Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Tea Horse
A malty, rich Assam, perfect for a morning cup.
Learn more about this tea here.
I love Assam. When brewed properly, I am treated with a deliciously rich, malty cup of tea that has the most luscious caramel-y undertones. It’s so good … true comfort in a teacup. However, there is a dark side to Assam, and if it’s oversteeped, it can be bitter. This morning, I experienced that bitter bite from this Assam with the first pot of tea that I brewed.
I brewed it for 2 minutes in my Breville One-Touch Tea Maker using boiling water. The result was a cuppa that was tasty, but with an overtone of bitterness that sort of overpowered that tastiness. After about a half a cup, I decided to try again with this tea, so I lowered the time to just 1 1/2 minutes. The result is a perfect cup of Assam! YUM!
And this really is the ultimate cup of Assam – so rich and malty and delicious. Lots of caramel-y flavor that you might mistake this for a caramel-flavored tea! But it isn’t! This is pure Assam tea, where the malty tones and natural sweetness of the tea meld together to offer a rich caramel-like flavor that is so luscious and lip-smackingly good.
The cup is sweet and delicious – but it also has a heartiness to it, making it an excellent breakfast tea. It would take the additions of milk and sugar very well, although I find it quite good as I am drinking it now, without additions.
This is indeed an excellent Assam!
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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