Certified Organic Tea from Meghalaya

MEG TEA, an excellent certified organic tea produced from two distinguished tea farms owned by the Department of Agriculture, viz Umsning and Upper Shillong have been commented by renowned tea makers to be of very high quality. Manned by tea experts, the factory located at the Tea Development Centre, Umsning and Upper Shillong Tea farm produce fresh and top-quality tea leaves comprising of high-quality clones and seed jats. Production method of Meg Tea are like those used in Darjeeling with the management strictly following top quality control.

The Story of Tea in Meghalaya

Meghalaya is a non-traditional Tea Growing state of India with very high potential for significant growth of the Industry owing to its favorable climatic and topographic conditions. It was a visit in 1974 by Tea Board of India scientists that marked the beginnings of organized tea cultivation in the state. Echoing the findings of a prospecting party sent by the East India Company as far back as the first half of the 19th century, the Tea Board delegation reported that the potential for tea cultivation in the state was immense and untapped.
When prospectors sent by the East India Company explored the country for potential tea growing, Meghalaya too was considered an option. But the Khasi ruler of the time refused to allow migrant labour to be brought in. As Tea was a labor-intensive commodity, the insufficient local labor available at that time made it impossible for Tea Plantation in Meghalaya.

However, the favourable report by the Tea Board of India in 1974 prompted the government to establish nurseries from 1977 onwards. Suitable varieties well adapted to the state’s soils, temperatures and rainfall were brought in from neighboring Assam, and also from Darjeeling. The seedlings were subsequently transplanted to experimental gardens at Umsning (in Ri Bhoi District), Tebronggre (in the West Garo Hills) and also to Riangdo (in West Khasi Hills) in 1978. Encouraged by the quality and yield of the young tea bushes, Meghalaya State Government subsequently adopted a policy to incentivize commercial cultivation of tea in private farmers’ fields.

MEG TEA been commended by renowned tea makers to be of very high quality.

The rest is history – since those early days, Meghalaya tea cultivation has spread to all corners and elevations of the state, and the teas it produces are rapidly earning a reputation in India and abroad as superior in quality, rich and fragrant in aroma and powerful in liquor.

Encouraged by the potential of Tea Cultivation in the State, the Meghalaya Agriculture Department launched MEG TEA in the year 2014. Their tea is organic certified, and the Tea Plantations & Processing Units (factories) are located in Umsning and Upper Shillong. Meg Tea is one of the highest suppliers of Black tea, Green tea, and Oolong tea from Meghalaya.

The present position of tea plantation in the State, has grown by leaps and bounds, where; in terms of the statistics the total acreage now, has increased to more than 2000 Hectare with over 1500 small growers and some Private Gardens now produce CTC and Orthodox variety Tea of good quality.

What Makes MEG TEA Special?

Meghalaya’s landscape, altitude, and climatic condition makes it a perfect place to produce high-quality highland tea.


  1. MEG TEA is grown at elevations of over 1,500 m (4,900 ft) above sea level at the Umsning and Upper Shillong Farm. Most high-quality teas are cultivated at this or above this elevation. MEG TEA from Upper Shillong is an excellent quality highland tea that grows at the higher altitude of 3000 to 5,500 feet.
  2. The tea plantations areas are on virgin, pristine land. Traditional methods of farming are employed with no use of pesticides and the use of organic composts and fertilizers. The tea gardens of MEG TEA also organic certified.
  3. The age of the tea plant is younger compared to Assam or Darjeeling, which is also one of the reasons for its superior quality.
  4. The MEG TEA gardens are smaller compared to Assam or West Bengal. The tea processing unit is set up in a very short distance from the tea garden. This makes it possible to process high quality green tea. 
  5. MEG TEA follows the philosophy of LOW VOLUME HIGH QUALITY Tea Production. 

Why Choose Orthodox MEG TEA?

Handpicked and processed the traditional way, the Orthodox Tea from MEG TEA is well balanced in aroma and flavor. The Tea Leaves are chosen carefully on the basis of the leaf appearance, such as flowery, tippy, or with orange pekoe (tea made from young leaves). Small tea leaves are generally chosen as it releases the flavor quickly and has a pungent flavor.

Which MEG TEA is For You?

ORTHODOX BLACK TEA is not bitter and has a smooth texture. It emits a fairly strong, yet aromatic, flavor tipped with a tinge of sharpness. Black Tea picked from Umsning has a unique taste that is very aromatic and husky to its blend. Generally stronger in flavor than the less oxidized teas. Black Tea picked from the Upper Shillong Farm has a fruity flavor and the taste is more mellow than other Black Teas.

OOLONG TEA is lighter than the black tea, without losing its punch and robustness. It also has unusual citrus and spicy undertones. The Oolong Tea produced by MEG TEA is special as it emits a unique aroma and flavor giving you the best and unique taste.

ORTHODOX GREEN TEA is handpicked from the tea gardens. The high altitude and traditional method of cultivation allow the plant to bear more shoots with supple leaves, which further escalates its quality. In addition, the perfect union of soil, climate, average temperature, and rainfall adds to its specialty and unique taste. Green Tea picked from Umsning has a fruity flavor and delicate, yet complex character. Green Tea picked from the Upper Shillong Farm is known for its layered flavors, smooth texture, and complex taste.

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