Leaf Type: Black
Where To Buy: The Persimmon Tree
This smooth, malty infusion is the perfect alternative to coffee. Assam Gold can be steeped multiple times while retaining its flavor. Golden in color, this import from Northern India is a thick, comfortable black tea brew that warms and energizes after a tough, bitter, cold day.
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Mmm! I love this Assam Gold! So much malt in one little mug!
Well, OK, my mug isn’t that small, but there’s a whole lot of malt flavor going on in it right now.
I brewed this Assam in my Breville One-Touch. I know I talk a lot about my tea maker, but seriously, if you drink even half as much tea as I do … even a fourth of the amount of tea that I do (I drink a lot of tea), you really should invest in one of these!
So, yes, I brewed this tea in my Breville, adding 2 bamboo scoops of tea to the basket and pouring 500ml of water into the jug. I set the parameters for 205°F and 2 minutes. I generally go just a little lower with both the temperature and the time when it comes to brewing an Assam in my Breville. Assam teas can be temperamental, and I find that by lowering the temperature just slightly and cutting back on steep time, this reduces the chances of bitterness.
And I don’t know if it’s my brewing, or if this is just one of those Assam teas that is a little less temperamental than others can be, but I’m not even picking up on a hint of bitterness at all with this. This is smooth from start to finish, and there’s very VERY little astringency to this cup. That is to say that unless I’m really focusing on trying to detect astringency in this tea, I’m not noticing any. Only when I’m really focused on it do I pick up on a slight pucker of the inside of my cheeks and a very slight dry sensation.
Mostly what I am experiencing here is MALT! Sweet caramel-y tones. A smooth texture – like silk. (Perhaps spun gold would be a better descriptive for this particular tea?) There are notes of fruit to this, reminiscent of sweet plums (no tartness to the plum notes), dates and dried raisin. I am not really tasting so much “raisin” as I’m tasting the sugary sweetness that you might experience form biting into a piece of dried fruit, and a slight “wine-like” note from the grape-y-ness of the raisin.
There are floral notes to this too – off in the distance. I’m envisioning the gardens where this tea has been grown to be edged by some flowery field and when the breeze comes by and picks up on some of that flowery essence, it delivers that essence to the awaiting tea leaves. Not a strong presence of flower. Just a whisper of it. A breezy note of flower.
This is a really good Assam. If you’re one who yearns for that malty flavor of an Assam, put this on your to-try list, I think you’ll be pleased with the malty character of this one.