The Guwahati Tea Auction Center (GTAC) has created a history of international stature. One kg of ‘Golden Butterfly’ tea has been sold for an amount of Rs 75,000. ‘Golden Butterfly’ is a Special tea, which is produced at the Dicom Tea Estate near Dibrugarh.
GTAC Secretary Dinesh Bihani said that this tea was purchased by the oldest tea shop in Guwahati, Messrs Assam Tea Traders for its customers. They have also purchased many specialty teas in the auction at expensive prices.
Bihani told news agency IANS, ‘GTAC gives the opportunity to all sellers who want to sell their tea at good prices. There is always a good demand for good tea and buyers are always ready to pay a good price.
Prior to this record made on Tuesday, the previous record was of the Maijan Orthodox Golden Tea Tips, which sold at the rate of Rs 70,501 per kg on 31 July. The Maijan Orthodox Golden Tea is powdered by hand and dried in the sun.
The tea was first produced at the Dicom Tea Estate in Upper Assam in Dibrugarh district of Upper Assam. It is produced by the Roselle Tea Company. Prior to this, Harmatti Gold T has been sold for Rs 22,000 per kg and Manohari Gold T for Rs 50,000 per kg. This type of specialty tea is produced in very limited quantities.
It was named in 2012 by some people coming from a departmental store in London. When this tea was first grown, a flock of butterflies was seen in the plantation. This tea can be produced only with some soft golden tips with great care and attention. Therefore, this tea was named Golden Butterfly.
The quality of this tea comes best when produced in only one week of June and there is no guarantee that it is produced every year. It tastes very sweet like caramel (roasted sugar). The sweetness it gets after drinking it is unique in its kind. Only 8 kg of tea has been produced in this quality and out of this, only one kg of tea has been sold.