A kilogram of ‘Golden Butterfly tea’ struck gold at the Guwahati Tea Auction Centre (GTAC) on Tuesday, when the Assam tea was sold at ₹75,000. This is a new international record, bettering the previous high of ₹70,501 a kg less than a fortnight ago.
Growing demand for speciality tea helped the ‘Golden Butterfly tea’ surpass the earlier record by ₹4,499, GTAC said in a statement. The hand-crafted tea, made from tender leaves and buds available only around June-July, was produced by Dikom Tea Estate near eastern Assam’s Dibrugarh town.
Dinesh Bihani, secretary of the Guwahati Tea Auction Buyers’ Association, said the tea was bought by one of the oldest tea trading firms that had also bought it at a premium at GTAC last month.
“Speciality tea is setting records, riding on demand,” he said. “This will encourage quality tea producers to sell it through the auction centre,” he added.
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