Need Some Positivi-Tea? Bookmark These 10 Homegrown Tea Labels
Tea that’s worth sipping, not spilling
If I don’t start my day with a cup of tea, I pretty much go crazy and can’t function. Do my fellow tea lovers relate? Everyone loves black or green tea or the regular sweet, milky chai. But apart from the basics, there are so many local brands that are sourcing tea leaves and producing artisanal tea blends in various flavours within India. And the best part is that it comes with low caffeine content and no preservatives, making it a healthier alternative. Whether you want to detox your body or rejuvenate your mind, take your pick from 10 homegrown tea labels that are so fresh, each sip if filled with wholesome goodness.
No. 3 Clive Road
Founded by Radhika Chopra, No. 3 Clive Road comes from the eponymous street in New Delhi—the location of her father's home and a place where she shares cherishable memories with her extended family. Amalgamating the old world experiences with modern sensibilities, it has a range of full leaf classic teas and handcrafted blends such as Kashmiri Kawha, Aurangzeb Blend, Madurai Masala and more. No. 3 Clive Road has expanded its range to include pantry essentials like fresh marmalades, gift sets, brewing tools and more.
Fun Fact: The tea label offers tea pairings with cheese!
Bestsellers: Kashmiri Kawha, Malabar Blend, Wellness Journey Box.
Love experimenting with tea flavours? Then Tea Trunk is for you. The tea label sources tea directly from farmers and crafts them into unique blends, including a diverse range of matcha and caffeine-free options. Inspired by her father’s vintage trunk, founder and Tea Sommelier Snigdha Manchanda studied from a professional tea school in Sri Lanka under the guidance of Japanese tea master, Nao Kumekawa.
Fun fact: You can choose to make your own tea blend from the flavours of your choice.
Bestsellers: Lavender Buds, Blue Pea Flowers, Chamomile Tea.
Enter a Sancha Tea Boutique and the aroma uplifts your spirit. Established in 1981, the tea label was founded by master tea taster, Sanjay Kapur who launched India’s first gourmet tea store in Old Delhi. The tea label takes pride in its 75+ varieties of tea including single estate teas and blends with natural spices, herbs & fresh flowers.
Fun Fact: They’ve introduced India’s first 100% biodegradable, plant-based tea bags containing no microplastics.
Bestsellers: Grand Cru Saffron Masala Chai, Jasmine White Tea, Moroccan Mint White Tea, Wild Rose Green Tea Bags.
With an aim to make her customer stop for a moment and take a break with a soothing cup of tea, Isha Mehta began her homegrown label. The artisanal brand offers premium teas sourced directly from family-run estates across the country.
Fun Fact: The label has introduced a new range of cold brew bottles that aid in the brewing process as well as ensure a fresh brew for you.
Bestsellers: Hojicha, Citrus & Spice and Lavender Dream.
Ashutosh Ghosh’s travails through the meandering HillCart Road from Darjeeling sparked the entrepreneur in him. On returning to his hometown, he launched his ﬁrst venture of handcrafted blends at Harrison Road, Calcutta and from there, the 120+ years old legacy was born. With its tea leaves handpicked from the mountains of Darjeeling, Assam, Rwanda and Taiwan, the brand promises fine taste, quality, richness & distinct flavour in each sip.
Fun Fact: The packaging has hand-painted watercolour illustrations tracing the origin of their tea by artists from 37 generations. The tea leaves themselves are enclosed in individually handcrafted muslin bags to preserve the aroma and flavour. These teabags are then packaged into coaster pods with written quotes and sustainable boxes that can also be up-cycled into various household decor accessories.
Bestsellers: Darjeeling Muscatel, Exotic Melange, Koffie-Cha Lush, Lemon Cake, Ebony Melange.
Elevate your senses with an expansive selection of thoughtfully-crafted teas from Karma Kettle. Emphasising health and wellbeing, the brand offers over 40 varieties of wellness-enhancing teas.
Fun fact: Did you know that the tea flavours can also be used to bake delicious cakes and sweet dishes? Sounds yum.
Bestsellers: Kolkatta Series - Pan Chai, Blue Lagoon, Tahiti (Strawberries, Cockscomb and Hibiscus), Green Tea with Peach and Jasmine.
Get fresh, premium teas sourced directly from the finest estates of India right at your doorstep from The Tea Shelf. What’s the brand story? It was a trip to a family-run vineyard marketing stellar wines in South Africa that got founder Atulit Chokhani to come up with a similar idea with tea. And now, they have a bunch of exciting flavours to choose from.
Fun Fact: The website gives a quick, helpful guide to brewing its teas so that you can enjoy it like it's supposed to.
Bestsellers: Whiskey Tea, Berry Hibiscus Black Tea, Jasmine Green Tea, Tulsi Moringa Tea.
The word Danta comes from a Sanskrit word meaning calm and that’s the feeling the tea label strives to give to its drinkers. Rejuvenate with Danta Herbs.
Fun Fact: Going one step further, the tea brand has given a fresh twist to the regular milky chai by introducing tea lattes. And if you want to achieve that perfect frothy cup, Danta Herbs has a whole guide prepared for it.
Bestsellers: Butterfly Blue Pea Herbal Tea, Pure Chamomile Herbal Tea (Loose Tea), Turmeric Ginger Herbal Tea, Digestive Mantra Herbal Tea (Tin Caddy).
Enjoy wholesome goodness in one sip from Tea Box as they deliver delicious loose leaf teas from Darjeeling, Assam, and Nilgiri. The brand's aim is to redefine the way the world thinks about and enjoys tea.
Fun Fact: The tea leaves are directly sent to consumers from the tea gardens.
Bestsellers: Pure Japanese Matcha Premium Green Tea, Margaret’s Hope Classic Spring Black Tea, Lopchu Golden Orange Pekoe Black Tea.
Established in 1882, Dharmsala Tea Company consists of sixth-generation tea-planters who are committed to preserving the tradition of sharing their single-origin Kangra Tea with the rest of the world. The handcrafted, organic tea is sourced and manufactured in the gardens of Dharmsala and comes in a range of herbal, floral, fruit and spice blends along with Ayurvedic wellness teas.
Fun Fact: Besides preserving its family heritage, the tea label is also on a mission to revive the Kangra district art, which is why the packaging has artwork inspired by Kangra miniature art.
Bestsellers: Chamomile Lemongrass Green Tea, Cinnamon Chocolate Blend, Dandelion Detox Blend, Himalayan Ginger Green Tea.
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