REVIEW: Harney & Sons – Organic Assam


Tea and origin: Black Assam tea from a tea estate on the northern side of the Bramaputra River
Purchased at: Harney & Sons
Twitter: @HarneyTea
Facebook: Harney & Sons
Link to Organic Assam

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.

Tasting notes

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


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 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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