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From Frontier Natural Products Co-op

Assam is the quintessential black Indian tea. Rich, robust, astringent and highly aromatic—milk and sugar complement this tea well.

Botanical name: Camellia sinensis L.
Assam is a robust tea and is considered a “morning tea”. Assam tea holds up well to the addition of milk and also makes a flavorful iced tea.

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Sipdown! After yesterday’s purchases, minus this SD, I’m at 290. LOL

Anyway, I’m enjoying this Assam more than I recall from my previous sippings of it. I brewed a large pot of it, fairly strong, & it’s pretty bold & dark, just what I needed. I can feel the caffeine coursing through my bloodstream!

Sil

yesterday’s purchases? do tell…

Sil

also you’d better get cracking lady ’cause my box will put you over 300 easily…

Terri HarpLady

yell, well MY box is gonna skyrocket your box to the MOON, girlie! And you’ll be so caffeinated you’ll blast off with it! LOL!
Yesterday’s purchases: farmers market – Trail Lodge tea booth – Black Raspberry, more lemon meringue, more peach melba, & Pumpkin Pie – all getting added to your box, along with a lifetime supply of puer (evil laugh)

Cavocorax

Hahaha. You guys are pretty cute with your friendly efforts to sabotage the other.

Sil

careful cavo or i’ll send YOU another box.
terri – you need to let me know if there’s anything from my cupboard you want me to send your way (ignore steap shoppe teas…you’re getting tons of that) besides the mousse au chocolat. i have a sticky with your name on to get some of that when i open it….

Terri HarpLady

oh, whatever, or just do like I’m doing for you: I have a box with your name on it. Anytime I try something new, I’m tossing a sample in there. Plus the stuff we’re splitting. I’ll finally drop it in the mail while you’re on vacay.
And remember, you already sent me an awesome surprise package a few weeks ago too! I’m just getting even :)
Whispering, “I think we should gang up on Cavo…”

Cavocorax

Oh gosh you guys, I’d better stock up on stuff to sample out. ;D

Sil

Lol I think I’m placing another birthday order with American tea room before I go on vacation since they have a 20% off sale ATM. Or not…. I’m a little worried my butiki order is going to hit 75$ all on my own lol

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I had this earlier today…seems like so long ago. Another swap from Terriharplady that was quite delicious! While not my favourite assam, it’s certainly one i wouldn’t turn down! I’m just not in love with it like i am with steven…er i mean #49 :)

Terri HarpLady

Did I mention that I had a crush on a kid named Steven Smith when I was 10 or something like that? ;)

Sil

haha awesome

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A two minute conversation I had with a stranger the other day about coffee turned into a conversation about tea. Well duh. When I mentioned how obsessed I am with loose tea, he mentioned a cafe that I’d never heard of which was not too far from me. How did I not hear about it before?! He said they have all kinds of loose tea and is also a chill place to hang out. I immediately looked the place up and the front page of their website has a pretty painting of a tree on it which made me even more excited. www.yourbigpicturecafe.com

After a visit to the everglades today where I had some VERY close encounters with some very large alligators, me and my friend went to the cafe.
Its definitely a nice place to be. It’s comfy and quiet and has a great selection of herbs and lattes but the tea selection was unfortunately disappointing. As was this tea, which was even more disappointing. I picked it thinking it’d be strong, as I needed a bold tea after biking 15 miles at the everglades preserve and was dying from tiredness.

The tea was so boring and lacking and didn’t have any flavor at all. It also tasted like it was three years old. The only good thing about this cup of tea was the awesome mug it came in. It was the steeper mug by Tea Spot http://theteaspot.com/tea-steeping-mug-steepware.html?catid=251 and it was so nifty that I wanted one but I have enough teaware right now.

Bonnie

This is the brand that the local Sprouts Grocery Store has in the bulk bin isle. The only flavor that smelled good enough to try was the California Chai which was full of spices and OK and inexpensive.

