- Background on Assam
- Kanoka Assam Preparation
Our 2023 Organic Kanoka Estate 1st Flush Whole Leaf Assam Tea is a beautifully handcrafted, all natural, whole leaf orthodox Assam tea laden with golden tips. Every year I anxiously await the arrival of this spectacular all natural orthodox black tea from the Kanoka Estate in rural Assam, India. The subtle floral aroma has notes of cacao and pipe tobacco interlaced with light citric and rose flavors. This tea produces a more flavorful & full-bodied brew that has more depth & complexity than other Assam teas. The dark amber colored liquor has an underlying honey sweetness with notes of molasses, roses & grapefruit. To fully appreciate the depth & complexity of this superb tea it should be drunk without milk.
Kanoka Tea Estate is a small family owned & operated tea farm in central Assam, India, that is committed to using only Vrikshayurveda organic farming methods. Vrikshayurveda is the ancient Indian plant science focusing on the health & life-cycle of the plant as well as the soil. Because the Nath Family is the first to cultivate the land at Kanoka Tea Estate, no pesticides or chemicals have ever been used on the land or on their tea plants.The entire production process at Kanoka Estate is carried out manually from seed to the finished product in an effort to supply customers with the healthiest Assam tea on the market. #AssamTea #BlackTea #2023AssamTea
Ingredients: Artisan Handcrafted Black Tea
Origin: Sonitpur, Assam, India
Although Indian law requires that tea estates pay their workers at least the minimum wage and provide and maintain adequate housing, sanitation and safe working conditions, a recent investigation by the BBC has revealed the exact opposite on many of the major tea plantations in Assam. Many are without electricity and potable drinking water. Housing is in a terrible state of disrepair with leaking roofs and unlined and clogged drains and in some cases, cesspits are overflowing into the living areas of people's homes. The average tea worker in Assam earns 115 rupees (approximately US$1.50) a day. The combination of squalid living conditions and low pay can be deadly. Malnutrition among tea workers is rampant. According to the medical director of Assam Medical College, nine out of ten patients from the tea estates in Assam suffer from malnutrition, making them vulnerable to diseases caused by their unhygienic living conditions.
Throughout history tea has played a pivotal role in politics both within and between countries. It has been a catalyst for revolution. Assamica Agro is waging its own silent revolution against the injustices within the tea industry in Assam. Because of their adherence to social equality, they no longer need to exploit workers or use unethical practices to grow tea and make a profit. We commend them for their efforts.
Water Temperature: Just off the Boil (195--205 degrees)
Water Quality: Best with Spring Water
Amount of Leaf (per 6 fl oz water): 2 Tbl.(4 grams)
Steep Time: 2-4 minutes
Number of Infusions: 2-3
When measuring it is best to weigh your tea. (I use a small pocket scale. We have a few or you can get good inexpensive scales at Old Will Knotts) Measuring volume with a teaspoon or tablespoon is not accurate because whole leaf teas take up much more space than broken, graded teas.
We highly recommend brewing your tea in a teapot or mug with a removable infuser so that you can remove the leaves at the end of the steeping time. Whole leaf teas of this quality need room to unfurl and expand in the water in order to perform their "magic." However, leaving the tea leaves in the water will result in an over-infused, bitter (or at best, unpleasant) tea. If you want a stronger cup of tea increase the amount of leaf rather than the steeping time. If you don't have a removable infuser, you can brew the loose leaves directly in the pot. At the end of the steeping time, pour all of the tea into a warm serving pitcher or pot.
While most Assam teas are frequently served with milk & sugar, we strongly recommend NOT doing so with this excellent tea! In doing so you will miss out on the subtle nuances that make this such a wonderful tea!