Guwahati: Manohari Gold tea, a specialty orthodox tea variety from the Manohari Tea Estate in Dibrugarh district today sold at a record-breaking Rs 50,000 a kilo under the Pan India Auction System at the Guwahati Tea Auction Centre (GTAC) in Guwahati. With this, Manohari Tea Estate creates history by reaching a whopping price for its ‘Gold tea’.
City-based Sourabh Tea Traders Pvt Ltd. bought two kilos of this tea today. This is the highest price that any tea has fetched during a public tea auction at an auction centre in the world.
The auction today managed to break the world record set by the Golden Needles tea from the Donyi Polo Tea Estate in Arunachal Pradesh that was sold for Rs 40,000 a kilo in GTAC last year. Meanwhile, the Manohari Gold Tea had also managed to fetch Rs 39,001 a kilo last year.
“This is a proud moment for GTAC, which is a hub of specialty tea now. The centre is providing a platform for tea producers to sell superior quality tea at record-breaking prices. The demand for such specialty tea is increasing across the country. This will definitely encourage tea producers to cultivate such good quality specialty tea and send them for auction at the centre,” said Dinesh Bihani, secretary of the Guwahati Tea Auction Buyers’ Association.
“The price which Manohari Gold fetched today is the highest to be sold in any tea auction centre in a public tea auction in the world. This variety is cultivated from the finest tea clones, is hand-picked and very delicate. It has a subtle aroma and the liquor is of a rich gold colour,” said P Dutta, secretary of the Guwahati Tea Auction Buyers Association.
Speaking on this, the Manohari Tea Estate owner Rajan Lohia stated that the weather this year was favourable for the production of the Gold tea and only five kilograms of this could be produced this year. He added, “The weather was not very supportive. It is made from the finest clones, the P-126 which is said to be the best clone.”