|"Malty with a hint of sweetness reminiscent of fresh-baked banana bread muffins!"|
A very faint (yet distinct) note of fresh-baked banana bread muffins wafts from the dried leaf. A 4 minute steep with near-boiling water presents a coppery, reflective cup with a transformed aroma indicative of a high-quality malty tea. On the palette, there's a sharpness from the black tea elements, but also a hint of sweetness (there's that banana bread muffin profile again!) lingers on the finish, and particularly at the back of the throat. A second cup prepared with a 3-minute steep was preferable, although Culinary teas' recommendation is "3-7 minutes", the higher end of which I would have reservations about personally, but to each his own.
As with any Assam, small amounts of milk/cream and sugar really make this cup sing. Even the most die-hard straight-black-tea drinkers surely could not argue that a wee bit of cream and sweetener bring out that extra oomph from this beautiful Assam.
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