TASTING TEA IN CALCUTTA

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Before the tea is auctioned, whether in Calcutta, London or elsewhere, it is tasted by professional tea-tasters. Here, in a tea-tasting room in Calcutta, the flavour and quality of the tea is being assessed. Tell-tale signs include the way the milk dissolves in the tea, the mark it leaves on the cup, the feel of the leaves after they have had water squeezed throught them and, of course, the actual taste before the tea is spat out again. A price is then suggested for the larger batch at the next auction.


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