Brew with fresh boiling water and infuse for 3 to 5 minutes
Assam 2nd Flush Teas from the Bukhial Tea Estate of Assam, India, lies on the south side of the Brahmaputra river, close to the town of Golaghat. In tea tasting circles, beverages from the Bukhial Estate are seen by many as the best of the best to originate from Assam. With its traditional “Assam” malty tastes perfect for a nice afternoon cup of tea.
And then there is the fact that “TGFOP” stands for “Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe”, which is a tea that has a high content of golden tips, often called a “tippy” tea; it is just another way that Assam 2nd Flush Bukhial TGFOP boasts its quality. Better still, there are benefits to be had from consuming this tea. When consumed as part of a healthy and active lifestyle, this Assam loose leaf tea can enhance cognitive function, lower cholesterol, boost the metabolism, and offer stress relief.
But how is it made? Like most Assam Teas, Assam 2nd Flush Bukhial TGFOP is harvested from the Camellia sinensis var assamica plant, an Indian variety of the tea plant. Before the second flush, however, the first flush (or “Spring flush”) is harvested between March and mid-May, which is noted as being delicate and floral in taste. Then, from mid-May until June, an Assam second flush is harvested which, arguably, is a far superior tea.
In the production of second flush Assam Black Tea, in particular, Assamese factories work around-the-clock to keep up with the influx of tea coming from the numerous estates of the region. The first stage of their processing sees the leaves withered upon hessian cloth, extracting around 96% of the moisture of the leaves. Then the leaves are placed into either Sirocco machines or CTC machines to be rolled. The CTC machines, in particular, simultaneously “crushes, tears, and curls” the tea leaves.
And then comes the process of fermentation where the leaves are placed into trays and are left to naturally oxidise. Finally, the trays are placed under machines used to dry the leaves with hot air, which ensures that any remaining moisture is extracted. The tea leaves are then, and only then, ready for shipping where they pass through the caring hands of The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company and on to you.
Type of Tea: Loose Leaf Black Tea.
Origin: The Bukhial Tea Estate, Assam, India.
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water and infuse for 3 to 5 minutes.
How to Serve: Choose from milk, sugar, honey, or lemon. Alternatively, serve black.
Tasting Notes: Assam 2nd Flush Bukhial TGFOP is unmistakably “Assamese” in taste, in character, and in profile. It offers moreish malty flavours and enticingly earthy undertones with every sip.
Colour in Cup: Ruby liquor, dark in tone.
Health Benefits: A collaborative study conducted in conjunction with the US University of Iowa and the Institute of Odontology at Göteborg University, Sweden, has recently discovered the plaque-fighting capabilities of any Black Tea! Participants in the U.S. division of the study were given Black Tea to rinse their mouth with for 30 seconds, five times, waiting three minutes between each rinse. The reasoning for this was to simulate the effect of sipping tea.
The Swedish division, meanwhile, saw volunteers rinse their mouth with Black Tea for one minute, 10 times a day. Both co-operating studies discovered that the more participants rinsed, the more their plaque and bacteria levels fell. The research indicated that the Polyphenolic compounds in all types of Black Tea - including, of course, Assam 2nd Flush Bukhial TGFOP - can kill or suppress cavity-causing bacteria from either growing or producing harmful acid.
Health PointsHydration, Refreshing, Relaxing
Time of DayBreakfast, Afternoon, Evening