chip wrote:The southern states include Assam. Darjeeling is in the north of course.
Oops, you got me there.
You raise a good point about the domestic availability of fine teas in India, Chip. According to a few sites I trawled, India has the highest annual rate of tea consumption, but its per capita consumption is low compared to, say, the UK and Ireland. I don't have a firm enough grasp of economics to comment on what that means, but I have a feeling it supports Chip's point. Perhaps the bulk of India's tea is consumed domestically by the wealthier portion of society, due to the comparatively high cost of domestic tea.