I’m always on the lookout for great Assam teas – especially ones that are strong enough to fuel my mornings. This Assam caught my eye at the Harney & Sons Soho shop.
Dry leaf: It is a broken dry leaf that is primarily dark brown in colour, although a few golden tips are scattered throughout the tea. The dry leaf has a fresh, brisk aroma
Infused tea: The tea cups out dark liquor that has a moderate amount of malty aroma. It is a medium-bodied tea that doesn’t have the strong tannin punch you find in many broken black teas. The liquor is malty and brisk, with subtle sweet undertones. It doesn’t taste as ‘heavy’ or thick as some broken Assam teas
Infusion tips: Infuse four to five minutes with 100C water. Drink with milk
Conclusions: This is great breakfast tea. Since it cups out a slightly smoother, less astringent liquor than many broken Assam teas, it is perfect for those mornings when you want something a little lighter. I do think you need to infuse this tea for five minutes to draw out as much aroma and flavour as possible. Once I found the sweet spot of this tea with a five-minute infusion, I really enjoyed the balance of malty notes with its briskness. This tea doesn’t have the most complex flavour profile you’ll ever find, but I think it is a solid everyday tea that is good value for money
Retail price: Sample for $2.00 / 4 ounce tin for $6.25 / 8 ounce tin for $11.50