Kangra Valley Tea: A brief history
Kangra, a place surrounded by mystical places such as Punjab, Jammu Kashmir, Lahul and Spiti, Chamba, Tibet and Ladakh. Populated by ancient clans, castes and races, like the Rajputs of Rajasthan; the Gorkhas of Nepal; the Chambis, Kashmiris, Punjabis, the nomadic Gaddis, and lanoline-infused goat herders who move seasonally with their flocks from mountain to valley in search of fresh pastureland.
Kangra is located in the state of Himachal Pradesh and is home to the famous Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan leader, his followers and the exiled Tibetans. Tea always flourished in Kangra but earthquakes left the land floundering for a long time. It is only recently that the Kangra tea began to find its bearings among Indian tea markets because of its high quality.
Kangra tea flavour profile
Unlike the Darjeeling tea, the Kangra tea is less astringent. It is also the only tea region that grows Chinese or Indo-Chinese hybrid tea bushes. Cultivated in completely organic tea estates, the Kangra tea is notably grassy, mellow and subtly sweet.
The famed Kangra green tea
The Kangra green tea is what made Kangra famous as it was the main source of green tea supply to Central/West Asia and Russia for the longest period. In fact, few tea drinkers claim that the Kangra green tea is the best green tea in India. The climate and the experience in making green teas are what makes the tea famous. The flavour is citrusy and often nutty with less bitterness.