Monday, January 23, 2012

Monday's Green tea -- Assam Fatikcherra Green

Assam Fatikcherra

It's unusual to find such a nice green tea outside of China or Japan. However, this Assam beauty is smooth and mild with very little astringency. Outstanding choice for a nice light iced tea. 185°F 1 level teaspoon tea per 8 ounces water; steep for 1-3 minutes. Organic and Fair Trade.

Yesterday, I talked a bit about the Assam region of India and the dark, bold black teas that hail from those lands.

Well, this tea is a tough one to figure. I get it from an Indian importer. He calls it Assam Fatikcherra, so that's what i called it. Research since naming the tea, though, indicate that the Fatikcherra estate is located in Tripura, a small Indian state that is bordered on three sides by Bangladesh and can only be accessed in India by passing through the state of Assam. The estate can, though, be considered of the Assam region, and so I'm leaving the name as is. The landlocked state of Tripura has hilly terrains (about 15 ft. to 3100 feet above see level), rich, fertile soil and climatic conditions that are optimal for growing tea.

Literature shows that there were large populations of rhinoceros, elephant, tiger, leopard, langurs and monkeys in Tripura, but many species were facing extinction. These also include some of the highly rare, endemic and endangered species -- including the Hoolock gibbon, slow loris, capped langur, Phayre’s langur, stump-tailed macaquae and pig-tailed macaque. The other endangered and threatened mammalian species in Schedule 1 of Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 are elephant, sloth bear, Indian wolf, Binturong, leopard, marbled cat, leopard cat, Chinese pangolin and serrow, etc. Progress is being made, and numbers are slowly increasing. Tripura also boasts over 300 species of birds. (Sorry ... shouldn't go on like that but the wildlife fascinates me ... now you're starting to learn how I got all the knowledge about all the weird things I know about).

Always try to read something while enjoying a nice cup of tea ... read something nice. The world is full of too much nastiness.

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