Review: Culinary Teas Assam Bukhial

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If I had to pick a region where my tea would come from for the rest of my life, I would pick Assam. Invariably, when I love a tea, its Assam or a blend that includes Assam. Culinary Teas Assam Bukhial Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe is pure Assam. This tea proves, once again, the pre-eminence of the tea growing conditions of the region.

I probably don't need to tell you, a tea review site reader, anything about the Indian state of Assam. But I learned some things about it on the Culinary Teas (CT) website that I want to pass on. I can't write it better than they; their tea descriptions are masterful:

"The Assam valley is dominated by the Brahmaputra River - a large slowly meandering river which over millennia of fall flooding has deposited a rich loam over the valley. The soil is a deep and sandy and the region suffers a very hot and steamy monsoon season, but equally important a relatively dry and cool winter. Perfect conditions for the Assam tea bush. This area is also susceptible to earthquakes which can make the ground swallow up whole tea bushes, but this does not affect the unmistakable rich taste of Bukhial TGFOP."

This is a malty and mild Assam. The raw leaves smell like vanilla. The brew has hardly any smell at all. The taste is smooth. Not much of that tannin taste I love so much, but oddly, quite satisfying. The price for such a lovely tea is satisfying too!

Perhaps my favorite thing about this tea is the color. It brews up redder than most black teas. It looks quite like a cup of Rooibos. It looks delicious and tastes delicious. I give it a 9.5. The .5 is bonus points for making a decent second infusion!

— 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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