REVIEW – English Breakfast by Jadu Tea London

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Jadu Tea London is a luxury tea brand that has initiated premium tea gifting by storm. We love their vision of serving a fine cup of tea in a classy, elegant and fashionable packaging. From being the next big thing in the Tea industry (recently featured in Vogue and many international magazines), Jadu is about sharing the magic. The navy blue box is a bundle of joy and we really enjoyed it.

Description of tea
The dry leaves are small to medium size in length, with scattered golden tips. The appearance is elegant, with floral and refreshing aroma.

Infused tea/Unique characteristics
The leaves brew a deep amber color liquor that has a nutty and mildly sweet aroma. The tea is quite good tasting and well balanced with malty richness, oaky undertone and a refreshing astringency. It’s smooth mouthfeel, unmarred by bitter notes, leaves a nice lingering toasty aftertaste.

Infusion
3 gms of leaves were infused in 200ml pre-boiled water (85-90 C) for 4 minutes. The infusion was both engaging and rich, attributing to a fine cup of breakfast tea.

Website – www.jadutea.co.uk
Twitter – @JADUtea
Rating – 3.6/5

TEA Trip Two – Assam, The Land Of TEA!

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Assam is the world’s largest tea-growing region and the second most commercial tea producing region in the world after southern China. To understand it’s history, culture and trade, right from it’s roots, we decided to travel to Assam. For me, an ardent tea addict, the journey here was a very willing step into nirvana.

Assam, as per data, comprises of more than 850 tea estates and more than 2500 tea gardens, that immediately arouse an almost fanatical devotion. Today, Assam produces more than half of the tea produced in India, which accounts to around 400 million kgs of tea from it’s gardens alone. Most of the premium grade tea is either auctioned or exported to other countries, through the auction center in Guwahati. Rest, which is left, is sold to the domestic market. This is sadly one of the prime reasons why most of the well-established tea brands in India are selling very low-grade tea.

Tea is produced in the low lying areas in Assam, unlike Darjeeling and Nilgiris, which are grown at higher altitudes. This is the reason why Assam tea is brisk, malty, bright and strong, while Darjeeling tea is light colored and musky, with floral aroma. Most of the tea gardens here are situated in Jorhat, which is called the ‘Tea Capital of The World’.

Assam tea has a very rich and fascinating history. It is manufactured specifically from the plant Camellia Sinensis, Assamica family. Assam teas or blends, are sold as ‘breakfast’ tea globally. For instance, Irish Breakfast Tea, a maltier and stronger variety, consists of small-sized Assam tea leaves. Infact, English tea and Scottish breakfast tea include tea from Assam. Interestingly, Pu-erh, one of China’s most famous tea, is essentially a green tea of the big-leafed assamica. Besides it’s distinctive black tea, Assam also produces smaller quantities of green and white tea.

I spent adventurous days exploring the local markets, visiting various tea vendors, shops and learning about tea, first hand from the local businesses. One such great moments in Guwahati was a brilliant evening of tea tasting and tea-talk, with Absolute Tea. Later, we headed to 11th Avenue, an urban café and bistro, overlooking a lake. A perfect evening spot, for a cup of tea. I met the owner Gaurav Das, and had wonderful chat over few rounds of exotic teas here. I would highly recommend this place to anyone looking to spend time reading, writing or simply enjoying the beautiful view by the lake, in this tea divine city.

Thus, my TEAlightful time in Assam came to an end and after many cups of brilliant tea, I was all set to catch my early morning train to Nagaland – to discover something enchanting, from the land of the warriors. I could smell the tea in the air.

My famous Rose Cardamom TEA Recipe For Chaayos Cafe

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My special Rose and Cardamom TEA, available at all Chaayos outlets.

This is one of my favorite tea recipes and is very special to me. You’ll enjoy making it as much as you’ll savor sipping it. It’s completely tealicious. You can make it yourself and if you are in Delhi, you can also go to one of the Chaayos tea café outlets and enjoy my aromatic cuppa there.

KEY INGREDIENTS
Black Tea/Green Tea
Cardamom
Edible Rose Water
Organic Sugar

PREPARATION
Depending on the servings, add crushed cardamom to boiling water (1 cardamom pod per cup). Then add organic tea to pre-boiled water and let it brew. Strain and serve it in your cup. Now, add edible rose water to your tea (2 tsp/cup) and stir it up. Add sugar as per taste. If you don’t find edible rose water in the market, no problem. You can make it right in your kitchen. I’ll blog about it soon.

BEST ENJOYED
On a day, when you want to escape to planet RELAX. This is a harmony tea tonic.