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Captain Assam’s High Seas Elixer from Damn Fine Tea


Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Damn Fine Tea

Product Description:

The Captain is a hearty Assam tea from India. For an invigorating brew, steep these leaves for 4 minutes in boiling water. Try 3 if you are of a gentler nature and seek only warm comfort. Beware the urge to brew this tea in salt water.

Taster’s Review:

I’ve been wanting to order series 5 from Andrews & Dunham Damn Fine Teas for quite some time now, and have been praying to the tea gods that the series not sell out before I had a chance to do so.  Fortunately, the tea gods smiled upon me and I finally was able to order it.

Yay!  And this is a Damn Fine Assam.  As far as Assam teas go, this is a rather mild one.  It isn’t as hefty as some Assam teas I’ve tried, but in the place of that bold strength is a delicious sweetness that is somewhere between a burnt-sugar caramel taste and a honey-esque note.  Of all the Assam teas that I’ve tasted to date, I don’t think one has come close to this level of sweetness.

It possesses such a lovely balance.  It is certainly strong and invigorating, but, it isn’t as harsh nor as astringent as an Assam can be.   There is some astringency, of course, but, it is offset by the aforementioned sweetness.  It is incredibly smooth and full-flavored.  The malty tones here unite with the sweeter flavors to give this almost an “ale” kind of taste.

I LOVE Andrews & Dunham’s Damn Fine Teas – and my love isn’t just about the tea.  Their tea is wonderful, of course, but, there is more to this company.  They ship incredibly fast, and everything about the packaging is delightful.  The boxes are beautifully designed – and the tins are GORGEOUS!  And there is always a little something extra that comes with each series.  For series three, I got a patch.  This time, for series 5, I got a sheet of temporary tattoos.

Tea should be fun!  I probably will never use the tattoos, but, these little thoughtful touches add an element of playfulness and excitement to tea.  It takes the “proper” out of tea time and replaces it with FUN!

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“Captain Assam’s High Seas Elixer from Damn Fine Tea”

  1. Profile photo of xavier August 8th, 2011 at 3:58 pm       xavier Says:

    I like the name and the idea of receiving some small gifts is interesting.

Our mutual love for tea and writing about it inspired us to start this blog so that we could better share this love with others.

One thing I (Anne) learned very early on in my career as a tea artist is that everyone has different preferences, and every single tea tastes differently on every single palate.  So just because one of us doesn’t happen to like a tea, doesn’t mean that YOU (the reader) will not.

We try to be as impartial as we can.  We do have our favorites.  We are human.  But we do our very best to be as fair and as honest about a tea as we can be.

You might not agree with my assessment – or with Jennifer’s assessment – of a tea.  But that’s OK… if we all liked the same exact tea – we’d only need ONE kind of tea and … wow… that sounds really boring, indeed!

What a beautiful world it is that we have so many teas to suit so many tea enthusiasts!