Essence of Assam

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We haven’t done a mid-week blend for a while, and I have just the blend for you this week!

I know we are normally all about the flavored teas, but here’s something a little different. If you are a tea newbie (like we all were at some point), then you might not know this but teas from different regions of the world have very different flavor profiles. Rainfall, altitude, and soil conditions all have an impact on the final leaf. It may all come from the same plant, but the result is very different depending upon where it is grown: from the valleys of Assam to the high mountain grown “Ceylon” teas of Sri Lanka.

Interesting aside: Although it is generally accepted that the best teas in the world come from India, China, Japan, Sri Lanka and Taiwan, currently, the number one exporter of tea to the United States is…. drumroll, please… Argentina!

Argentina produces a third-rate, mechanically harvested tea which the big grocery store teabag brands use to fill their teabags. This is one of the main reasons why specialty tea companies like ours can exist. Our teas are 1000% better! Okay, off my soapbox now, and back to the tea at hand…

What we have here is a collection of some of the best single-estate Assam teas we could find, blended together to give you

The Essence of Assam

Contains: Dinjan/Kondoli Estate Extra Bold FOP, Dejoo/Greenwood Estate STGFOP, Rembeng Estate Organic FTGFOP, Oakland Estate TGFOP, Oakland Estate TGFOP, and Greenwood Estate Classic STGFOP.

(If you are wondering about those letters, they are simply a measure of the leaf size. Contrary to popular belief, Orange Pekoe (OP) is not a type of tea, it is a leaf size rating. It is the smallest of the whole leaf classes. Flowery Orange Pekoe (FOP) is next, then Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe (GFOP), followed by Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe (TGFOP), and finally, Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe (FTGFOP–otherwise known as “Far Too Good For Ordinary People”). A leading ‘S’ in front of any of these grades indicates that the manufacturer considers it “Superior”).

So now that you have been schooled, you really need to give this Assam blend a try. I think most tea enthusiasts would agree that the basic characteristics of a good Assam tea is that it is a bold, dark blend with some honey-like characteristics, particularly when combined with cream and sugar. I personally think this blend with a bit of cream and sugar tastes like a Bit-O-Honey in a mug.

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This is the smoothest assam I have ever had. The tea is brisk, robust, and chewy without any bitterness. I am even having a hard time finding astringency, there is some but not much. Most of my assam drinking has been from single estate teas. It seems that 52teas has taken the best assams and blended them. This tea is really very good. If you have a hard time with assams hitting you in the face with their strength, I would give this tea a try. I have a hard time calling an assam tea smooth and mellow, but this one is close.

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How in the world did I miss the announcement of this one!!??! I have to break my lockdown – no question about it!

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It’s been a little while since I brewed some of this. This is one hefty tea.

Malty and robust and just – plain – delicious! A nice caramely backdrop to it that melds nicely with the malty flavor.

I’m off to write a review about it for the Tea Review Blog!

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Another one from my recent 52teas order.

And it’s not whacky-flavoured! How can this be??? I’m not normally all that impressed by most Indian blacks, but I’ve seen a lot of good things about this one, and my colleague and I decided to buy some Assam (elsewhere, cheaper) to have at work after getting rid of the last of our uber-boring oolong. So I was feeling inspired.

Now, this is going to be short, because I woke up from a very long nap just half an hour or so ago, and I’m still all groggy.

I’m struck by a strong note of raisins in the aroma. Like insanely raisin-y! There is also hint of malty sweetness, but really it’s mainly raisins for me.

It’s a little strong and a little astringent but without the borderline bitterness. The raisin-note is still very strong, especially on the aftertaste. And I mean it’s really very very raisin-y! Are we sure this hasn’t been flavoured a little bit???

It’s still not the Perfect Assam, but I feel like we’re getting closer here.


Sounds like this is a psuedo flavored tea… makes me interested to try it (inspite of not liking raisings). I’m looking for a good Assam to mix w/ chai spices.

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Or should I say SHAKE DOWN!?
Bob Seger…Thank you!

Anyhow…first tea of the day! It’s bold and it’s settin’ the mode or mood for the day!


I Shook Down all the Snow we Had here in Pa Today,
Small amount 4 to 5 Inches, The Snow was BUSTED,
Keep on Steepin


Yup! We had about a foot!

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Thank you LiberTEAS for sharing some of this, it is good but I wish it didn’t have such a raisin-y aftertaste :) Maybe if I decrease the steeping time or something I can change that…

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