Kanoka Estate Assam
2nd Flush Assam Black Tea
Sonitpur, Assam, India
Kanoka Assam will change your notions about Assam black teas. Unlike most Assam teas which are produced via machine processing, Kanoka Assam is completely handpicked and hand-crafted. The result is a full-bodied, flavorful, and complex brew. The leaves are lush and fragrant, with malty, woody flavors softened by sweet honey and fig notes.
Gongfu style: 95°C water, 5g tea to 100ml water. 1st steep: 20 seconds, then add 10 seconds each subsequent steep.
Western style: 95°C water, 1-2g tea to 100ml water (this is approx. 1 tablespoon for a large mug). 1st steep: 3 minutes, then add 1 minute for each subsequent steep.
Meet the Grower:
Kanoka Tea Estate is a small, family-owned tea farm in the middle of Assam. Located in Panchnoi Village in Sonitpur District, the estate benefits from the heavy precipitation and humid climate in the area which contributes to the robust, malty taste of Assam tea. The gardens cover a total of 6 acres, and are headed by brothers Pallabjyoti and Pranabjyoti Nath, together with Pranabjyoti's wife, Manmoyuri.
The estate uses all-natural Vriksayurveda agricultural techniques. These ancient Indian plant sciences focus on the health and lifecycle of the plant and soil, using natural herbal medicines to help boost them. Kanoka Tea Estate is also a member of Assamica Agro, a local cooperative that is promotes sustainability in tea, with the use of local vermicomposting and cow-based fertilizer. The members of the cooperative are continually working to develop new techniques.
While there are other all-natural estates in Assam, many of them are in conversion from conventional agriculture. Because the Nath Family is the first to cultivate this land, no pesticides or chemicals have ever been used on the land or on these tea plants. To keep the garden from becoming overgrown, the team weeds the fields manually.
The estate's smooth, complex teas are the result of careful handcrafting using natural materials. Every step of the tea-making process is done with great attention, from handplucking to handprocessing the tea.