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Second flush (summer)
Whole leaf black tea
This Assam Black Gold tea is a treasure and made by our dear friend and tea master Maddhurjya Gogoi. It is a visual delight with abundant golden buds with a fuzz of downy trichomes. The tea is exquisite with a full body, rich mouthfeel, like a fine brandy with notes of honey, malt, cacao, chocolate chip, oak bark and stone fruit like apricot and peach.
Assam Black Gold was made in the month of July 2023, and is composed of two leaves and a bud from p-126 cultivar. This artisanal tea is handpicked and then undergoes indoor withering, gentle machine rolling, oxidation at 98% humidity, followed by preheating and drying. Definitely a lot of precision is used to make such a marvelous tea!
March 2022, was the first time we met Maddhurjyya and have been in contact since then. He has a 2 acre tea farm in the Sivasagar district in Assam where he lives with his children, wife and mother. He also has fish, cows and chickens on the farm. Maddhurjyya uses tea-permaculture and organic practices on his land. He is a strong proponent and lead of the organic small tea growers coalition in the North East. Maddhurjyya is very kind hearted and opened his home to our family. We had an exceptional time with them, and can't wait to meet again for more tea, talks and experiences.
2.5 gms (use a digital scale) of tea (use a digital scale)
4-5 fl-oz (120-150 ml or 1 /2 - 2/3rd cup) of water at 85°C - 90°C (or 185°F - 195°F).
This tea works great for the gongfu method of steeping as it helps coax out all the subtle flavors.
We recommend 5 gm of tea
100 ml water (approximate 10-20 ml of water per 1 gm of tea) at 85°C - 90°C (or 185°F - 195°F).
Golden-green rice fields, thick forests, manicured tea estates surrounded by blue hills, green valleys, and a red river, Assam is the second largest Northeastern state in India. Situated just below the eastern Himalayan foothills, it stretches along the Brahmaputra River. Our Assam Black Gold from the tea farm of Maddhurjyya Gogoi who uses organic practices and tea-permaculture with compost, cow manure, building homes for bats, birds and growing water hyacinth by keeping fish. After training in China and Taiwan he has come back to his village to craft some of the finest Assam teas with a thought to uplift his village and all the small tea manufacturers in the NE area.
Hunted for its horn, the one horned rhinos were almost extinct, with less than 200 left by the end of the 19th century. Conservation efforts have revived their population and brought their worldwide numbers to around 3,000 now — the bulk of them in Kaziranga, Assam.