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I bought this a couple years ago now, no note.  I always want to try all the assam to find those elusive really great assams.  This one never quite hit the mark… at least the 2018 harvest didn’t anyway.  First, I’m surprised at the amount of astringency for a leaf that looks half gold in color.  Usually gold teas aren’t this brisk.  And I really can’t taste behind that briskness, so it’s quite one noted in flavor. It certainly tastes like your usual ASSAM anyway.   I’ve tried this a couple times now.  One flat teaspoon is certainly enough for a mug.  Not quite the assam I’m looking for, but I loved trying it anyway.
Steep #1  // 1 heaping teaspoon for full mug // 16 minutes after boiling  // 2 minute steep
Steep #2  // 2 minutes after boiling //  3 minute steep
2020 Sipdowns: 90 (52Teas – French Vanilla Marshmallow Assam)

This Thanksgiving, I will be thinking most of anyone who works in the medical field, education, and all essential workers. Some of us are trying to do our darndest to prevent covid spread. I hope everyone who can has a happy, healthy, safe Thanksgiving!

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Hi! I love tea and trying new ones – it adds a bit of variety to my day! Books, music, TV & movies are my thing… and tea, of course.

Some of my favorite tea shops (still operating):
birdandblendtea.com
teavivre.com
52teas.com
svtea.com
harney.com
angrytearoom.com
Dammann Freres
Yunnan Sourcing
fusionteas.com
AprTea.com
Javateaco.com
Lupicia
Octaviatea.com
Davidstea
eco-cha.com
what-cha.com
justea.com
singleoriginteas.com
teasenz.com
tealyra.com
whisperingpinestea.com
Mandala
verdanttea.com

Favorite tea shops (RIP):
butikiteas.com
steapshoppe.com
steepcityteas.com
aquartertotea.com
dellaterrateas.com
zentealife.com
theteamerchant.net
joysteaspoon.com
tealiciousllc.com
Rivertea
Specialteas

My icon photo is Richard Mayhew from the graphic novel ‘Neverwhere’ by Neil Gaiman, Mike Carey & Glenn Fabry.

Most of the teas listed in my cupboard are actually sample sizes. I don’t really have 2,000 ounces of tea around here! Many of my teas have only one teaspoon left… maybe two. But I like keeping them in my cupboard list for reference to what I could be sipping. Usually, I write tasting notes once for each tea. I’m still drinking them, just not writing tasting notes each time!

My dislikes: hibiscus, ginger (unless in chai), turmeric, bee pollen, charcoal type flavors

My ratings:
95-100 – Super awesome deliciousness favorites – cupboard essential
80-95 – Also pretty delicious
65-80 – Pretty good
50-65 – Okay
1-50 – Probably won’t want to sip it again

I’m planning on being a Steepsterer as long as there IS a Steepster, so if you’re not hearing from me, that means something happened to my health… if you know what I mean. (Or as evidenced by the great computer hiatus of 2019, something happened to my computer.) :D

Happy sipping!

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