Apple Brandy Assam from 52Teas

Apple-Brandy-AssamTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Tea Description:

A Mokalbari Estate GFOP Assam blended with freeze-dried apple pieces, and organic apple and brandy flavors. This rich Assam base has a long and wiry leaf style with some golden tips and makes a beautiful cuppa with the hints of apple and brandy.

Learn more about this blend here.

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Taster’s Review:

Wow, this review is scheduled to publish mid-January and I’m just now getting into my December teas from 52Teas!  Time to get with it!

I steeped this tea in my trusty Breville One-Touch.  I love this machine!  I measured 2 bamboo scoops of tea into the basket (these were heaping scoops because the pieces of apple are large and took up a considerable amount of space in the scoop!) and I measured 500ml of water into the jug.  Then I set the parameters:  2 minutes (it’s an Assam so I use a little less time) and 205°F (again, with an Assam, I take the temperature down from 212° to 205°).

At first I wasn’t too sure about this tea.  I wasn’t really picking up on any flavors at all.

I could taste the Assam.  It tasted like a wine-like Assam to me – then again, that could just be the Brandy flavoring playing games with my palate – but I can taste a wine-like taste to this and not so much a malty tone.

I do taste some malt, just not as much as I typically do with an Assam.  I really like the base, though, because it’s a rich and full-flavored tea.  It’s very enjoyable and has a really good flavor to it.

I’m not a big alcohol drinker, as I’ve confessed many times (I’m a TEA-totaler) so I can’t really tell you that what I’m tasting is definitely brandy.  But I do taste a wine-like/brandy-like flavor to this and this flavor develops as I continue to sip.

Because as I said at the start of this review, I wasn’t too sure about this tea.  It took a while for the palate to start picking up on the flavors of this tea.  After a short cooling time and as I now continue to sip (I’m now halfway through my mug of tea), I’m tasting more flavors that taste of brandy/wine.

And I can taste the apple too!  The apple notes started to really pop after drinking about 1/4 of my cup of tea.  The flavor is sweet and crisp and I like the way it melds with the brandy and Assam.

This is tasty!

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