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Even though they can be quite astringent, I really like Assam teas. This one is no exception. Steeped according to directions (1 tsp, 8 oz, 3 min, 203-ish F), this tea is really nice. Yes, there’s some astringency, but the flavour is rich and deep and I like it. Next time I will try a 2.5 min steep to see if I can avoid the astringency entirely.

With no astringency, this is a black tea I could enjoy without milk or sugar! (I added 1/8 tsp sugar and a tiny splash of soy creamer after I tasted the tea.)

I’ll have to do a side-by-side comparison of this and the other Assam teas I have, to see if I can figure out which I like better, and why.

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

So far this is my favourite Assam, but I stil haven’t tried the one from my Butiki order.

OMGsrsly

I usually get the CTC Assams that are in wee little balls, so this is quite a departure from the norm!

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Cavocorax

So far this is my favourite Assam, but I stil haven’t tried the one from my Butiki order.

OMGsrsly

I usually get the CTC Assams that are in wee little balls, so this is quite a departure from the norm!

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Black teas are my favourite, although I do drink the occasional green tea. I am exploring herbal and fruity teas for summer icing and winter evenings, and oolong and pu erh are new and exciting… although I do not like a tea that tastes mostly of seaweed.

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