Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Lochan Tea Limited
This particular tea is not currently available on the Lochan Tea Limited website, so I was unable to get a product description. Watch for the 2011 first flush!
This is a delicious Assam. Very flavorful!
The sip starts out with a sweetness that is caramel-y. In fact, that was my first reaction to my first sip: “Sweet!” There are hints of fruit – plum? These flavors make for an interesting introduction to this full-bodied, robust tea.
About mid-sip, a hint of savory bitterness comes along – just at the right time, to cut through the sweetness and make the taste even more interesting. The sip ends with a strong astringency – almost a pucker-y astringency! This is a hefty black tea with the strength to get you going in the morning.
The malty note to this Assam is also there – I would categorize it at a medium amount of malt. Not as much malt as some Assam teas I’ve tried, but then, a little more than some others. The malt together with the biscuit-y quality of this tea gives this a well-rounded taste.
This is my first sampling of a tea from Lochan Tea Limited, and I’ve quite enjoyed it. The leaves are of good quality and the proof is in the flavor. Even though this particular flush is no longer available from Lochan, I recommend watching their website for the 2011 flush … it will be well worth the effort. This is a good Assam!