Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: SpecialTea Brew
Ingredients: Assam Black Tea
This is an absolutely wonderful Assam tea.
It is full-flavored with a crisp, pure taste that I don’t normally associate with Assam teas. Ordinarily, an Assam tea is brisk with a malty characteristic and a strong, pungent edge. This tea is also brisk and malty, and has a strong pungency, but, it isn’t quite as edgy as some Assam teas can be. It has an undercurrent of smoothness to it that is sweet and caramel-y and this curbs some of the edgier notes that I often get with an Assam.
Assam teas – that is, most Assam teas – while they are sweet and delicious in their own way, they can become a bit bitter if they are left to brew too long. It isn’t often that I come across an Assam with a little less of that “grumpy” edge to it.
That is not to say I dislike the grumpier, edgier Assam teas – I’m quite fond of them too, because they have their own charm to them. But it IS nice to come across an Assam that is smoother and sweeter – and this Assam IS smoother, sweeter, and has made me rethink what “Assam” tea means! I like it when a tea challenges me this way.
And I like this tea!
It is delicious hot or iced. A drizzle of honey will highlight the caramel-y tones to the tea, but, it is quite good without the sweetener too. And while I usually take my Assam tea with a splash of milk, this one doesn’t need the dairy to soften it – it’s the teddy bear of Assam teas! It is comforting yet bold – lovely!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!