87 Tasting Notes
I’d give this four thumbs-up if I could! Alongside Mangalam, this is one of my two favorite single-estate Assam varieties. If you like super-strong, super-malty ones, though, it’s probably not for you. The flavor and color are on the lighter end of the spectrum: sweet and honeyed, with rich floral undertones.
I’m kind of torn on this one: I like the fact that it’s fairtrade, and although I can drink it in a pinch, it’s still a bit on the harsher end of the spectrum as Assams go.
Hajua Estate has a little too much bite, I find.
Next to Assam Meleng or Dejoo, I’d declare Mangalam the Queen of Black Teas! The delicate, honeyed flavor is simply exquisite. Don’t drown this one by adding milk. It’d be a sacrilege! Best made by the pot, I find.
You can get this stuff in either loose-leaf or bagged format. It’s not my favorite Assam, but for a basic kick-around variety, especially bagged? Nice. It’s not too malty for my liking.
It’s an excellent standby if you like to keep bagged tea around for the convenience. It has a bit more of a bergamot kick than usual, which I like in my Earl Grey.
If I could to nominate a Tea of the Year, this would be my choice! It’s true, what the description says; if you add a bit of sugar, it’s absolutely like drinking fine rose Turkish delight. Add honey instead of sugar to tone down the rose a bit.