Dejoo Estate Assam STGFOP1 Black Tea from Capital Tea Limited

DejooEstateTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Capital Tea Limited

Tea Description:

Wiry brown leaves with ample golden tips. These leaves produce a smooth and rich tasting tea liquor with a particularly sweet honey-malt flavour. A very well rounded flavour profile and balanced full body makes this an excellent tea to drink with milk for any time of day.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I received a sampling of this tea from a friend.  Her experience with the tea wasn’t as positive as my first few sips of this tea seemed to be and I thought at first that the reason may be because of steep time.  I find that Assam teas are quite finicky and temperamental.  I don’t usually use boiling water for an Assam tea, I go with just slightly under (205°F) and steep the tea for not more than 2 1/2 minutes.  If I’m steeping the tea in my Kati tumbler or a teapot, then I go with 2 1/2 minutes.  If I’m brewing the tea in my Breville One-Touch, I go with 2 minutes.

The reason for the different brew time in my Breville?  Because the tea maker will keep the liquid warmer than the act of heating the water and pouring it into a separate vessel.  Even though the temperature change may be very slight, with an Assam it does make a difference.

My first few sips of this tea were pleasant enough.  I picked up on sweeter notes of malt as well as a honey-like sweetness and these two flavors melded together in a nice way.

But as I continued to sip, I started to pick up on this bitter note toward mid-sip.  It wasn’t that “oops, I oversteeped the tea” sort of bitterness.  At first, I thought it was a savory element to contrast with the sweeter notes.  However, I noticed that some of the sweetness that I picked up on early on was beginning to wane and the tannic qualities of this tea were taking over.

I don’t think I’ve ever experienced a tea like this, where I would have a positive experience with it at first and as I continued to sip the experience grew less and less enjoyable, but that’s what I’m getting from this.  What started out with a pleasant, mild sweetness has become something more like something that’s gone bad.  It was fine for the first five sips or so but as I progressed with this cup, I found that the flavors became less sweet and pleasurable and more tannic.

And now that this cup sits in front of me, I can’t really offer any redeeming words about it.  I wish I could.

I do thank my friend, though, for sending me the sampling.  I do appreciate it.

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