LiberTEAS

Ugh… alligators. I’m terrified of them. I am afraid to visit Florida because of them. Yeah, I’ve got an irrational fear of them.

gmathis

Some Frontier stuff is pretty good, but I wans’t very impressed with the Assam, either. Inexpensive (bulk) but pretty nondescript.

CupofTree

@Bonnie funny I didnt even think to smell it before trying it. They had big glass jars at the shop that I could’ve easily opened to sniff, oh well.

@LiberTEAS haha I understand that. I love alligators. They’re actually one of the very few things I like about florida. They are everywhere in the Everglades where I was, even in the middle of the bike path, but they didnt bother anyone, and you won’t see them outside of the Everglades so you don’t have to worry about that. Not that I would recommend a florida visit for any reason of course lol.

@gmathis oh really? Which ones are good?

Nicole

That was one thing I thought was neat driving through that area a couple years ago – alligators just off the side of the road. That and all the small heron type birds were so pretty!

CupofTree

oh yes, the herons are really pretty. I picked up some nice big feathers of theirs that were on the ground while I was there.

gmathis

The Irish Breakfast was better than the Assam. They have a white tea with tangerine (had, anyway; it’s been a while since I’ve looked) that was really nice. Where I buy bulk, they don’t always have things brand-labeled, so there may be others I’m not aware of that I’ve had. This little store also does a lot of San Francisco Herb Co. bulk teas. Both brands inexpensive and good—not superlative, but pantry good.

Helena

I want a tuffy tea steeper because it is dishwasher safe :D I hate cleaning infusers :D I usually cheat and use a DT tea filter (T-Sac)
http://theteaspot.com/tuffy-tea-steeper-steepware.html?catid=251

CupofTree

@gmathis Good to know thanks, I saw the Irish Breakfast, ill try it if I ever get back there.

@Helena Oh they had those too. Seems perfect for travel!

Bonnie

I have a tuffy and like it, but it will perminantly retain tea flavor after awhile so be careful. A finum infuser or the Forlife Stainless infuser both are dishwasher safe. The Finum one I clean with baking soda to get out flavors like pu-erh or chai if I don’t put it in the dishwasher. T-sac’s, well…I can taste the paper…and they are something I use to infuse Lapsang Souchong tea smokiness in my broccoli. (I know I’m rude huh!)

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My local Herb store has a bunch of new Bulk loose leaf teas from Frontier Co-Op so I bought just a few. Thought I would try a little bit before sending to LiberTEAs.

This is pretty straight forward Assam…a good go-to…or stand-by. Brew dark and bold. Great for mornings!

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We’re in the middle of huge April warm front/cold front temperature swings, and hit with the warm front today, tried icing down the rest of the pot I made this morning. I believe I like this variety cold better than I do hot. Just a good, stiffish, versatile pantry tea.

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Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea.

A bold, hefty Assam – pretty basic but nonetheless it’s also very good. A good wake me up and get me going kind of tea. Nice background note of sweetness and a nice amount of malt. Tasty!

gmathis

Good to know … this is readily available for me locally, and not very expensively.

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Sipdown!
Thank you Terri! This is a fairly good assam, and I’m trying it plain now. You can feel the caffeine kick, and there is a bit of astringency to this tea. I am drinking it plain, slightly weaker than I would normally drink assam with milk. There’s nothing outstanding about this tea, but does seem like a solid choice for an everyday assam.

Terri HarpLady

Glad you liked it! It is a decent basic Assam, nothing fancy, but still good to drink. Tea doesn’t always have to be fancy to be good :)

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this is my first assam tea, so i’m not entirely sure what to compare it to. it definitely has a smooth, yet astringent and dry taste. makes for an excellent breakfast tea. i think 5 minutes might have been a bit too much, i’ll try 4-4.5 next time.

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Heated to boil on the stove with organic cane sugar and ground cardamom. Strained, and added almond milk – delicious!

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61 tasting notes

Nothing special. Just decent Assam.

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