yum, another sample from the Rare Tea Republic. This time it’s an Assam.

I steeped this for 3 minutes at 200 F with an infuser ball and am drinking out of a glass irish coffee mug – guess what? It works great for tea too! ;-)

This tea brews up to be a beautiful dark reddish color. It’s a delicious assam. Normally I would take these with milk but today I am trying without. The thing that predominately hits your nose and your mouth upon tasting is MALT, glorious MALT! Then you get chocolate followed by a bit of fruitiness with a bit of tannins in the finish. A very good assam indeed. I think I prefer this with milk (or in my case, soy milk) but it is quite delicious.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

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I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

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