TEA REVIEWS: Two black teas available at Pekoetea

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Today I’m reviewing two Indian teas available for purchase at PekoeTea. One tea is a real go-to morning tea that is full-bodied and sure to wake you up. The other tea is an Assam with great versatility and layers of flavour.

English Breakfast
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Pekoetea’s English Breakfast is a blend of Assam teas. It is strong, full-flavoured, malty tea that is best drunk with milk. The tannins in the tea are not overpowering, making it a smooth, full-bodied tea that will surely attract some dedicated drinkers.

Infusion time: 4 to 5 minutes with 100C water.

Retail price: 10 grams for £1 / 100 grams for £3.95 / 250 grams for £9.40

 

Assam Halmari 2013 FTGFBOP
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Assam Halmari 2013 is a beautiful tea to look at and taste. The curly, golden leaves cup out a liquor that has malty and sweet aroma and flavour. The liquor is smooth, and the malty and jammy flavours give the tea layers of complexity. You infuse this tea longer and add a small splash of milk to bring out its maltiness, or you can use short infusions to enjoy its sweeter notes. This is truly a special Assam.

Infusion times: 1m 30, 2m and 3m with 90 to 95C water to drink without milk. 4 to 5m with 95 to 100C to drink with milk

Retail price: 10 grams for £1.60 / 50 grams for £6.75 / 100 grams for £12.80

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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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2 Responses to TEA REVIEWS: Two black teas available at Pekoetea

  1. I have the Halmari Assam GTGFBOP, which I acquired from a different source. Since I am still learning tea nomenclature, I’m not sure how different the one you reviewed and mine is. I found mine to be a bit too subtle for me, lacking the usual “punch” a good (in my opinion) Assam has. I also have the Mangalam Estate Assam that I felt the same way about, and yet another Assam Extra Fancy that I just felt “meh” about. Interestingly enough, I find the more expensive an Assam is, the less I like it. There’s no accounting for taste, I guess! 🙂

    • teaxplorer says:

      Quality can really vary year to year. I’ve tried some Mangalams that did not blow me away . . . well, the price tag did. Halmari seems to be good year after year. Many of these single estate teas are sold large leaf, so they don’t have the punch that you find in CTC or broken leaf Assams. I really like strong broken leaf Assams, and I add milk to them. But the large leaf single estate Assams are, indeed, a totally different drinking experience, as they might be less malty and have more jammy notes. I like both, but definitely stick with what you like!

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