So I am finishing off the last of my sample of this from Sil before my order comes in the mail sometime next week. Sil had also sent me a sample Gout Russe Doushka by Dammann Freres a long time ago. That tea’s history is about putting a slice of orange in the tea; and it also tastes awesome. So I thought I am going to put a slice of orange in my tea today to see how awesome it will be.
I brewed up a cup of the tiger assam as normal. Then added a whole slice of orange. The orange slice floated on the top of the cup, so for the first couple of sips I felt like I was sipping my tea through the orange. But that doesn’t matter because it was delicious. This is my new favourite.
I taste the boldness but smoothness of the assam. It is strong, with a kick, but not so strong it makes you cringe. The orange slice adds a bit of sweetness. It is not sweetness like adding sugar, but more like the natural sweetness that is found in the rind of the orange. There is also a slight tartness from the orange, that works well with the boldness of the assam. There is a very light natural orange flavour underneath the flavours of the malty assam.
I think this is going to become commonplace when I drink black teas.