REVIEW: Teabox – Reviews of two Assam teas

Teabox - Assams

Today I’m reviewing two second flush Assam teas available at Teabox. I think Assam teas are an ideal breakfast tea because of their full body, but I want them to have a good amount of aroma and complexity. Read on to see what I think of these two teas.

2014 Doomni Golden Pekoe (Summer) Assam Black Tea

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Tea and origin: Black GTGBOP tea from the Doomni Tea Estate (second flush)
Twitter: @TeaBoxInt
Facebook: Teabox
Link to Doomni

Tasting notes

Dry leaf: The dry leaf consists of medium-sized leaves that have a spicy aroma. Many golden tips are scattered throughout the leaves

Infused tea: The tea cups out a dark copper-coloured liquor that has a spicy aroma. It has a moderate amount of astringency, is full-bodied and contains malty and peppery flavours

Infusion tips: To make this tea, I used three grams of tea with 200ml of water just off the boil. For the first infusion, I steeped the tea for four minutes, and four and half minutes for the second

Conclusions: This tea has the characteristics that I most love in a second flush Assam: aromatic, full-bodied, a good amount of maltiness and a nice peppery finish. Putting in a splash of milk really rounds out of the tannins and flavours and makes this an ideal breakfast tea

Retail price: 10 grams for £1.99 / 100 grams for £9.56 / 300 grams for £28.68

2014 Mangalam Gold (Summer) Assam Black Tea

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Tea and origin: Black FTGFOP1 tea from the Mangalam Tea Estate (second flush)
Twitter: @TeaBoxInt
Facebook: Teabox
Link to Mangalam

Tasting notes

Dry leaf: The dry leaf consists of full leaves that have a fresh, almost florally aroma. Golden tips are scattered throughout the tea

Infused tea: The tea cups out a dark orange liquor that has a malty, sweet aroma. It is a full-bodied tea, with a moderate amount of astringency and contains sweet and malty flavours

Infusion tips: To make this tea, I used three grams of tea with 200ml of water just off the boil. I used the following infusion times: four minutes for the first steeping and four and half minutes for the second

Conclusions: This is an easy-drinking Assam that has some wonderful malty notes. It can be drunk without milk, but adding a splash of milk really softens the tannins and highlights the malty notes in the tea. Its full body makes it a great breakfast tea

Retail price: 10 grams for £1.99 / 100 grams for £13.54 / 300 grams for £40.63

Comparing the teas

I really enjoyed both of these teas, but the Doomni is my personal favourite. Its malty body and peppery finish really grabbed my attention. The smoothness and maltiness of the Mangalam is really nice, though, and I think it might have a wider appeal. I would suggest comparing these teas together to see what you like in an Assam.

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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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