Enjoying tea with a spot of milk is never wrong. However, certain teas are better suited than others. Originating from Kenya the technique of “Crush, tear, curl – (CTC)” production spread across south Asia during colonialism. CTC is a method of processing black tea in which the leaves are passed through a series of cylindrical rollers with serrated blades that crush, tear, and curl the tea into small hard granules. This exposes more cells in the leaf and consequently elevates the fermentation of the tea resulting in a stronger more full-bodied cup.
This particular CTC Belseri is 100% organic and is picked among the 1000 acres of plantations located in the lush northern bank of the Brahmaputra. Teas produced at Belseri are malty, with inherent character. Belseri Tea Estate located on the banks of River Brahmaputra, is the largest organic tea garden in Assam.
The estate produces about 5,00,000 kg of CTC and Orthodox Teas. It has characteristics that set it apart from other Tea Estates. The Estate is fed with Organic inputs in order to produce rich liquoring and pure healthy teas. It produces its own compost and regenerates the soil with natural inputs. Predators like birds and spiders fight the natural pests, in an environment which is close to nature and non-invasive by man-made fertilizers.
For this tea we suggest trying the Western-style of brewing. The idea behind it is to use much less leaf and much more water while brewing-times are much longer to extract as much of the flavor as possible at once.
An excellent choice for those who like a strong tea that should be drunk without milk.
The flavours in this tea are well balanced and lean towards sweet and woody notes. There are fruity and floral aspects to the flavour that remind us of cherry blossom.
The tea comes from specially selected plantations in the district, which produce an aromatic drink of deep colour.