Monday, August 4, 2014

Whittard of Chelsea Assam Hazelbank

Country of Origin: India
Leaf Appearance: small, dark
Ingredients: black tea
Steep time: 5 minutes
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: Teavana Perfect Steeper
Liquor: reddish brown

I really enjoy a good Assam. It's a full-bodied breakfast tea that puts a little hair on your chest. I was initially attracted to this particular one from +Whittard of Chelsea because the estate name is given. It's still not very common to see but I'm glad that this practice increasing. The dry leaves were small but good quality. They were mostly unbroken with scattered golden tips. The taste was bold and flavorful with lots of malty pep. This is definitely a tea that can stand up to milk and sugar if need be, maybe even a drop of honey. It's a tasty and economical brew so it would make a great choice for iced tea or a daily drinker. It can be tempting to be heavy handed with leaves but go sparingly because it packs a punch.

Assam Hazelbank sample provided by Whittard of Chelsea.