|"It was smokier to the nose than other Assams I've tried. Granted, that experience is limited, but it had more in common with a Lapsang-fused Russian Caravan blend."|
In appearance, the leaves are dark and robust with flecks of twisty gold amidst the coco-colored canvas. The scent was creamy, malt-like with a hint of something almond-ish on the finish. I was reminded of a vanilla ice cream cone lathered in chocolate sauce with sprinkles of nuts. I was surprised by the apparent sweetness of the smell.
Brewing instructions called for 1 tsp per 8oz of boiling water, steeped for three-to-four minutes. Considering that was my usual approach to any high quality black tea, I didn't deviate. However, I did steep on the subtler side of three minutes.
The infusion brewed to a burly brown, rivaling even some of more robust teas out there. It was smokier to the nose than other Assams I've tried. Granted, that experience is limited, but it had more in common with a Lapsang-fused Russian Caravan blend. The flavor, on the other hand, was quite balanced. While surprisingly lacking in the malt detected in the dry aroma, it made up for it in a blossom-like buttery foretaste with a nut-sweet finish. This tasted more like a Keemun, to me.
I've been developing a lurking respect for some of the layers with some Assams. The first I ever tried could put hair on the chest of the toddler. The third or fourth I sampled possessed welcomed floral notes. This was something entirely different, lacking the characteristic malt palate, but compensating with a different kind of full-bodied flavor. I approved...with a cocked eyebrow.
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