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Assam Black Gold
Assam Black Gold
Assam Black Gold
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Assam Black Gold

Exceptional artisanal Assam black tea with a rich mouthfeel, syrupy with notes honey, malt, cacao, chocolate chip, oak bark and stone fruit like apricot and peach.
1.06 oz (30 g) box
$15.00
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Sivasagar, Assam

Origin

Sivasagar, Assam

Season - Second flush (summer)

Season

Second flush (summer)

Altitude - 300 ft

Altitude

300 ft

Cultivar -  P-126

Cultivar

P-126

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Tea Type

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. 

Dry leaves

Dark brown leaves with abundant golden tips that have sweet honey, malty, earthy aromas.

Wet leaves

Shades of brown with notes of malt, cacao, oak and baked notes like a chocolate chip cookie and freshly baked bread.

Tea liquor

Translucent with a rich honey color, this tea has a malty aroma. It is mainly sweet with minimal bitterness, has a rich mouthfeel, is full bodied, syrupy like a treacle tart, lasting aftertaste and mild astringency. Mostly sweet with a subtle hint of bitterness. This tea is just like a fine brandy with layers of malt, honey, oak bark, apricot and peach.

Tasting Profile

Fruity - stone fruit: apricot, peach
Sweet - malt, honey, chocolate chip cookie
Woody - oak bark
Fermented - brandy
Nutty & Milky - Cacao

Caffeine Level

Caffeine Level Caffeine Level Caffeine Level Caffeine Level

High Moderate

Make the perfect tea

Steeping Instructions

Western Style

1
Quantity
Quantity

2.5 gms (use a digital scale) of tea (use a digital scale)

2
Temperature
Temperature

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).

3
Steeping Time
Steeping Time
  • 1st infusion:1-2 minutes, pour and enjoy
  • 2nd infusion:30 - 45 seconds
  • 3rd infusion:1-2 minutes

Gongfu Style

This tea works great for the gongfu method of steeping as it helps coax out all the subtle flavors.

1
Quantity
Quantity

We recommend 5 gm of tea

2
Temperature
Temperature

100 ml water (approximate 10-20 ml of water per 1 gm of tea) at 85°C - 90°C (or 185°F - 195°F).

3
Steeping Time
Steeping Time
  • Steep the tea for 10s, 15s, 20s, 30s, 45s, and then maybe a minute each time until it loses flavor.
Assam

Origin

Where your tea comes from

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.

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