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From Andrews & Dunham Damn Fine Tea

By now, it should be abundantly clear that we’re suckers for a nice Assam tea. And why not? Thomas has done nothing but impress, and the Captain still draws us in with his lengthy yarns. (Where’s he been lately, anyway?)

We are delighted to offer you this Tiger, our latest Assam tea. It’s resilient yet refined, gentle yet ass-kicking, crouching yet leaping. Prepare it any way you like and it’ll taste great. Forget it on the counter? Brew it a little hastily in a travel mug? It’ll still taste great. Tigers are like that. They don’t get discouraged. They don’t have off days. They deliver 100% tiger, at all times.

Tigers don’t tolerate weak tea, nor should you.

We like to brew this black tea from Assam for four minutes in boiling water. It’s great first thing in the morning. Or after breakfast, maybe with a little milk and a friendly chat. Over brew it a bit and mix in some ice after lunch. Think about trying another beverage with dinner, tigers need their sleep after all.

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Here is another one that Sil shared with me. When asked what I would like to try, one of my requests was for some Assam or other. It’s a funny region for me. I really want to adore them, but I’m just not quite there. Nine times out of ten I’ll go for a Chinese but every once in a blue moon the Assam just strikes me as the most desirable tea on the planet.

And then I usually haven’t got any.

Lately I’ve been having some small Assam-y thoughts again, though, so it was a fairly obvious request. (Project Assam…? ponder ponder ponder )

I’m making this in the big pot to share with Husband, who opted to not have it milked. When it’s any other tea, I usually just serve it as it is, but sometimes I get confused about what he would prefer. He always drinks it without additives at home, but as soon as he sets foot on English soil he reverts to preferring his tea milked. I don’t know… maybe it’s a geography thing. (I hope he doesn’t think it’s because I won’t let him milk it… O.o )

Now, let me see. I’ve been carefully timing this, because one of the things that stops me from being all over Assam is how finicky they are. You can pretty much abuse a Chinese black from now until Christmas and it’ll still produce a drinkable cup. Sometimes rather stewed, but still drinkable. An Assam however will not put up with that sort of treatment. It will turn around and bite you back.

The aroma is quite malty, but it also has notes of raisins and honey in there. Mostly raisins. Whenever I’ve had an Assam that hasn’t been completely ruined, it seems to have always had a raisin-y aspect to a smaller or larger degree. Less so with honey.

Normally when describing something as malty, I would automatically started searching for a grain-y aspect, but I can’t really find that here. It’s more sort of wood-en for me. (And bright red, my at times weird brain supplies)’

Over it all there is a note of something that smells thick and creamy, almost… like if it had a smidge of vanilla flavouring. I’ve found that Assam generally works great for me as a base for vanilla flavouring, although peculiarly my Perfect vanilla isn’t Assam-y. Now I’m beginning to wonder if that works so well because the flavouring in those cases enhance a note which might already be there, if you know what I mean. It makes a vanilla flavoured Assam taste more natural than really flavoured. If you know what I mean.

But I digress and this tea, for the record, is not actually flavoured with anything at all.

First sip is sweet and honey-y. At the very beginning it was wood-y, but then it turned all sweet. I’m actually dithering a bit on the honey note, wondering if I think it’s more along the lines of toffee or something, but eventually I’ve come to the conclusion that I think it’s most like honey. Second sip starts me considering that question again. It’s almost like it depends on how I’ve sipped. Where on the tongue it hits first, how much I’ve been slurping, how long it takes before swallowing. At the very beginning, I think it’s like honey, but then it turns into something toffee-y and sweetie like. And I’m pretty certain it is actually the same note here. It definitely feels like the same note that changes.

So, apart from that weird sweet aspect that can’t decide what it is, we’ve got some wood-en notes to this like I found in the aroma, and they’re laying down the bottom of the flavour. It’s actually quite discreet, but it adds substance. There’s a hint of mild astringency here too, but nothing too dominating.

Now what about those raisins. peers into cup They’re in there. I know they are, because I can feel them. I just… don’t know where they are. They’re hiding from me, shouting coo-ee every now and then. I suspect the tea needs to develop a bit before I’ll find them.

The tea has cooled off a bit now, and I think we can safely say that this is one of those that only have raisin notes to a smaller degree. They’re out there a little more now all right, but nothing that makes me sit up and say ‘raisin!’. That creamy sort of milky note is very much at the forefront now and I’ve completely lost the honey/toffee/vanilla-y chameleon note. That’s a shame, because I was rather enjoying that. I liked this one best when it was very hot.

All in all, this was a highly enjoyable tea.


Really enjoyed reading this note! I’m still only finding out about Assams, and they puzzle me enormously because they go into the kind of teabag breakfast blends that can’t be finicky, and yet, as you say, by themselves… ?? And then why can you generally boil them for chai?? I mean, yes, they’re usually not full leaf Assams for that, but still – you’d think the CTCs would turn on you faster than full leaf. Unless my tea logic is totally off!


Nice to see this assam is really appreciated – I often have difficulties with this type of teas, difficult to brew properly, quite capricious on a way. But when we find the correct way to brew it, this is lovely


So glad you enjoyed this one :) Terri made me fall in love with this one, and it comes in such a neat tin!


