Verdict is out, I much prefer the non upgraded version of Stacy’s premium Taiwanese Assam. That’s not to say that the upgraded version doesn’t taste yummy, but the notes that come alive when the tea is brewed are to my preference in the non upgraded version. This version is a bolder, stronger cup of tea that is less fruity and chocolate that the first version. It is malty and i do get the cocoa notes, but the sweetness in the non upgraded version isn’t in the upgraded version. Still a fine cup of tea that I’m glad i tried, but final verdict is that i prefer the other version :)
Premium Taiwanese Assam Upgrade
Our Premium Taiwanese Assam Upgrade is grown in the Yu Chi region in Nantou county. This tea comes from a tea farming family that has a small, labor intensive operation that takes time to prepare the tea and is AAA graded. Assam bushes were brought to Taiwan in the early twentieth century but have since been refined by the Taiwan Research and Extension Station. The Premium Taiwanese Assam Upgrade is very smooth and incredibly silky with baked bread, raw cacao, sweet tobacco, and citrus notes. Fruity notes linger and leave a pleasant astringency. We recommend the upgraded version for those who want a strong cup of tea and a bit of a wake up.
Recommended Brew Time: 4 minutes
Recommended Amount: 1 tablespoon of tea for 8oz of water
Recommended Temperature: 212 F (boiling)
For more information on our Premium Taiwanese Assam Upgrade or our regular Premium Taiwanese Assam, please visit: http://www.butikiteas.com/Taiwanese%20Assam.html