The tea makers from the Hathikuli Tea Factory located in the Golagath District have surprised us with a very well turned out experiment: perhaps Assam’s first real smoky tea! Fu Soonga is a very popular Assamese type of cooking for which young, green bamboo canes are filled with yoghurt or other foods and then prepared over the open flame or on hot plates. Fu means to blow and Soonga means cane. The tea maker’s idea was to blow smoke from wild timber through these bamboo canes on the tea leaves during their production. The result definitely must be tried: a smooth and aromatic Assam with light, well-balanced notes of smoke.
ASSAM TGFOP HATHIKULI SMOKEY "FU SOONGA"
Smoked Black Tea
Quantity per liter: 4-5 heaped teaspoons
Water temperature: 100°C
Infusion time: 3-5 minutes