Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Tea Licious LLC
Our finest Assam estate black tea. Winey and malty.
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This is a very interesting Assam. I don’t think I recall having a strong wine-like character in an Assam prior to tasting this one. It’s quite surprising … but a wonderful surprise!
Of course, this has other characteristics that I would expect from an Assam: a deep, rich flavor and color, a malty tone and a sweet caramel-like undertone, as well as that sort of freshly baked bread kind of flavor in the background that peeks its way into the foreground every now and then.
It is pleasantly full-bodied, and because of the wine-like flavor there it adds smoothness to the cup, and the transition to the astringency toward the tail seems less harsh. The finish is sweet with a tangy note that tastes a bit like black currant, and this flavor lingers into the aftertaste.
Truly a unique Assam, one I’d recommend to Assam fans out there – this one’s quite unusual but delightful in its own way! I think that this would also be a good Assam for those who may have found other Assam teas to be a bit too much for them … this may be the Assam that turns them around!