Rainforest Assam Black Tea

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Rainforest Assam Black Tea

10.50

$0.53 Per Cup

50 Grams  (1.76 Ounces) / 20 First Steeps

Origin: Dibrugarh in Assam, India

Farm Name: Heritage Tea Assam

Farmer: Rajen Baruah

Cultivation Method: All Natural

For a black tea, this is a very light tea that has an incredibly smooth, malty taste.  It's an orthodox (whole leaf) Assam tea, the dry tea leaves (before being steeped) have a wonderful aroma of caramel, chocolate, sugar, along with a smell that is very reminiscent of what a rainforest smells like after a warm rain.  The brewed tea has a red/orange color and tastes of chocolate raisins that is extremely smooth, clean, crisp, and refreshing.

The Heritage Tea Assam Farm sits at an elevation of 350 Feet (100 Meters)  in a high humidity, tropical climate and they use the Assamica cultivar of the Camellia Sinensis plant for their teas.  All of their teas are harvested by hand which allows them to be pretty picky about which leaves are used for their teas.  Rajen is the founder of Heritage Tea and he is committed to 100% chemical free, sustainable farming and he loves to educate the community about these issues.  Rajen is no stranger to the tea industry, he spent 30 years in the commodity tea industry in Assam working for big tea corporations.  He founded Heritage Tea when he retired to focus on high-quality, naturally grown teas (quite different from the quality of commodity teas) so Assam will have a better reputation in the world of tea!

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Steeping and Storage

Use 2.5 grams (2 teaspoons) of loose leaf tea per 6 ounces of water.  Steep with water ranging from 185 to 205 degrees for 3 to 5 minutes.  Can be re-steeped up to 5 times.  The strength of this tea goes up significantly the hotter the water is.  If making iced tea, double the amount of tea leaves used and keep the time the same; sweeten while steeping and when done steeping pour over ice.

Keep in mind that these steeping instructions are merely a suggested starting point.  Everyone has different tastes and preferences and you can adjust the amount of tea used and the steep time accordingly.  If you would like your tea to have a stronger taste, add more tea leaves.  Conversely, if it is too strong, use less tea leaves.  It is quite fun to play with the temperature of the water and the steep times to bring out different tastes and textures in the tea!

Loose leaf tea should be stored in a cool, dark, and dry environment away from strong odors that the tea will most certainly absorb (do not store in the refrigerator or spice cabinet).  It is best to store it in an air tight container as this will reduce the amount of oxygen that interacts with the tea and thus preserving its life.