Meleng Estate Assam FTGFOP1 Black Tea from Capital Tea Limited

MelangEstateTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Capital Tea Limited

Tea Description:

Beautifully well make chunky brown leaves full of deep golden tips from one of Assam’s best tea estates. These leaves produce an incredibly well rounded and sweet tasting medium-bodied tea liquor with complex malty flavour notes and with stone fruit-like overtones.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I received a sampling of this tea from a friend on Steepster, and I’m really glad she included it with the different samples she sent me!  This is lovely!

Really nice!  I’ve had several really good Assam teas over the last couple of months, and this is yet another.  This has a really wonderful malty tone to it – rich and flavorful – with fruity notes and a very smooth delivery from start to finish with a mild astringency.

To brew this, I grabbed my Kati tumbler and emptied the sample into the basket (it was just enough for 12 ounces of tea!) and then I heated 12 ounces of water to 205°F.  I poured the hot water into the tumbler and let the tea steep for 2 1/2 minutes.

And the flavor is very much what I’d expect from a high quality Assam tea.  It’s rich and flavorful with a medium to full body.  It’s sweet with notes of caramel.  There are lovely stone fruit notes that are reminiscent of a fresh, ripe plum.  As I continue to sip, I also pick up on notes of the sugary sweetness you’d taste from a raisin.

There is a mild astringency as I already mentioned, and there is just a hint of bitterness that hits my palate at mid-sip, suggesting to me that if I had brewed this longer or at a higher temperature, the tea might prove to be too bitter to drink.

As it is though, it’s quite pleasant.  That hint of bitterness does a pretty good job of hiding behind the sweeter notes of this tea.  If you’re looking for a tasty everyday Assam, you might want to try this one.  It’s one I wouldn’t mind reaching for every morning!

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