I received this tea as a sample in my 2019 Lochan order. As I don’t drink Assam often, it’s been sitting in my drawer, but I broke it out today in an effort to give myself some much-needed energy. I steeped 4 g of tea in a 355 ml mug at 195F for 4, 6, and 8 minutes.

The dry aroma is of autumn leaves and malt. The first steep is all about the malt, with notes of tannins, autumn leaf pile, a touch of bready sweetness, and wood. There’s a slight astringency, but not as much as in some Assams I’ve had. The malt, baked bread, and tannins become more prominent in the next two steeps.

This is a no-nonsense Assam that gets the job done. However, Lochan carries Assams, notably their Harmutty Golden Lion, that are more to my taste.

Flavors: Astringent, Autumn Leaf Pile, Baked Bread, Malt, Tannin, Wood

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 355 ML
tea-sipper

I meant to order from Lochan a while ago… now it looks like you get redirected to TeaSwan

Leafhopper

I’m redirected there as well. I hope Lochan Tea is still in business. I see a few of their blends on the site, but not many.

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tea-sipper

I meant to order from Lochan a while ago… now it looks like you get redirected to TeaSwan

Leafhopper

I’m redirected there as well. I hope Lochan Tea is still in business. I see a few of their blends on the site, but not many.

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