Review: Lochan Teas Hattialli Golden Lion 1st Flush 2012, Assam

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Thumbs up!" Very smooth, no harshness or excessive sweetness to the malt, low astringency. Full bodied without hitting you over the head. The tea imparts a relaxed tasting experience. Potentially addictive. "
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An estate with a century-old tradition of excellence, Hattialli belongs to the Jokai group of gardens acquired from Rossell Industries Ltd in 2005. The name Hattialli is derived from the Assamese words "Hatti Alli", meaning Elephant Road, referring to a neighboring elephant camp. Its factory was the first in Assam to be awarded the prestigious ISO 9002 certification in 1996. It is famous for golden tippy high quality Orthodox teas, the resulting liquor said to maintain the right balance between briskness and mellowness.

So what’s Orthodox tea? Generally, Orthodox Assams are higher quality, less likely to be bitter, and contain more subtle and multi-layered flavors than CTC (machine processed) Assams. They are usually harvested by hand to get intact, whole leaves — small, young tea leaves plucked from the tips of the tea bush. They may not be fully oxidized, contrasted with CTC Assams which typically are fully oxidized.

And what does this mean for the quality of the Golden Lion?

Dry leaves: beautiful variegated golden tan to light brown. They have almost a waxy feel, deliciously moist. Aroma is woodsy and light caramel.

I brewed two tsp. of tea leaves at 200 degrees F for five minutes. Liquor was light caramel color. Sinuous long leaves unfurled partially.

Tasting experience: Very smooth, no harshness or excessive sweetness to the malt, low astringency. Full bodied without hitting you over the head. Less tannin taste than typical Assam, which I found refreshing. Biscuity, light taste of caramel. The tea imparts a relaxed tasting experience. Potentially addictive.

Lochan Tea serves as a merchant for Hattialli estate teas as well as producing tea from its Doke garden and providing training to European students. This tea was recently harvested and is not currently listed on the Lochan web page. Contact Vivek Lochan through the company web site if you’re interested in this tea.

— To purchase Lochan Teas Hattialli Golden Lion 1st Flush 2012, Assam, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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