Halmari Golden Paw Assam
The discovery of Assam tea in the steamy jungles of Northeast India was one of the great culinary finds. It changed tea drinking for all time. The Assam leaf is larger, stronger tasting, and chocked with more caffeine than the Chinese variety. Few teas will wake you better than a hearty Assam. But there are those people who want a tea with a good caffeine punch that also goes down smoothly. Halmari Golden Paw Assam is that kind of tea.
It is rare to find an Assam tea with as high a bud count as the Halmari Golden Paw. You can tell it has a high bud count by the number of golden leaves in the tea. Halmari glows with lovely gold leaves. The reason those leaves are gold is because buds have not yet begun photosynthesis and therefore do not have chlorophyll which turns black when a tea oxidizes, and it is oxidation that creates a black tea. In addition to having a gold color, buds have more caffeine than mature leaves. Therefore you get a little extra boost of caffeine in a tea like Halmari Golden Paw with its high bud count.
Halmari Estate is known for its high quality Assam teas. The estate, approximately 85 years old, uses well respected clones for its orthodox teas.
Use 2 grams of tea for every 6 ounces of water. Generally this works out to a teaspoon per every 6 ounces of water. Steep for 4 minutes with boiling water. This tea is tasty as is or with milk and/or sweetener.