Saturday 3 August 2019 5:34 AM UTC
GUWAHATI Aug 3: A rare Assam tea has sold for a world record price at auction in India, highlighting a boom for speciality teas while the industry as a whole is in crisis.
A two kilogram (4.4 pound) lot of Maijan Orthodox Golden tea sold for 141,002 rupees ($2,035) on Wednesday.
An unidentified Belgian trader bought the tea through a local agent, an auction official said.
Guwahati Tea Auction Centre secretary Dinesh Bihani said it was a record price at auction, shattering the 50,000 rupees a kilo paid for some Manohari Golden tea the day before.
Buyers from Germany, Britain, the United States and Iran are active in the Assam market and higher prices are believed to have been paid in private sales.
Maijan Orthodox comes from 100-year-old bushes on plantations owned by Assam Company India Limited, one of the world’s oldest tea enterprises.
The company is bouncing back from having been declared bankrupt last year when it was taken over by Indian tycoon B.R. Shetty.
“Rich in aroma and briskness, Maijan Golden offers a unique and exotic experience,” Assam Company India director Sanjay Jain told AFP.
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