Brew with fresh boiling water and infuse for 3 to 5 minutes
This is a Super (or 'Special') Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe 1 (STGFOP1) Tea of extraordinary taste and aroma. It comes from the Dikom Estate of Assam, India. We're especially proud of Teas to originate from this estate because of their unparalleled quality.
In past years, we used Dikom Estate Teas for our House Assam Tea. Today, however, we instead showcase its origins and marvel at its superior malty flavour.
Like all Assam Teas (and all Black Teas, for that matter!), Assam Tea Dikom STGFOP1 can improve health and wellbeing. According to the latest scientific research, it can improve cardiovascular health, support the immune system, enhance cognitive function and even boost the metabolism of fat cells in the body. This, in turn, aids with weight loss!
What is Assam Tea?
Assam Tea comes from the Indian variety of the Tea plant named Camellia sinensis var assamica. This plant was only discovered in 1823. Since then, Assam Loose Tea has given rise to a thriving Indian Tea Industry. It's all thanks to a Scotsman named Robert Bruce.
Bruce had travelled to Rangpur (present-day Sivasagar) to gain a better understanding of the local plants. There, he met with Bessa Guam, the chief of the Singpho, one of the principal indigenous tribes of the Indian north-east.
Bessa Guam gifted Robert Bruce with specimens of an unknown plant. Its appearance bore a resemblance to the Chinese Tea plant, Camellia sinensis var sinensis. Intrigued, Bruce clarified his findings with his brother, C.A. Bruce. He, in turn, studied the leaves at the Calcutta Botanical Gardens. The result: Indian Tea existed in Assam.
Robert Bruce sadly died just one year after the discovery, in 1824. He never saw the fruits of his labour. His legacy, however, lives on through beverages such as Assam Tea Dikom STGFOP1.
The Dikom Tea Estate
Long before the British Raj oversaw the development of an Indian Tea Industry, native Tea grew on land that now makes up the Dikom Tea Estate. In many respects, the foundations of this renowned establishment date back to the Medieval era.
Today, the vast garden of 1,517 hectares finds itself in the far eastern reaches of the Assam state. It lies in close proximity to the Sessa River, a tributary of the Brahmaputra River. Most famously, Dikom uses 615 hectares of its Tea-growing land for Orthodox/CTC Tea. This yields an astonishing 1.4 million kilos annually.
Type of Tea: Black Tea.
Origin: The Dikom Tea Estate, Assam, India.
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water. Infuse for 3 to 5 minutes.
How to Serve: Milk, sugar, honey or lemon - the choice is yours! Alternatively, serve black.
Tasting Notes: Traditionalists will love this Tea owing to its strong malty character.
Colour in Cup: Coppery liquor, dark in tone.
Assam Tea Benefits
Black Tea, like any Tea, contains a wealth of antioxidants. These antioxidants can combat free radicals in the body. Free radicals are the product of natural, though harmful, human oxidation.
When left unchecked, these free radicals and the overall process of oxidation can wreak havoc on the body. Most notably, it can increase the risks of developing several chronic conditions such as type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Assam Tea Dikom STGFOP1, on the other hand, can reduce these risks. What more could you want from your morning cuppa'?