This is a very nice assam. While its not the best I have had, its still very good and tasty. There is no bitterness and it still has a malty taste. I tried the directions from Teavana, 205 for 3 minutes. Its just not strong enough for an assam. It tasted like tea water. I have to steep from 4 to 5 minutes with boiling water to get the effect that I like.