Review: ThepuriTea Assam #1

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Thumbs up!"The characteristic malty scent was alive and well along the mouthpiece and steam."
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Teas from the Indian state of Assam are known for one basic characteristic, maltiness. Just as Darjeeling is heralded for its muscatel comparison, the malty Assam is revered for its bold profile. It has some reason to be proud. Unlike the tea plants of Darjeeling or Nilgiri, the Camellia sinensis assamica is native to India. Prior to British-borne ways of tea cultivation - introduced to the region after occupation - the plant was the subject of Ayurvedic practices. They knew the plant was beneficial, but who knew it could be imbibed as a luxury?

I have a growing appreciate for Assam-based teas, which is funny considering it once possessed all the characteristics I hated in black tea. It took a couple of years, but my palate has come to accept the rewards of this steadfast and stubborn plant. Malt and all. Assam #1 - presented by thepuriTea - doesn't have much in the way of a story to it. I'm not entirely sure what the "One" stands for. Was it first prize or something? I dunno. But the leaves smelled excellent. As they described, it had leans of malt, flower and spice. On whiff alone, I could detect all three, and even a hint of molasses. This would be a full-bodied cup.

Brewing instructions called for 212F-heated, filtered water, a first steep of thirty seconds to "awaken" the tea leaves, and then after that, a three-to-five-minute infusion. Odd, considering the sample packet called for a five-to-seven-minute deal. I went with the pre-wash and three minutes, 1 tsp in 8oz.

At roughly three minutes it brewed on the lighter side of auburn. The characteristic malty scent was alive and well along the mouthpiece and steam. As for taste, the forefront was a bit bitter but settled into a surprisingly light and flower-spice middle. The aftertaste was creamy but subtle. All in all, a more-than-passable Assam that offers some of the molasses-like elements of its other native kin.

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