Saturday Morning Tea

Tonganagaon Est Assam Dry Leaf 01-18-14

Good morning, dear tea friends! I’m glad to be back with a new tea post to share with you. My poor desktop is gone, replaced by my laptop, which is actually much faster. My biggest challenge was finding a new photo editing software that didn’t break the bank. I’m trying out Photoshop Elements on a free trial and, so far, it’s doing everything I’d like it to do. I hadn’t realized how slow my old desktop was. She served me well for 15 years. Ok, on to tea…

This morning’s tea is an Assam tea from the Tonganagaon Estate. This black tea from northeastern India has been cultivated without the use of synthetic pesticides and herbicides so it’s a certified organic tea. I couldn’t find much information about this tea garden other than it’s small and located near the Namdapha National Park, one of the richest areas of biodiversity in all of India.

Tonganagaon Est Assam Steep 01-18-14

I steeped the variegated, tippy leaves for 4 minutes in boiling point (212F) water. If you enjoy milk in your tea, I recommend steeping for a minute or so longer. A pronounced toasty aroma wafted up from my glass teapot as the leaves steeped.

Tonganagaon Est Assam Wet Leaf 01-18-14

This tea is considered a whole leaf tea but all I saw were large broken pieces of leaf. I think that a tea can be designated as whole leaf if the leaf bits are above a certain size as they’re running them through sieves during processing.

Tonganagaon Est Assam Teapot 01-18-14The tea liquor is a gorgeous, glowing orange. The flavor is silky smooth with light notes of spice and malt, along with some toasty nuances. This is the most complex organic Assam tea I’ve tasted in a long time, quite a pleasure.

Tonganagaon Est Assam Teamug 01-18-14

A little while ago, it was teeming rain and now big fat flakes of snow seem to be pouring out of the sky, coating everything with an icy white frosting. I’m spending an afternoon with my family this afternoon, celebrating another birthday and looking forward to a wonderful year to come!

Have a great week and enjoy your tea!

“With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.”  ~William Shakespeare

7 comments on “Saturday Morning Tea

  1. Dave C says:

    Hmmm. Sounds like another Assam that I have to try out before it is gone. Assam’s are my favorite black teas, almost always with milk.

    Hope Adobe Elements works out – and happy birthday again.

  2. Steph W says:

    Congrats on the laptop. I think you will learn to love it! Happy belated bday!

  3. Jenn says:

    15 years is a very good lifespan for a computer!
    I like Paint Shop Pro better than Elements. I think it might cost a little more, but not as much as full Photoshop.

  4. Thanks for your mention of Tonganagaon Tea Estate and it’s cup of black tea.As it happens me and my brother Shivaji Sen were born in Tonganagaon Tea Estate in 1950s.We have memories of Tongana , Litong river, KakoPathar and Philobari..a quiet ,picturesque tea garden located close to Namdapha Forest range.It brought me great delight to know of it’s tea!All the Best ,

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