Khongea Golden Tippy Assam

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Malt
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Edit tea info Last updated by pbellchambers
Average preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 11 oz / 315 ml

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  • “Yay, I won the Haiku contest!! The winning Haiku was for this tea. I felt like I should do something to celebrate, so I picked the last of the peaches from my peach tree, made an *amazing* peach...” Read full tasting note
    Terri HarpLady 3065 tasting notes
  • “Having some of this in an effort to try and stick to teas that my tastebuds won't find wonky. I really don't want to waste any of my tea with not being able to taste it. I seem to be ok for...” Read full tasting note
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    Silaena 5351 tasting notes
  • “Thanks Stacy for providing this *VERY* generous sample! She said this tea was not on her website yet, so with her permission, I will be the first one to review it... I have tried many assams, as...” Read full tasting note
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    TheTeaFairy 414 tasting notes
  • “Made this morning with a dollop of cream. Drank some of it with my painkillers, then went to bed and slept the whole day. I'm still in a lot of pain, unfortunately. (I sneezed. Glamorous,...” Read full tasting note
    OMGsrsly 1613 tasting notes

From Butiki Teas

With citrus, oaky, clove, cinnamon, and raw cacao notes, Khongea Golden Tippy Assam is a smooth, rich, and malty tea with a pleasant astringency that lingers. This Assam is stronger than our Premium Taiwanese Assam and originates from the Khongea Estate in the Brahmputra river valley of the Assam region in India. This second flush tea utilizes the P126 Clonal plants that produce a large portion of golden tips and is graded TGFOP (Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe). The Khongea Estate is a member of the Ethical Tea Partnership, which focuses on sustainability and living and working conditions of those working at the tea estate. We recommend experimenting with the 4 and 5 minute brew time range for this tea. At 4 minutes the brew is less astringent yet still flavorful, however, this tea is more complex at the 5 minute range. While supplies last, we will be offering 1 free ounce of Khongea’s Assam Leaf (strong & malty Assam) with every 1 ounce purchase of our Khongea Golden Tippy Assam. Limit 3 ounces of free tea per order.

Ingredients: Indian Black Tea

Recommended Brew Time: 4-5 minutes
Recommended Amount: 1 teaspoon of tea for 8oz of water
Recommended Temperature: 212 F degrees (boiling)

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48 Tasting Notes

3065 tasting notes

Yay, I won the Haiku contest!! The winning Haiku was for this tea. I felt like I should do something to celebrate, so I picked the last of the peaches from my peach tree, made an amazing peach cobbler from this recipe http://www.ovenloveblog.com/grain-free-peach-cobbler-paleo-gaps/#comment-10526, & I also made peach coconut milk ice cream.
I just had my dessert, & enjoyed a cup of the Tippy Golden Assam with it, taking photos etc for my blog, Terri’s Airy Fairie World! My blog is new, I’ve only posted twice. Last night I posted a tour of my garden, with photos of lots of yummy things. If you’d like to visit:
http://terrilangerak.wordpress.com/

If all goes well, my next post will include the peach cobbler & ice cream recipes, the Haiku, & a review of Khongea Tippy Golden Assam :)

Thanks, Stacy, for the fun contest & all your wonderful teas!

Stephanie

You have a peach tree! I’m so jealous! Congrats on the haiku contest :) I’ve been buying local peaches and canning them this week. I did some jam and pie filling :D now I want to make ice cream next….sounds good!

JustJames

congratulations! nicely done… can’t wait to read your haiku. do you think you’ll put it to music?

Butiki Teas

Congrats! :)

Alysha

Congrats on the win!

tigress_al

Congrats on the contest! Your blog looks great!

Indigobloom

What was your Haiku? I’m impatient and probably won’t get to see it til next week, with my schedule :P
Congrats!!

Terri HarpLady

Here’s the Haiku:
Life can be bitter
and yet bitter reveals sweet
Life is bitter sweet.

Terri HarpLady

Thanks everyone!

Indigobloom

Aw I like that. Bitter Sweet ;P
Mine was more about shamelessly promoting tea (and maybe Stacy!) haha

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5351 tasting notes

Having some of this in an effort to try and stick to teas that my tastebuds won’t find wonky. I really don’t want to waste any of my tea with not being able to taste it. I seem to be ok for spicier chai like teas and the darker, bolder teas. This is a bit off today but not to the point of being disappointed. I still love this tea and will continue to enjoy it! I really enjoy the flavour of it, though it’s not my favourite straight tea from stacy. :)

Indigobloom

Doh! forgot to grab a sample of this one… or was it the Taiwanese we talked about?

