Tea lovers are always on the hunt for new and interesting varieties to tantalize their tastebuds. If you’re looking to expand your tea horizons, consider exploring the robust, malt-like flavors of Mokalbari tea. Grown in the lush Mokalbari estate in the Assam region of India, this black tea stands out for its intense malty character.
What Gives Mokalbari Tea Its Distinctive Profile?
Mokalbari tea gets its signature malty taste from a combination of climate, soil conditions, and production methods. The Assam region of northeast India provides ideal growing conditions for the Camellia sinensis plant. Frequent monsoon rains, humid weather, and nutrient-rich soil contribute to fast plant growth and higher concentrations of flavor compounds in the leaves.
The tea plants on Mokalbari estate are cultivated at a relatively low altitude, which also enhances the bold, malted flavor. In addition, Mokalbari tea is processed using a technique called “hand piling,” where leaves are pressed and oxidized to bring out the maltiness. This intricate production method requires great skill but yields an incredible intensity of flavor.
Tasting Notes: Rich, Hearty, Malty
A sip of Mokalbari tea immediately confirms its bold personality. The flavor is reminiscent of malt extract with notes of molasses and toasted grain. It has a thick, viscous mouthfeel that coats the palate. Underneath the dominant malty taste, subtle hints of honey, fruit, and woodsmoke can be detected.
The teas rich, hearty character makes it ideal for breakfast or pairing with milk and sugar. It brews to a robust reddish-brown liquor. For best results, steep with water heated to 200-212 F for 3-5 minutes. This allows the full malted flavor to unfurl.
Where to Find Authentic Mokalbari Tea
If you’re enticed by the unique malty essence of Mokalbari, look for teas sourced directly from Mokalbari Tea Estate. Vahdam Teas offers single estate Mokalbari black tea that preserves the distinctive character of this specialty Indian tea.
For a truly immersive Mokalbari experience, visit when the tea plants are flowering in February and March. This is when Mokalbari’s malted magic is on full display. But a cup of Mokalbari tea can transport your tastebuds to India anytime. Savor the maltiness and you’ll be hooked on this distinctive black tea.