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No. 44

Assam Golden Valley - Loose Leaf

Indian Black Tea

A high-grown tea from India’s most famous tea-growing region, Assam Golden Valley is a premium second-flush breakfast tea: dark amber and deliciously malty.

From: Golden Valley, Assam, India

LOOSE LEAF
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The origins of our Assam Golden Valley Tea


Make space in your cupboard for a caddy of this extra special FTGFOP1 loose leaf Assam black tea. A second-flush, single-origin tea from the renowned Mangalam Tea Estate, India, Assam Golden Valley has a rich, malty, spicy flavour that makes for an invigorating cup at any time of day.

Golden Valley is a perfect example of a characterful Assam tea with its long dark wiry leaves and abundance of golden tips. Deliciously complex, it has a deep amber colour and enticing caramel aroma and can be enjoyed with milk and sugar according to your personal preference. Like all great breakfast teas, Assam Golden Valley is high in antioxidants, which come from the polyphenols in the plant and are known to have anti-inflammatory and immune system-boosting properties.

Mangalam Tea Estate, where this lovely brew comes from, is located in Upper Assam and has a reputation for growing superior black teas from close-planted Clonal cultivars of the assamica variety of Camellia sinensis tea bush. The leaves for Golden Valley are harvested by hand in Assam's high-quality second flush and produced via the orthodox method of plucking, withering, rolling oxidising (also known as fermenting) and drying.

Learn more about our Assam Golden Valley Tea

The FTGFOP1 designation denotes the quality of the leaves: Finest Tippy Golden; Flowery Orange Pekoe; and 1 for premium grade, referring to how the leaves were plucked – in this case, two tender leaves and a single bud at a time, with the coarser leaves left on the bush.

As for the plantation itself, Mangalam Tea Estate is located 5300m above the Brahmaputra valley, whose river (Brahmaputra river) dominates the Assam region in India's far northeast. The largest tea-growing region in the world, Assam experiences high precipitation during the monsoon period, with as much as 250-300mm of rain per day. The daytime temperature often rises to about 40C, creating greenhouse-like conditions of extreme humidity and heat – the tropical climate contributing to Assam's unique malty taste and making it one of the most popular breakfast brews in the world.


Alternatives to this West Bengali black tea


For another outstanding brew from this award-winning tea estate, try our Assam Mangalam tea. Also, from Upper Assam, our Assam Manjushree is packed with golden tips, while our Assam Breakfast, Assam TGFOP Thowra and Meleng teas are great examples of the region's full-bodied, malty styles.

Our in-depth guide has all you need to know for more about Assam tea's taste, history, and how to brew it. Or discover a range of other teas with our Classic Black Tea Discovery Collection, which offers taster pouches for five different breakfast brews.

Ingredients


Pure Indian black tea

Tasting notes


This tea offers a caramel and spice aroma and deep amber infusion. A rich and malty cup with honey and roasted grain mouthfeel.

Region


The state of Assam is bordering the Himalayas and Bhutan on its northern boundary, and Bangladesh to the South . It is connected to West Bengal via the Siliguri Corridor, a 14 miles wide strip of land that links the Eastern states to the rest of India, above Bangladesh. The Brahmaputra River, which originates on the Tibetan side of the Himalayas, crosses the northern part of the state, carrying runoff from the high peaks.

Learn more about the Assam Region of India

In the Assam valleys, the River is fed further by abundant rainfall that flood the plains, before running through Bangladesh to the Ganges Delta. The climate there is generally humid subtropical (Cfa), with the year split between wet and dry season. The wet season, between April and October, is extremely wet, oppressive and overcast, with 100% humidity for over 4 months, and very little air circulation. Assam experiences the highest rainfall of all Indian states, with severe flooding is a common occurrence.

The dry season is warm and mostly clear, still with very little wind. Throughout the year, the temperatures typically range between lows of 11°C and highs of 31°C, with temperature rarely exceeding 35°C. The high levels of rainfall create a fertile wetland which is known for its exceptional biodiversity. The hillier districts towards the South of the state, with elevations of 600m, experience a temperate climate (Cfb), with milder temperatures. The rich soils of Assam are covered by forests, a mixture of tropical evergreens and deciduous forests, swamps and grasslands. Bamboo, orchids and ferns grow in abundance, There are numerous wildlife sanctuaries, protecting tigers, leopards, rhinos and elephants.

Assam is famous for its silk and, of course, its teas. Although a mere 280 miles from Darjeeling, India’s other famous tea-growing region, Assam produces a very distinctive tea, with rich, malty notes, contrasting with the Darjeeling muscatel and floral notes. Due to the differences in topography, the tea bushes of Assam grow in higher temperatures, in a soil that is rich in nitrogen and organic matter. The Camellia sinensis assamica thrives in these conditions, producing larger leaves with robust flavours.

How to brew

3g

3g

100°C

100°C

200ml

200ml

4 - 5mins

4 - 5mins

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