Assam Mist Tea
From the organic, biodynamic Jamguri tea estate this is a bright tea with a golden coppery colour, smooth malty character, robust flavour and a refreshing taste.
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In more depth....
Tea Name : Assam mist
Tea Maker : Mr. Kaushik Das
Mr. Sanjeev Singh - Assistant Manager at Jamguri Tea can be seen below with Michelle during her visit
Origin : Jamguri Tea Estate, Golaghat, Assam, India
Size : Total area- 795.28Ha, Area under Tea- 546.93 Ha
Harvest Time : April
Cultivar : S3A3, T3E3, P126 and CP1
Grade : Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe (TGFOP)
Plucking standard : Two leaves and one bud
Processing : Withered, rolled, oxidised and fired.
Experience : Lightly malty, sweet and bright.
Last visited by Comins : June 2017, Michelle Comins
How to prepare tea [Western Style]...
Amount of tea per bowl (200 ml): 2.5 g (1 tsp)
Water temperature: 100℃ / 212℉
Infusion / brewing time: 3 minutes
Number of infusions: 1
How to enjoy: No sugar, no milk
Tales of the Tea Trade : Jamguri
The Jamguri tea estate is situated on the South bank of the Brahmaputra river in the district of Golaghat [a belt of land known for the production of high quality teas] and has been certified organic and bio-dynamic since 2006. Here you find the winning combination of a suitable climate and rich soils.
Michelle : 'I first visited this garden in 2017 on a trip across Assam that also saw us visit Kanoka farm and Khongea - our two other partners in this area. If you are a fan of Assam I would recommend taking a packet of each of these and tasting for yourselves the huge diversity that exists in this area of India alone.
I had come here to experience the approach and environment that produces the distinct tone of the Assam Mist that we had fallen in love with. This tone is the result of a combination of factors. Firstly Assam Mist has a high percentage of tips - requiring the finest buds to be picked by hand - tips are particularly rich in the substances that create the aroma, taste and flavour of the tea - so you can start to see how this tea cups with full flavour but a lighter liquor perfect without milk
The second area to look at is undoubtably the approach here. Jamguri is part of the Ambootia group of gardens and this garden adopts an organic and biodynamic approach. As we toured the garden with the manager Sudip we experienced the results of this environment first hand - abundant bird and insect life, piles of soil preparations, cows among the tea bushes. I also had the pleasure to speak to and learn from the assistant manager Mr. Sanjeev Singh - who you can see here in one of the preparation huts. Not sure what biodynamic actually means? You can see an extract of our explanation from our book Tales of the tea trade
Michelle : Extract from our our book Tales of the tea trade : [....] The term ‘biodynamic’ comes from the Greek words bios (life) and dynamos (energy). [....] [...] Preparations made from fermented manure, minerals and herbs are used to help restore and harmonize the vital life forces of the farm and to enhance the nutrition, quality and flavour of the food being raised [....]These harmonizing and vitalizing preparations are made and applied according to strict instructions [...] The biodynamic calendar is based on the lunar calendar and other ‘cosmic rhythms’, taking into account the interaction of the planets and constellations with the earth. This includes the change from day to night, the seasons of the year as well as more subtle changes such as ground water rising closer to the surface when there is a full moon [....] The brilliance of biodynamic methods is that they massively improve the health of the soil and overall crop by increasing the soil’s micronutrients and trace minerals, while also reversing any damage to the soil from chemicals.