429 Tasting Notes
Interesting tea when you get chocolate notes and there is no chocolate in the tea. Tea steeps up dark and smells a little earthy. The taste I get is an earthy chocolate with no bitterness or astringency. Very smooth and mellow tea.
I seem to like Twinings teas as they are a good value for the money. I like this tea as it is slightly malty and very smooth and mild. I can taste the yunnan and keemun in this tea. The taste is complex as you can taste many of the teas in this blend. This tea has no bitterness or astringency and is very easy to drink and enjoy.
I guess I’m never really out of assam teas as long as I have River Shannon. A very strong malty blend of assam teas and quite delicious. It makes a great start to the day with a very brisk and robust tea. I love it.
After a frantic search through my cupboard I found one more assam tea. This is the only assam I have had that is so smooth it reminds me more of a yunnan than an assam. Don’t get me wrong, I still like this tea very much but sometimes you need a tea that just slaps you upside the head. This tea is much more refined and acts more like a gentleman than a hooligan. Still a fantastic tea though.
This is a nice tea for breakfast. Its strong and malty, not fantastic but good. This is the only assam left in my cupboard and now its gone. Its a disaster, I need to order more assam teas. At least I still have plenty of yunnan teas. I’ll survive.
Lazy this morning after my walk, so its bagged tea. Last time I had this tea I wasn’t very impressed. It was my fault since I forgot to set my timer. This time this tea was much better. This tea is not bitter or astringent and is floral to the smell. Although its morning, I consider this to be an afternoon tea as its very mild and smooth. I will have to up my rating a little.
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.
This tea is really growing on me. The tea is brisk, robust, and malty. I get honey notes and a raisiny sugar smell from this tea. This blend of assam teas is actually smooth and mellow, not something I can say about other assam teas I have drank. No bitterness or astringency, just smoooooth.
I found this tea at T.J. Maxx (1/2 price) to take on vacation next month. It has a unique steeping system built in to the tea bag. The bag is very large and has wings that pull out on the sides of the bag that fit over the sides of the rim on your cup. It actually works very well. The tea is typical assam. Its robust, brisk and malty and a good wake up tea. However, it just doesn’t match Mountain Malt. It doesn’t have that bready notes that I find in very good assams. The tin suggested a steep of 4-5 minutes, I used the latter. It did have some astringency so next time I use 4 minutes. Its still a very nice tea just not up to the fanatical standards I use for judging assam teas.
I really like this tea. Its robust, brisk, malty, and chewy. Its a blend of assam teas and it really hits the spot in the morning.