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I’ve been into assams teas lately. Early on in my “turn on” to loose leaf teas I didn’t like assam teas. I found them bitter. Then I discovered that not all Assams are equivalent. And I discovered that if you steep for 2 or at most 2 1/2 minutes you prevent most of the bitterness. What little is left can be masked with a splash of milk. Take a good tippy assam, steep two minutes, add some sweetener and you can have a really delicious tea.

I was recommended this particular assam by the Upton Tea CS manager. I recommend this tactic for any tea shop. Find an experienced tea buyer or someone who knows the shops teas very well, tell them what you like and ask for suggestions. It works quite well.

As the description for this tea states, it’s a strong assam. The leaves are thicker than most assams, with tight kinks in it. It’s partially broken but still large chunks remain. I like a chunky leaf tea. The brew is dark and bold. I steeped a tad over 2 minutes and I don’t taste any bitterness. This is a great strong assam. I am trying it with just some Stevia sweetner, no milk. It’s really a great flavor. It has some malty character to it but the flavor it has is very good. I am

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I love loose leaf tea! While I gravitate towards black teas, I’m getting more into oolongs, greens and whites. I’m always looking for great fresh new teas to try. This tends to lead to the problem of ordering more even though I already have way too much.

My collection of tea has kind of gotten out of hand. After taking over several kitchen cupboards, it has spilled into the back hallway now with containers of tea stacked up there. I think I need more hours in the day to drink it all.

I’m also a vegetarian who loves dark chocolate, photography, travel, computers, web programming, technology and cats.

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