Organic Assam

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Caramel, Cocoa, Cream, Leather, Malt, Molasses, Roasted nuts, Toast, Toffee, Burnt Sugar, Vanilla, Astringent, Dried Fruit, Honey, Raisins, Sweet, Loam, Peat Moss
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 8 oz / 248 ml

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  • “Just a short note… I am glad to have this one back in stock after finding it at the Berkeley Bowl yesterday, they have a few H&S blends in tins. This morning I am drinking it with soymilk...” Read full tasting note
  • “I’m sitting down to a breakfast consisting of this tea and, wait for it, pumpkin pancakes! Made from fresh pumpkin and loaded with spices. So tasty. This is a bold cup. It’s quite brisk, but not...” Read full tasting note
  • “Ok so I’m up at 115 teas which is good because my number is decreasing, but the average number of oz per tea is going up. :( #whoops Essentially I have more tea then I did before. That 7 oz tin of...” Read full tasting note
  • “Today I must tend to my parents dog, who needs walking, and then I am going to the half off thrift store sales. Time to wake up! Goodbye, Assam. You’re pretty good. I may very well get you again,...” Read full tasting note

From Harney & Sons

Organic Assam
A rich tea with a sweet honey flavor. The 4 oz. tin has a silver metallic label.

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Since 1983 Harney & Sons has been the source for fine teas. We travel the globe to find the best teas and accept only the exceptional. We put our years of experience to work to bring you the best Single-Estate teas, and blends beyond compare.

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353 tasting notes

I got a bag of this as a sample with my last order and decided to make this my morning tea today. First, I snipped open the little pyramid bag and dumped the tea into my metal strainer because I just learned those bags are made of nylon and the though of dumping plastic into very hot water I would be drinking squicked me out.

I’m not as big of a fan of strong black teas as I used to be, but this is still a very nice tea. It’s definitely stronger than I’m used to these days, after switching to greens and oolongs, but it was exactly what I needed after one too many nights of staying up too late playing computer games (DARN YOU STEAM SUMMER SALE), and then being woken up too early by hungry felines.

This tea should get a few cups out of one spoonful.

2 min, 30 sec

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100 tasting notes

I was expecting this to be quite sharp, but it’s very smooth and and a little bit sweet. I’m going to have trouble picking my default black now that it’s entered the fray!

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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560 tasting notes

Got a sample of this in my last H&S order. I’m enjoying it much more than I expected, because I usually don’t find assam all that appealing. It’s very smooth and has a slight cocoa note.

Unfortunately H&S sent me DECAF tea though instead of regular, so THAT has to be sorted out. No way can I drink decaf.

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122 tasting notes

I had a sample sachet tea bag of this Organic Assam. It has a pleasant aroma and an earthy taste. It is a good cup of tea if you are looking for an Assam.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML

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295 tasting notes

Until last night, I had forgotten just how many samples of tea from Harney & Sons I had lying around the house. I knew that I had several, I just didn’t realize how many. I also somehow acquired more samples of this tea than any other. I made it my breakfast tea this morning.

I brewed this tea in sachet form. Again, I’m guessing that there was about one teaspoon of tea in there. I brewed this tea for 5 minutes in 8 ounces of 212 F water. I did not attempt additional infusions.

After infusion, the liquor showed a relatively dark amber in the cup. It was neither as dark nor as murky as some Assam teas I have tried in the past. On the nose, I picked up pleasant aromas of cream, roasted nuts, malt, leather, caramel, toffee, and molasses. In the mouth, I noted delicate notes of cream, roasted nuts, toast, leather, caramel, toffee, molasses, malt, and cocoa. The finish seemed to emphasize toast, cream, roasted nut, and caramel notes, though I also noted a slight astringency that became pronounced on the back of the throat.

I’m kind of surprised, but I really liked this Assam more than expected. It is a very basic tea, but it is also not nearly as harsh as some of the other Assam teas I have tried. For me, Assam is one of those things that I really enjoy, but I have to be in the mood for it. Sometimes it’s a little sharp and sometimes it’s a little bland. This tea falls between those two extremes. I found it very approachable.

Flavors: Caramel, Cocoa, Cream, Leather, Malt, Molasses, Roasted nuts, Toast, Toffee

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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3 tasting notes

Definitely a darker note to this tea. A little malty or earthy. Good for starting the day off with a mild kick.

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419 tasting notes

Tea of the morning, I didn’t get to make anything before I left the house this morning. Thankfully I had this on hand at work. Not much to say about it. It’s good and it certainly wakes me up. But it was hard to place any distinct flavors in this one.

Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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636 tasting notes

For the St. Patty’s day free shipping deal I picked up a few sample packs I had been eyeing for awhile. I figured it was a good way to get these without conning myself into ordering more tea. This is one of the free samples that Harney and Sons threw in for me to try. This is a no fuss, good cup of Assam. Nothing fancy about it. It hits some of the usual notes, malty and a tad fruity. This cup seems to add just the right about of astringency to make you remember you are drinking a strong cup. Well done! I would be interested in trying this in loose form at some point.


Hey! I got this as my free sample in the order I placed that day! XD For once I got a good sample!

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31 tasting notes

Another of the samples from Harney and Sons. Wow. I’m blown away. I’m still fairly new to tea, and this is the first time I’ve had loose, unflavored, unblended Assam. I was expecting glorified Lipton, if I’m to be quite honest. But instead I got rich burnt sugar, like molasses rich, with the slightest astringency so the taste sticks in my mouth. I may never drink my beloved twinings breakfast blends again. I love this so much.

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Molasses, Vanilla

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972 tasting notes

I just have a couple of samples left to try from my Harney & Sons order, and this is one of them! I’ve been becoming more and more interested in both Assam and Ceylon teas since I tried some really yummy examples. So here’s another Assam for me to sample! First off, the leaves look like they were small to begin with, and they’re also very broken. Dry scent is amazingly rich honey along with some malt. I was originally going to steep this for 3 minutes, but I went to check on it early and saw that it was quite dark already, so I took it out at 2.5 minutes instead.

The steeped tea smells malty and sweet with some raisin and a touch of honey. Wow, I’m glad I didn’t let this steep longer. It definitely has that Assam-like intensity that borders on bitterness but isn’t quite the same. The dried fruit aspect is fairly strong with this tea, which is nice. Sadly, I don’t really taste much honey, especially given how strong the dry scent was. Otherwise it’s just strong on the malt and a touch astringent. A perfectly nice Assam, but I think I would’ve appreciated it more if I hadn’t smelled the dry tea first! :P

Flavors: Astringent, Dried Fruit, Honey, Malt, Raisins, Sweet

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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