I’m pleased to be reviewing these second flush Assam teas today – the appearance of the dry leaf and the dry leaf aroma of these teas have perked my curiosity. Halmari is tea that I’ve tried on numerous occasions, but Mankota is new to me. Let’s see how the two cup out and compare.
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This tea has wonderful body and malty and jammy flavours. The tea is rich and hearty, but the sweet and malty flavours give it great complexity. Whilst this tea is a pleasure to drink without milk, by infusing it a bit longer (3 to 4 minutes) and adding a splash of milk rounds out its malty and sweet flavours. This is truly a special tea
Retail price: 10 grams for $4.50 / 25 grams for $12 / 100 grams for $32
I was surprised by the light body and smoothness of this tea. Its sweetness might not be what many people think of a typical Assam tea that they drink in the morning. It is more of an afternoon tea – a clean, bright, brisk and sweeter-tasting tea that doesn’t take milk well (in fact, milk completely suffocates the flavours)
Retail price: $3 for 10 grams / $6.75 for 25 grams / $18 for 100 grams
Comparing the teas
Both of these teas are lovely, but they are hard to compare, as the Halmari is a rich, strong tea that is good with or without milk and the Mankota is a lighter, sweet tea that is best drunk without milk and in the afternoon. That said, I enjoyed the Halmari more, as it is packed with bold, complex flavours. It is brilliant example of how good an Assam tea can be