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ITI and Young Mountain Tea Partner to Create India Tea Tour with Nigel Melican as Lead Instructor

Monday, December 18th 2017 @ 12:00 AM

Two west coast tea companies in USA with Indian roots, International Tea Importers (ITI) and Young Mountain Tea, are announcing the inaugural India Tea Tour for Spring 2018. Participants will study in India’s tea regions with professional instruction from Nigel Melican. The tour is a 14-day experiential study of Indian tea that runs April 7-20, 2018 with optional Darjeeling extension April 21-28


“We realized many trips offered immersion into Indian culture, including several through the lens of tea, but few were explicitly focused on the Indian tea trade.” Says ITI Chief Financial Officer Bhavin Shah. “We saw an opportunity provide an educational service to the tea industry by connecting our tea customers with our Indian tea partners.”

The trip will run April 7-20 and participants will study tea in the Nilgiris, Assam, and Kolkata. Course content will be focused tightly on hands-on experiential learning both in the field and in the factory, covering tea from all angles including cultivation, production, tasting and evaluation, and biochemistry.

The curriculum will be developed and taught by Nigel Melican, renowned tea consultant with over 37 years hands-on practical experience in the tea industry. He says “The real value of getting out there and experiencing tea where it actually grows is that all those things you have read about come together and make sense – it’s the way I learned, now I am passionate about introducing others to that experience.”

Participants have the option of extending the trip to Darjeeling April 21-27 during the legendary first flush. Both the primary trip and the extension will be led by Young Mountain Tea’s Raj Vable and Ingrid Remak, who have been organizing trips to Indian and Nepali origins for the last two years.

Prices start at $4,200, which includes everything in-country including accommodations, food, domestic travel, and any activities. The price does not include international airfare, visas or immunizations.


Learn more by visiting indiateatours.com

Photo Credits: 
Nigel Melican, Managing Director of Teacraft Ltd www.teacraft.com 
and Exe
cutive Director of Nothing But Tea Ltd www.nbtea.co.uk

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