Assam #1

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200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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Assam, India is renowned for producing full-flavored, malty black teas. Our Assam Black Tea No. 1 is no exception. Its small, charcoal black leaves hold bold aromas that hint at the flavors unlocked during steeping. The clear, copper-red brew is equally aromatic, emitting fragrances of malt, flowers and spice. Likewise, the flavor includes notes of flowers, tilled earth, minerals, warming spices, baked apples and, of course, malt. A balanced, refreshing aftertaste and a smooth, mellow second infusion keep the flavors of Assam No. 1 coming long after the first sip is gone. Try it with or without milk and sugar, or pair it with your favorite breakfast foods (like mushroom or ham quiche), afternoon tea sweets of all kinds or grilled lamb over couscous.

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8261 tasting notes

I had this in the morning in my travel mug. It’s part of the joint order that Terri and i shared. I have to say on the whole, this is a fairly average cup. It’s not bad, it’s not great…sort of middle of the road for me in terms of assams. What does that mean? I’ll finish it up, but not order more and it’s another one to cross off my list of “all the teas!” :) thanks terri!

Terri HarpLady

I really wanted to like their teas, & they are ok, but none of them live up to the description, & they don’t look at all like the photos. Oh well, at least they don’t taste bad. I think maybe I’m just too use to awesome over the top teas, haha

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218 tasting notes

Ooh, ooh! Pretty good! I think I am totally getting this tea this morning. The body is extremely rich, lovely bitterness hits me on the head, which obviously wakes me up. Aroma turns out to be persistently sweet, at least this time. Every sip is extremely enjoyable. I think there’s a great black tea lover hidden inside of me!

It’s like 2:40 PM but it’s morning for me. It really is. My assam tea understands it.


Don’t you love understanding teas?


I sure do! And the best thing is that they all seem to be that way :D


I know. They don’t judge you. I think it’s every tea-lover’s goal to amass a very non-judgy collection.

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361 tasting notes

This tea came from the lovely Terri Harplady in our BBBB traveling box. It is a pretty decent Assam, but nothing about it makes it amazing. Definitely a solid cup and holds up against my cream and honey. I love the puriTea’s little sample packages, but I haven’t really loved any of their teas yet. I have a couple others from Terri left to try, so maybe one of those will win me over. And if they don’t, oh well, it’s not like I need to buy any more tea for the next 100 years anyway.

Terri HarpLady

I do love their sample packages, but I tend to agree. Although their teas are decent, they aren’t spectacular. I’m hoping the next teas I send will knock your socks off! LOL!


Ha ha! I have the same thought about the tea I just sent you. That’s why I wanted to get it out so fast. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts and I hope you can try the chocolate :-)

Terri HarpLady

If it’s dark & dairy free, I’ll be all over it! LOL!

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3262 tasting notes

First cup of the day, but I feel that I under-leafed this one, so I’m not gonna say much about it yet. Also, I haven’t drank my nettles for a few days & the downside of yesterday’s beautiful outdoor wedding is the allergy backlash that is muting my taste buds this morning. Nonetheless, I do feel a promising fullness & hints of a tea that is nicely bassy, if you know what I mean.
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Additional Notes
We went to breakfast & I brought the rest of this sample along. I estimate it at 2 tsp, & it made for a nice cup. Nothing spectacular, but enjoyable. I’d like to say more about it, but that was hours ago, so that’s it for now.

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171 tasting notes

Backlogging and based entirely on my notes

Experience buying from The Puritea

Date of Purchase/Amount of Leaf/Date of Steeping: Bought during their Black Friday sale near the end of 2011; 3 – 4 TSP sample; steeped once on 1-29-2012.

Appearance and Aroma of dry leaf: No discernible aroma; standard look for an Assam.

Brewing guidelines: < No information noted on teapot used >; stevia added; my standard Chinese red tea steeping times and temperatures; four steepings.

Color and Aroma of tea liquor: Malty aroma, dark amber color.

Flavor of tea liquor (by steeping):
1st: sweet, malty flavor
2nd: good
3rd: still good
4th: decent, but not enough to attempt a 5th

Appearance and aroma of wet leaf: Standard mid-grade CTC leaf; malty.

Value: $2 for the sample (no more than 4 TSP): I find that to be very pricy for a small sample; otherwise it’s $12 / 4 OZ.

Overall: I liked it, my wife liked it: a good Assam. As I mention in my review of The Puritea, I was hoping for more Tea in this sample. I don’t think it’s likely I will buy this tea from them again, as there are plenty of Assams that are higher in quality and priced at least as good.

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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432 tasting notes

Although, I only sampled this black I could tell that it would hold up to milk and sugar very well just from smelling the dry leaf. I enjoyed this and it wasn’t even a fancy tea. Goes to show it doesn’t need to be fancy to be tasty if you just find the right one. I found this to be smooth, slightly robust, and a bit of a mouthful in the best way possible.

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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348 tasting notes

I figured since everyone else cues the bayonets and timpanis when they de-“cupboard” a tea, I might as well too. I needed something extra strong this morning; had to work on Black Friday, and two furry friends kept me up all darn night. I brewed two tablespoons of the stuff. I think this was the way it was meant to be had. I only gave it a “fairly good” rating before because I thought it lacked something in the forefront. I figured out what that was…a kick in the pants. The astringent middle was still there, but the malt aspect dominated thanks to the larger quantity of leaves. This is the coffee of tea right here. Too bad I’m out of it now.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

2 tablespoons? Oh, wow. I’d be shaking from the caffeine rush!

Geoffrey Norman

Considering I only got three hours of sleep, not even close to shaking. Plus, it was a 16oz brew. So, not quite a Russian-style concentrate. (heh)


Well, here’s hoping you’re able to sleep tonight!

Geoffrey Norman

Hope springs a pillow.

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144 tasting notes

Sharp, strong and full of that fat, heavy bass we all want in an Assam. A hearty singular malt is well ornamented with flavors of brown sugar, spices and metal. Big and bestial like a bronze war elephant.


stiffer than wood. brassy and solid. prototypical Assam astringency with a profound bottom end. mealy.


metal is not a bad thing to taste in an Assam as long as it is not the only or prominent feature, which in this one it is not.

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3 tasting notes

Steeped too long (8 min). Wore out taste buds, but nice taste.

Boiling 8 min or more

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