Six packages of whole leaf orthodox (Grade TGFOP1, Tippy, J Thomas list), totalling 103 kg, all produced from the Langharjan tea estate in Assam’s Naharkatiya district, were sold at a record price of Rs 2,589 a kg at Kolkata tea auctions on Wednesday, according to tea auction sources.
This is the highest price recorded this year at a Kolkata auction for the whole leaf orthodox variety. The garden belongs to Jorehaut Tea Limited, which also has three other gardens in Assam.
In Wednesday’s auction, a line of broken orthodox (Grade TGBOP Tippy, J Thomas list) totalling 135 kg, also produced by Langharjan tea estate, was sold at Rs 1,200 a kg. This was considered a good price, even though it was not a record. Two lines of CTC, both produce from the Halmari tea estate in Assam, were also sold at a higher price. Twelve bags of Grade BOP totalling 307 kg were sold at Rs 321 a kg, the highest so far this year for the CTC variety at a Kolkata auction. Another 11 bags of Grade BP totalling 303 kg were sold at Rs 302 a kg, sources added.