Grower: Heritage Tea Assam
Teamaker: Ishan Baruah of Heritage Tea Assam
Origin: Dibrugarh in Assam, India
Elevation: 100m (350ft)
Cultivation: Natural (Organic, but no certification)
Harvest Date: Winter 2019
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A finely cut black tea with the classic Assam flavor. Robust and malty, with bright citrus and fine, fragrant rose undertones. Raw tea leaves are carefully hand-plucked, then processed through a typical tea cutting machine to achieve the small leaf size. Brews into a bold but well-balanced cup. Ideal for hot tea, blending or flavoring.
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The region of Assam is located at low elevation, with abundant rainfall and high humidity. This results in robust, malty teas. Traditionally, the area produces low-grade CTC and fannings for the commodity market, but Heritage Tea Assam focuses on quality teas. Assam Pekoe is crafted from tea leaves harvested by hand from Camellia sinensis assamica (large-leaf) bushes. Unlike many other tea pickers in Assam, who focus on quantity rather than quality, the pluckers at Heritage Tea Assam are well-versed in good plucking standards. Heritage Tea grows with locally-sourced vermicompost, and is completely chemical-free. The founder, Rajen, keeps detailed notes on each tea and educates local growers and pickers, allowing for continued improvement.