked
down at the extraordinary price of 34 shillings per
pound! All the lots were bought by one Captain Pidding.
In this year, Assam achieved another milestone by
starting the first e-auction in April. The Guwahati tea
auction centre is the first in the world to go