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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…