Assam Orthodox Black Tea (FOP) from Starglory

StargloryBlackTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Starglory on Amazon

Tea Description:

Black Tea is consumed because of its natural flavour and for refreshment. Excellent cup of black tea helps a person to start a day positively with full of energy. At the end of a hectic, tiresome and busy day if a perfect black tea is taken , it will re energize and refresh oneself. This is one best Orthodox Black Tea sourced from Upper Assam Gardens.

Learn more about Starglory Tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I love Assam black teas, so when I was asked by Starglory Tea to try their FOP Assam Black, I was only too happy to oblige!

Immediately upon looking at the dry leaf, I can see something distinctly different with this tea versus other Assam black teas.  Most Assam teas that I’ve encountered tend to be a smaller cut or broken leaf.  But these beautiful, long, wiry leaves of chocolate brown appear to be whole!  When Starglory says “FOP” (which stands for Flowery Orange Pekoe – which basically means that the tea consists of large, wiry, and mostly unbroken leaves), they mean it!

To brew this beautiful Assam, I measured out 2 1/2 bamboo scoops of tea (I added an extra half a scoop because the leaves are so large and bulky) into the basket of my Breville tea maker and poured 500ml of freshly filtered water into the vessel.  I set the parameters for 2 1/2 minutes steep time at 205°F.  I used a slightly lower temperature because it’s been my experience that Assam teas can be somewhat temperamental and a slightly lower temperature can mean the difference between a perfect tasting cup of tea and a bitter brew.

And this tastes perfect!

It is rich, delicious and malty, just like I want from an Assam.  But this tastes much smoother – no bitterness whatsoever!  Not even a hint in the background.  Just sweet, caramel-y notes that meld deliciously with notes of malt to create a thick, luscious flavor that not only entices me with its delicious flavor but also invigorates me.

The sip begins with a sweet note that becomes very caramel-esque as the sip progresses.  I begin to pick up on the malty notes almost right away.  There are notes of fruit and floral notes in the background.  It’s got that “chewy” sort of flavor to it, thick and delicious like the crust from a freshly baked loaf of bread.  Mmm!  It’s a very satisfying tea.

This tea doesn’t require any additions – it tastes great as is.  But, if you prefer a bit of honey or milk in your tea, this tea would take those additions well.  It would be great with a thin slice of lemon too.  Another great idea is to drop a piece or two of crystallized ginger into your tea.  This adds a little sweetness to the cup as well as a hint of ginger’s peppery flavor.  (Plus you get a tasty treat at the end of the cup!)

If you’re looking for an Assam that delivers the flavor of the Assam without so much of the harshness that is often associated with it – this is the Assam you’re looking for!

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