|"It made a fantastic breakfast tea, and a very nice afternoon tea."|
When I opened this tea, it smelled so fresh! Then I saw the size of the leaves! They are the largest Assam tea leaves I have ever seen - sprinkled with gold tips!
I wasn't even able to use a tea scoop or spoon for this tea. A good pinch with thumb and first 2 fingers (gently so I didn't break the leaves) was the perfect amount of tea for a cup. When I brewed a pot I used 3 pinches.
Of course, I started with fresh cold water and brought it just to boil. I experimented with the time and found 5 minutes to be optimum! I did find if I went above 5 minutes it started to get a bit bitter and if I steeped it less than 5 minutes, it was too weak for me. However, keep in mind that I love my black tea to be bold and strong. So 4 minutes may not be to light for some people.
The tea has a reddish tint to it's color but it has the softest scent and flavor of honey. It's is a medium bodied Assam - not the heaviest, nor the strongest Assam I have ever tasted, but it held up well with a bit of milk added.
The flavor reminded me a bit of a blend of Ceylon and Assam. Though medium bodied, it was very gentle, smooth and only slightly malty. It made a fantastic breakfast tea, and a very nice afternoon tea. I must admit, that I was disappointed when my sample ran out!
The tea that I have received from Pahadi is so beautiful and smells so fresh when it comes out of the bag. I can tell they put a lot of effort into the quality and freshness of the tea they sell!
— To purchase Pahadi Tea Single Estate Tippy Assam Black Tea, 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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