Assam 2nd Flush 2014 STGFOP-1 Black

Tea type
Tea
Ingredients
Black Tea Leaves
Flavors
Malt, Stonefruits
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Average preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 12 oz / 354 ml

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  • “this is a tasty assam from what-cha. It’s more of your typical sort of assam..slightly malty, with a little sweetness. there’s no astringency here…and this is a very smooth blend and a win!” Read full tasting note
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  • “I have pretty much avoided Assams. Back in my early teabag days, Assam is the type tea I held most responsible for stomach burn. Besides, it tasted like, well, tea. So it was a real pleasure trying...” Read full tasting note
  • “We’re a funny bunch on Steepster…..we love strange and unusual teas with unusual flavors…complicated teas with secret histories….there is such mystery in the flavors that are unlocked in our cup...” Read full tasting note
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this is a tasty assam from what-cha. It’s more of your typical sort of assam..slightly malty, with a little sweetness. there’s no astringency here…and this is a very smooth blend and a win!

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I have pretty much avoided Assams. Back in my early teabag days, Assam is the type tea I held most responsible for stomach burn. Besides, it tasted like, well, tea. So it was a real pleasure trying this one. The malty fruity aroma is definitely sniff worthy. The sip is likewise malt with hints of fruitiness. Mostly what impressed me was how smooth this was to drink. I steeped for two minutes and there was no bitterness. There is a bit of dryness but I’m ok with that. Grocery store assam almost ruined this type tea for me. I know better leaf means better tea. This is a prime example. If you have been avoiding Assam, this is a good one to rethink that move.

Anlina

So much of my early tea drinking was poor quality, bagged Assam, Ceylon and Darjeeling teas, probably scalded and oversteeped too. Even though I know this, I still sometimes expect these types of teas to be mediocre, and I feel uninspired to try them, but then am surprised by the quality and range of flavours when I do.

Mikumofu

I had the same early impressions of Assam as well, but I’ve been coming to appreciate the quality ones out there.

donkeyteaarrrraugh

The smoothness in this tea is what made me buy 250g during the BF sale…. I have loads of assams, but this is a smooth one that I’m glad I have a truckload of!

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We’re a funny bunch on Steepster…..we love strange and unusual teas with unusual flavors…complicated teas with secret histories….there is such mystery in the flavors that are unlocked in our cup that we go on mental journeys with our palate…sometimes quiet contemplative journeys, sometimes raucous wild rides. But we travel…. These days
I love to “cup” travel to Assam. I love the subtle simplicity of the notes in a cup of Assam loveliness. Not many on Steepster travel to this region to fill their cup, but I’m a frequent flyer these days….and this 2nd flush Assam sourced from Heritage Tea Plantation is exactly the reason why I fill my cup with Assams so often.

The dry leaves are long and dark with just a few light golden tips interspersed. The smell of these dry leaves is vibrantly malty with a touch of cooked stone fruit. Wet, the leaves are whole and broken, but much larger than those found in many Assams. The coppery infusion is deliciously and straightforwardly malty and incredibly smooth. There is little astringency here when steeped at 3 minutes, just a lovely round mouthfeel and medium body that leave the taste of wonderful malt in your mouth. the stone fruit note is still present, but what is most noticeable is the smooooooooth……

The differences between Assams isn’t as pronounced as the differences between, say, Keemuns or Darjeelings….but it is there. What-Cha has offered a wonderful assam for any tea drinker who would like a wonderful example of what a tea from this region can be….and IS. Recommended.

Flavors: Malt, Stonefruits

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Nicole

Nice review! :)

TeaTiff

Nicole got me to explore Assam a bit more. donkeytiara what is your favorite assam so far?

donkeyteaarrrraugh

Sorry TeaTiff, I just saw this! I think this is a good Assam…there are other well thought of estates that produce nice assams like Mangalam and Halmari. The flavor profiles are pretty similar, but there are subtle differences. There is an assam from NE India that adds a nice floral aspect to the mix (from tea box) but it’s cheating because it’s not actually from assam. :)

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