I’ve read TerriHarpLady write about this many times so when she and I made our big black tea swap I asked for this one specifically. Assams have always been my first love when I discovered loose leaf. Mostly because they are so darn strong, malty, and flavorful, which for me, meant I could add all the honey and cream I want and the flavor would not diminish as it does with most black teas. Over the past few months I have definitely cut back on my additions to tea, rarely adding honey and even more rarely adding cream (not milk mind you, half/half — something i learned in Australia when I was in school there).
Lately I’ve been having a pull back to my roots and have been enjoying honey and cream in my teas, but most of my new tea finds are straight black teas that i wouldn’t even want to add anything to. I’m sure for a lot of people, this Assam is fantastic on its own. And I tasted it plain, and it is, but the second I taste Assam, I just know how much more I’ll enjoy it with honey and cream.
And (in honor of the tea maker), I damn well did. Thanks Terri!