Assam Arunachal Green tea was featured in our May 2015 boxes. It is grown on the border between Indian states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. The area where this tea comes from is relatively new for tea cultivation. Most of the tea plants have been planted quite recently and most of the tea estates now make the most of science around tea growing available to them. For example, certain varieties of tea plants are known to do better in certain areas and produce tea that exhibits superior qualities. Most of the tea growing area around Arunachal Pradesh is now devoted to plants that produce Darjeeling-like teas as they seem to fare particularly well around there. In fact this area is now becoming well known for its production of Darjeeling style teas.
However this particular green tea differs from a lot of other teas from India in that it is not grown on a large tea estate but instead by a very small village community.
This particular tea is grown in tiny quantity in a small village in Arunachal Pradesh by the Mishmi tribe. They have been switching from growing opium to growing tea over the past years and we are really happy to be able to support them by buying their tea.
This Assam Arunachal Green tea has beautiful large and delicate dark green leaves that are lightly scented. The liquor produced is light green and has a deep vegetal flavour with delicate stony undertones. There is just a tiny hint of smoke on the aftertaste that makes this tea a bit more unusual and interesting!
This tea is best brewed at 80°C for 2-3 minutes. Brew multiple times and savour the complexities of this tea from each steep.