This is a much better tea with a 4 minute steep. It has the maltiness of an assam with the brisk and robust taste. It is also a very clean taste without any of the notes I have come to expect with an assam tea. There is no bitterness or astringency associated with the 4 minute steep. If you like a very clean tasting assam with no aftertaste you will like this tea. I miss the layers of flavor I have come to expect from excellent assams.