Assam Orthodox F.T.G.F.O.P Golden Tips ‘Breakfast’ Tea
Assam Orthodox F.T.G.F.O.P Golden Tips
Assam in North-East India is, along with China, one of the only two areas in the world with native tea plants – Camellia sinensis var. Assamica.
The discovery of the local tea dates back to 1823 and is associated with the name of Robert Bruce. Generally sold as “breakfast tea”, of course within Assam teas we will also find top-orthodox (full leaf) tea, with a nobility and richness that can compare with Darjeeling Teas.
This Assam tea is a mainly black whole leaf tea with some Golden Tips (Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe), grown in the lowlands at sea level in the valley of the Brahmaputra River, an area of clay soil rich in nutrients.
The taste is full, with hints of ripe fruit and malt aroma and distinctive, sparkling, orange to copper-coloured brew.
It is therefore a fine morning tea and can be drunk with milk and/or sugar whilst still retaining its full body and flavour.
The best Assam teas are, with some exceptions, harvested in May or, at the latest, in early June.
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