Assam Golden Tip
Brew with fresh boiling water and infuse for 3 to 5 minutes
Assam Golden Tip is as beautiful in pre-brewed appearance as it is in post-brewed taste. A hand-made tea containing 100% tips, it is noted for its full-bodied malty flavour. If quality is at the top of your priority, then Assam Golden Tip is the choice for you. It is no real wonder, then, that Assam Golden Tip is one of our most popular Assam Teas among those who consider themselves tea connoisseurs.
Choose the best with Assam Golden Tip Tea while reaping all the benefits that this tea delivers. In fact, when consumed as part of a healthy and active lifestyle, Assam Golden Tip Tea can boost the metabolism, improve cardiovascular health, enhance cognitive function, and reduce the risks of Type II Diabetes. And that’s just to name a few benefits with many more waiting to be discovered with every sip.
This Assam loose leaf tea belongs to a prestigious family, one that dates back just a couple of hundred years and one that, compared with China’s tea history, is very young. In the 19th Century, when India was under the rule of the British Empire, two deciding factors led to the development of a new Indian Tea Industry.
First, the unrest in the American colonies - most famously the 1773 Boston Tea Party which, in turn, led to the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783) - had seen the British lose control of a large portion of North America (excluding British Canada), along with one of their most profitable tea incomes. Meanwhile, ever-growing tensions between Britain and China had also seen the country’s main source of tea gradually dry up. Britain was heading toward an economic disaster, and the nation’s refined taste for tea could spell bankruptcy.
The country needed an answer, and so it looked to its Indian colony. In 1774, Warren Hastings, an English statesman and Governor of the Presidency of Fort William (Bengal), had sent a selection of Chinese Camellia sinensis var sinensis seeds to George Bogie, the then British emissary in Bhutan, for planting. But the experiment failed as the Chinese native plants struggled in the Indian heat. A second attempt took place in 1780, this time under the watchful eyes of British Army Officer, Robert Kyd; however, once again, the plants struggled to flourish.
Decades later, in 1823, the Scottish merchant and adventurer, Robert Bruce, made an incredible discovery that would change the British Empire’s tea trade for years to come. He had travelled to Rangpur (present-day Sibsagar) in Upper Assam to meet Bessa Gaum, the chief of the Singpho, one of the principal indigenous tribes of the Indian north-east. He intended to gain a better understanding of the native plants of the region and was, in turn, presented with leaves from a plant resembling that of Camellia sinensis var sinensis.
Bruce knew that if his presumptions were accurate, a tea industry could be developed in Assam to rival that of China. Robert went on to clarify his findings with his brother, C. A. Bruce, and the leaves were eventually studied at the Calcutta Botanical Gardens. It was confirmed - a variant of the tea plant, later known as Camellia sinensis var assamica, existed in India.
Sadly, Robert Bruce would never fully see the fruits of his labour due to his untimely death in 1824. But his legacy lives on. Now, Assam Golden Tip Tea is one of the hundreds if not thousands of Assam Teas coming from the now-world-famous Indian state. Better still, it is one of the best.
Type of Tea: Loose Leaf Black Tea.
Origin: 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: Enjoy a strong malty aroma before taking even your first sip. Then, embrace slightly sweet flavours with, believe it or not, distinct floral undertones!
Colour in Cup: Orangey liquor, light 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 Golden Tip Tea - can kill or suppress cavity-causing bacteria from either growing or producing harmful acid.
Health PointsHydration, Refreshing, Relaxing
Time of DayBreakfast, Afternoon, Evening