Love this tea. It’s a nice, hearty, plain tea. It’s slightly sweet and not at all bitter.
Flavors: Malt, Sweet
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Black tea from the Assam region of India. Assam tea brews up a burgundy-red cup with rich aroma and strong malty taste. The latter makes Assam an ideal breakfast-time tea. The ‘Assam Melody’ is a flavorful second-flush (summer) tea from the well-regarded Meleng estate.
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Dry leaves smell like blueberries, dry moss, and an herb store. Once brewed, the color is a bit like an orange oak finished wood. Smells in the grain and malt region. What I like about it is it doesn’t have biting bitterness. I taste some malty, some sweet. Astringency that leaves my mouth watering after I’ve finished the swallow. Lingering hints of caramelized fruit (banana or yam maybe?) maybe along with that bit of bitter astringency. But really, the bitterness is subtle. I like it better than their Assam Harmony. Basically, this tastes like a nice, enjoyable Earl Grey, without the bergamot… which I suppose is what a nice Earl Grey is.
The smell of the dry leaves reminded me of a high quality tobacco shop I walked into in Bath, England, just down the street from Bath Abbey and the Ancient Roman baths. So I popped over to a cigar aficionado website. Black tea aroma has a lot in common with cigar store aroma, to me. Certainly different things come out stronger in the tea. It may also be that I had a lot of tea when in Bath, so I’m just relating the two in my brain.
This is a good Indian black tea if you looking for something that isn’t going to be chalked full of bitterness. They claim to have notes of raisins but honestly I don’t taste it… However, I do enjoy the light malty flavor it offers!
I would suggest this tea if you are new to Indian blacks (which I am). This will give you an idea if you need to go sweeter (Maybe a nimbu) or if you need to go more bitter with a straight Darjeeling. Maybe you need to stay about from Indian blacks and stick with the more sweet flavors in Chinese blacks.
I don’t particularly think I would like anything much more intense then this. I don’t like it as much as a nimbu, but I do like it more than some of the more bitter Darjeelings I have tried. Overall I would purchase this tea again but am also looking forward to experimenting with more assams.
Please give me some recommendations if you know of any particularly good assam teas!
Flavors: Bitter, Malt, Sweet
Thanks so much TeaTiff for selling some teas! I couldn’t resist! A few always perfect-for-me Adagio teas. I woke up thinking of an assam just like this one! I’ve never even had this tea before and it was perfect for my craving. The one tea that would have been perfect in my entire collection!
Steep #1 // 2 min after boiling // 3 min
SUCH a delicious cup! Malty, a tiny bit brisk, hints of dark chocolate. Everything an assam should be. I feel like there could have been a bit more chewiness or robustness of flavor, but that could probably be arranged with a minute longer steep or some more leaves (used a teaspoon).
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 min
Another nice cup, but weaker than the last, when the last cup already had the problem. But as I said, it’s the amount of leaves or the time I steeped. I love this tea. Adagio is just usually perfect for me. Gorgeous teas all the time, all the time. Adagio might not be for everyone but they are for ME. If I could only order from one tea company for the rest of my life, Adagio would very well be in the running. And they have all of those fandom blends to support my nerdy love of all the things.
I’ve got 500 words to write and edit and hope for the best by 5 today, so I’m funneling tea into myself until this short story writes itself. And nothing says “ferchrissakes, Kelsh, get writing” like a nice, rich, Assam. I like this one a lot – it’s malty and figgy and just a really good solid cuppa. It’s also making me forget about the fact that I’ve had a sore throat for like a month. This is good.
Another sample courtesy of jump62359. As a caveat, I haven’t had much in the way of assam before. My experiences with Adagio have also been fairly mixed, but I actually enjoyed this one. This had a malted flavor, almost chocolate-y in its strength and smoothness. I expected more bitterness after I let it sit for a bit, but it seemed to maintain that same level of flavor fairly well. I don’t think it’s necessarily a unique taste sensation or anything, but it held its own. My friend recommended a homemade chai recipe to me recently that requires some black tea as its base. I think this would be a decent candidate for it, since it wouldn’t overpower the spices.
I received this in the box of DAVID"S tea that I purchased from TeaPet. Thank you for adding this one in.
This is a decent cup. I must have brewed this a little too long. It was pretty astringent for me. I added a bit of milk and it did the trick for the morning cup.