|"I am not a steadfast Assam drinker but that would quickly change if I always had access to this tea. One of the best I have ever tried."|
My tea today is from a small farm, Yuan Shiang, that has been specializing in Assam teas for the past 30 years. My sample consists of fairly large black tea leaves that are a deep black in color with a minty, malty aroma. I set up my Breville using 2 tablespoons of leaves for 5 cups of water. I set the brew temp at 212 degrees and a steep time of 3 minutes.
The liquor on this tea is a rich dark reddish brown. The minty aroma has faded and is now all about the maltiness. This is a very smooth Assam that has a heavier mouthfeel. It starts out with a hint of sharpness that quickly fades away to a very rounded taste. This is a bit of malt to hit as well as hints of mint, cocoa and tobacco. The mint really makes itself known in a lingering aftertaste. Very refreshing.
I am not a steadfast Assam drinker but that would quickly change if I always had access to this tea. One of the best I have ever tried. It is stout enough to support cream and sugar but smooth enough that it is not needed.
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