In this part of the world we’re seldom begging for rain, but in Assam (North India) the ever-faithful Monsoon has kept them waiting.
India tea bushes have a well-deserved break during the winter, December to April, but when “liquid sunshine” breaks loose, along with the onset of the annual life giving Monsoon, its tea growing time. It kept us waiting this year, a few weeks late actually, and the tea bushes went on a go-slow. It’s arrived, like “stair rods“ and flushing time is here (flushing means that 2 leaves and a bud sprout every 10-14 days)!
Hopefully the crop will play catch up now because we love Indian tea and need to start purchasing our requirements for this season. Let’s hope it’s a vintage one !
Leaves that are picked during the months of May/June are always the best quality. They’re at their most tasty having been rested during the winter months, but awoken to the blast of refreshingly and strangely warm rain.
But its arrived now … like “stair rods”.