|"A relaxed mild Assam that can be enjoyed all day long."|
The Kopili estate is named for the Kopili river who's name means Swift River in the local language, and its also the namesake of the Hindu Sage Kapil. Kopili is only marginally a part of the Assam tea region as it possesses a very different climate than the rest of the region. Due to the Higher altitude, and greater humidity from local hot springs this region has a climate more like that of the Chinese tea regions.
Normally I rebuke all that is Assam. There are some good Assams, but by and large their strong to the point of sour, which makes them a bad choice to me despite the dirty limerick potential of the word Assam. Still I keep trying them again and again in hopes of finding a keeper, and now that I have its almost a shame that its almost not an Assam at all.
It brews nice and dark, like the rich crimson-black of other Assams. On the tongue it expresses a rich beer like maltyness, but not to the point of being bitter or sour like many Assams. This tea strikes a Ceylon like balance of Sweet, Malty, peppery and bitter in rich but not overpowering proportions. The tannic mouth feel reminds you that its a black tea, but it doesn't assault the buds like Assam usually does.This tea is definitely Assam in leisurewear, and can be enjoyed whenever your not in the mood for something abusively sophisticated.
*Sweet, I finally got to use the word Troyliciouse.
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