What Is Single Estate Tea?
Single estate teas are the teas that originate from one single tea garden and are normally named after the garden. The soil, elevation level, climate are the important factors for any single estate tea and it directly contribute to the quality and taste of the tea produced.
Single estate teas are pure and unblended. There are no additives in it. These teas reflect the distinctive taste profile of their unique origin. They also have various health benefits. These teas are often prized for their unique flavors, aromas, and textures, which are influenced by the location, climate, and growing conditions of the estate.
How to develop taste for Single Estate tea?
Try one tea at a time. Get indulged into its taste. Start will mild variety. Spend some time exploring each particular category of tea at a time, and try understanding the subtle difference between the estates you prefer. It has various health benefits also so you can start developing taste for it. There are various options under single estate teas like black tea, green tea, oolong tea, flush teas etc. After trying you can make your own choice.
Single estate teas are naturally high in Antioxidants, and it assists in preventing tooth decay and heart disease, aids in weight loss, strengthens the immune system and lowers cholesterol. Single-estate tea offers various health benefits and helps one’s body in multiple ways.
- Antioxidant properties: Single estate teas, mainly green and white, are rich in catechins and polyphenols. These compounds help combat oxidative stress and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
- Heart health: Regular consumption of single-estate teas has been linked to improved cardiovascular health. The antioxidants in tea help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, reduce blood pressure and enhance blood vessel function.
- Weight loss: Single-estate teas have been studied for their potential to aid in weight management. They boost metabolism, increase fat oxidation, and assist in maintaining a healthy body weight.
- Mental alertness and focus: The moderate caffeine content in single-estate teas can provide an energy boost and enhance mental alertness. Additionally, combining caffeine and an amino acid called L-theanine in tea can promote a calm and focused state of mind.
- Digestive health: Single-estate teas, like herbal teas, have soothing properties that can aid digestion, alleviate gastrointestinal discomfort, and relieve symptoms of indigestion or bloating.
- Immune system support: The natural compounds in single-estate teas, such as catechins and flavonoids, may have immune-boosting properties that help protect against common illnesses and promote immune system health.
- Hydration: Like other herbal teas, single-estate teas can contribute to daily hydration needs. Staying adequately hydrated is essential for health and well-being.
Single-estate tea comes in various types and with a wider range of tastes. From Darjeeling’s floral aroma to Assam’s malty flavours, these teas will entice you.
- Darjeeling Tea: Darjeeling, located in the foothills of the Himalayas, is renowned for its delicate and aromatic teas. Darjeeling tea, called the “Champagne of Teas,” comes from numerous regional single-estate gardens. Each garden produces teas with unique flavour profiles, ranging from light and floral to muscatel and fruity.
- Assam Tea: Assam, located in northeastern India, is famous for its robust and malty black teas. Our Assam tea estates produce single-estate teas known for their bold flavour, strong character, and deep reddish-brown texture. They are enjoyed with milk and are the key component of breakfast.
- Dooars and Terai Tea: The Dooars and Terai regions, located at the foothills of the eastern Himalayas, produce teas known for their strong, full-bodied character. These single-estate teas are used in blends and are favoured for their robust flavour and deep colour.
How to Make a Perfect Cup
Quick & easy, these steps will guide you on how to make a perfect cup of Goodricke single estate tea.
For this guide, we are using our Borbam Single Estate Assam CTC Tea.
- Boil water: Start by boiling fresh, filtered water. The temperature of the water may vary depending on the type of tea you’re using. This tea requires lower temperatures (around 70–80°C or 160–175°F).
- Measure the tea leaves: Use a teaspoon or a tea infuser to measure the appropriate amount of tea leaves. The quantity will depend on personal preference and the strength you desire. As a general guideline, use around 2–3 grams (about one teaspoon) of tea per cup (8 ounces) of water.
- Preheat the teapot or cup (optional): You can preheat your teapot or cup by rinsing it with hot water. This helps maintain the optimal brewing temperature for longer.
