Smoky Assam Souchong Black Tea

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Assam Tea
Flavors
Caramel, Smoke, Tobacco, Malt, Sweet, Smoked
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Medium
Certification
Not available
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Average preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 2 g 73 oz / 2168 ml

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  • “This is not a subtle or in your face smokiness, but a very balanced in between. This one is a great candidate for grandpa style brewing as I’ve never gotten any bitterness from brewing too long or...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Discovery TTB #6 I’m not generally a big fan of smoky teas, but this one is lovely! It has a good amount of smokiness without tasting burnt and the malty flavor of the Assam adds a nice depth to...” Read full tasting note
    85
  • “So Arby won a Vahdam contest for free teas, but for some reason they weren’t shipping to Canada so Arby had Vahdam send them my way. Thanks so much for thinking of me, Arby! (And again, sorry...” Read full tasting note
    86
  • “This tea is nice sized whole leaves, unusual for an Assam. I underleafed a bit because the smokey smell from the bag was a bit overpowering. Even with that, it is all smoke and not much malt or...” Read full tasting note
    60

From Vahdam Teas

A unique and rare tea, crafted specially for Vahdam Teas on the lines of the chinese Lapsang Souchong, this is an impeccably smoky tea. Its long, loosely-rolled leaves are selected from the upper elevation estates of Assam which provide that elusive burst of delectable Oakwood smokiness at the outset.
This made-to-order tea is crafted from a handpicked harvest of old chinary bushes which retain the malty character of Assam and yet have that great body and the smoky serenade that lovers of this niche seek.
A wonderful cup with the right amount of caffeine to end the day on, this tea stands out beautifully in the company of light crepes, macaroon, scones and crostini.
This tea is guaranteed to hold a proud place in smoky tea lover’s cupboard.

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5 Tasting Notes

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49 tasting notes

This is not a subtle or in your face smokiness, but a very balanced in between. This one is a great candidate for grandpa style brewing as I’ve never gotten any bitterness from brewing too long or too strong. I don’t get a whole lot of maltyness, I was surprised it was an Assam. It is a mild, smooth, smoky cup of tea. Maybe even a good introduction tea to those who think all tea is strong and bitter.

Flavors: Caramel, Smoke, Tobacco

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Discovery TTB #6

I’m not generally a big fan of smoky teas, but this one is lovely! It has a good amount of smokiness without tasting burnt and the malty flavor of the Assam adds a nice depth to the flavor. I may be hang on to this one!

Flavors: Malt, Smoke, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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So Arby won a Vahdam contest for free teas, but for some reason they weren’t shipping to Canada so Arby had Vahdam send them my way. Thanks so much for thinking of me, Arby! (And again, sorry they weren’t shipping to Canada.) I will also be adding a large amount of these teas to the teabox, to share the wealth. The teas were random teas that Vahdam chose and they sent this one and for some reason, two packages of Ayurvedic Rose Herbal Green. Luckily I will probably be a fan of both teas. I do like smoky teas and this one had the added interest of being an assam. I’m not sure if I’ve ever knowingly had a smoky assam. But it seems like it would be a good pairing. This is a good one. The leaves are very long and mostly black. Not one of those tiny leaf assams, which hey, I probably like the big leaf and small leaf assams for different reasons. I like ALL THE TEAS. Sometimes a tea company can have an off putting smoke flavor and scare most tea fans away from smoky teas for good. For example, my rating for Twinings Lapsang Souchong was a SIX. It was disgusting. I rarely rate teas so low. This tea has a delicious smoky flavor, it’s a bit sweet and like barbeque sauce. And an interesting addition to the lovely assam flavor. It is a unique flavor combination, which somehow I probably don’t already have in my tea cupboard. Since the leaves are bigger, the flavor is lighter but has definite hints of a usual assam flavor. This is a great base tea for the smoke, and both the smoke and base are elevated by each other. I like it! If you don’t like this smoky tea you might not like them in general. But the more teas you try, the better!
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug// 15 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // couple minutes after boiling // 4 minute steep

Leafhopper

Vahdam doesn’t ship to Canada? I got an order from Golden Tips a few years ago, so this surprises me.

tea-sipper

It’s probably just the contest that Arby won that wouldn’t ship to Canada?

Leafhopper

Maybe. Golden Tips used FedEx, so I can understand not wanting to ship free tea using that method.

Arby

Glad to hear you are enjoying it! I’m happy it went to a good home.

tea-sipper

It did! This is especially nice in cold, rainy autumn weather. :D Thanks again

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This tea is nice sized whole leaves, unusual for an Assam. I underleafed a bit because the smokey smell from the bag was a bit overpowering. Even with that, it is all smoke and not much malt or other flavor. Might underleaf even more and add some regular Assam to it and that might make it more palatable. Not great but I’m still going to work through this.

Preparation
2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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The smokey flavour permeates from the dry leaves and the tea itself also has a very strong almost smoked ham-like scent.

The taste of the smoke is a bit too overpowering for me. You can taste a bit of the sweetness and maltness of the Assam in the back. The tea isn’t by any means bad, it just isn’t my cup of tea (pun intended).

Flavors: Malt, Smoked

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 200 OZ / 5914 ML

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