Latumoni Spring Golden Tippy Assam

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Latumoni Spring Golden Tippy Assam

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An ultra premium grade, spring black tea with a remarkable visual appearance (owing to a high number of huge buds) and an equally remarkable flavor. Fresh, brisk, sweet, slightly nutty, and enlivening, this makes for an ideal everyday breakfast or afternoon tea at a price that surprises even us.

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The Indian tea industry is finally beginning to emerge from the colonial plantation system installed by the British in the 19th century. In the early 90s, small private farmers were permitted to grow their own tea plants for the first time. At first they were only able to sell their leaves to the large factories. At this time, the exploitation of small farmers was still rampant since most had no alternate source of employment. Thankfully, beginning in the early 2010s a number of resourceful and bold farmers took advantage of generations of family tea making knowledge and started their own autonomous operations. Among them was Sailen P., who makes this outstanding, handmade, chemical-free, spring golden tippy Assam (“tippy” referring to the high number of buds) on Latumoni Farm in the Upper Assam in Brahmaputra Valley, where then best teas are grown in Assam. Salien originally became fascinated by organic farming while growing herbs for the multinational conglomerate Amway. Soon he began experimenting with different forms of traditional and ancestral cultivation techniques for tea and found that, with these, he could grow excellent tea without any chemicals whatsoever. He now makes many experimental, 100% chemical-free teas including some wonderful greens and oolongs. This ultra premium grade, very tippy, golden black tea exceeds the Indian tea grading system in quality (i.e., it would be several grades higher than SFTGFOP, the highest grade). It is also one of Salien’s best teas, with a remarkable visual appearance (owing to the high number of huge buds) and an equally remarkable flavor. It is fresh, brisk, sweet, slightly nutty, and enlivening – an ideal everyday breakfast or afternoon tea. This is worlds better than any other Assam we’ve even tried, and it still comes in at an excellent price.

Instructions: 4 g tea, 8 oz. of 208° water, 2.5 min. Steep 2-3 times, adding 30 seconds each time.

See our Temperature Guide for help.