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drank Assam by Newby Teas of London
160 tasting notes

I stumbled upon this tea the other day while my fiancee and I were strolling through the local Asian food market. It’s a fun and interesting place to visit.

The fish that you can buy there could be no fresher. They are alive and swimming around in huge tanks. When you select the one that you want, the staff bops it on the head with a mallet, wraps it up, and sends you (and it) on your merry way. I wondered if it would be a huge (and dangerous) shock to the purchaser if the fish were only knocked unconscious, and it woke up and started flopping around your car while you drove it home for dinner. But I digress…

I’m obviously still a newbie in the world of teas. I had no idea what Assam tea was and had to look it up so I would know what I was drinking.

For those as uninformed as I was, Assam is a black tea grown in India that is used for English, Scottish, and Irish Breakfast teas. The leaves are dark green in color and are glossy and fairly wide compared to those of the Chinese tea plant.

As recommended on the package, I brewed this tea at 212 degrees for five minutes. It may be due to my recent cataract surgeries, but this tea seemed to produce a unique brownish orange color.

The aroma of this tea is both nutty and malty. The flavor is bounteous and powerful without bitterness. The taste is very much like the smell, nutty and malty. The aftertaste doesn’t seem to hang around for as long as some of the Chinese morning teas that I frequent, but it is pleasant just the same.

This is an excellent blend and I enjoyed it a lot. I will definitely rotate it with the other members in my collection of morning teas.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Cheryl

As I was reading, the “oh!, what if it isn’t really dead?” thought popped into my head too.

Angrboda

Well, even if it was initially only unconscious, it would most likely die of suffocation anyway before it could have had time to wake up. Being unable to breathe air and what not.

Stoo

They bop them pretty hard, Cheryl. I’m pretty confident that they won’t revive, but great minds think alike! ;-)

Stoo

You’re right, Angrboda. Even if they were to wake up with only a headache, I doubt they could hold their breath that long to survive. :-)

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Cheryl

As I was reading, the “oh!, what if it isn’t really dead?” thought popped into my head too.

Angrboda

Well, even if it was initially only unconscious, it would most likely die of suffocation anyway before it could have had time to wake up. Being unable to breathe air and what not.

Stoo

They bop them pretty hard, Cheryl. I’m pretty confident that they won’t revive, but great minds think alike! ;-)

Stoo

You’re right, Angrboda. Even if they were to wake up with only a headache, I doubt they could hold their breath that long to survive. :-)

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