I’m finally trying this! :O After I brewed it, I smelled a dark malty odor with cocoa notes. We’re off to a good start!
The first few sips were very strong and nearly bitter. I think maybe I wasn’t ready for tea yet because after those sips I find this tea to be very smooth and barely astringent. Now that it’s slightly cooled, I am getting a little bit of honey or fruit, as well as lots of malt and cocoa. And is that cinnamon? This is very tasty!
The good news? I think this may be my favourite Assam! The bad? I have about 2oz left of my previous favourite Assam to drink down – (Assam Mangalam Second Flush FTGFOP1 from Zen Tea). Maybe I should sip them side by side one morning to get a better understanding of the difference, but this Butiki Assam has a lot more going on – I wish I was better at reviewing tea so I could describe what I’m tasting better, but it is one to sip slowly and savour.
I will resteep this and drink it later today too, which is saying a lot. (I really should re-steep my teas more and be less wasteful… Not so much for flavored blacks or herbals, but the rest… yeah. Now that I’ve gotten rid of a lot of samples I want to just enjoy what I have and not worry if I don’t sip anything down for days)