The dry leaf appearance and aroma of this Assam instantly caught my attention on a recent trip to Harney & Sons’ Soho shop. I am definitely excited about this tea, so please read on to see what I thought.
Within the next week, I will also be posting a text about my tea adventures in New York City, where I will talk more about Harney & Sons.
Dry leaf: The dry leaf consists of twisted, golden-coloured tips that are covered with hair. It is a truly beautiful tea. The dry leaf has a strong fruity, sweet aroma
Infused tea: The tea cups out a copper-coloured liquor that has a powerful sweet aroma. The liquor has a complex balance of buttery and sweet flavours (both tropical fruit and dark berries). The buttery flavour forms the body of the tea, whilst sweeter notes are noticeable in the finish. It is a medium-bodied tea that has very little astringency
Infusion tips: Infuse four to five minutes with 95 to 100C water. Drink without milk. You will get at least three infusions out of this tea. The cup colour will lighten with each infusion
Conclusions: This is one of the most unique Assam teas I have ever tried. The extremely complex buttery and sweet flavours compliment each other. Of course this is not a cheap tea, but I would recommend it without hesitation. For Assam lovers like myself, it is one of those teas that I would crawl through broken glass for – or perhaps it will just mean that I need to take more trips to NYC
Retail price: Sample for $4.00 / 1 pound bag for $144.00