|"It's a given that Assams are "malty" in flavor. But occasionally you find examples that truly typify the best in these descriptors. This is one of those Assams."|
What I like best in an Assam is a full bodied malty sweet flavor. I don't like a weak or wishy washy Assam. I love to taste the body in the cup. In the same vein, but conversely, neither I nor anyone I know likes an Assam that is so hearty that it hurls you to the ground with its strength. Surprisingly, it can be difficult to find a good Assam that meets these seemingly minimal requirements. Sometimes they are too forgettable, at other times, even a good tooth brushing isn't enough to let you forget them.
Assam Bukhial TGFOP, offered by Culinary Teas, is an Assam that beautifully meets my needs. Here are some reasons why. The preparation is easy. I use a teaspoon per 8 ounces of freshly boiled water and then steep for just three short minutes. This treatment yields a beautifully copper red infusion that smells sweet and malty. I add just a few drops of liquid stevia and it's ready to enjoy. This Assam is strong but not too strong. It's not sour or bitter and wasn't fussy in the steeping. The flavor is good right away, even hot, and malty notes are evident and full of sweetness, as well. I like the body. It's not incredibly robust, but neither is it watery or weak. I find this a really enjoyable breakfast tea, and I could also enjoy it some mid afternoon when I felt I needed the little kick of extra energy that black teas offer.
Best of all, I appreciated the truly discernible malty taste in this Assam. It's a given that Assams are "malty" in flavor just as Darjeelings are "muscatel" and greens are often "vegetal." But occasionally you find examples that truly typify the best in these descriptors. This is one of those Assams. I'd be happy to order it as a regular breakfast or afternoon tea. It's good.
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