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This is tasty, though I don’t get much in the way of mint from it so much as fruit. It smells fruity even, though it isn’t super sweet oddly enough. I am glad to be on a run of these that I really enjoy – I was getting nervous about this subscription, finding so many of them to not be to my taste. I guess the ones I like just floated to the bottom of my samples box :)
I really enjoyed this – compared to many of the others I tried, it seemed very balanced in flavor. It had some heartiness, fruitiness, sweetness, and breadiness. I have learned to steep my black teas below boiling to ensure minimum astringency without affecting the flavor too much. This one is a keeper.
Exotic Assam is a signature blend from Golden Tips that is a pretty straightforward assam flavor profile. It has a simple medium maltiness with a touch of woodsy spice and a slight aftertaste of malt that stays on the tongue. Nice is a good word for this tea. It is smooth, has a medium mouthfeel and enough body to do what Assams do well: make it feel like you’ve had breakfast even when you haven’t. Nice tea.
First tea of the morning here! This sample (pouch) came from Blodeuyn as a surprise bonus in our swap. I’m pretty much a noob when it comes to Darjeeling, having only tried one or two others before this one. Oh well, onward! The leaves of this tea are somewhat short and wide, and they’re a myriad of browns with some spots of silver. Dry scent is sweet hay and sunflower seeds in the shell. I used a teaspoon of leaf and let it steep for 3 minutes at 200 degrees.
The aroma is not terribly intimidating – it’s lightly toasted bread with tart fruit preserves and a touch of floral. The flavor is a lovely and light combination of bread and grains. Mostly I tasted lightly toasted bread, raw oats, sweet hay with a touch of mustiness, and a mild floral note. There’s sweetness here, but it’s a very light and clear sweetness, reminding me of honeysuckle nectar. Underneath all of the other flavors is a nice deep roasty quality, I would compare it to roasted nuts perhaps? There is a touch of astringency here as well, which is not terribly unpleasant. Overall, a very accessible Darjeeling.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Floral, Hay, Honeysuckle, Musty, Oats, Roasted nuts, Toast
One of the many assams from my Golden Tips subcription box that I need to review.
Picked this one for breakfast.
Golden brown cup. Malty. Not strong enough for me to get that kick-start in the morning. Just about average.
Dry leaf aroma: Malt and hay with a hint of cocoa.
Dry leaf appearance: http://instagram.com/p/shg8pHFcHZ/
Wet leaf aroma: Damp hay.
Wet leaf appearance: http://instagram.com/p/shhzToFcIX/
Preparation: Brewed western style in a ceramic infuser mug.
First steeping: 4 minutes at 210 degrees. Brisk malty flavor with suggestions of fresh-baked bread and a pleasant brisk aftertaste. As the cup cools the bread-like notes are more prominent.
This was my first experience with the Soula estate in India and I quite enjoyed this Assam.
Flavors: Astringent, Baked Bread, Malt