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
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
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.