|"A lighter Assam with a delightful blend of malt and sweetness. Great for sipping throughout the day. Recommended!"|
My tea of choice this morning is an assam from Culinary Teas. I originally chose this tea because I can really use a jolt of caffeine from a black tea. And for the most part, I enjoy the maltiness that you get from a good assam. I was in for a real surprise when I opened up my sample bag to take a whiff of the tea leaves. There is a faint malt to the aroma but what it really reminds me of is raspberry jam. In reading further about this tea, I discovered that it was chosen for a trial of a new vacuum process. And judging by the freshness of the aroma, it was a success.
I set it up to brew using a rounded tablespoon to leaves to four cups of water and a steep time of three minutes. The resulting liquor is a wonderful coppery brown. The malt really comes to the fore when brewed but there is still an undercurrent of sweetness though the scent of raspberries has faded away.
The tea has a medium mouthfeel and really bright fresh taste. The sweetness has carried thru to the flavor which adds a delightful counterpoint to the maltiness. It has a really light astringency which hits mid-sip and is then washed away by a lingering sweet aftertaste.
While not really strong enough to jolt you awake in the morning, this tea makes for a wonderful cup that would be enjoyable in the afternoon. I have really enjoyed my sample and will most definitely pick up more.
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