Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Tea Licious LLC
Our finest Assam estate black tea. Winey and malty.
Learn more about this tea here.
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!
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!
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