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Aug 09, 2007 at 01:14pm IST

Coming soon! Tea-wine from Assam tea gardens

Tocklai (Assam): The gardens of Tocklai in Assam, the world's oldest and largest tea research station, are all set to raise a storm in your tea cup.

The scientists are working round the clock. They are stirring up a magical combination that's going to give India and the world its first tea tablets, first tea biscuits and tea colas and interestingly- wine.

"In Japan you will find wine mixed with tea. They call it tea-wine. But in our case, the base is tea from which wine is developed,” says director, Tocklai Tea Station, Dr Mridul Hazarika.

And if it becomes a morning cup of wine instead of tea, you can take heart from the fact that the scales will not be weighed too much against your health.

Says Dr Hazarika, “If this wine will come true then it will have an anti-oxidant property much more than normal wine.”

Tocklai that celebrates its centenary year in 2010, has been working on developing diversified products from tea to absorb the shock of a continuing depression in the tea market.

The three products will be unveiled during an International Tea Convention to be held in Guwahati and Jorhat simultaneously in November.