Saturday Morning Tea

Good morning, dear tea friends! For this last Saturday in October, I’ve chosen an Assam which has been described as “a stout cup”. I wanted to review an Assam that knocks your socks off in strength and body.

Meet Langharjan estate TGFBOP Tippy.

Langharjan estate is located near the town of Naharkatiya in extreme northeastern India.

As you can see from the dry leaf above and its leaf designation, TGFBOP or “Tippy Golden Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe”, this is a tea with a lot of leaf tip. I find that the tippier Assams are a lot smoother. And this one is so incredibly smooth.

I steeped the leaves for 4 minutes in boiling point (212F) water.

The aroma is lightly malty and rich with a hint of toastiness.

Despite the greyness of the day outside, my teapot glows as if a fire is burning inside of it.

This tea delivers in every way. Rich, malty, smooth as silk, my type of Assam. You could probably coax some astringency out of it by pushing the steep time to 5+ minutes. At that point though you might want to add some milk or cream.

Unbelievably, especially after the winter we had last year, a snowstorm is predicted for our area tonight and into tomorrow. I am not ready for this type of weather again so soon! I will need many cups of tea for comfort as the white stuff descends upon us so unseasonably early.

Stay warm, dear friends, with your hands curled around your favorite cup of tea!

“I like living.  I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.” ~Agatha Christie

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4 comments on “Saturday Morning Tea

  1. Steph W says:

    I just had an Assam that “knocked my socks off” – it was from Uganda. Interesting! Thank you for this series.

  2. Judy Shea says:

    Karen.. the color of the tea water is a beautiful orange’ish for the Autumn.. but it sure doesn’t feel like Autumn today.. this snow is just too soon.. a long winter ahead? Let’s hope this disappears quickly.

  3. artandtea says:

    You’re very welcome, Steph!

    I’m with you on that, Judy!

  4. Just beautiful! The colour is stunning. I’m still trying to cling onto summer, drinking as much green tea as I can — but I definitely think I need to switch to more autumnal/winter teas after reading this. Delightful!

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