drank Essence of Assam by 52teas
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So I was feeling inspired by my own last post (how pretentious!) and I tried to remember how I had scored the other of my Assams, this one especially since it’s the one it’s the longest time since I’ve tried. So I thought I’d look it up. And then I thought I’d make a cup so I could post about while looking it up anyway.

And what I’ve got here is a raisin-y aroma with a very strong honey note.


Could it be?

Actually, no, at this point it’s mainly just the aroma. It’s actually too hot to drink yet, but I did get a sip and that was very heavy on the raisins.

That aroma though… Yesterday the heavy honey flavour didn’t come out until the last half of the cup, after it had cooled down some. So all hope is not lost.

Letting it cool a bit, I try again and am immediately disappointed by only watery raisins and just some spicy pricklyness. But then the aftertaste hit me. Honey. Whole bee hives of the stuff. At this point it’s only really there on the absolute finish and in the aftertaste, but it gives me some rather interesting expectations for the rest of the cup.

A little further down the cup again, and the honey note has expanded some. It’s not only on the aftertaste any more, it’s just sort of gradually taking over the flavour and afterwards it’s like someone coated the inside of my mouth with honey. It is, however, still not the super-strong honey that I found in AC Perchs’ FTGBOP yesterday afternoon, but it is actually getting close.

But I’m still not sure how exactly I got it to do this.

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Ang lives with Husband and two kitties, Charm and Luna, in a house not too far from Århus. Apart from drinking tea, she enjoys baking, especially biscuits, reading and jigsaw puzzles. She has recently acquired an interest in cross-stitch and started a rather large project. It remains to be seen whether she has actually bitten off more than she can chew…

Ang prefers black teas and the darker sorts of oolongs. She has to be in the mood for green and white, and she enjoys, but knows little to nothing about, pu-erh.

Her preferences with black teas are the Chinese ones, particularly from Fujian, but also Keemun and just about anything smoky. She occasionally enjoys Yunnans but they’re not favourites. She has taken some time to research Ceylon teas, complete with reference map, and has recently developed some interest in teas from Africa.

She is sceptical about Indian blacks as she generally finds them too astringent and too easy to get wrong. She doesn’t really care for Darjeelings at all. Very high-grown teas are often not favoured.

She likes flavoured teas as well, particularly fruit flavoured ones, but also had an obsession with finding the Perfect Vanilla Flavoured Black and can happily report that this reclusive beast has been spotted in a local teashop near where she works. Any and all vanilla flavoured teas are still highly attractive to her, though. Also nuts and caramel or toffee. Not so much chocolate. It’s a texture thing.

However, she thinks Earl Grey is generally kind of boring. Cinnamon and ginger are also not really a hit, and she’s not very fond of chais. Evil hibiscus is evil. Even in small amounts, and yes, Ang can usually detect hibiscus, mostly by way of the metallic flavour of blood it has.

Ang is not super impressed with rooibos or honeybush on their own. She doesn’t care for either, really, but when they are flavoured, they go usually go down a treat.

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