Bhut Jolokia
Tea connoisseur Ranjit Baruah brews a cup of tea. Image credit - HT

An Assam-based startup has sought patent for a tea flavoured with world’s hottest chilli, Bhut Jolokia also known as ‘ghost pepper’.

In 2007, the Guinness World Records certified that the ‘ghost pepper’ (Bhut Jolokia) was the world’s hottest chilli pepper, 400 times hotter than Tabasco sauce.

The Bhut Jolokia tea has been introduced by Aromica Tea on July 9.

The Bhut Jolokia is blended with organic black tea made using a ‘dheki’, a wooden threshing tool, and dehydrated lemon and ginger powder.

A report, published by HT, quoted Aromica Tea co-founder Ranjit Baruah as saying, “Assam is known all over for tea as well as Bhut Jolokia. Therefore we decided to bring both things together and pose a challenge to tea lovers to try it out.”

Baruah also said he “wanted to come up with a tea that is spicy” because he has seen that “people tend to enjoy adding chilli to their drink”.

“And Bhut Jolokia anyway has a reputation of its own,” Baruah added.

The report also quoted Baruah as saying that if one wants to taste fire, he or she has this fiery tea.

“On a rainy day, when you have a blocked nose, have this tea,” said Baruah.

“Or if you want to spice up your life and add some adventure to it, then have this tea,” Baruah further said.

He claimed that there is no such tea across the world and so, he has applied for a patent in the month of August last and he hopes that he would get it without any delay.

According to reports, Baruah has been associated with tea plantation for more than two decades through his firms in Assam like Williamson Tea Company.

Aromica Tea was launched on November 22 last year with five different types of tea.

Baruah, earlier this year, won the Times Business Award for the ‘Best Premium Tea Brand in Assam.”

As per reports, Baruah procures tea from small tea growers as it is a ready market and mainly because they are marginalised.

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