Assam TGFOP (Organic)
$14.00 – $88.10
Country of Origin: India
Grade: TGFOP (Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe) Organic
Altitude: Up to 450m above sea level
Manufacture Type: Orthodox
Cup Characteristics: A premium black tea that is tippy and flavourful with superb astringency. Expansive malt character which opens with milk. As such it possesses all the nuance and depth of fine wine.
Infusion: Bright and tending coppery
Ingredients: Premium India black tea
Description: While you wait for your kettle to boil, we thought we should take a moment to help you prepare for an amazing cup of tea.
This reason is that this Organic Assam Estate TGFOP ranks among the finest black teas on the market. As such, it possesses all the nuance and depth of fine wine. In short, we felt it deserved a little respect.
Ok, to start with here are few terms with which anyone about to enjoy one of the world’s finest teas should become familiar.
First, some of the good qualities to look for:
Croppy: No, this doesn’t mean it was produced by men with bowl-cut hairdos. Croppy is a tasting term that describes much sought after bright creamy liquor. Most high quality second flush Assams usually display this characteristic.
Brisk: Otherwise known as the ooh-la-la factor – a tea with a lively vivacious flavor.
Biscuity: A term professional tasters use to describe a well-fired Assam – perfect temperature + perfect timing = Biscuity! (It should here be noted that all good Assam teas pair well with biscuits of almost any variety.)
Ok, next, a couple of things to beware of:
Bakey: Not to be confused with Biscuity. Bakey tea is the result of over-firing at a
higher than desirable temperature. (It should be noted that Bakey teas do not pair well with biscuits.)
Burnt: As you can well imagine, burnt is even worse than bakey. It is the tragic result of severe over-firing.
So, now we’ve established some rudimentary tasting terms to help you enjoy this tea. To reiterate, Croppy, Brisk and Biscuity – good. Bakey and burnt – bad.
By now your kettle should be nice and hot. Infuse your tea. (Pause 3 – 5 minutes.) Strain.
Add a dash of milk. Savor every organic sip.
Mmm…it’s croppy! Mmm…it’s brisk! Mmm…it’s biscuity! Give this tea the respect it deserves!
Hot Tea Brewing Method: Bring fresh cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 teaspoon of tea for each cup into the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 3-7 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea) Even though milk and a dash of sugar help enhance the flavor character on this tea, it is perfectly acceptable to consume this tea straight up.
Iced Tea Brewing Method: (To make 1 Litre) Place 6 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1¼ cup of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. [A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to double the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water]. Please note that this tea tend to go cloudy or milky when poured over ice; a perfectly normal characteristic of some high quality black teas and nothing to worry about!
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