|"The characteristic malty scent was alive and well along the mouthpiece and steam."|
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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