Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Upton Tea Imports
This tippy broken selection is suitable as a staple in any tea lover’s cupboard. The liquor carries a nice malty aroma with fruity notes. The smooth cup is strong enough to support the addition of a spot of milk.
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What a lovely Assam! This is just the type of flavor I expect when I sample an Assam tea – rich, malty, sweet notes of caramel and fruit … robust and sturdy! This Moditea Estate Assam TGFBOP from Upton Tea Imports is an Assam lover’s Assam!
The dry leaf is a broken leaf, dark chocolate in color with some golden tips (although not quite as many as the photo might lead one to believe!) After steeping 2 1/2 minutes in boiling water, the brew is quite dark, looking almost like black coffee rather than a cup of tea! But the aroma is TEA! It smells rich and lightly sweet.
The flavor – ahh! Malt! I love the malty tones of Assam. It is the malty note that keep me coming back to Assam. Otherwise, Assam tends to be a somewhat temperamental tea (you don’t want to over-steep an Assam or the chances are that you’ll be left with a bitter and very astringent cuppa!), and I probably would be less enthusiastic to try an Assam if it weren’t for those delicious, sweet, malty notes!
There is an undercurrent of caramel-like flavor that melds nicely with the malty flavors. More sweetness comes from the fruit notes in the background. There is a freshly baked taste (and texture!) to this tea as well – reminiscent of a freshly baked loaf of bread. That chewy crust that I love so much in a fresh loaf of bread – I get that essence here with this tea. It’s a little earthy, rich and flavorful, and bold! Just the kind of tea you want to drink first thing in the morning to get that blood pumping!
A really nice cuppa from Upton Tea Imports!