REVIEW: Postcard Teas – New Assam

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Tea: Blend of black Assam teas from three farmers – Dalim Bora (Naharkatia, Assam, India), Pallabjyoti Nath (Sonitpur, Assam, India) and Denish Lohan (Moran, Assam, India)
Purchased at: Postcard Teas
Link to New Assam on Postcard Teas website

Assam teas are dear to me, and when I read about Postcard Teas’ New Assam I knew popping in and picking up a bag was a must. Postcard Teas calls this tea ‘New Assam’ because it is the first time an Assam has been put on sale in Europe in which the farmers processed their own leaves instead of selling them on to a larger plantation. The three farmers who grew this tea have less than 10 acres of land, and they produce a few hundred kilos of tea each year without applying pesticides or artificial fertilisers. Click here to read more about the farmers and New Assam.

Dry leaf:

– The dry leaf consists of full, curly, dark-coloured leaves

– It is a moderately aromatic dry leaf that has a sweet, fruity aroma

Infused tea:

– The infused tea cups out a bright, copper-coloured liquor that is quite light

– Like the dry leaf, the aroma of the liquor has fruity notes

– It is a medium-bodied tea that has a smooth body and slight hint of astringency to finish it off. The tea has delicate sweet and fruity (berry-like) flavours

Conclusions/tips:

– Infuse three and a half to four minutes to drink without milk, and five minutes to take it with milk (only use a little splash of milk). You will be able to get one to two infusions

– I really enjoy drinking this tea both with and without milk. Since the tea cups out a fairly light liquor, I thought milk must suffocate the flavour. In fact, the milk rounded out the flavours and gave the liquor a very satisfying richness. Taking it without milk, though, gives you more of an opportunity to explore the sweet, fruity flavours of the tea. Definintely give it a try  for yourself

Score:

4.5/5

Retail price: 50 gram refill pouch for £3.95 / 50 gram caddy for £6.95

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About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at teaxplorer@gmail.com if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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