Hallieod, I’ve been wondering the same thing when it comes to chai. I don’t know if maybe all the milk and spices are there to cover up the astringency. And as you said, for breakfast teas. Especially if you brew tea in Ireland the way the do in England where they just leave the bag in. It was such a revalation to my mother in law when she noticed that I tended to stop the steeping by removing the leaves. It had never occurred to her that she could just fish the bag out when it had reached the strength she liked.

Ysaurella, yes, I totally agree. It’s probably a thing one has to learn. We had an Assam at work once, which when you missed the mark became completely undrinkable, but when you brewed it just so it had the strongest notes of honey and raisin, it was amazing. But very unsuitable for having at work.

Sil, BIG tin, though. I’m going to need to think about this carefully for a while.


It IS a big tin, but it doesn’t seems nearly as bit when you get it :)

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Boiling water, 4 minutes 30 seconds, no milk or sugar.

Ah, I haven’t had a lot of plain black teas lately and didn’t realize how much I needed this! Malt, honey, and some raisins- I missed you! Token astringent bite, I missed you less! If I let my imagination run away with me I can taste caramel and cocoa, but I think I may be overexcited.

Thanks, Heather, for giving me your last cup’s worth yesterday! Also, an indirect thanks to Cavocorax for sending her this sample in the first place.

You know what sucks? Fire alarm testing day in apartments.

Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

That’s clearly a whole new level of suckage and one I have yet to experience.


Awful, especially if you’ve got work to do. One of my student ‘experiences’ was in this building that had so many false alarms the fire department wouldn’t come for what seemed like hours. Thankfully I lived near lots of cafes and restaurants amenable to students.

Michelle Butler Hallett


However, Tiger Assam …

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robust, a heavy handed caffeine punch that doesn’t pretend to be something it isn’t but somehow ZERO bitterness. this tea is an unbridled wake up! as well quite the finest assam i’ve ever had.

i will not be sharing this sample. i will be buying more when i’m done.

taking them at their word i steeped conventionally the first time and flagrantly ignored it on the counter the second. awesome both ways. not to mention their marketing amuses me.

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Terri HarpLady

Definitely one of my Favs!


i do like companies with the confidence to be cheeky, and then have their cheekiness stand up!


Hmmm! Kickin’ unpretentious Assam… right up my alley :-)


I hope you didn’t already buy it as they have free shipping right now! Free to Canada! :O


argh… Cavocorax, you’re totally challenging my tea budget!!!!! lol.


Hahah. Welcome to Steepster! Where the people are friendly, and completely enabling when it comes to tea-buying.




Step away from the computer!


argh…. i spoke with stacy at butiki teas today to che on my order (lovely individual) and she cheerfully informed me that because i’m canadian i can choose 3 free samples. i have been pouring over the butiki website ever since. Nxtdoor… i’m pretty sure you can’t reach me from where you are, lol. and if you could you’d need a few crowbars.

you did read the line about 3 free samples and being canadian, right? <my enabling equivalent of a canon ball into the pool while you’re happily sunning yourself>


I have my own butiki order on the way so feel free to wax poetically about it, wont bother me. Yah, Stacy set the bar pretty high, I’m not sure too many can compete in the customer service dept.


every person i have spoken to has raved about stacy’s tea sense, and declared her among the best in the business both in the purist eastern approaches and the western flavoured. i am very excited to sample her skill sets.

how on earth do i choose 3????


When I ordered, I paid attention to my first instinct to see if I was torn between two teas. I made one my sample and ordered the other. I also stick to one variety so I’ll pick 6 oolongs to buy, for example, and take a couple more in samples. That way I’m exhausting a pretty good chunk of oolongs. Next time I might do black. And so on. Otherwise, there’s too much and Im just flailing.


that approach makes good sense. i was drawn to butiki’s flavours by a bunch of my friends here, so that’s what i want to try first. that and i have zero experience with gyusa. so aside from the jasmine pearls, i’m looking at flavour first. after that i’ll go purist.


Dexter3657 gave me a sample of “good morning sunshine” and I liked it. Not sure if it was the flavour that spoke to me or the base. It’d be interesting to see the same flavour with different bases so one can tell what’s what. Whatever you chose, I’m sure it’ll be good.


butiki offers a great sampler, a ‘choose your adventure’. i’ve pretty much chosen what i want, then maybe you and i can do an exchange!


I’m at the “hoarding butiki” stage but you never know, maybe you and I have opposite tastes and will end up making good swapping partners.

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Wow! This tea packs a punch. It’s to tea what espresso is to coffee. Rich, malty, and brilliant. Absolutely no bitterness, just sharp assam glory.

Thank you LiberTEAS for sharing this sample.


mmmmmmmm! Love me a good strong black Assam.


Easily one of the best Assam teas I’ve had yet.

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Many thanks to Cavocorax for giving me the opportunity to try this lovely Assam! I thoroughly enjoyed every single, malty, thick cup of this sheer awesomeness. With half-and-half, this particular Assam also makes me want an Assam ice cream (another company’s does too but can’t remember which one). The combination of the creaminess and flavour profile of the Assam is so rich and luxurious.

