Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Rishi Tea
The Assam region of Northeast India is famous for its black tea production. The sub-tropical valleys of Assam in which tea is cultivated yield gutsy, bold infusions with full body and flavor. Our single estate Golden Assam is from orthodox manufacture and has an abundance of even grade leaves and golden buds. Its rich liquor is sweet, robust and malty with notes of fruity raisin and date sugar.
This is the kind of tea that you want to wake up to in the morning. It has GUSTO! It is a robust Assam with a deep, rich flavor that suggests notes of sweetness and fruit as well as a very profound malty tone.
This delicious, full-bodied tea has a lovely baked quality to it, very biscuit-y in nature. It has a very pleasing sweetness, and I must agree with the above description, it is a “date sugar” kind of sweetness. It is a very enjoyable tea without coming across as too sweet.
I steeped my serving of this tea just under three minutes, and I am finding it to be free of bitterness. I wouldn’t recommend steeping it much longer, though, as Assam teas can be somewhat temperamental and become bitter if steeped too long. There is a fair amount of astringency in this cup; it is a clean, slightly dry astringency, but I did not find it to disturb my enjoyment of the tea at all.
This tea takes well to the addition of milk and honey, if you like your tea that way. I prefer mine without the milk, but a drizzle of honey is quite nice and accentuates the fruit tones of this tea well. This is a wonderful tea that is perfect for that all-important first cup of the day and would be equally as nice as an early afternoon tea.