This used to be my favorite assam, but now that I’ve done some tasting around…I taste some bitterness, astringency and flatness that I didn’t notice before. SOMEbody is getting spoiled ;) I’m going to try to take maybe 30 seconds off the brewing time to see if it livens it up a bit.
I shaved 30 seconds off of my previous brewing time, and oooh! the tea came to life! I like it much better now :) It’s strong but not bitter and I even tasted some almost fruity notes. Sadly, I also managed to break another of my favorite mugs after drinking this (I had 4, now I have ONE!). I am a devastating combination of a lover of pretty, delicate things and a butterfingers.
Gotta lower this rating a little. It’s a solid Assam, but it pales in comparison to many of the Assams I’ve tasted in the last two months from Upton and Harney and Sons. Noticeable astringency…not particularly malty or full bodied in comparison. Once I finish this bag, I won’t repurchase. I used to think I would always have this one around!
The second day of making tea at work and I already forgot my strainer at home! Mind like a sieve (HA!!!) Don’t worry – necessiTEA is the mother of invention! I got a coworker’s coffee filter, put my loose tea in there, twisted it, and clipped it with a teeny clippy thing (which I washed first!!!). Worked like a charm! By the end of the week I should have my proper paper filters and clips in from Upton, but until then I will use this method.
Today’s tea is very delicious! I am tasting TONS of honey. Lovely, lovely, lovely!
(Can you tell I’m thrilled with my at-work setup?)
We had a cookie swap at work, so I had to choose a tea that went well with myriad flavors of cookies! I wanted something strong and flavorful, but not a superstar (the cookies were the star of the show!). I chose this workhorse of a tea. It fit the bill perfectly. I will always have it on hand for those occasions that you simply want a good cup of tea.