The second steep is oh so flavourful too. Still robust and slightly astringent, but in a good way. This is exactly the kind of tea I love to have in the morning, and is the equivalent of the ideal coffee that coffee lovers would prefer first thing in the morning with a hearty breakfast.


I’m glad you liked it! :)


Yay! Another winner!


My last steep was too astringent. I gave the last steep to CrowKettle yesterday.

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Man oh man, this turned out strong today. A lot stronger and much better than I’ve ever made it! Don’t know exactly what I did differently lol, maybe a bit longer steep time? I made this for my inevitable headache, I felt the beginnings of a migraine before lunch, I am hoping to ward it off well in advance. It’s probably from stress, work is going to be crazy this week. Anyways, just thought I’d log the strength and yum of this tea. Rawr! Back to work!

ETA – I guess I hadn’t written a note on this one yet? Haha weird I was sure I did. Anyways, malty, slightly caramel goodness, a touch of fruitiness, a bit of astringency (bit mouth drying). But still pretty darn good, especially today haha. Previous attempts were a bit weak, except when I make homemade chai with this (EPIC).


Good luck! This is a nice tea for that purpose. :)

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Sipdown, 137. I wanted to try this assam because a lot of people rave about it and it seems to be a pretty classic assam. So thanks to Sil for sending me some to try. I have always thought I didn’t really like assams, but then I started trying them here or there and was unsure. I have to say that if I don’t love this one I will probably give up on most assams, haha.

I’m not sure what to think of this one. I do think it’s funny how some people say things about certain teas like “this one never ever gets bitter!” Do we have different definitions of bitter? Because I do find this one to be bitter when steeped at these parameters. I’m not sure what other flavors I’m getting… a hint of malt, but I don’t find it super malty, some other flavor I can’t quite identify. After one small cup I also kind of felt a little ill, so I think straight strong assam and my stomach doesn’t really get along (even though it’s not on an empty stomach!). I had this reaction to the Antarctic Expedition Blend the other day as well. Super bold teas, maybe not for me.

Anyway, I added milk and a bit of maple to smooth it out. It works a bit better for me, but I’m not in love with it. I think the only assam I like are the Taiwanese varietals.

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I received this sample from the very generous scribbles. Thank you.

This was my tea of choice at work today. It’s ok, it’s fine, it didn’t blow me away. I found it hard to get it how I wanted it. I found the first steep was too strong, a bit bitter, and a little astringent. The second steep wasn’t strong enough. I tried adjusting amount of leaf and steep time, but I just couldn’t get into it.
Really happy to have tried it, thanks so much scribbles. I can confirm that I like Double Knit Blend a lot better. :))


I find assams in general one of the finickiest tea types to steep just right. I still haven’t cracked my Tiger Assam open yet, enjoying Double Knit Blend too much!


I’m sure it’s just a matter of personal preference, but I like Double Knit lots better than Tiger Assam. I don’t know enough yet about the different types of black, but I don’t think assam is at the top of my list.


yeah, assam likes to get bitter, but if you try to prevent that it often then tastes kind of watery. at its best it’s got a lot of qualities similar to coffee (just my opinion), but it’s hard to get right, like you say.


You know, I’ve only had a few assams, and so far I don’t think I’m a fan, either. But that’s mostly because I find htem to be a bit flat and flavourless. And I know what you mean about a tea possibly having potential but being too fussy to ultimately be worth it.

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Don’t you think A&D should get the award for Best Use of Humor in Tea Marketing?

Tigers, after all, can do anything—just ask Calvin.

There’s not a ton to say about it; I’m not picking up layer upon layer of flavor; but doggone, it is smooth and toasty-tasty.

Wishing that Hobbes and I could spend the day at home playing CalvinBall and drinking pots and pots of this fine, stout, no-fuss Assam. But if I have to be at work, I’m glad there’s a tiger at my desk :)

(thanks to Terri HarpLady for this morning’s flight of fancy)

Terri HarpLady

Glad you like it! I knew you would!:) Yay!


I must try this!!!! I have a son named Calvin.


I think A & D probably had something more ferocious in mind than my favorite comic strip characters. :)

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I’ve read TerriHarpLady write about this many times so when she and I made our big black tea swap I asked for this one specifically. Assams have always been my first love when I discovered loose leaf. Mostly because they are so darn strong, malty, and flavorful, which for me, meant I could add all the honey and cream I want and the flavor would not diminish as it does with most black teas. Over the past few months I have definitely cut back on my additions to tea, rarely adding honey and even more rarely adding cream (not milk mind you, half/half — something i learned in Australia when I was in school there).

Lately I’ve been having a pull back to my roots and have been enjoying honey and cream in my teas, but most of my new tea finds are straight black teas that i wouldn’t even want to add anything to. I’m sure for a lot of people, this Assam is fantastic on its own. And I tasted it plain, and it is, but the second I taste Assam, I just know how much more I’ll enjoy it with honey and cream.

And (in honor of the tea maker), I damn well did. Thanks Terri!


this is one you do not want to drink at night! lol.

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