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Ooops.

1.25 tsp, steeped, er, God knows how long forgotten on my desk (11+ minutes), drunk bare.

I noticed yesterday that a five-minute steep brought out bitterness in the Tiger, but there’s no bitterness today. What I’ve got here, in my covered mug, is a thick and creamy Assam concentrate that remains, somehow, gentle. Not bitter. Not malty enough to strip paint (though there is a lovely pucker), and nowhere near acidic enough to upset my stomac, as some stronglybrewed black teas will. Floral and plum notes round out a chewy liquor that may well keep me awake through the night. A&D are correct; this one forgives a long steep. This is a really good Assam, mellow and easy-going, and well worth the price.

LiberTEAS

Wow… amazing. I don’t think I’ve encountered an Assam that would allow an oversteep.

Michelle Butler Hallett

This one, and the Assam from the Kopili Estate. Gingia Estate will too, to a point. But generally, Assams brewed too long make me nauseous. Banaspaty just gets murky and gross.

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LiberTEAS

Wow… amazing. I don’t think I’ve encountered an Assam that would allow an oversteep.

Michelle Butler Hallett

This one, and the Assam from the Kopili Estate. Gingia Estate will too, to a point. But generally, Assams brewed too long make me nauseous. Banaspaty just gets murky and gross.

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