Another chilly morning here… somehow I really wanted to try this assam today!
This was steeped for 4 minutes via regular teapot method. The dry leaves are slightly broken up and fine (although not as fine as a CTC assam). The leaves after steeping smell malty and slightly biscuity.
Often times I will take an assam with soymilk but I wanted to try this plain to see what it was like. The tea liquor is a reddish brown and is very full bodied. The tea itself is brisk and slightly pungent but without a lot of astringency in the finish. I fear I may have oversteeped it a tad but I like it all the same. It’s not difficult for me to sip on plain, but when I added some soymilk to it, it helped cut the briskness a bit. I am picking up on the honey notes a bit.
I generally prefer an assam that is a bit mellower and smoother than this one, but I have enjoyed trying it. Probably not going to go on my list of things to re-order though. :)