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Grey’s Teas Assam Smoked Oolong

Country of Origin: India
Leaf Appearance: mix of greens and browns, curled and twisted
Ingredients: smoked oolong tea
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 212
Preparation Method: ceramic infuser cup
Liquor: amber

I’m usually an unflavored/unscented tea person but every once in a while an usual offering makes me sit up and take notice. Assam, smoked and oolong are three words that I never thought I’d see together. Grey’s Teas explains on their website that it is smoked with an oak-like wood. As usual, +Geoffrey Norman has already been down this smoky path. I wasn’t sure of where in Assam this tea was produced but he let me know that it was Mothola. The brewing directions said 3 minutes but no other parameters were given so I played it safe the first time around. Going lighter on leaf volume and with a temperature of 195, it tasted something like oak smoked peaches. The fruitiness was subtle but I found that it lingered long after each sip. Having plenty of leaf to experiment, I pushed the temperature up to boiling. Holy cow, it tasted just like whiskey (without the alcohol burn)! Most teas that I sample only get touched a few times before I have to move onto the next candidate. Over the course of the week, I found myself repeatedly craving and drinking this tea. I have yet to play around with gongfu-ing it but I definitely will be doing that soon.

Assam Smoked Oolong sample provided by Grey’s Teas.

A photo posted by Nicole Martin (@teaformeplease) on Mar 6, 2015 at 8:06pm PST

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Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.