This morning, courtesy of Alistair Rea of What-Cha, I brewed Assam 2nd Flush 2014 STGFOP-1 Black Tea Western style: 2 tsp. (3g) / 8 oz / 203*F / 2 & 3 min. without sweeteners, milk, or cream. This was a free sample that was included with my first order.
Leaf: Fine mostly chocolate brown twisted 1 cm long or less
Fragrance: Notes of hay
Liquor: Beautiful brilliant clear moderately dark copper
Aroma: Mild hay & earth
Flavor: Fruity with a malty finish
2 min.: Lighter-bodied so I gave it another minute.
3-min.: A truly fruity Assam that’s velvety smooth and rich with a mildly malty finish. As one continues to sip, the finish becomes moderately malty. There was no bitterness or astringency.
4-min. re-steep: Still fruity, velvety smooth, and rich with a mildly malty finish.
Impression: A unique fruity Assam with a mild to moderate malty finish for those who like a change from the typical more robust Assam teas.
Thanks to Alistair Rea of What-Cha for this gracious Assam sample.
RO water re-mineralized with an Aptera filter http://steepster.com/teas/teaware/39532-puregen-aptera-alkamag-water-filter
Brewed western-style conveniently using a digital variable-temp electric kettle in a tempered tea mug with a brew basket:
Flavors: Fruity, Malt