Mokalbari Golden Assam

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Assam Leaves
Flavors
Floral, Malt
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Not available
Certification
Not available
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec 13 oz / 387 ml

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  • “I have received two small pouches of this tea from White Antlers, so again thank you! It looks very differently to its What-cha counterpart. It is like only the golden tips used. And those are much...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I made a pot of this to go with a cinnamon breakfast bagel this morning. My husband has been asking for black and puerh tea “just in case” it helps against Covid19, and I was getting tired of the...” Read full tasting note
  • “pretty good but definitely not the mokalbari I have been searching for ever since I had some in China 7 years ago that was the best tea I ever had. Good, “generic” tea.” Read full tasting note
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From Harney & Sons

A rare treat from Assam, comprised of nearly 100% golden tips. The Jalan family are the producers of this Mokalbari East, and they made the best Assams in 2018.

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I have received two small pouches of this tea from White Antlers, so again thank you!

It looks very differently to its What-cha counterpart. It is like only the golden tips used. And those are much smaller leaves too.

It’s very much different, smell is more malty and more floral. Same with taste — it’s more floral and less complex. It’s not a bad tea though! Just not that perfect. Four minutes steep, as recommended was maybe too much and produced very malty tea. While I do like malty teas, I couldn’t notice much else. Of course, florals were in taste too, but probably way too hidden under the malts.

It isn’t bad, that’s right. But not that great as What-cha one. Less complex and maltier flavour profile.

Flavors: Floral, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML
ashmanra

I got some from White Antlers, too, so after seeing your tasting note I decided to have it with my breakfast! Malty and good!

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Martin Bednář

I am pleased to hear that, Mind Duck Japan Podcast. But, it would nice to hear it beforehand that my tasting notes will be used.

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I made a pot of this to go with a cinnamon breakfast bagel this morning. My husband has been asking for black and puerh tea “just in case” it helps against Covid19, and I was getting tired of the same very mild ones all the time. I made this hoping it would pass muster enough, but instead of just passing (he usually wants oolong, white, or green) he said he thought it was really good. He was drinking it sans additions, too. So hooray!

Naturally I showed him some other black teas and rattled the tins, and then let me hear the lack of rattle of this tin. The leaves are too fluffy and light to make a sound! We made two steeps and mixed them together for one big pot. It was gone before we knew it. Good stuff.

This doesn’t have the roughness of some Assams that my poor tummy can’t handle.

eastkyteaguy

I just finished my first pouch of Mokalbari Assam. It was really good!

ashmanra

Neat! I am so pleased that my husband liked it and is getting used to black tea without milk and sugar. I wouldn’t have guessed he would like this one so much.

tea-sipper

“too fluffy and light to make a sound” Nice. Also, that description made me tired. Where is my pillow made of these tea leaves.

ashmanra

I was saving leaves for a tea pillow once upon a time! I need to really do it and make that pillow!

ashmanra

By the way, I am suuuuuuuper jealous of your tea pillow now! Ha ha!

tea-sipper

NO I didn’t mean I actually had a tea pillow! This tea just made it sound like a great idea. Oh gosh. haha

ashmanra

tea-sipper: They are a real thing, you know! Years ago I suggestion to save your leaves and dry them thoroughly and keep them until you have enough for a pillow! I did it for a while, mostly with large Ceylon leaves, but stopped saving them because the weather wasn’t good for drying leaves outside and I didn’t want them all soread out in the house,

tea-sipper

Hmm.. I did NOT know tea pillows were real. :D

ashmanra

Here is one site recommending oolong, but I think most teas you enjoy can be used…although I don’t know if I would enjoy a shu puerh pillow!
https://www.teafromtaiwan.com/Tea_Pillows

tea-sipper

Oh interesting, and the site says the tea pillow will crumble in a month or two, so that means continually collecting more tea to make the next tea pillow. Oh boy. :D

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pretty good but definitely not the mokalbari I have been searching for ever since I had some in China 7 years ago that was the best tea I ever had.
Good, “generic” tea.

Preparation
1 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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