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Whole leaf black tea
We have picked this whole leaf Assam black tea for two reasons - its unique method of production so that it is rich in the calming amino acid γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and also for it's heartwarming aromas and flavors.
This tea has undergone an oxygen-free processing that leads to the accumulation of GABA which is an inhibitory neurotransmitter. There are some studies that have shown that GABA consumed in tea might help with acute stress, anxiety, decreasing heart rate and improving sleep.
This tea has wonderful natural flavors and is very heartwarming. It is a good introduction to smoky notes but is not overwhelming. When steeped, it makes a surprisingly sweet, harmonious infusion and will remind you of a cozy fireplace.
Number of infusions per 2.5 g serving: 4-5
2.5 gms of tea (use a digital scale)
120-150 ml (4-5 fl-oz) or 1/2 - 2/3rd cup of water at 90°C - 99°C (or 195°F - 210°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 largest Northeastern state in India. Situated just below the eastern Himalayan foothills, it stretches along the Brahmaputra River. This tea comes from the Sivasagar district from a tea garden by the banks of the river Teok. The name 'Teok' means – 'The place of milk and ghee' in Tai.
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.