Hello from Ketlee! We are a small company with the aim of bringing the best of Indian teas to your doorstep. We love our famous regions like Darjeeling and Assam but strive to bring you some amazing teas from unheard of regions! You can see us sourcing from new regions every year and we hope to keep on doing that till we cover all the up and coming regions!
Apart from that, we have a lot of firsts to our name! We are the first company in India which make Sheng Pu'erh style teas from really old tea trees in Manipur. We also make handmade teaware for gong fu style brewing from Indian clay. We like to source teas which do well in gong fu style brewing as well, which is not very popular in India. Our Manipur wild teas are made exclusively for that, do try our wild whites and blacks and be pleasantly surprised that this style of tea exists in India.
Our journey started with a trip to Sikkim in 2015 when we had a chance to taste some finely crafted black teas, which was a completely different experience compared to our usual Indian chai(which we love too!). The estate had some interesting Chinese cultivars which were brought to India by the erstwhile King of Sikkim. We started our wholesale export business later in 2015 and focused exclusively on Sikkim teas till the start of Ketlee in September 2018. After that, we started to explore various new and old school regions for our retail shop. Exploring teas from Arunachal and Manipur apart from Darjeeling and Assam. 2020 was an interesting year when we could source teas from Nilgiri, Mizoram, Dooars and Tripura as well. We revisited Arunachal in 2021 and ended up sourcing some delicious oolongs and blacks from the region. We are happy that we have added yet another region in 2022 which is Bihar, located in eastern part of India and also our home state!
Currently we run two retail sites(www.ketlee.in for international market and www.ketlee.store for Indian market), a newly launched wholesale shop(www.ketlee.ws) for small cafes and people who want to buy in bulk, this enables them to get better prices on the teas and a hassle free online shopping experience. Our parent company, Janardan Enterprises owns all these entities and supplies Indian teas to tea shops and restaurants around the world.
Let us explore together what the beautiful land of India has in store for us in the coming years! We hope you enjoy the teas we source from different regions and get a taste of something new and exquisite with every order you make!