Tea Board India announces 19th Golden Leaf Awards


The United Planters Association of Southern India and the Tea Board India have announced the 19th edition of the Golden Leaf Awards : Southern Tea Competition (TGLIA).

Arun Kumar, convenor of the organising committee of the competition, said in a press release that the theme for the event this year is “TGLIA Teas for Markets”. As many as 124 entries were received from 38 factories from the Nilgiris, Wayanad, Anamalais, Travancore, High Ranges, other minor tea growing regions and from Bought Leaf Factories. The first level of screening was held on March 30 in Coonoor and a five member jury tasted the teas.

It is proposed to have a series of auctions for TGLIA type teas, and the first auction will be for the teas participating at the 19 th edition of the competition.

The final tasting session will be held in an upcountry market and the auction of the teas that have entered the contest will be held on April 22, the release said.


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