Leaf: broken leaf with tips
Liquor: coppery to red
Aromatics: malt, tannic, fresh, woodsy
Palate: smooth, malty
This is a tippy, bright and malty Assam tea, smooth and with good strength. It can be enjoyed with or without milk.
Assam is one of the richest biodiversity zones in the world and is home to tropical rainforests, deciduous trees, riverine grasslands, bamboo and wetland ecosystems, as well as many species of animals. The tea grows on the floodplains of the Brahmaputra river in rich clay soil, which is thought to be responsible for the malty character of the Assam teas.
The Camellia Sinensis Assamica variety is native to Assam, which is connected to the rest of India by a thin strip of land in the north east. It shares borders with Bhutan, Bangladesh and Myanmar, and is one of the few places outside China where the tea plant grows natively (tea grown in other parts of India tends to be the Camellia Sinensis Sinensis, which was originally brought from China). The Assamica leaf can generally be recognised by its size, which is larger than the Sinensis leaf.
Quantity: 4g (1tsp) per cup
Steeping time: 1-3 minutes (or less if taken without milk)
Water temperature: 100 °C
Top tips: Steep lightly to drink black, or longer if taking with milk.