Leaf Appearance: small, dark
Ingredients: black tea
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: infuser basket and ceramic teacup
Liquor: deep reddish brown
I have a confession to make. Even though I have access to incredible teas, sometimes I really enjoy a plain cup of strong CTC Assam. The smell of the dry leaves take my right back to my childhood. This particular tea really hit the spot on a chilly and rainy spring night. Orthodox teas are usually higher quality but this isn't always the case. Good leaf makes good tea no matter how you might cut, tear or curl it. +Assam1860 sells only a black Assam tea from the Throwra Estate both in tea bags and in loose leaf. The taste was bold and malty with just the right amount of astringency. This tea would be able to take milk and sugar if desired but I was perfectly fine drinking it straight. I tried brewing it as an iced tea and it was just as tasty, especially with a touch of orange blossom honey. They are based Kolkata so unfortunately for U.S. tea drinkers there is a fairly high minimum for international orders. Hopefully they'll be able to expand their distribution at some point.
Loose Tea sample provided by Assam 1860.