Infuse for 2 to 3 minutes with a water temperature between 80 and 90 degrees
The Indian state of Assam is one of the world’s most famous Tea-growing areas, particularly when it comes to Indian Black Tea. Our Assam Tea Smoked Oolong, on the other hand, is, as its name suggests, an Indian Oolong Tea. This naturally makes it remarkably rare and ever-popular.
Painstakingly manufactured by hand during the second flush period, it consists of large, twisted leaves which are both black and gold in colour. Producers create its light but distinctly smoky character by briefly placing it over an open fire, which ultimately offers complex flavour notes when brewed. Best of all, we pack it fresh to order, ensuring its quality and consistency.
But that’s not all. This nourishing, invigorating beverage comes with Oolong Tea benefits. According to modern scientific research, it can aid digestion and improve heart health. Additionally, there are suggestions that it might promote weight loss by boosting the metabolism of fat cells. Pretty neat for your morning cuppa, wouldn’t you agree?
About Assam Tea
A Scottish adventurer named Robert Bruce discovered Assam Tea in 1823. Before then, the British Raj had attempted to grow the Chinese Camellia sinensis var sinensis plant. However, with the discovery of the Indian Camellia sinensis var assamica plant, their focus changed. It eventually kick-started an Indian Tea Industry. Indeed, India hasn’t looked back since.
The northern Himalayas, the Brahmaputra plains and the Deccan plateau surround the region of Assam, creating one of the richest biodiversity zones in the world. It experiences heavy rainfall (2,500-3,000 mm annually) and high humidity throughout the year. These make perfect conditions for the growth of Assam Tea - including Assam Tea Smoked Oolong!
About Oolong Tea
Oolong in all its shapes and sizes has a vast multitude of noteworthy qualities. But did you know that some people call it the ‘in-between’ Tea? This refers to its processing, whereby it’s only partly oxidised. In other words, Oolong Tea sits somewhere between Green Tea and Black Tea in terms of its production.
Yet it’s important to note the term “somewhere”. This is because seldom do two Oolong Teas share the same oxidation levels. Some types undergo 8% oxidation while others can be oxidised up to 80%.
Less oxidation means its taste likely resembles Green Tea, while more oxidation almost certainly makes it akin to Black Tea. Assam Tea Smoked Oolong, meanwhile, boasts a flavour considered totally unique!
Type of Tea: Black Tea.
Origin: Assam, India.
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water left to cool to temperatures between 75 and 80°C. Infuse for 1 to 3 minutes.
How to Serve: Best served without additions to fully appreciate its unique qualities.
Tasting Notes: Embrace an enticing smokiness with every sip, followed by a refreshing aftertaste.
Colour in Cup: Coppery-orange liquor, light in tone.
Health Benefits of Assam Tea Smoked Oolong Tea
So, what makes this beverage so health beneficial? Assam Tea Smoked Oolong contains a wealth of vitamins, minerals and other antioxidants.
Combined, these can combat free radicals in the body, the product of natural, though often harmful, human oxidation. Ultimately, in doing this, it can protect against several chronic conditions.