Assam Melody

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Black Tea
Assam Black Tea
Astringent, Malt, Sweet, Bitter
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Loose Leaf, Tea Bag
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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec 4 g 8 oz / 238 ml

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  • “And the sip down continues… Another grumpy morning, I still feel like I’m fighting something, even though I don’t actually feel sick. Monday it was trying to hit my lungs & throat, yesterday it...” Read full tasting note
  • “As the determined waves of jetlag begin to erode my consciousness to the point where I can’t spell “consciousness” properly until the fifth or so try, it becomes clear that there is only one tea...” Read full tasting note
  • “Woof. Do NOT let this stuff oversteep. I got my cup together to steep and got distracted – now it’s bitter. Blergh. Even added more splenda and it’s not helping. I made bad tea :( I’m still...” Read full tasting note
  • “Oh boy oh boy oh boy!!! (No, not for this tea…though it’s pretty good! This excitement is due to my Adagio order arriving today. It’s my first go-around with them (re: teanewbie), and so I decided...” Read full tasting note

From Adagio Teas

Black tea from the Assam region of India. Assam tea brews up a burgundy-red cup with rich aroma and strong malty taste. The latter makes Assam an ideal breakfast-time tea. The ‘Assam Melody’ is a flavorful second-flush (summer) tea from the well-regarded Meleng estate.

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92 Tasting Notes

15 tasting notes

This tea is amazing! It is so amazing that in order to drink more of this I washed a coffee travel mug and it is now my Assam Melody mug!

It has everything one could ask for in a tea. The flavor is not idle, it dances all over the place and grabs your attention at every sip! It teases at first waits a moment and then blooms into citrus,melon. I expected it to fall back down into a black dryness, but it shocked me by veering over to an almost earthy note and stopped short. This tea does that at every sip, it doesn’t dampen towards the end like most teas.

This is the first tea that I can’t wait to reorder in large vast quantities.

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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682 tasting notes

Woke up at 5.
Left for San Diego at 7.
((made some Jack Frost on the road ehhe))
Cousins and friends and I visited people at this church.
Looked at a couple missions (
Drove back home.

Sipdown (113) of Assam Melody tonight!
This is actually one of my older teas. Pre-Florida sooo yeah. Good that it’s gone :)


Beautiful photos!

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166 tasting notes

A nice, straightforward tea. For me, it’s not really light, yet not really strong either – right in the middle. Decent iced as well.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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6 tasting notes

I’m surprisingly happy with this tea! I decided to let the water boil to brew a stronger tea, and it seems to do the trick. Adagio ended up sending me a replacement set of black tea samples and a little something(s) extra too at their expense. Well… It worked. They sent some stronger teas for me to try out, as I had complained that their teas were too thin.

It’s light and slightly sweet. It’s a satisfying after-dinner black tea.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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22 tasting notes

This one took me off guard. This is a very rich specimen, at least in the looks department; quick to infuse – I was afraid of overdoing it! – and surprisingly not very strong.

Heavy amber color and smells slightly smokey. Taste is very mellow — it reminds me of the Autumn Laoshan Black by Verdant, but gentler. Unfortunately, it doesn’t make much of an impact. There’s nothing wrong with it per se, but I probably won’t actually buy it (came with the Raja sampler set).

Might try 4 minutes for the first reinfusion.

EDIT: First reinfusion: yup; nope. There’s just not a whole lot in this thing.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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44 tasting notes

I just finished my sample of this tea (wow, that didn’t take me long at all!). In other words, I greatly enjoyed this tea. Originally I made the mistake of steeping it for 5 minutes, which, in my opinion, ruined it. I could hardly taste any notes besides bitterness. Steeping it at 3 or 4 really helped bring out more of the flavors.

The smell, oddly enough, reminded me of a humid, hot summer day overblown with moist grass and hay. The taste was very smooth , yet brisk with a noticeable astringency. While nothing really stood out, it made the perfect complement to any one of my lunches and yet it could easily be enjoyed on its own.

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9 tasting notes

One of the smoothest black teas in my cupboard. Tastes great with citrus added. I agree with others that there’s no so much of a kick, but it’s a great tea to drink while studying.

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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30 tasting notes

This tea is unique and very different from my normal morning Ceylons and Earl Grays. The drink is very flavorful, the maltiness is definitely there but not super strong. The tea has a very noticeable cocoa character and slight tannic character. Overall, this tea makes a very well balanced cup with enough maltiness, chocolatiness, and slightly dry mouth feel. My new favorite tea, will always have this available.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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19 tasting notes

First Steep

A pretty strong malty smell. Flavor is still malty, but not nearly as strong, and has more of a bitter taste. Aftertaste is surprisingly sweet, and lingers only for a few seconds.

Actually a bit better than I expected, though I would still like to try it with honey or something for the second steep. Enjoyable.

Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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22 tasting notes

This is my second tea from my Adagio order, and the first black tea I’ve made that wasn’t my usual Lowes-Foods-brand-orange-and-black-pekoe bags. This tea is amazing. I don’t know how it compares to other “real” teas, but compared to what I usually drink in the mornings, this is rich, full, smooth… There’s an actual flavor to it, which is fantastic. And for the first time, I’m trying this “second steep” I keep reading about. I just poured the water over the leaves, so I’ll be trying that any minute. Yay for this!

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

Yay! I’m so glad that you’re enjoying getting into tea!! Isn’t it amazing the difference in quality?!? I hope the second steep went well!

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