|"Stout but still nuanced, this leaf would be delicious paired with creamy deserts. At its best, the flavours seesaw between woody tannins, chocolaty malt notes, paired with a creamy finish. A definite winner!"|
I brew a hefty teaspoonful in 250ml of boiling water for 3 minutes. The dark, rusty brown cup has a soft, malty aroma to it. Taking a sip, the flavours start off as astringent, woody and tannic. These slide into a delicious malty, milky finish. The contrast between the two is striking and quite addictive.
I steep the leaves again for 3 and a half minutes. The results are still pleasant but more evenly flavoured throughout the sip. The tea is generally sweeter, with more malt and hot chocolate notes. The feel is also thicker and creamier feel, making for a very decadent experience.
I manage to pull 2 more decent steeps from the leaves. I’ve rarely come across a black tea with so much stamina, especially brewed the Western way. After a 4 and a half and 6 minute-long steeps, the cup is mild but still satisfying, with lots of smooth malt notes.
Stout but still nuanced, this leaf would be delicious paired with creamy deserts. At its best, the flavours seesaw between woody tannins, chocolaty malt notes, paired with a creamy finish. I did not add anything to the cup for fear of obscuring the more subtle flavours. However it could certainly handle some milk and sugar. A stunning Assam for a reasonable price, this delicious tea will soon find its way into my personal stash. Highly recommended!
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