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No. 6

Assam Thowra - Loose Leaf

Indian Black Tea

Rise and shine: with its golden tips and strong notes of malt and spice, this stellar breakfast brew from Thowra Tea Estate is all you need to start your day.

From: Sivasagar District, Assam, India

LOOSE LEAF
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8-15 days, up to 30*, Not Tracked

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From £15.00

Fedex

2-3 days, up to 7*, Tracked

ROW Tracked

From £18.95

Fedex

1-5 days, up to 5*, Tracked

 *Most deliveries will be made within the usual time frame, but some areas and services may experience delays.

 

Rest of the World

 

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Standard

From £4.00

Royal Mail

8-15 days, up to 30*, Not Tracked

USA tracked

From £15.00

Fedex

2-3 days, up to 7*, Tracked

ROW Tracked

From £18.95

Fedex

1-5 days, up to 5*, Tracked

 *Most deliveries will be made within the usual time frame, but some areas and services may experience delays.

 

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The origins of our Assam Thowra Indian black tea


This distinctive single origin loose-leaf black tea is from Thowra Estate, one of the most famous and respected tea gardens in the Sivasagar district of Assam, India. A wonderful breakfast brew, Assam Thowra is an outstanding second-flush loose leaf tea with a full-bodied, robust spicy and malty flavour. Its neat, wiry tea leaves boast an abundance of golden tips and impart a copper-coloured infusion with a distinctive malty aroma. It is exactly the kind of tea that you will want to pair with a full English fry-up or as an alternative to our best selling English Breakfast.

Assam teas, most of which are grown at or near sea level, are known for their body, briskness and malty flavour, as well as their strong and bright colour. This one is no exception. A TGFOP (Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe) grade tea, it has all the nuance that you would expect of a top-quality Assam: a hearty aroma of caramel, cacao and biscotti, followed by flavours of malty sweet raisins and dates with hints of stone fruit.

Like all strong black teas, Assam Thowra is high in caffeine, which can help sharpen your focus and promote a sense of wellbeing, hence we recommend it for the morning. The health benefits of black tea have been well researched in recent years and linked to everything from lowered blood pressure and improved gut health, to reduced risk of Parkinson's disease and certain forms of cancer. What's more, if you choose not to add milk or honey, Assam Thowra is a vegan tea – although we do love this one with a generous splash of milk.

Learn more about Assam


The terroir of Assam


Occupying the lush green landscape of north-east India, the state of Assam is the largest tea-growing region in the world. This mostly low-lying region is dominated by the mighty Brahmaputra river and renowned for its forests, wetlands and floodplains.

Assam has a climate dominated by heavy rainfall and high humidity. This part of India 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. It's this tropical climate, combined with the region's low average elevation, that contributes to Assam's unique malty taste and makes it one of the world's most popular breakfast brews. Our Assam Thowra is cultivated on an tea plantation that dates back to 1970 and sits at an elevation of 1000m above sea level.


Alternatives to this single origin Black Tea


If you are a fan of a classic morning brew, you can't go past a caddy of our eye-opening Assam Breakfast tea, a bold, dark blend to kick off your day. You'll find another rich, malty example from the region in our Assam Golden Valley tea. For another outstanding tippy tea, we recommend our single-origin Assam Mangalam, while our Manjushree and Meleng are both delightful alternative second-flush Assam teas to try.

For more about Assam tea's taste, history and how to brew it, our in-depth guide has all you need to know. While you are shopping for a caddy of Assam's finest, why not check out our brilliant range of classic Cornishware – with its bold, cheerful stripes, it's the perfect porcelain to pair with your breakfast brews.

Ingredients


Pure Indian black tea

Tasting notes


The tea offers a cacao and biscotti aroma and deep amber infusion. A strong malty cup with raisin and dates and warm spicy 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 - 4g

3g - 4g

100°C

100°C

200ml

200ml

4 - 5mins

4 - 5mins

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