Assam, Bukhial T.G.F.O.P., Second Flush Black Tea

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Bitter, Brisk, Cherry, Dark Wood, Malt, Raisins, Smooth, Tangy
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
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3 g 10 oz / 300 ml

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This is a classic Assam with a traditional Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe leaf style. This 2nd flush tea produced in June embodies all the flavor & strength one expects from a top Assam tea. This is an ideal selection for those who enjoy a rousing morning cup of tea. Our Assam has a rich, full yet mellow body & a malty flavor that’s accentuated by the addition of milk. The infusion is very bright & golden coppery.

Assam is a bold, gutsy black tea grown in the sub-tropical valleys of the state of Assam in Northeast India, the largest black tea growing region in the world. The Bukhial Tea Estate in the subdistrict of Golaghat is widely considered to be one of—if not THE—best estate in the region. In this area rainfall is lower which makes the bushes grow more slowly, producing an outstanding tea. This well-made orthodox leaf tea produces an excellent, strong, and flavorful cup.

Ingredients: Artisan Black Tea
Origin: Assam, India

Water Temperature: Just off the Boil (205 degrees)
Water Quality: Best with Spring Water
Amount of Leaf (per 6 fl oz water): 1 tsp. to 1 Tbl.(2.5 grams)
Steep Time: 2—4 minutes
Number of Infusions: 1

When measuring it is best to weigh your tea. (I use a small pocket scale. We have a few or you can get good inexpensive scales at Old Will Knotts) Measuring volume with a teaspoon or tablespoon is not accurate because whole leaf teas take up much more space than broken, graded teas.

We highly recommend brewing your tea in a teapot or mug with a removable infuser so that you can remove the leaves at the end of the steeping time. Whole leaf teas of this quality need room to unfurl and expand in the water in order to perform their “magic.” However, leaving the tea leaves in the water will result in an over-infused, bitter tea. If you want a stronger cup of tea increase the amount of leaf rather than the steeping time. If you don’t have a removable infuser, you can brew the loose leaves directly in the pot. At the end of the steeping time, pour all of the tea into a warm serving pitcher or pot.

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Fulfilling Mastress Alita’s Monthly Sipdown Challenge, April 2022 edition, with
A Raisin-y Tea

When I bought from A Thirst for Tea in January?, I wanted to try a variety of tea types spanning their price range. This black tea from Assam is among the cheapest teas on the site at $2.95 for 25g, while the Snow Orchid Dancong Oolong I noted yesterday is $26.00 for the same grammage.

As gmathis sometimes puts it, this is a ‘bog standard’ black in the Assam world. It’s pretty bright, robust and brisk yet smooth with darkwoody-malty taste and notes of raisin and dried sour cherry that waft out of the mid/high tones and into the nose. Sometimes I get some bitterness, but this otherwise makes consistent, highly caffeinated cups both from the sub-boiling water dispenser at work and from actual boiling at home. I can steep it for 3 minutes or the recommended 5-7 minutes and it usually comes out with minimal difference in character.

Informally recommended for the price, consistent brew and the get up and go.

Flavors: Bitter, Brisk, Cherry, Dark Wood, Malt, Raisins, Smooth, Tangy

Preparation
3 g 10 OZ / 300 ML
gmathis

This sounds like it fits my other favorite adjective … ungoofable.

derk

Essentially yes. The bitterness is more noticeable at work, probably because, ya know, work.

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