Brew with fresh boiling water and infuse for 3 to 5 minutes
This Assam FTGFOP1 Tea comes from the Organic Tonganagaon Tea Estate in Assam, Northeast India. "FTGFOP" stands for "Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe". "FTG", in particular, represents Tea with the highest tippy content.
The term "Organic", meanwhile, is, in this context, an assurance that the Tea is entirely free of synthetic fertilisers, herbicides and pesticides. This means that Assam Tonganagaon FTGFOP1 plays a vital role in sustaining the health of soils and ecosystems.
When it comes to taste, one might be hard-pressed to find a better brew than Assam Tonganagaon FTGFOP1 Organic. This Tea boasts traditionally malty and quintessentially 'Assamese' flavours with every sip. It has a robust profile with sublimely sweet undertones.
The Tonganagaon Tea Estate
Established in 1927, the Tonganagaon Tea Estate finds itself near the Himalayan foothills and the mighty river Brahmaputra. Since 2008, it belongs to the Chamong group of the Lohia family. They have run Tea estates for six generations and presently have gardens in Darjeeling as well as Assam.
Mr Ashok Lohia saw the potential in Tonganagaon Tea Estate. At the time, the property was in a neglected and desolate state. His passion for Tea, however, transformed the image of the estate, as well as the area around it. He turned sick properties into flourishing gardens. He renovated the dilapidated factory, which had crumbled to half its original size.
Perhaps most importantly, Ashok Lohia implemented organic farming, rejuvenating the land by replacing old Tea bushes with new plants. Today, 538 hectares are under Tea cultivation. A new and modern factory has since replaced the old one, which meets the requirements of international buyers. Here at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, we're immensely proud of our association with the Tonganagaon Tea Estate as it stands today.
Why Choose Organic Tea?
Buying an Organic Tea is a small yet significant way of doing 'your bit' for mother nature. It protects the environmental state of the land surrounding Tea estates while simultaneously promoting biodiversity.
Much of the global Tea Industry still has a way to go in championing progressive sustainability. The heavy use of pesticides and fertilisers is slowly, but surely, depleting land that should remain arable for much longer.
Traces of nitrogen contained in these man-made products often seep into the soil, as well as the plants themselves. The residue may then runoff into waterways where it creates algal blooms. These overgrown, nitrate-fed alga, in turn, starve the bodies of water of oxygen. This eventually leads to fish and other aquatic life suffocating.
An estimated 98% of sprayed insecticides reach a destination other than their target. This is because of wind and heavy rain, which increase the radius of damage. One can vouch for change, however, when choosing an Organic Tea such as Assam Tonganagaon FTGFOP1 Organic.
Type of Tea: Black Tea.
Origin: The Tonganagaon Tea Estate, Assam, India.
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water. Infuse for 3 to 5 minutes.
How to Serve: We recommend serving this Tea with milk and/or sugar. Some even add honey or lemon, while others serve it black.
Tasting Notes: This Tea boasts a refined maltiness seldom found in other brews outside of Assam.
Colour in Cup: Coppery liquor, light in tone.
Benefits of Drinking this Assam Loose Leaf Tea
Did you know that Black Tea can enhance cognitive function? A study conducted at the University of Singapore and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has the answers. The research project saw some 2,500 participants aged 55 or over undergo cognitive measuring. Two years later, scientists remeasured those involved.
The results established that participants who drunk two or three cups of Black Tea a day had a 55% lower chance of suffering from cognitive decline. Those who drank six to ten cups a day, meanwhile, had up to a 63% lower chance.
Health PointsHydration, Refreshing, Relaxing
Time of DayBreakfast, Afternoon, Evening