I got a teabag of this in my fire sale/tea clearing out box from Emilie. Tonight is going to be long and full of work, so I needed something to keep me alert and perky, but is low maintenance to make. Bagged assam fits that perfectly! I’m honestly not even in a “tea mood” but I find when that happens I need to push through and make something simple that I know I’ll like, or I end up taking an extended tea break.

This is a simple but nice assam. It’s bold, bright, brisk… lots of b-adjectives. It’s not overly complex and is quite smooth, with a soft molasses tone. There’s not a lot of malty-ness, which is a bit disappointing since that’s my favorite aspect of assam. But for a bagged tea it’s quite pleasant!

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Tea has always been a passion of mine, though I got away from it during college. A lack of cupboard space and a constant influx of people into my suite made me pretty much abandon my teas at home. But now that I’m done with school, it’s definitely come back with a vengeance—to the point where I’ve purchased about 65 different kinds in the past 3 months!

I like most kinds of teas—yes, even peach, which I used to think I disliked!. Oolongs are definitely my favorite, and I’m an avid fan of earl grey, floral teas, and chai blends along with anything melon. The only kind of teas on my “no” list are rooibos blends (which gives me headaches) and banana flavored ones since bananas are public enemy #1 in my mind.

The best thing about tea for me is how you can be passionate about it and still have it integrate into all of your other hobbies. I like a lot of things: writing, video games, books, sewing, figure collecting, astronomy… it’s a long list. But whatever I’m doing, I can have a cup of tea in hand!


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