Sil

i think it was the premium tawainese assam you were after trying…but i’m out until my order gets here this week

Indigobloom

ah! yes I think you’re right. Lucky you got in before the shipping increase

Kittenna

I so should have nabbed a sample of this one from you, but by the time I saw it I was tired of bagging up teas and labelling them, haha. So lazy.

Sil

what you mean 2 hours was too much?

Kittenna

Haha, I was getting overwhelmed at the number of samples I was taking home! . So glad I only took a single cup’s worth of a bunch of things. I have these little tins from the advent calendar – next time i come over perhaps I’ll bring them and use them instead so I don’t have to waste bags! :D :D

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Thanks Stacy for providing this VERY generous sample!

She said this tea was not on her website yet, so with her permission, I will be the first one to review it…

I have tried many assams, as I love bold black teas. Before I «met» Stacy and discovered her «TeaWonderLand» , I had only encounter your regular malty slightly astringent black Assam. Very effective morning black tea that I would go to as a «favourite comfy pair of jean» type of tea…

I am excited about this one, cause I never had a golden tippy assam. Not knowing much about Khongea plantation other than it’s location in India, I did a little research and I’m very pleased with what I found out, and the knowledge added to the appreciation of my tasting.

Stacy will correct me if I’m wrong, but from my reading, this would be a second flush (may-june harvest), the period when the finest Assams are produced with chunky golden tips.

Khongea is one of the highest yielding gardens in Assam, and is often referred to as a model by the tea industry to exemplify good practice in field management, where labor workers are treated fairly and environmental issues are carefully considered.

I love the fact that these issues are important to Butiki, so kudos for that!

What comes to mind first as I’m examining the dry leaves is: tobacco! Short, thin, slightly curly with beautiful bright golden tips. I don’t get much smell from it, so I have no clue what to expect…

I’m using quite a bit (about 2tsp for 10oz), I pour the hot water in my favourite clear glass cup and within a few seconds, the colour intensifies to a point where I decide to stop the infusion at only 90 sec. (I usually steep assams for about 4min!)

Wow! The colour is a dark reddish copper, and as the morning sun comes in from my kitchen window and hits the glass, I see it turn to an almost crimson red !

The aroma is powerful and I can’t wait for it to cool down a bit…or shall I burn my tongue just a little?

Thankfully, the taste is as rich as its colour! Very malty, I get undertones of tobacco and spices with a hint of smoke. It has a sweet finish, so the slight astringency and bitterness I detect are toned down into a non harmful way.

It is said that if Darjeeling tea is referred to as “the Champaign of tea”, a good quality Assam such as this one could be referred to as “the Best single malt Whisky of tea” .

I have to agree. Basically, if I was a smoker (and a little less girly) I would (in a very manly way) cut the tip of a very expensive Havana cigar, and instead of washing it down with bourbon and whisky, I’d have this tea!

Another hit from Butiki, and I can’t wait to experiment a little more with it…

Note: I later emailed Stacy for brewing recommendation and will not be afraid next time to let it steep longer. As she was pointing out, even more complexity will emerge. Thanks to the large sample, I’ll be able to just do that!

Sil

Awesome! LOoking forward to this one!

TheTeaFairy

Sil, I have yet to try a butiki tea that I don’t like…she is one of my favourite tea merchant at the moment! Everything I try from her is a novelty :-)

Sil

heh there are a few from stacy that i don’t love as much as others but overall i think she’s got wonderful teas!

Scatterbrain

REALLY can’t wait to try this one. And I need to get some more Royal Golden Safari, Taiwanese Assam and Gui Fei oolong.

Bonnie

Very thorough and informative review. You did a great job here. I love me a manly tea! Straight forward, strong and with muscles! (If you can’t have the guy, have the tea I guess!)

TheTeaFairy

Scatterbrain, this one will not let you down… I took advantage of the recent low price and stocked up on Taiwanese Assam, which is so far my favourite Assam ever, but this one is pretty close…

Sil

Bonnie! hahaha you kill me! too funny

Now to stalk stacy until she posts this…

TheTeaFairy

Bonnie, thanks! P.S. please don’t pretend you can’t have the guy!

Scatterbrain

@TheTeaFairy, I strongly recommend you try Rishi Tea’s Ruby Black (Hong Yue). It’s another Taiwanese Assam but higher-end and with a lot more complexity. Butiki’s is more simple and comforting while Rishi’s is more of a special occasion kind of cup. It’s 15 US dollars for 30 grams but it’s well worth it.

