Beesakopie Estate Assam Black Tea from Simpson & Vail


Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Simpson & Vail

Tea Description:

The Beesakopie Estate is located in the eastern most region of Assam, closest to the Burmese border, in the Tinsukia district. 

If you’re looking for a very malty, well balanced tea with a rapid infusion, then look no further. This tea is a CTC style (cut, twisted, curled) and unlike leafed tea, it doesn’t expand. The tea brews to a deep amber cup that stands up to the addition of milk. A real morning “wake-me-up” beverage!

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Yay!  I love a good, rich, malty Assam and this Beesakopie Estate Assam Black Tea from Simpson & Vail is exactly that!  It is remarkably rich and malty and oh-so-good!  It’s got that first thing in the morning kind of GUSTO that you want from an Assam too!

The dry leaf is a remarkably fine cut (or chopped?) CTC – resembling what many might think is dust or fannings.  Yes this DOES indeed look like something that you got from an inferior tea bag, but, it doesn’t TASTE like it!  Don’t let a finely cut CTC fool you into thinking that the tea lacks quality, this is not always the case, especially in Assam teas like this one.

However, with a fine cut tea like this one, you do need to be careful on how you brew the tea, because it can become bitter faster than a larger leaf Assam can simply because there is more surface area exposed in the brewing process.  If you normally would brew a larger leaf Assam for three minutes, go just 2 1/2 with this tea.  I normally brew an Assam at 2 1/2 minutes, and this one, I went with 2 minutes and I have a tea that’s been brewed perfectly to my taste sitting in front of me.

The flavor is very rich and full-bodied.  It has a strong, vigorous flavor – it’s one of those teas that will help you get those eyes OPEN and your blood pumping on days when you’d rather be snuggled up in bed sleeping than up and at ’em.  There is a sweet, caramel-y undertone to the tea that melds well with the strong, malty overtones.  There is also that delicious “freshly baked” quality to this tea – reminiscent of a fresh loaf of french bread with the chewy crust.  Nice!

I prefer my Assam teas served hot, because I find that the rich, malty flavor expresses itself best when the tea is warm.  As it cools, the malty notes seem to lose something.  It is still good …just not as good, you know?  And because it’s a robust, hearty brew, it takes the additions of milk and/or honey well, if you care to add them.  I personally like this with a half teaspoon of turbinado sugar – just enough to soften that sharp edge of the Assam without overwhelming it.  On more relaxed days, I might add a splash of milk and go latte, and on the days when I really need an extra boost, I drink it straight.

However you choose to drink your Assam, this is one that you should definitely try!

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