- Add the tea leaves to the teapot or infuser: Place the measured tea leaves in a teapot or a tea infuser. Make sure the vessel is large enough to allow the leaves to expand and release their flavours.
- Pour the hot water over the tea leaves: Pour the hot water over the tea leaves, ensuring they are immersed. The water should cover the leaves to extract their flavours. Allow the tea to steep for the recommended time.
- Steep the tea: The steeping time varies depending on the type of tea and personal preference. Our Borbam Single Estate requires shorter steeping times (1–3 minutes). It’s important to follow the recommended steeping time to avoid over-extraction or bitterness.
- Strain or remove the tea leaves: After the desired steeping time, remove the tea leaves from the teapot or strain the tea if using an infuser. This prevents further extraction and ensures a consistent flavour.
- Serve and enjoy: Pour the brewed tea into cups and savour the flavours and aromas of the single-estate tea. Depending on personal preference, the Borbam Single Estate can be enjoyed as is or with a dash of milk, sweeteners, or lemon.
Single Estate Tea Grades
Single-estate teas are graded based on various factors such as leaf appearance, size, quality, and processing. The grading systems can differ between tea-producing regions. It determines the quality of the tea and the price.
- FTGFOP (Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe): A high-grade tea with a high proportion of golden tips.
- TGFOP (Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe): A high-quality tea with golden tips.
- FOP (Flowery Orange Pekoe): A medium-grade tea with whole leaves and occasional tips.
- BOP (Broken Orange Pekoe): A common grade with smaller, broken tea leaves.
- FBOP (Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe): A grade with larger, broken tea leaves that contain tips.
- GFBOP (Golden Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe): Broken leaves with a high proportion of golden tips.
- GFOF (Golden Flowery Orange Fannings): Small leaf particles with golden tips.
- PD (Pekoe Dust): Fine particles of tea used in tea bags.
Single Estate Tea & Weight Loss
Single estate tea, like other types of tea, is associated with potential benefits for weight loss. With a well-balanced diet and daily exercise, it can act as a tailwind for weight loss.
Here are a few ways in which single estate tea may contribute to weight loss efforts:
- Calorie-free beverage: Single estate teas, such as green or herbal teas, are calorie-free when consumed without added sweeteners or milk. Choosing tea over sugary beverages can help reduce calorie intake and support weight management goals.
- Boosts metabolism: Studies suggest that certain compounds in tea, such as catechins and caffeine, may have a mild thermogenic effect, meaning they can increase metabolism and fat oxidation. However, the impact on weight loss varies between individuals.
- Increases satiety: Drinking herbal teas can help increase feelings of fullness and satiety, potentially reducing the urge to overeat. This can be beneficial for portion control and managing calorie intake.
- Replaces high-calorie beverages: Swapping sugary drinks like sodas or juices with single-estate tea can reduce calorie consumption. This substitution can contribute to weight loss.
- Supports hydration and healthy habits: Staying properly hydrated is important for health, including weight management. Choosing single-estate tea as a hydrating beverage can help encourage healthy habits and reduce reliance on high-calorie or sugary options.
The caffeine content in single-estate teas can vary depending on the type of tea, the specific tea estate, and the processing methods.
The caffeine content can be affected by the number of times a tea has been oxidised and the length of time the leaves are allowed to ferment.
However, here is a general guideline for the caffeine content in single estate teas:
- Black Tea: Black teas, including single estate varieties such as Darjeeling and Assam, have a higher caffeine content than other tea types. On average, an 8-ounce cup of black tea can contain around 40–70 milligrams of caffeine, although it can vary.
- Green Tea: An 8-ounce cup of green tea may contain around 20–45 milligrams of caffeine, but this can vary depending on factors such as brewing time and water temperature.
- Organic Tea: Organic teas are technically not true as they are not derived from the Camellia sinensis plant, are caffeine-free, or contain negligible amounts of caffeine.
If you’d like to add Single Estate tea to your diet, you can conveniently order it online. We’re sure you’ll love our organic Single Estate tea, no matter what type you choose. Its freshness and aroma, and its health benefits, will impress you.