Assam Gold Rain

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Comes from one of the finest estates of the Assam region of India. Famous for its fruity yet malty flavor with a tannic red-wine aftertaste. (FTGFOP-1)(Special)

How to Prepare
Use 1 teaspoon tea per 8oz of water. Heat water to 195-205 degrees and steep for 2-3 minutes. 2oz of tea equals 25-30 teaspoons.
Pure black tea from Assam, India.

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52 Tasting Notes

76 tasting notes

Forgot I had this. It’s still good even though it’s a couple years old.

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171 tasting notes

Experience buying from Teavana online

Date of Purchase: Purchased at their 2011 end-of-year sale at a discount, and brewed up my first cup right away.

Appearance and aroma of dry leaf: Pretty,: a few light-caramel-colored leaves mixed in with mostly dark chocolate-brown leaves; a little sweet, and like any standard Indian black tea, not too aromatic, and definitely not as yummy as it tastes.

Brewing guidelines: Ceramic cup and lid, tea in metal basket strainer; stevia added.
……….1st: Off boiling, mildly warmed cup; 2’ …Awesome!
……….2nd: Near boiling, warmed cup; 3’…….Still Awesome!
……….3rd: Boiling, warmed cup; 4’…………….Great!
……….4th: Boiling, very warmed cup; 7’………Still good flavor!
……….5th: Spot on Boiling, hot cup; 10’ ……..Oh, well, just mild flavor.

Aroma of tea liquor:

Flavor of tea liquor: I really liked the flavor of this Assam. I am still new to the unflavored black arena, but this tea reminds me of a good Yunnan in that it was sweet and carmel-y; I think full bodied applies here, too. Oh, and I just remembered the malty question (“How do you describe what malty tastes like?”) I asked on Steepster a while back; I remember LiberTEAS (and others) trying to help me to understand what malty truly tastes like (like the wort of pre-fermented beer, OR bread-y, yeast-y; these all helped), and I remember someone suggesting to try a good Assam. Well, here it is, but I’m not certain I am any wiser. Next time I brew this up (I am writing this up a day after drinking it), I need to sit down and really take in the flavor of this Assam and pay attention to what comes up for me. Next time.

Appearance of wet leaf: Looks like mid-grade Indian leaf to me, although it says, FTGFOP-1. Really? It doesn’t look much better than the leaf in a Java OP I have. I guess I don’t know much about the grading system of Indian black teas, either. Which begs the question, what do I know, anyway? : p

Value: This tea is less than $1/oz at 75% off the original price (I am estimating it was about $3/oz.). I think full price isn’t even that far off the mark, considering the flavor.

Overall: This is what I consider to be my first Assam (although I have very likely had one before, and I didn’t know it at the time). A minor note: It gave the inside of my white ceramic cup a light chocolate colored stain that I don’t think any of the other black teas have done (but I guess I normally steep black tea in my traditional ceramic teapot, so doing it in a cup is kinda new for me, and said tea did sit for a while during at least one steeping). I admit I wasn’t expecting much out of this tea, as I get the impression the Assam’s are the run-of-the-mill Indian black teas. Well, either I am dead wrong (happens often enough) or this is an exceptional Assam, for, this … tea … ROCKS! I love the sweetness, and the caramel flavor. I am impressed that it yielded four good steepings. I look forward to brewing this up again (and I wish I had bought more, now that it’s sold out!).

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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11 tasting notes

Brewed 2 tsp of tea leaves at 208 degrees for 4 minutes, with 2 1/2 tsp of Teavana’s German rock sugar, no milk. The whole milk in tea thing kind of wigs me out, but I grew up in the South where you grow up with cheap ice tea in your baby bottle so take as you will.

First couple of sips I was wondering what is that sourness, but under it the usual caramelly malty flavor. For first half of the cup no astringency, but as I drink more it is beginning to dry my mouth out now. The flavor seems to deepen as it cools. Aftertaste has the astringency and still a hint of the sourness. Not sure what’s going on there. Could be aftertaste of the sugar, not the tea.

I’ve been working my way through a 3 oz packet of this, have only 1 or 2 steepings left in it. Almost all my tea is from Teavana at the moment, but I just placed an order with Upton so we’ll see. This Assam Gold Rain and their Golden Monkey are my top two at the moment — I have Copper Knot Hongcha and Nine Dragon as well. Will get to them in the days ahead.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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11 tasting notes

Like any Assam variety, this yields a very strong-tasting brew that one can either love or hate. This is a tea that you need to keep a close eye on. If oversteeped, the result will put hair on your chest, among other things.

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64 tasting notes

Nothing spectacular, but a solid black tea. Smooth and malty. That being said, you can get better for cheaper.

Also not a huge fan of it being called single estate and them not mentioning which estate.

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18 tasting notes

Often this is my wake-me-up-cup. I alternate with Assam, EB and Irish Breakfast. I agree with others that it is a little weak in body and color, but the taste is great. I drink mine with a splash of milk. For some reason I like my black teas only with milk.

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13 tasting notes

I’m happy with this one every time I make it. Just a tad of honey this time to let the flavor of the tea be the highlight. Now…I think I have papers to write, but this is the best excuse to procrastinate.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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9 tasting notes

To quote Neal Stephenson, it is like drinking your favorite book.

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4 tasting notes

I desperately need to find something that this blends well with. I like it as a black tea, but I’m a bit bored of it now. It is a bit like drinking red wine, although part of me just wonders why I’m not actually drinking red wine instead.

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9 tasting notes

I got this at a very discounted price a couple of weeks ago, so I’m betting this was an older batch of tea. It was okay, but I found it to be a little bitter even after I played with the steeping times. It didn’t make me a sudden convert to Teavana, and I certainly would never pay the full price for this tea. I definitely have just been drinking it for the caffeine boost in the morning. Not a tea I can lose myself in drinking.

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