Inventor Romash Ram Gour is holding his proud creation.
Please note: that is NOT my hand, the guy who invented the drink is holding it for me.
I have recently made a tour to the Finlays Tea garden and this is where my photo begins. I will update everyday from that series.
“Nilkantha Tea Cabin” is located in Ramnagar Monipuri Para in Srimangal(near Sylhet) started its business in 2003. Inventor Romash Ram Gour told me it took him almost two years to come up with this formula. This tea has five different blends on top of each other’s as layers and each taste different. Top layer tea is green tea, 2nd is type BT-1, 3rd is BT-2, 4th is again green tea and at the bottom it has clone tea. His trick is to boil those teas into different temperature and pours those into non mixable layers.
He told me about the ingredients without any hesitation; but totally refused to show me the process of making layers. This is very much understandable since he makes this tea inside locked doors where only he himself is allowed.
I was very excited to taste it since this is not a regular drink and certainly I have never heard or seen layers in tea before. His tea cabin got packed as soon as it opened and inventor/chef got busy himself making it. I ordered for the main attraction which is obviously the “five colour tea” with a loud voice. There were people like me in the cabin; few foreigners were there as well. Everyone had the same enthusiasm.
It arrived after couple of minutes later. For such grand tea formula, the tea glasses were very ordinary. They bring the glasses inside another glass full of warm water so that tea stays warm. I hurriedly drunk the big one (5 colour). 1st layer was spicy and rest was milk/ginger/lemon etc. The layers didn’t get mixed while I was drinking from the glass. It wasn’t hot like a normal milk tea.
This tea cabin only serves tea, nothing else. Then again it doesn’t need to sell anything else either, people only come here for the interesting tea. But if you want snacks to go with it, there is a small shop next to it where you can find cookies to mint gums.
In my brief interview with Romash Ram, I asked if he wants to expand to other places. His simple answer was NO. He is used to getting big offers from big cities in Bangladesh along with different countries, but the fear of losing his trade secret made him cautious.
A glass of five colour tea would cost 50BDT($1=70BDT), however if you want to drink it, you have to think about adding your travel cost with it.
It’s not a regular drink, but it would be fun to try it for once.
Lens: Sigma Zoom Telephoto 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel XTi
Location: Sylhet, Bangladesh
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