Kalami/ Gulabi tea


I regularly drink a large-leaf tea called "Kalami" or "Kalmi" tea, also marked "Gulabi" tea. It seems to be a fairly low-grade Indian tea mostly for domestic consumption, definitely not a first-flush thing. It comes into the country from a lot of different companies, like "Tea India" and "Scheherazade."
What IS this stuff? Where does it come from? The quality is quite variable, but the better and fresher batches usually have a good clean floral or peach smell to them, and it's inexpensive enough to take a gamble and pitch the stuff that is not.
Is "Kalami" a place or a thing or what? What am I drinking here? --scott
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"C'est un Nagra.  C'est suisse, et tres, tres precis."
Reply to
Scott Dorsey

For what its worth. I think this tea is meant for ethnic Iranian market in the US. It is definitely Indian but the ones I saw were all aromatized. Not my cup of tea.
Sasha.
Reply to
Alex Chaihorsky

Kalami is Indian for whole leaf assam. Barooti is Indian for broken leaf assam. Gulabi is another term for Kalami. That might be an Arabic translation but I'm not sure. There are earlier threads on the subject.
Jim
Reply to
Space Cowboy

That makes perfect sense... and it's true that these teas do seem to be intended for the middle eastern market.
But what language are these words in? --scott
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"C'est un Nagra.  C'est suisse, et tres, tres precis."
Reply to
Scott Dorsey

I don't know perse if Kalami(Ghalami) for whole leaf assam or Barooti(Barouti) for broken leaf assam are Arabic or Indian terms. I suspect they're Indian trading terms for assam used in the Arabic market. I've got other packaging from Calcutta which says Kalmi but again intended for Arabic markets. So it could swing either way. I ask in the Arabic markets and all they say is Indian tea. I misspoke before Gulabi is a brandname. My mind did a short circuit because I confused it with Ghalami. While I'm here Mamri is another Indian term for assam tea preferred in making Chai.
Here are the Ahmad links for what we're talking about but there are other brands such as Gulabi:
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BTW why would Russians care about Arabic terms in these two examples? So more evidence of Indian terms.
Jim
Reply to
Space Cowboy

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