Good Earth Tea celebrated Hot Tea Month in January. I'm a little late to the party; but for tea lovers like me, every month is a good time to celebrate a cup or two of delicious hot tea.
Good Earth features premium quality teas like Hathikuli Organic tea. I've sampled this lovely tea, which is a proprietary blend sourced from an area that been called one of the world's most diverse ecosystems.
Hathikuli Estates is the largest integrated organic farm in Assam, India, where tea is made
how it was meant to be. Hathikuli is named after
hati, the Assamese word for elephant, while
kuli means frequent; in other words, a place frequented by elephants. Skilled pickers harvest the tea leaves and flushes, depositing them into bamboo baskets to maintain their quality.
Prized for its remarkably distinctive flavor profile, this premium loose leaf black tea features sweet, malty notes of dates and honey with a nutty tease. Hathikuli is so smooth, it can be enjoyed on its own or with milk. The tea is packaged in a uniquely designed, reusable metal tin that pays homage to the local elephants.
Other artisanal teas available from goodearth.com include herbal, black and green teas. Lemon-kissed Cucumber is a light, slightly astringent green tea with hints of lemon peel plus notes of cucumber. Peppermint Treat has a refreshing peppermint flavor with creamy white chocolate and spicy hints of peppercorns; Puerh Things has rich layers of such flavors as roasted cocoa, blackcurrant and spicy fennel with citrus notes; and Turmeric Chai is a complex tea with spicy flavors of turmeric, cardamom and white pepper. Since turmeric has been receiving lots of buzz recently as a natural spice that helps build immune systems, I'm planning to order that tea next.
Good Earth Tea's location sounds like a fabulous place to visit, in northeast India south of the Himalayas. I've put them on my bucket list for future adventures, since their website proclaims:
The rustic tranquility of the hills is complemented by the raging Brahmaputra River, creating impossibly lush plantations. This serves to impart a distinct flavor to the tea that can be found nowhere else. Nearby sits Kaziranga National Park, a World Heritage Site, and home to two-thirds of the global Greater One-Horned Rhino population. Here you'll find skilled pickers, carefully harvesting delicate tea leaves and flushes, depositing them nimbly into bamboo baskets. The organic cultivation of tea in Hathikuli ensures the ecological balance is maintained in the midst of this bio-diverse hotspot.
If I travel that far to watch them harvest tea leaves, maybe they'll reward me with a few cups of the finished product!
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