Assam Tippy Orthodox GFOP Traditional Quality Black Loose Leaf Tea


  • This is a typical Assam orthodox tea, with golden tips, the fresh leaf buds.
  • Assam teas always show a characteristic malty-ness to their taste.
  •  Orthodox tea refers to hand-rolled tea or tea that is rolled with machinery that imitates hand-rolling.
  • The Orthodox process occurs after oxidation; the oxidation process can take up to three hours and involves bruising or cutting the withered leaves, releasing leaf juices and enzymes that activate oxidation.This transforms most of the catechins into complex tannins.
  • The tea leaves are rolled either by hand or mechanically on a cylindrical ridged rolling table moving in an eccentric manner.
  • This process produces a mixture of whole and broken tea leaves which are then graded.
  • In 1930 an adaptation was added to this process consisting of contra-rotation rotors that cut and tear the leaves, this was the start of the CTC or ‘Cut, Tear, Curl’ production that developed evenly cut small leaves popular for use in teabags.
  • Use boiling water to make this tea and steep for five minutes, the taste is never as strong with an Orthodox leaf as with a CTC leaf but there are far more nuances of flavour.
  • Interestingly, Helen loves milk with her Assam tea but in this instance thought it was so nice she drank it without, praise indeed...
  • You will receive 80 grams of this tea for £5.00. Using two grams per cup this works out at 40 cups of tea costing twelve pence per cup. 
  • At Gently Stirred every order is gift wrapped so if you're buying for a number of different people just add that information at checkout



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