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1.25 tsp for 250mL water @100C, drunk bare, steeped 4 minutes.

I’ve had a hell of a week. A chronic illness has been seriously bullying me since last Saturday; my writing is a hard slog; the dayjob took every drop of blood out of me; I needed to get groceries on the way home; I arrived home late, supper-less, grumpy, and in a muck sweat, put away the groceries, then did a good half hour of heavy cleaning in the basement. Done that, I was in a foul temper.

And then I saw a rock band (Caravan) and a tiger on my dining room table.

Things are looking up.

The dry leaf is dark and rich-looking, with only the occasional fleck of amber. The leaves are long and smell damp-earthy for an Assam, but in a very good way. The liquor is reddish-brown, almost as reddish as a good Keemun. Aroma is winy rather than malty, with some cocoa and plum notes. Medium to heavy body, smooth mouthfeel, mineral start and finish with sweet malt and again, a slightly winey finish. A really good Assam — though I long for the Captain (ahem). Some surprising but pleasing buttery notes as I get further down the cup. Some malty pucker, too.

Tiger Assam is restoring my good will. Seriously, I’ve got this tea-dork smile on. And I got a button to put on my jacket with my order.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

I’m ordering some of this next month… I just wish that Andrews & Dunham would offer their free shipping deal or something!

Bonnie

Nice review except for the feeling ick part. Sorry. Tea is a good cure though.

Michelle Butler Hallett

Tea is very powerful.

Michelle Butler Hallett

I tried making this a bit stronger — 1.5 tsp steeped for 5 minutes — but it gets a bit wooden and bitter. 1.25 at 4 minutes is much more palatable.

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LiberTEAS

I’m ordering some of this next month… I just wish that Andrews & Dunham would offer their free shipping deal or something!

Bonnie

Nice review except for the feeling ick part. Sorry. Tea is a good cure though.

Michelle Butler Hallett

Tea is very powerful.

Michelle Butler Hallett

I tried making this a bit stronger — 1.5 tsp steeped for 5 minutes — but it gets a bit wooden and bitter. 1.25 at 4 minutes is much more palatable.

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Writer and tea fiend. Author of DELUDED YOUR SAILORS, SKY WAVES, DOUBLE-BLIND, and THE SHADOW SIDE OF GRACE.

I prefer straight teas but will try almost anything … so long as it’s not tainted with hibiscus. I loathe hibiscus.

Oolongs and blacks are my favourites.

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