Assam 1860: Tea that Celebrates Life
When a beautiful black box with "Assam 1860" written on it in bold green font arrived at my doorstep around a couple of weeks back, I had grand plans of trying it out in different ways and also churning up a couple of recipes with it. But as luck would have it, a couple of family emergencies, viral fever, a minor accident and a phase of gadget apocalypse kept me busy and indisposed for the last fortnight and none of my plans saw the light of day. My first cup of Assam 1860 was had in a rather unceremonious manner in which I allowed the tea bag to soak in the boiling water forever. And when I took my first sip of it 10 minutes later, it had turned slightly bitter than how I would have liked. But the robust taste that I could garner even from that cup gone wrong gave me the hope that once seeped for the right amount of time this bag could yield one of the best cups of tea I've had.
With the loose CTC tea leaves I made milk tea for my family. Brought 2 heaped tsp of tea and 2 cups of milk to a boil and later sweetened it to the drinker's preference. The result, I was told, was neither too strong no too mild. Does that mean perfect? Well, you have to drink it to find out.
After all, Assam 1860 dates back to more than 150 years. Plucked, processed and packed in the picturesque Thowra Estate, a chai bagan set up in 1860, these leaves ensure quality and freshness that is unparalleled.
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