Assam Melody

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Assam Black Tea
Flavors
Bitter, Malt, Sweet
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Loose Leaf, Tea Bag
Caffeine
High
Certification
Not available
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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  • “And the sip down continues... Another grumpy morning, I still feel like I'm fighting something, even though I don't actually feel sick. Monday it was trying to hit my lungs & throat, yesterday it...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Woof. Do NOT let this stuff oversteep. I got my cup together to steep and got distracted - now it's bitter. Blergh. Even added more splenda and it's not helping. I made bad tea :( I'm still...” Read full tasting note
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    Skulleigh 276 tasting notes
  • “Oh boy oh boy oh boy!!! (No, not for this tea...though it's pretty good! This excitement is due to my Adagio order arriving today. It's my first go-around with them (re: teanewbie), and so I...” Read full tasting note
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From Adagio Teas

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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86 Tasting Notes

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36 tasting notes

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

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Ost

I just tried No. 49 Assam FTGFOP1 and LOVED it! :D

Nick Boehm

That is some crazy name…Did you find that on Steepster?

Ost

Yeah, through Steepster. Oh I forgot to Mention. It’s by Steven Smith Teamaker. xD Haha-sorry about that. :P Was pretty good though. Tried some Assam from Golden Tips that was pretty good too, OH! I almost forgot. And Assam #8 from Tealux is one of my favorites!

Nick Boehm

Oh, thank you so much for your thoughtful reply! I am eager to try these out now!

Ost

Yeah! Enjoy! And if you ever find a super good assam, give me the heads up! I am on a quest to find the best Assam out there. :O I like the malty ones best :O

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80
3 tasting notes

Delicious, makes for the perfect unsweetened iced tea!

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82
6 tasting notes

A mid Assam with almost overtones of Darjeeling bringing a slight fragrant taste. There’s very little aroma on the nose, but lots of taste lingering on the tongue. Seems to need a splash of milk to control it, and a shorter brew time might not be strong enough.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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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.

Sami Kelsh

OH GOD THIS TEA, I MISS IT SO MUCH. I usually give it 4 minutes, and I think that might make the difference for you in terms of chewiness. It’s got some lovely notes in it. Man, I hope I get enough folks to do an Adagio UK fandork tea group run soon, because I’m seriously dying without some of my staples, and this is absolutely one of them. So good.

Tea Sipper

haha :D I’ll try 4 next time!

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184 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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12 tasting notes

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.

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355 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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33 tasting notes

This has remarkably fruity top notes, and a rich base without being overpoweringly malty. Not exactly what I was expecting from an Assam, but quite nice.

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70
16 tasting notes

Beautiful smell while brewing. Definitely malty, with smooth raisin-y flavour, and just the slightest hint of dry smokiness in the aftertaste. Strong, but not bitter at all. It’s very nice, but I’m not a big fan of raisin notes in my tea now.

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117 tasting notes

Smooth, mild, and kind of boring. Once I finish this batch I won’t be getting more.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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