Long Leaf Assam
A single farm Assam grown and processed by Pallabjyoti Nath who farms just 7 acres of land in Sonitpur district in total using no artificial fertilisers or pesticides, producing only a few hundred kilos of tea each per year.
Every year we choose an outstanding batch of tea from the Nath family, and this was our pick of 2018. Long Leaf is a singular Assam, processed as a whole leaf resulting in a tea which is light, aromatic and sweet, with a tangy fruitiness. Eschewing the more traditional Assam flavour profile of full-bodied malt, this tea has something about it of Taiwanese reds and is a reminder that many of the best Taiwanese black teas have roots in Assam, using hybridised plants descended from Assamese cultivars. We recommend taking this black, with traditional gong fu parameters, although it can take milk at a push.
New Assam Whole Leaf Batch Pallab Nath, Kanoka Tea Farm, Sonitpur, Assam, India
SIZE OF FARM
7 acres of tea
PLANTS AND PROCESSING
Camellia Sinensis Assamica, TV17 clonal cultivar. Harvested late-Summer 2018.
95°C, 3-4g per 150mls. 2 infusions.
Pallabjyoti Nath wanted to stay in his home village where he had grown up and married so together with his brother Pranabjyoti they decided to start a small farm that included tea with other plants like oranges, rubber as well as a variety of vegetables. Processing their teas by hand, they have started to make delicious orthodox teas in Sonitpur an area renowned for large tea estates which have seen dramatic and very violent clashes between the owners and the low paid workers. The Naths and other small local tea farmers want to work together to create a community of small tea farmer who can maximize their earning by producing tea rather than accepting the unacceptably low prices offered by bought leaf factories.