Assam first flush sets another record

Assam first flush price scaled a new peak on Thursday with a Guwahati buyer purchasing Halmari tea at Rs 479.

By Our Special Correspondent in Guwahati
  • Published 20.04.18
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Guwahati: Assam first flush price scaled a new peak on Thursday with a Guwahati buyer purchasing Halmari tea at Rs 479.

The previous record for Assam first flush was Rs 469, set at the Calcutta auctions on April 17.

The new price of Rs 479 was fetched at the Guwahati Auction Centre. A retail shop at Fancy Bazar here, Chattar Singh Narendra Kumar, bought 125.4 kg of Halmari CTC of broken orange pekoe grade.

Leaves plucked during first flush are the youngest and most tender and are said to yield the purest and freshest cup of tea that the plant is capable of producing.

"There are a few customers here who want good quality tea but mostly tourists look for such tea and are willing to pay a good price," Vijay Singh Baid, proprietor of the firm, told The Telegraph. "This tea is for their satisfaction and will be sold at the retail counter. It will be priced in the range of Rs 600," he added.

He said the weather had been conducive for tea after a long gap and the produce was fetching good prices.

Dinesh Bihani, secretary of the Guwahati Tea Auction Buyers' Association, said Guwahati had become a place for quality teas. "We want tea producers to offer good teas here and the prices will certainly make them happy," he added.

Sources said if the weather remained good during the second flush, for which Assam tea is known, prices would skyrocket.