Review: Culinary Teas Assam Bukhial

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Thumbs up!"t brewed up just as the said - golden coppery. It took milk well. Even black, it did not have that heavy astringency that is often associated with Assam. I found it smooth on my tongue with a full malty flavor and only a touch of astringency after swallowing. Milk lessens what astringency there might be."
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Again, I've enjoyed a lovely morning pot of black tea from Culinary Teas!

This time, I tried a pure Assam tea. Though I more often choose Assam blends, I do occasionally enjoy pure Assam and this one was one of the best I've ever had!

This Assam comes from the Bukhial Estate in India and is part of the world’s largest privately held tea plantation group. Culinary Teas says, "Bukhial is situated on the south side of the Brahmaputra River in the state of Assam near a remote region called Nagaland. Wild elephants still roam the estate, but it could be worse; a century ago headhunters also lurked in the forests! In this area rainfall is lower which makes the bushes grow more slowly, producing an outstanding tea."

It was dark with some golden tips and smelled lusciously malty. I followed the instructions provided by Culinary Teas for brewing hot tea. They give a wide range of brewing times and I chose 6 min because I like a strong tea.

It brewed up just as the said - golden coppery. It took milk well. Even black, it did not have that heavy astringency that is often associated with Assam. I found it smooth on my tongue with a full malty flavor and only a touch of astringency after swallowing. Milk lessens what astringency there might be.

I enjoyed learning more about what creates the unique characteristics of Assam from the Culinary Teas website. The Assam valley surrounds the Brahmaputra River, which floods in the winter, depositing rich loam over the valley. The soil is deep and sandy. In addition, the weather is unique. Hot steamy monsoon season is balanced by a cool dry winter. These make up the perfect conditions for the Assam tea bush.

I have a special personal blend I like to make. I use one part Assam, one part Darjeeling and two parts Ceylon. This Assam would be great in home blend because it would bring richness, and a lovely malty flavor but would not add to the "dry" taste that accompanies Darjeeling. I would also enjoy having this Assam as my regular morning breakfast tea.

— To purchase Culinary Teas Assam Bukhial, 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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