Butiki Teas

TheTeaFairy-Yes, you are correct. Nice research!

Sil-Hahaha, well its technically available for purchase ($4.75 an ounce). Everything is ready except the pictures and I can’t take pictures until its sunny again (which sounds like it won’t be until Thursday).

TheTeaFairy

Thanks Scatterbrain, will check them out for sure!

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1613 tasting notes

Made this morning with a dollop of cream. Drank some of it with my painkillers, then went to bed and slept the whole day. I’m still in a lot of pain, unfortunately. (I sneezed. Glamorous, right?)

Still decent cold, but I ended up dumping the last half cup or so, which was sad, but there was a bug in my tea, waiter. I took a sip before I noticed. Oops. :)

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec
bizbee1

hope you are feeling better! I am sure the tea got rid of any bad bug bugs!

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Ah, yes, I see here in the description that astringency is to be expected. No wonder it’s not sitting super well with me! Anyways, in the comparison between this and Khongea’s Assam Leaf, this one wins out by the barest margin simply due to being a little bit sweeter. Neither is my favourite sort of black though, given that I prefer my blacks to be ultra-smooth and chocolatey (and with raisin notes if possible, haha!)

Thanks for Boxermama for letting me sample the two of these!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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361 tasting notes

Still rolling through my samples from Terri Harplady and I decided to do a random grab into the pile and see what came out. This was the winner. It’s pretty good. I don’t love it as much as others I’ve tried, but I’m enjoying it. As it cools the flavors start popping out a bit more, so that’s cool. I think the astringency doesn’t work for me though. Something is not quite right, but like I said, I’m definitely still enjoying it.

Terri HarpLady

I think this is the one that I have a tendency to over-leaf or over-steep…or maybe both. It’s a good cup, but easy to overdo.

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Dry leaf smells fruity and yeasty. The steeped tea is malty, strong and honest. I’m not sure Assams are in my top teas but this one is high quality and very good. I’m glad I got more than just a sample, but I probably won’t add it to my next order. Nothing at all against the tea, just isn’t particularly one for me to keep around.

I like it, but, like stray animals, I can’t keep the teas I like all in my house. Gotta have room for the Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black. :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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I always have a cup of black tea in the morning. I turned to Butiki this morning out of sheer excitement. Stacy is going to be doing a custom blend for me. Not with this tea, but another black tea. I’m long over due for an order though, I didn’t quite realize how low I was on most of my butiki!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Sil

AAAAAHHHHHHHH custom blends from stacy! of what of what! tell me more tell me (..like does he have a car…)

BoxerMama

LOL! Licorice Chai.

Sil

OOOH!! Dibs on a sample! lol

BoxerMama

Hahahaha! For sure! It will have a guranse base and a strong licorice flavour. Very excited!

Sil

nice. My strawberry Rhubarb is almost ready to take baby steps into the world from last years contest giggling Through no fault of Stacy’s i’ve been totally telling her to take it slow and there’s no rush. So it’s been a long run but I’m good with that since it’s not like i’m suffering from no tea in my cupboard lol

BoxerMama

Mine is probably going to take a bit because she has to order the licorice stuff, but also no rush for us, it’s going to be a gift for hubby. But, we ran through all the plans yesterday. It was fun and exciting!

Donna A

I’m interested in that Strawberry Rhubarb

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Question: is the mark of a really good tea one over which you linger for a-g-e-s, carefully analyzing every little flavor nuance? Or is it the one you drank so enthusiastically and rapidly, you look at the empty tumbler and wonder, “Darn, where’d that go?”

This morning, Khongea Tippy Golden Assam (doesn’t that sound sophisticated?) fell into Category 2. Out of the potpourri of adjectives used to describe this one, oaky is probably the one that aligns the best. A warm flavor; not temperature, taste.

Delicious day-starter. So was the temperature. 57 degrees in mid-August? Preposterous!

K S

Answer: Yes!

OMGsrsly

It’s both! As long as you enjoy analyzing every little flavour nuance.

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Once again so happy I placed an order with Stacy! I ordered my tea on maybe Saturday or Sunday and they arrived today. Which I consider pretty awesome considering NJ was pretty hard hit last week and this week from Sandy and a snow storm!

So the tea…dry leaf smells like rye bread? Yeah weird I know, but still so good! (I can’t eat regular bread stupid gluten) I’m also getting an oaky smell here too. The tea once ready to drink smells amazing with hints of citrus and clove. As I’m drinking it there is a bit of cinnamon that I get on the finish. This is so yummy after a very long and busy week at work!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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