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Indian black teas are known for their strong aromatic liquor and a full-bodied flavor. The leaves used to make Indian tea come from the assamica variety of camellia sinensis (which give the tea that stronger flavor). Tea in India dates back to 500 BC and only black tea was produced until the recent decades. Here are the major types
Comes from the Assam region in North Eastern India, where it is grown near sea level in very humid conditions and high temperature. The tea has a strong malty flavor and amber color. It is often used in creating blends like English Breakfast or Irish Breakfast. Collected in two flushes – First flush in late March, while the second flush is collected later and considered superior due to containing golden tips.
This tea comes from India’s cool and wet Darjeeling region. Produced from harvests from 3 flushes – where the first is most sought after while the 3rd (aka. Autumnal) is of lesser quality. Its leaves yield in a thin-bodied, floral liquor of light color with a distinct muscatel flavor. Although classified as black tea, Darjeeling undergoes an incomplete oxidation process (<90%) in most cases.
Grown in the southern part of the Western Ghats mountains in Southern India, between 1000 -2500 meters above sea level. A lot of the tea undergoes the CTC process, resulting in dust for tea bags, but the full-leaf version is rather sought after and expensive. Nilgiri is a brisk and flavorful tea with an especially intense aroma and a dark-amber liquor.
Produced in the city of Munnar, in Kerala state located in southern India.
Also known as Himachal tea, grown in the city of Kangra in Northern India 3500 – 5500 meters above sea level. Its leaves have a reddish-brown color and the liquor has a floral character.
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Here is a very detailed and very ceremonial video of how to handle and prepare Pu-erh tea, starting with roasting of leaves, to brewing them. It also gives tips on what water to use and some customs surrounding the tea. At the end it feels very rewarding to see the ready tea being poured into cups, with its nice, saturated color – looking just delicious!
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For all those who are still unfamiliar with Kombucha Tea, this is a great video which instructs you on how to make your own kombucha at home. Kombucha is a fermented tea, prepared by using a microorganism culture (mushroom also called SCOBY for Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast). This tea is said to be beneficial for digestion, better skin condition and improver eyesight among other things.
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A Tetsubin (Cast Iron Tea Pot) can be quite a pricey investment and it is good to think about how you’ll be using it and what you want it for before buying one. There are many benefits of using a tetsubin, as it can distribute heat evenly and enrich water in iron, thus enhance the way your tea will taste. These are a few things to consider.
- Are you going to make the tea only for yourself of for more people? If the tetsubin will be your personal tea pot, it can be small in size and doesn’t necessarily need to have a stainer, because you can put the leaves directly in the pot. If you are going to brew large amounts of tea in it, it’s better to choose a tetsubin with a stainer, because then you will avoid over-brewing the tea if leaves are left in the water for a longer time.
- Tetsubins can come either with or without enamel coating on the inside. The uncoated pot will give off extra iron into the water and improves the taste of tea. If the water you are using is already rich in iron or minerals you should buy an enamel coated pot, as the extra iron might negatively affect the taste of tea. The coated pot is however the safest and most popular choice, the enamel will also prevent the pot from rusting.
- Check the weight of the pot. Some pots may look like a tetsubin, but they are really made of clay or some other material. A real tetsubin made of cast iron is quite heavy. Also make sure that the pot is not to heavy for you and white trying it out it will weigh even more when there is water inside.
- Look at the price. Real, quality tetsubins are usually not cheap. The prices often vary from 40 EUR (50 USD) and can even be as high as 150 EUR (200 USD).
- Finally, choose a design that suits you. Tetsubins come in many different styles and colors, with different relief patterns. The decision is yours to make!