BUKHIAL - P.F. - 2nd Flush
(Estate Black Tea)
Country of Origin: India
Region: Assam - Golaghat
Grade: PF (Pekoe Fannings)
Attitude: up to 2500 feet above sea level
Manufacture Type: CTC (Cut, Torn and Curled)
Cup Characteristics: coppery and bright with full-bodied strength. Add milk to experience the true malty character from one of the top Assam gardens.
Infusion: Very bright and golden coppery
Ingredients: Luxury black tea
Bukhial is a tea estate belonging to and managed by George Willamson Assam Ltd - the world’s largest privately held tea plantation group. Bukhial is situated on the south side of the Brahmaputra River in the state of Assam near a remote region called Nagaland. Wild elephants still roam the estate, but it could be worse; a century ago headhunters also lurked in the forests! In this area rainfall is lower which makes the bushes grow more slowly, producing an outstanding tea. For those of you that like a very full bodied tea with flavor and stringency and has ‘oomph’ in the cup - this is it!
You will see by the leaf appearance that the tea is very small and rounded. The reason for it being like this is simple. There are tea companies in Japan, Germany, France and Scandinavia who wanted a tea for tea bags, which had:
i) quality that was in the top 5 percentile of world quality (well into the specialty tea quality)
ii) price was no object
iii) the best malty and ‘mouth-feel’ flavor and character they could find in a tea
These companies only pack this tea for very special clients and in very special packets - an exceptionally exclusive tea.
We decided that what was good enough for heads of state, chair people of major multinational corporations and embassies, was the tea for us - one small difference though - we do not take the risk of masking any subtle flavour notes with a tea bag!
Hot tea brewing method: Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 teaspoon of tea for each cup into the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 3-7 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea). Even though milk and a dash of sugar help capture the malty character of this tea, it is perfectly acceptable to consume this tea ‘straight-up’