Orthodox Black Tea
Tea: Heritage Orthodox Black
Grower: Rajen Baruah of Heritage Tea
Origin: Dibrugarh, in Assam, India
Harvest Date: May 1, 2014
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A classic Assam black tea, processed Orthodox style for full leaf and high-quality. Robust, assertive and strong, with malt, rose, and raisin flavors. The texture is full with a bright, astringent finish.
Currently, black tea from Assam is predominantly CTC (Crush, Tear, Curl), which is low-quality, fragmented tea. The region is dominated by large companies that make low-quality tea. Rajen Baruah had worked for these large tea companies, but came out of retirement to establish Heritage Tea. This Orthodox style of processing creates a more complex and deep flavor profile. He is now empowering Assam tea farmers to make specialty teas like these.
Heritage Tea grows with locally-sourced vermicompost, and is completely chemical-free.
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Recommended Brewing Instructions: Use 1tsp (~3g) per 250ml cup.
Brew for 2 minutes.
- 195F for a less astringent, lighter profile with slightly sweeter notes.
- 205F for a fuller, sharper profile with deep raisin and malt flavors.
This tea can be rebrewed up to 2 times, with hotter water and longer infusions.
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