Review: Davidson’s Tea Assam Banaspaty

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Thumbs up!"Adding milk seems to exponentially enhance the malty, biscuity goodness all ready present in the leaves. If you're a fan of milky tea, this is definitely worth a try."
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Last night was a late one, so I was pleased to stumble onto this sample, hoping that it would help clear my foggy head this morning. This is my first experience with Davidson's tea. Although their selections up for review intrigued me in the past, I hesitated to select any, partly because I find their website very confusing. If I can't easily look up a tea, I tend to not request it. I imagine the same thing applies to shoppers as well. I was able to track down a brief description about this particular offering, but the amount of steps required to do so was far from user friendly. This organic tea is touted as malty, flavourful and excellent paired with milk. A rich cinnamon, raisin and malt fragrance accompanies the leaves. These are smallish and thinly twisted. They bear a deep purplish-brown colour, with streaks of rust here and there.

In the absence of particular brewing directions, I relied upon my usual method for black tea. I steeped a generous teaspoon of leaves in water heated to 212 Fahrenheit for 3 minutes. The scent of the mahogany-coloured cup was pleasantly malty with a light metallic edge to it. The overall flavour profile is decadent and robust. The brisk, almost bitter tinge of the top notes is kept in check by malt, spice and stone fruit notes. The body is creamy and stout, which contributes to the impression of richness. The finish is naturally sweet, so adding more sweetener is not at all needed. Adding milk seems to exponentially enhance the malty, biscuity goodness all ready present in the leaves. Although I don't normally prefer milk in my tea, I would make an exception for this one.

I steeped a second infusion for 4 minutes and a third for 8 minutes. What struck me was the complete absence of bitterness. While somewhat lacking in depth of character compared to the first infusion, both steeps had a good amount of malty notes and a pleasantly creamy body.

This tea is as unfussy as they get, making it a good candidate for drinking in the workplace and a reliable Assam for everyday drinking. It is very affordable for the quality, especially for an organic product. As Davidson's recommends, it is particularly well suited to the addition of milk. If you're a fan of milky tea, this is definitely worth a try. Let's just hope that their website is in for a major overhaul sometime soon!

— To purchase Davidson’s Tea Assam Banaspaty, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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One Response to “Review: Davidson’s Tea Assam Banaspaty”

  1. Shaiha Says:

    I have to admit that I feel the same about the website. If they can’t make it easy to find the tea than they really don’t want to sell it.

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