Review: Culinary Teas Assam Bukhial

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Thumbs up!"Malty with a hint of sweetness reminiscent of fresh-baked banana bread muffins!"
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Culinary Teas considers this Assam to be one of the very best teas in their wide selection, even at its reasonably-lower price point. The Bukhial estate, from where this tea is sourced, is also considered "the best estate in Assam." The fact that wild elephants still wander the plantation may have something to do with its awesomeness. The estate's climate results in a lower rainfall. Thus the tea bushes grow at a slower rate, resulting in purportedly richer flavor teas. As indicated by the TGFOP grading, this is a quality selection of the finest early-flush full-leaf tea.

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.

— To purchase Culinary Teas Assam Bukhial, 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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