When someone mentions an Assam tea you think dark bold black tea with a malty rich brew and an astringent afterbite if you steeped it beyond 2-3 minutes. So this one will surprise you. It’s like a golden Yunnan tea. The leaf is long and twisted shades of yellow and black. The aroma has that light smokey flavor as does the brew. But don’t think Lapsang Souchong smokey. Like the golden yunnans it’s a suble nice flavoring along with the malty and spicey notes. This is a great tea. I highly recommend it as I enjoy my large mug this afternoon.

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I love loose leaf tea! While I gravitate towards black teas, I’m getting more into oolongs, greens and whites. I’m always looking for great fresh new teas to try. This tends to lead to the problem of ordering more even though I already have way too much.

My collection of tea has kind of gotten out of hand. After taking over several kitchen cupboards, it has spilled into the back hallway now with containers of tea stacked up there. I think I need more hours in the day to drink it all.

I’m also a vegetarian who loves dark chocolate, photography, travel, computers, web programming, technology and cats.


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