The tea estate was established in 1865 and is situated on the South bank of the river Brahmaputra, located between the district towns of Sivasagar and Jorhat and close to the Nagaland border.
The name Borbam is derived from ‘BOR’ meaning very in the local language and ‘BAM’ meaning highlands, as it was located on the higher grounds on the banks of the river Jhanji. The garden has two divisions, Baghjan and Hulwating which also have specific meaning to their names i.e Bagh means Leopard which is found in plenty in Baghjan division while Hola means a big drain, and Hulwating has a number of these Holas.
The first Manager was Sir William Mckercher the inventor of the CTC machine. Borbam also has proud linkage with Col. Sir James Buckingham who was the longest serving Chairman of the Assam branch of the Indian Tea Association.
Borbam is ranked amongst the top CTC gardens of Assam, and its teas are known internationally as well as in the premium markets within the country for their quality produce.