This connoisseur Assam FTGFOP1, (finest tippy golden flowery orange pekoe grade 1) is from the highly regarded Mangalam tea garden and is exceptional. Tasted and compared with other Assam teas by Phil Bayley at Char, this is our gold medal winner. Mangalam tastes deliciously malty, and is a rich and spicy tea with a bright cup and a strong liquor. It's a must for lovers of Assam. The tea has been carefully developed and processed. Mangalam selected Assamica hybrids which they developed and then plant unusually close together, producing large leaves and many golden tips. Assam's full-bodied malty flavour makes it an excellent breakfast tea. You can enjoy it with or without milk.
Assam is the largest tea growing area in the world, where 2,000 gardens can produce almost 450,000 tons of tea each year. Assam tea accounts for about 55 per cent of India's total annual production. Assam is a vast and beautiful area of dense forests and open rolling plains through which the mighty Brahmaputra river runs, carrying rich fertile soil down from the mountains of Tibet to the agricultural plains. Exceptionally high rainfall (sometimes exceeding 10m in just one season) produces a very humid enviroment comparable to being inside a vast greenhouse - consequently the plants thrive, producing a tea which is very different to Darjeeling.
|Taste||Strong, Malty and Rich, Dark Amber Cup|
|Brewing Advice||One dessert spoon per cup. Add fresh boiling water. Infuse for 3 minutes or according to taste.|