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83
drank Black Assam by Mana Organics
733 tasting notes

This came in my March Sips By box. I was kinda underwhelmed with mine this month (ugh, more turmeric — I should retake my quiz), but we’ll see how I like what I got.

The leaves are tiny and most are broken. They are very dark and fine. Teas like this are often very strong, so I was conservative with my teaspoon and my steep time.

The flavor is lighter than I expected, which is kind of a good thing. I’m getting notes of cocoa and toast. Well, maybe more like a honey biscuit than toast. While there is some astringency, I’m kind of surprised at how mild this tastes. Easy sipping first thing in the morning. All around, though, this is pretty middle-of-the-road. Nothing really stands out about it to me. But I’m happy to have it.

Flavors: Cocoa, Honey, Toast, Toasted

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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85
drank Black Assam by Mana Organics
630 tasting notes

Came in a Sips By box.
Dry leaf smells of cacao and earth, very sweet and natural.
Steeps a nice reddish brown color.
Liquor smells of baked bread and hay.
Tastes bready and chocolatey.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cacao, Earth, Hay

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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77
drank Black Assam by Mana Organics
757 tasting notes

Drinking the last of this. Still very pleasant. Only going for 2 steeps this time, for one because it’s almost 5pm and for 2, the third steep last time was pretty weak and I have fewer leaves in it this time since I’m using up my last of it.

Still a very pleasant Assam. If I didn’t have a plethora of black teas waiting in my cupboard already for me to get to them, I’d think about buying more, but alas I do.

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77
drank Black Assam by Mana Organics
757 tasting notes

This came in one of my Sips By boxes, but I don’t remember which one. A nice little Assam, quite pleasant and bold.

Starfevre

Good for 3 steeps too!

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80
drank Black Assam by Mana Organics
9 tasting notes

Picked this one out for my morning tea today.
Loved that it was nice and light, no bitterness or astringency.
Had a faintly honey-like taste to it.
Stood up well on it’s own, I think sweetener or milk would overwhelm it.

Flavors: Honey

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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85
drank Black Assam by Mana Organics
61 tasting notes

this is a nice malty/honey assam that was included in my Sipsby box this month. perfect for these colder mornings we’ve been having (bc texas, it’s colder in the mornings and then goes right into the mid-60’s to mid-70’s in the afternoons).

my cat, Spooky, is acting more and more like himself, which is such a damn relief. I took him to the vet this past Saturday, just for a re-check which was actually perfect timing because sometime between Wednesday evening (I took him to the vet AGAIN on Wednesday bc I could not COULD NOT get his tiny little pill in him bc he is old and awful) and Friday evening he licked his little arm (where they had shaved him to administer the fluids) raw! it was so red and awful looking and I felt so bad that I didn’t see it sooner :( they had to give him an antibiotic shot and a steroid shot (to help with the itching). but anyway, yes. he’s acting like himself, yelling for food and not giving a shit about my sleep schedule.

derk

Good kitty.

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82
drank Black Assam by Mana Organics
69 tasting notes

A sample from the Discovery TTB.

Very much enjoying this feisty honeyed Assam. Thanks to whoever added this to the box. Winner.

Flavors: Honey

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79

Sample from Nicole with my tea-historic order. I’ve had this a couple times and i am still enjoying it. It’s a little bold, but not overly so and the brew is tasty.

Count: 63

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Noms. Another from Nicole this is a good every day sort of tea. Malty, not super bold, smooth…just a really well rounded tea. a really enjoyable cup. thanks again nicole!

Mike

Nicole knows her Assams! :)

Nicole

Glad you are liking some of what I sent your way. :)

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85

I love that this is a family estate selling their own teas. I also love that the founder is a tea grower and a woman. It makes for a trifecta of unusual. They were super nice to chat with at WTE.

It’s nicely malty, moderately brisk and also smooth. Not sure about milk and sugar with it, it might just hide the tea flavor.

While I would prefer to have this in loose format, it’s a more than acceptable sachet that I would keep on hand. I am tickled that they now have a US site so I can get more than just this one sample!

Sil

neat!

Nicole

Found out last night that they do have loose it just isn’t on their US site yet. It’s an interesting mix of CTC and loose in the bag. Mainly CTC and slightly larger than fannings size broken leaves. But I don’t turn up my nose at a good CTC. :)

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