Review: KTeas Assam Awakening

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Erika’s Teaview Snapshot
Its OK" I continued drinking, but couldn’t get past the mouth puckering sensation..."
Erika’s Teaview: 5/10
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kteaslogoBreakfast teas are a staple in our house.  Most every weekday morning is spent preparing either a breakfast blend or a black tea strong enough to work as a morning pick-me-up.  Assam Awakening is described as a full-bodied second flush tea and it sounded like it would get the job done.

The tea is made up of very small, broken leaves of amber, gold, and deep brown.  Brewing parameters include one heaping teaspoon of leaf in boiling water with a five-minute steep.  I rarely use a five-minute steep with any black tea because I usually find tea steeped that long too strong for my taste, so I decided to try my standard three-minute steep first and go from there.

After the steep, the tea smelled very strong and malty.  I enjoy many, but not all, strong black teas without milk/cream and sugar so I tried my first cup without additions.  My first mouthful was shockingly strong and extremely astringent.  I continued drinking, but couldn’t get past the mouth puckering sensation, and the heavy flavor of malt was ever-present.  Finally I gave in and tried it again with cream.  This brought out a nice chocolaty flavor and cut the harshness of the tea a bit.  Unfortunately for me, it didn’t help enough.  I found this particular tea to be just too much for my taste.

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