|In the northeastern state of Assam in India, along the Brahmaputra River grow the hearty, malty Assam teas. The heavy rainfall and hot, humid day time temperatures in this area create the perfect green house like environment for growth, as well as helping to create the unique taste found only in Assam teas. Their distinct flavor can be enjoyed "as is"; however, Assam teas are often used in conjunction with other teas to create numerous blends, specifically breakfast teas.|
The Kopili Tea Estate takes its name from the sacred River which meanders through the Hills of Assam and empties into the Mighty Brahmaputra in the plains. Legend says that many years ago the Great King of the Dimasa tribe visited all the sacred places in the Himalayas seeking blessings of the deities in those remote religious spots for an heir to the throne. He was told, "In your Kingdom, O Noble King, the Kopili River flows over great rocks amidst serene dark green forests, where the air is pure and you can hear the pleasing sounds of white pigeons calling each other. Go and wash yourself in the cool sacred waters there and your desire will be fulfilled." The King did as he was told and lo and behold the Queen gave birth to a son and the whole Kingdom rejoiced.
Located in the Mikir Hills, an extension of the Great Himalayan Range, in Umrangshu in the North Cachar Hills district of Assam, at an elevation of 1800 ft is the Kopili Tea Estate. It is the only garden in Assam that is located at this high altitude, other Assam gardens are at a maximum of 150-200 ft. Being situated in a sparsely populated area, where soils are rich in mineral content and covered with the lush evergreen rain forests, the Kopili gardens have benefited from the special climatic conditions and the virgin soil. The estate is 2000 acres in size, with over 500 acres in tea cultivation.
The organic blackish tea leaves, with golden tips, brew to a bright copper liquor with a sweet musty smell and a bold malty taste.
Brew tea at 212º - steep for 3 minutes.
Assam teas complement foods such as chocolate, spiced desserts, meat, strong cheeses, fish and more.
Baked Fish with Tea Sauce
2/3 cup boiling water
2 tsp Assam black tea
½ tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 tsp fresh gingerroot, minced
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 tsp honey
2 fish fillets (cod, snapper, haddock, etc…)
Preheat oven to 325 °
Place the tea leaves in the boiling water, cover, and steep 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, pour the tea water into a bowl, straining out the tea leaves. Add remaining ingredients (except fish) and mix well. Keep at room temperature.
Drizzle 2 Tbsp of the sauce in a glass baking dish. Place the fish on the sauce in the baking dish and cover with sauce. (Reserve 2-3 Tbsp of the sauce to drizzle over the cooked fish). Bake for 20 minutes.
|My friends father is the kopili tea estates manager. we get free packets of kopili estate tea every few months. i have also visited the estate many times.|
||Rich full flavor
|This tea has hidden quali-teas...ha ha. This tea has a rich malty almost creamy flavor which is hard to get without being a desert tea. It has faint sweet notes and some flavors I cant yet recognize. I like teas that surprise me and this one is a real winner. You guys rock, keep those awesome teas coming.|
|- Kevin Hogstedt, NM|
||Very nice afternoon cup
|Rich, malty, big nose, low tannin. A very nice robust afternoon tea with honey and, if you like, some milk.|
|- Tea Tippler, CT|
||Warm and toasty
|I found this tea not as malty with a creamy mouth feel as some other Assam teas, but a great toasty flavor with a sweet finish.|
|- Charles Wood, OH|
||The Best Tea Ever
|The Kopili Estate tea is the best tea ever. Its rich malty flavor sets it part from other teas. Others are good, even very good, but this tea is EXCELLENT.|
|- Pat, PA|
||I cannot live without this tea!
|S&Vs Assam - Kopili Estate is more than my favorite tea. I cant go through a day without it! I was in London for a week last year, drinking tea at every turn, but wished Id brought my own supply of this dark, rich, invigorating brew. I sometimes blend it with decaf Ceylon and usually drink it with warmed vanilla soy milk. Yum! And its organic, too, so I know that with every sip Im helping save the planet. Three cheers for S&V Kopili!|
|- Lindegard, NJ|