The first of several teas in a wonderful swap with Uniquity. Thank you! This was my tea of distraction this morning to make me forget my coffee! I was interested to find this tea was an Assam as yesterday I was looking for an Assam to try to see if that was where the punch in my usual breakfast blend originated. Bingo! This tea definitely answered my question.
Onto this tea itself. I did rather enjoy this. It packs a little more punch than I am used to. For the first several minutes, the cup was smooth and earthy (but no where near that of puerh!), maltey and slightly smokey. As the cup sat (yes, I may have to start brewing certain teas in smaller amounts than 16 oz.) it got more bitter and astringent with time. I am pretty sure Assam is not my favorite, but I do see where it fits into my choice for a breakfast tea blend. At some point, I will try a few more, but I am pretty confident that I have at least an idea of the flavor profile for Assam tea.