Review: KTeas Assam Reserve

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Thumbs up!"Tobacco, malt, cocoa, raisin and wood notes all come out to play, making for a full-bodied, stout yet smooth cuppa."
Sophie’s Teaview: 7.6/10
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kteaslogoThis classic black tea comes to us from the Satrupa estate, located in Eastern Assam, near the Burmese border. The leaves are short and playfully twisted. The majority are cocoa-coloured but some gold strands are sprinkled throughout. The aroma displays a mixture of sweet and briny tones, somewhat like salt taffy or raisin bread.

Following the suggested brewing directions, I infused a generous teaspoon of leaves in 8 ounces of boiling water for 3 minutes. The walnut-coloured cup is richly scented with the comforting malt and toast bread aroma of a traditional black tea. Although primarily sweet and malty, this brew is relatively complex when one stops to pay attention. Tobacco, cocoa, raisin and wood notes all come out to play. The brisk finish couples some earthiness with a small amount of astringency. The body feels deliciously creamy and round in the mouth. This tea is quite pleasant au naturel. However, adding some dairy resulted in more intense cocoa notes, as well as adding a toasted bread dimension to the cup. A second, 4 minute infusion was also successful, if only a little on the thin side. Otherwise the brew was almost identical to the first, making for a very satisfying second steep. The overall effect is full-bodied, stout yet smooth. Like the SNAG of teas, if I may say so!

This offering would be an ideal staple to have on hand when looking for a plain black tea. It's certainly hefty enough to be used as a breakfast tea. It would also be great to use as a good quality base for those who like to make their own blends. Deceptively simple, this easy-drinking is well worth it.

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