Review: KTeas Assam Awakening

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Thumbs up!"A rich mahogany coloured cup brings to the the fore round malty and biscuity notes. Just make sure to watch the infusion time or it quickly becomes unbearably bitter. "
Sophie’s Teaview: 7.1/10
Other Teaviews: Dan gave it 7.2/10, Jamie gave it 5.75/10, Erika gave it 5/10
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kteaslogoBold, sturdy and aptly named, this tea seems to be made for dispelling the early morning mists. KTeas describes this second flush Assam as a high quality, full-bodied, aromatic, malty tea. Notes of toffee and tobacco are said to mingle with just the right amount of astringency.

The leaves have been cut into relatively small pieces. They are mostly a deep chocolate colour, with a few golden strands here and there. They are perfumed with a sweet, strongly malty aroma. Using one heaping teaspoon of leaves, I brewed the tea with 8 ounces of boiling water. KTeas' recommended 5 minute steep seemed a bit too overwhelming for my taste buds, so I went with my usual 3 minute infusion instead. The steeped tea has a faint metallic scent to it that seems to go hand in hand with strong black teas. A rich mahogany coloured cup brings to the the fore round malty and biscuity notes. Caramel and earthy tobacco notes are more elusive but pleasant additions. As the website mentions, this tea can certainly take milk and sweetener but it's got enough going for it to be a “self-drinker” as well. Slightly oily feeling in the mouth and big on taste, everything about this tea seems to converge towards creating a feeling of stoutness. Perhaps a little too much: the astringency in the finish is on the verge of being unpleasant, even at the 3 minute mark. I tried another infusion for 2 and a half minutes, which successfully held the dryness and peppery tannins in check. The overall profile was still satisfyingly malty and creamy feeling, with just a touch of bitterness to the finish. Infusion number two was smoother and sweeter, some of the tannic flavour having been toned down by the previous cup. Still strong enough to be worth the effort even after just a short two and a half minute steep, this tea seems to have quite a bit of staying power.

Although this tea didn't completely blow me away, as another reviewer pointed out, it's pleasant to go back to simpler teas once in a while. Potent in both biscuity taste and caffeine, it's a nice, uncomplicated choice as a breakfast tea. The astringency of the aftertaste is excellent in offsetting the sweetness of cookies and cakes, so it's also a good bet to accompany teatime treats. Just make sure to watch the infusion time or it quickly becomes unbearably bitter.

— To purchase KTeas Assam Awakening, 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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