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I love golden Assam teas! This one is delightful. The flavor is very rich and bold. Very pleasant malty tone and a biscuit-y quality that is quite delectable! I’m really enjoying this cup!
“Thank you to *TeaEqualsBliss* for sending this tea my way! I love golden Assam teas! This one is delightful. The flavor is very rich and bold. Very pleasant malty tone and a biscuit-y quality...” Read full tasting note
“Malty and fairly sweet as well as slightly toasted at the beginning of the sip then the slightly toasted hint seems to fade away. This is bolder than I thought it would be. It has a sort of...” Read full tasting note
“Rich, malty Assam. Flavors of charcoal, raisin, and a good bit of Yunnan-ish sweet potato flavor. Definitely the best Assam I've tried.” Read full tasting note
“I drink Golden Assam with breakfast, usually eggs. It gives me a little pick me up and it tastes delicious. It's one of my go to teas great all the time. It gets pretty dark like light coffee...” Read full tasting note
The Assam region of Northeast India is famous for its black tea production. The sub-tropical valleys of Assam in which tea is cultivated yield gutsy, bold infusions with full body and flavor. Our single estate Golden Assam is from orthodox manufacture and has an abundance of even grade leaves and golden buds.
Tasting Notes: Robust and bright with hints of sweet raisin and an assertive malty finish
Ingredients: Organic and Fair Trade Certified™ black tea.
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I drink Golden Assam with breakfast, usually eggs. It gives me a little pick me up and it tastes delicious. It’s one of my go to teas great all the time. It gets pretty dark like light coffee but isn’t as pungent, if thats the right word, as Darjeeling.
My room mate likes it as well. He has this idea that it tastes creamy, but I think he is delusional some times. He has a habit of lying about things that don’t really matter. I don’t think he’s lying when he says he likes the tea though.
I originally tried brewing this tea just under five minutes (following Rishi’s suggestions), but it was too astringent and a bit bitter. After reading some about assam teas, I now steep it just under 3 minutes, and it brews strong, has a sweetness to it (raisin/date), and an acceptable amount of astringency. I enjoy this tea a great deal.
Rishi is one of the selected loose leaf companies my local grocery store carries, so every once in a while I’ll wander from the bulk tea section and check out if they have anything interesting to offer. Last week I stumbled upon this one which I probably wouldn’t have picked up otherwise, but it was on sale (I’m such a sucker) so of course I took it home with me. I got around to trying it a day so later and immediately went back and picked up two more boxes while it was still on sale (again, what a sucker).
This is the type of Assam I really adore. Malty and sweet, but not so sweet that it seems more like a Yunnan. Just enough to counter the touch of astringency . There’s not all that much to say about it. It’s just a really nice hearty classic Assam. Even with ever-changing preferences, I don’t think I’ll ever tire of theses types of teas.
I should note that I think this is the tea I got. My boxes only say Assam rather than Golden Assam. However the golden tips are plentiful and there is no plain Assam listed here or on Rishi’s website. So I think I’m putting this in the correct spot.
Flavors: Malt, Sugarcane
Aroma: Dark chocolate, rich, hint of woody smoke
Liquor: Rusty red
Flavor: Dark chocolate, a little sweet and malty with a hint of lingering toasted flavor. Rich and bold
Notes: I bought this to use in a chai recipe, but decided to have it alone as well as in my chai. It does take on the spices very well. Anyway, overall seemed like a good cup, well balanced and rich.