Our new tea at work, my colleague and me.
We generally have an Assam with plenty of milk when we go to our favourite cafe for our little ‘afternoon meetings’ now and then. It’s about the only instance I take milk in my tea by default. Most of the time I prefer without.
So after the fiasco that was the Taiwanese oolong of boringness, we decided to go back to something thoroughtly tried and tested. We even bought a small carton of milk for it too.
I tried a little of it without additives first, and unlike aforementioned oolong of boringness I was quite pleased with what I got.
The aroma is strong on the malty sweetness. There’s a little oakyness too but not very much. Mostly it’s just a molasses-y sweet general tea aroma.
There is a good deal of body in the flavour, but it still seems quite mild and smooth. Mild here does not equal delicate or weak. Just sort of… mild. You know?
It’s still quite sweet with a touch of astringency on the finish, but interestingly I’m also getting a relatively strong raisin-y note at the back of my palate. It’s not as strong as the one in 52teas’ Essense of Assam, but it’s very very clearly there, especially if I slurp a little.
I’ve never noticed that in Assams before, but now I’m wondering if I’ve stumbled upon some sort of typical flavour for the type. Like the cocoa note in Fujians. Interesting.
All of this is of course completely drowned out and ruined by the addition of milk, but that’s okay given the fact that this is for work. We are not concentrating on flavour here, we just want some tea to drink. :)
All in all I’m quite pleased with this one. I’m not sure if this is the Perfect Assam for me either, but it’s definitely a pleasant tea. I did like the 52teas Assam a little better for the stronger raisin note, but this would be an excellent alternative.