Darjeeling tea tasting party in Dubai

DUBAI: The Indian tea industry held a high-profile tea tasting party to promote its premium Darjeeling brand here.

The tea tasting session took place during the 2nd Global Dubai Tea Forum, organised by Dubai Tea Trading Centre (DTTC), an initiative of Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC).

A broad range of representatives from tea producing and consuming nations participated in the forum, which ended today.

A range of Darjeeling teas, including the speciality oolong, white and green teas, were tasted by a cross-section of delegates.

The event was attended by Basudeb Banerjee, Chairman, Tea Board of India along with other officials. Darjeeling teas, grown in the foothills of the Himalayas, are one of the world's most exclusive teas, prized for their exquisite aroma and flavour.

Only 10 million kilos of Darjeeling tea are produced annually from 87 certified gardens. As part of showcasing the varieties of Indian tea, especially from South India, the fourth Golden Leaf India Awards: Southern Tea Competition (TGLIA-STC) was held on the sidelines of the Global Dubai Tea Forum 2008.