Per Aubrey at Arbor Teas:
“We are no longer sourcing our Assam from the Rembeng estate … because they are no longer Fair Trade Certified.”
“Our new … “Assam Black Tea” is now sourced from the Banaspati Estate and is both Organic and Fair Trade Certified.”
Brewed per Arbor Teas’ recommendation: 1 level tsp. / 8 oz. / 212*F / 3 to 5-min. – without sweeteners, milk or cream.
Dry leaf: uniform short length, dark brown
Fragrance: Reminded me of pipe tobacco
Liquor: Clear & coppery
3 min. Initial taste: I’ll steep it longer.
4-Min.: The tea was smooth and medium-bodied w/o any bitterness or astringency.
5-Min.: Medium-to-full-bodied with a delicate sweetness and w/o any bitterness or astringency.
1.5 tsp. / 8oz. / 212 F / 5 min. The clear, lively, coppery liquor is now medium dark and full-bodied, without any hint of bitterness or astringency. The malty character and caramel-like sweetness are now better appreciated.
10 min. Resteep: Produced an enjoyable cup.
Impression: This is a very smooth organic Assam. For those who enjoy a more robust cup of Assam, more than a tsp. is recommended.
Thanks to Aubrey at Arbor Teas for providing this generous size free sample.