|"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."|
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!
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