(This log is the second steep.) Just as I thought. This tea loses it’s astringency after the first steep. The second steep was much brighter and delightful. This tea is definitely a winner!
“This one courtesy of my fairy tea sister Rabs! Thank you sis! I am off from work today, so I took this opportunity to brew a gigantic 16oz mug of a type of tea which I like to take with milk and...” Read full tasting note
“This is the final tea on my "Basic Tea Trilogy" tasting. I almost hyperventilated while smelling each tin of leaves. I kept going back and forth between Keemun and Assam. After recovering from...” Read full tasting note
“Looks more like Assam Gold Rain (very tippy and pretty) than Thomas Sampson does, but smells more like Thomas in the dry leaf. *Rabs* mentioned potting soil, and I get that as well, though it's...” Read full tasting note
“Nutty nutty nutty. The smell and taste are both very nutty to me, though perhaps that is how I read the malt – either nutty or bake-y? There’s a little astringency on the back end that is close...” Read full tasting note
Winner 2009 World Tea Championship, Hot Tea Class, Signature Famous Teas – try it and see why.
A refreshing full-bodied traditional style Assam for those seeking a full bodied Assam black tea with a strong malt finish.
Long enjoyed as a breakfast tea in the United Kingdom, this Assam stands up well to milk and sugar or on its own.
Ingredients: Black tea, assam
Origin of Assam Reserve : India
Direct trade quality loose leaf tea for more than a decade. World Tea Championship winners in 2008 & 2009. USDA Certified Organic. Based in US with buying office in China.
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Even from my limited experience, this seems like a very good assam. I only have one tea of the same type to compare it too and that is A&D’s Thomas Sampson.
This seems lighter bodied than TS. But the scent is very similar—malty and Guinness-like…a bit biscuity. The color is a deep, very reddish amber. The taste is all malt, slightly sweet and bready—but very astringent and drying in the mouth.
I like it, it’s very good to have with a heavy meal—but I’m not sure I would choose this over A&D’s assam, for some reason. Although, wouldn’t it be funny if they both came from the same estate?
This Assam is more refined and easy going than its grizzly brethren while retaining a prototypical potency that comes through in a quite intelligent way.
While I do enjoy a healthy dose of barbarism in an Assam, sometimes a good game of chess is a better workout than splitting wood or powerlifting. I would know.