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Assam Namsang Tea Estate


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Assam Namsang Tea Estate


Appearance: finely-twisted, distinctive leaf, some contrasting tip
Grade: orthodox manufacture – SFTGFOP
Oxidation: fully-oxidized


Flavor: smooth flavor, with complex, lightly-malted flavors
Aroma: fresh, invigorating aroma reminiscent of an eastern China black tea
Liquor: clear, very dark-amber liquor



Namsang Tea Estate
Assam State, India

2nd Flush (May, June)

Use 2 teaspoons (2-3 grams) per 6 oz water
Steep 1 infusion at 3 – 4 minutes
Water temperature should be 195°F-205°F


Steeping Notes:


I find that I prefer this black tea steeped at a lower temperature than most black teas. Using cooler water helps to show off the creaminess in the leaf and eliminates any chance of bitterness.

I also often use 1 Tablespoon and re-steep the leaf one time

Spectacular flavor and elegant styling mark this old-friend-to-us Assam tea. We recently received a new shipment of this delicious tea based on a diverse group of  2nd Flush Assam teas that we were tasting. It is from a special lot of SFTGFOP grade mid-to-large size leaf, from one of our long-time favorite producers.

We were struck by the clarity of its steeped liquor and the fullness of flavor that this tea shows. It is extremely well-made and the careful handling during manufacture shows in the evenness of the dry leaf and also contributes to its clean and elegant flavor.

This Namsang 2nd Flush Assam has minimal ‘pull’  (the astringency that makes the inside of your mouth feel clean). Rather, the impression one gets from drinking it is more one of smooth richness and solid, full-bodied mouth-feel. We particularly like the flavors we tasted of a mild nuttiness, and its biscuit-y finish. The aroma has a slight suggestion of a ripe pear or bowl of cherries. There is also a slight cocoa or soft chocolate aroma that reminds us of the large leafed eastern China black teas that we love.

Namsang Tea Estate is located in the Upper Assam Valley in northeastern India. It is one of the older tea gardens in Assam and manufactures mainly orthodox leaf for the premium tea trade. The remote situation of this garden shows in the depth of flavor that the leaf contains.

Overall this is a beautiful and delicious tea for both tea drinkers who drink Assam tea regularly, and also those who only drink malty teas occasionally.