(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...” Read full tasting note
“Sipdown no. 35 of 2016 (no. 246 total). I don’t rush to Assams because some grab onto the back of my throat in an unpleasant way. But sometimes I wonder why I don’t give them more of a...” 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.