Introducing Mana Organics Assam CTC Tea
Today, we happily introduce Mana Organics Assam CTC tea. We drink this tea every day at Chota Tingrai Tea Estate. In fact, most of India drinks CTC daily because of the tea’s affinity for milk, sugar, and spices. From the humblest alleys of Kolkata to the ritziest hotel of Mumbai, you will find CTC serves as the base for any masala chais.
We make this tea through a process called Crush, Tear, Curl ergo the name CTC. You can see video of CTC being manufactured at Chota Tingrai below.
The result of CTC manufacture are these small, black beads of tea, as pictured below.
Don’t be fooled by their size. Thanks to the increased surface area achieved by granularizing the leaves, CTC is elephant strong. The taste is green, with a pleasant astringency, and a noticeable caffeine and L-theanine rush.
How to Brew CTC Tea
CTC tea takes milk, sugar, and spices exceptionally well. The strong taste of the tea will mix with the other flavors instead of being drowned in the milk. We also like to drink this tea black. 3-4 minutes steep time is great for those who like a strong cup of unadulterated tea!
However, in India, we traditionally prepare CTC tea by boiling it with the water and milk as follows:
1 tsp Mana Organics Assam CTC Tea
1/3 cup milk
Or one can experiment. Like by fusing Mana Organics CTC tea with Xicaru Mescal to create an earthy smoky yet refreshingly light cocktail:
1 egg white
1 oz fresh lemon juice
1 oz Mana Organics Assam CTC Tea Infused Simple Syrup (see below)
(Optional: Garnish with Mana Organics Assam TGFOP1)
1/2 cup water
In the coming months, we hope you get a chance to experience our Mana Assam CTC tea. Get it today, and try out these and future recipes.
Do you have your own chai recipe already? Please share our comments section and we will try them out here at Chota Tingrai!