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No. 34

Assam Meleng - Loose Leaf

Second Flush Indian Black Tea

Subtly malty with a hint of sweetness, this premium loose-leaf Meleng tea from Assam’s prestigious second flush is an uplifting brew to begin your day with.

From: Jorhat District, Assam, India

LOOSE LEAF
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2-5 days, up to 14*, Not Tracked

Tracked

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£9.95

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From £4.00

Royal Mail

8-15 days, up to 30*, Not Tracked

USA tracked

From £15.00

Fedex

2-3 days, up to 7*, Tracked

ROW Tracked

From £18.95

Fedex

1-5 days, up to 5*, Tracked

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From £4.00

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8-15 days, up to 30*, Not Tracked

USA tracked

From £15.00

Fedex

2-3 days, up to 7*, Tracked

ROW Tracked

From £18.95

Fedex

1-5 days, up to 5*, Tracked

 *Most deliveries will be made within the usual time frame, but some areas and services may experience delays.

 

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The origins of Assam Meleng Second Flush


Give your morning a boost with our single-origin Assam Meleng FTGFOP tea. A classic black loose leaf tea, its subtle maltiness, honey-like aroma with floral-toasty notes and high caffeine content all make it the perfect breakfast brew.

Grown at 1,200m in the foothills of the Patkai mountains, Northeastern India, the tea leaves from Meleng estate is from Assam's second flush, which is the harvest that runs from late May/early June to late summer. Boasting long leaves with lots of golden tips (FTGFOP stands for Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe), this Indian tea, grown from the Assamica camellia Sinensis cultivar, has the malty briskness typical of Assam and complex, comforting flavours of dried raisins and cinnamon. Drink it black for an antioxidant-rich, health-bolstering brew, or soften its tannic richness with a dash of milk. If you're drinking it black, try a squeeze of lemon to enhance its character and let all those lovely robust Assam second-flush qualities come to the fore.

Read more about the Meleng Estate


About the Meleng Tea Estate


Meleng estate is an Assam tea garden famous for producing premium-quality orthodox and CTC teas harvested from clonal bushes. Located in the hilly Jorhat district of south-central Assam, Meleng was established in the 1850s, making it one of the oldest tea plantations in the state.

Meleng estate is named for the Meleng river, which cuts through the tea plantation and surrounding countryside. Once rich in biodiversity, this area is still important for wildlife: just down the road is Hollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary and forest reserve, a refuge for important birdlife and India's only ape species, the hoolock gibbon.

Renowned for producing outstanding golden tippy teas from its century-old tea bushes, Meleng estate has won numerous awards from the Tea Board of India. The estate also has several initiatives to protect its workers – providing its workers with free housing, fuel, medical care and water, and subsidised food and education.


Other exceptional strong Indian black teas


Assam tea is renowned for its brisk, malty character, making it ideal for masala or classic blends such as our Assam Breakfast tea. Also typical of the region is Assam TGFOP Thowra, while Assam Mangalam is another single-origin tea with enticing caramel characters and a hint of spice. For more delightfully tippy options, we suggest trying a caddy of Manjushree or Golden Valley tea.

Discover the history of Assam tea (and how to brew it) in our in-depth guide. Shopping for more? Try our Classic Black Tea Discovery Collection, which includes taster pouches for five different breakfast brews.

Ingredients


Pure Indian black tea

Tasting notes


This tea offers a caramel and spice aroma and deep amber infusion. A rich and malty cup with honey and roasted grain mouthfeel.

Region


The state of Assam is bordering the Himalayas and Bhutan on its northern boundary, and Bangladesh to the South . It is connected to West Bengal via the Siliguri Corridor, a 14 miles wide strip of land that links the Eastern states to the rest of India, above Bangladesh. The Brahmaputra River, which originates on the Tibetan side of the Himalayas, crosses the northern part of the state, carrying runoff from the high peaks.

Learn more about the Assam Region of India

In the Assam valleys, the River is fed further by abundant rainfall that flood the plains, before running through Bangladesh to the Ganges Delta. The climate there is generally humid subtropical (Cfa), with the year split between wet and dry season. The wet season, between April and October, is extremely wet, oppressive and overcast, with 100% humidity for over 4 months, and very little air circulation. Assam experiences the highest rainfall of all Indian states, with severe flooding is a common occurrence.

The dry season is warm and mostly clear, still with very little wind. Throughout the year, the temperatures typically range between lows of 11°C and highs of 31°C, with temperature rarely exceeding 35°C. The high levels of rainfall create a fertile wetland which is known for its exceptional biodiversity. The hillier districts towards the South of the state, with elevations of 600m, experience a temperate climate (Cfb), with milder temperatures. The rich soils of Assam are covered by forests, a mixture of tropical evergreens and deciduous forests, swamps and grasslands. Bamboo, orchids and ferns grow in abundance, There are numerous wildlife sanctuaries, protecting tigers, leopards, rhinos and elephants.

Assam is famous for its silk and, of course, its teas. Although a mere 280 miles from Darjeeling, India’s other famous tea-growing region, Assam produces a very distinctive tea, with rich, malty notes, contrasting with the Darjeeling muscatel and floral notes. Due to the differences in topography, the tea bushes of Assam grow in higher temperatures, in a soil that is rich in nitrogen and organic matter. The Camellia sinensis assamica thrives in these conditions, producing larger leaves with robust flavours.

How to brew

3g - 4g

3g - 4g

100°C

100°C

200ml

200ml

4 - 5mins

4 - 5mins

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