by Little Yellow Teapot (a tea steeping marvel and occasional contributing author to this e-zine)
It’s always a sad time when we reach the last of our stock of certain teas – you know, the ones that are truly special. Well, the day has come when we reached the last of this Hattiali TGFOP 1 CL TPY 2nd Flush 2013 Assam tea [garden name on vendor label spelled differently from the garden site, which is the spelling I used here – just noting to save my readers some confusion]. And my humans and I (your fave little teapot) are indeed sad. What to do… TEA PARTY! Yes, tea parties are the answer to all our sad times. So, I invited that cutie teacup and the Moravian cookies from the local store to join in. It really cheered up our humans.
The Hattiali Tea Estate is a “South Bank” (of the Brahmaputra River that flows through there) tea estate that is part of the Dibrugarh district in the Assam state of northern India. “Hattiali” combines the Assamese words “hatti” and “alli,” which together mean “elephant road.” The garden has 405 hectares planted, of which 164 hectares are planted with clonal bushes. This tea is one of their tippy versions, know for their high quality, plenty of golden tips, and rigorously orthodox processing. They have been working to achieve a high standard and consistent quality that you humans here in the U.S. and in Europe have come to expect from a cuppa. This tea is even sold at Harrod’s in London, UK.
One thing we have come to expect from this vendor, also, is the sourcing of the best teas from the gardens in India. We’ve gotten to enjoy quite a few over the years, and hope to enjoy them for many years to come as the company grows. The rich malty flavor of this tea, which my humans chose to smooth with some milk and sweetener, is great for tea time or even with meals. We will miss it, but have others on hand that should be able to soothe our tea-loving appetites. TOOOT!
Disclaimer: all items were furnished by the vendor but all opinions expressed here are totally unbiased.
© 2014 A.C. Cargill photos and text