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    Joseph Wesley Black Tea No. 2 – Assam

    Country of Origin: India Leaf Appearance: small, dark Ingredients: black tea Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 200 degrees Preparation Method: stainless steel infuser basket and ceramic teacup Liquor: deep reddish amber Assam is probably the one region that I drink tea from the least. That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy Indian teas but the opportunity doesn’t present itself nearly as often. My puerh addiction probably has something to do with that these days. My eye was caught while browsing my Facebook timeline when I saw that +Joseph Wesley Black Tea had commissioned kullad’s engraved with their logo. How cool is that! Kullads are the clay cups that are traditionally used to serve…


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    Assam 1860 Loose Tea

    Country of Origin: India 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…

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    Pekoe Sip House Sessa Estate Black Tea

    Country of Origin: India Leaf Appearance: small, dark with golden tips Ingredients: black tea Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: reddish brown This tea was a fairly run of the mill Assam. There were quite a lot of golden tips, which is purely cosmetic but still something that I like to see. The taste was earthy and sweet with dominant malty notes. There was some astringency but overall the mouth feel was very smooth. That natural sweetness tells me that this tea would work well as an iced tea, possibly even for cold brewing. I bumped the second infusion up to 5 minutes and the…

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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…

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    Golden Tips Tea Halmari Gold Assam Black Tea Second Flush 2014

    Country of Origin: India Leaf Appearance: small, twisted with lots of golden tips Ingredients: black tea Steep time:  5 minutes Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: Teavana Perfect Teamaker Liquor: amber This tea has got to be the prettiest Assam that I’ve ever seen. If I didn’t know any better, I’d think that it was from Fujian. The taste was full bodied and complex with a bright, refreshing astringency. It had the maltiness that Assam black teas are known for along with notes of fruit and dark chocolate. It’s on the pricey side but definitely worth the try if you are a fan of teas from this region. It could probably take milk…

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    The Kettle Shed Tea Company Assam

    Country of Origin: India Leaf Appearance: small, dark with some golden tips Ingredients: black tea Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: deep reddish brown I don’t get to drink Assam very often (even though I love it) so I was really excited to receive a sample tin of this offering from +The Kettle Shed: Tea Company. Although the steeping directions said 3 to 5 minutes, I erred on the side of caution and went with the lower number. The taste was brisk and malty with just the right amount of astringency. It had a subtle sweet quality and a bright, clean finish. When I…