Black Assam

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Assam Black Tea
Flavors
Cocoa, Honey, Toast, Toasted, Baked Bread, Cacao, Earth, Hay
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
High
Certification
Organic
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Average preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 14 oz / 413 ml

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  • “This came in my March Sips By box. I was kinda underwhelmed with mine this month (ugh, more turmeric — I should retake my quiz), but we’ll see how I like what I got. The leaves are tiny and most...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I don’t have much else to add about this that other reviewers haven’t already said— it’s a nice, mild, non-astringent, honey-tasting Assam. It makes for a very pleasant, mild first-thing cuppa, on...” Read full tasting note
    85
  • “This came in one of my Sips By boxes, but I don’t remember which one. A nice little Assam, quite pleasant and bold.” Read full tasting note
    77
  • “Picked this one out for my morning tea today. Loved that it was nice and light, no bitterness or astringency. Had a faintly honey-like taste to it. Stood up well on it’s own, I think sweetener or...” Read full tasting note
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From Mana Organics

Brisk, bold, and pure, we grew this organic Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe Assam black tea on our family tea estate, Chota Tingrai (27.458869 N, 95.354856 E). This tea is excellent for waking you in the morning or replacing your afternoon cup of coffee.

In this resealable packet, you find no fillers or dust. Instead you meet a blend of long aureate and black leaves. The golden leaves you see are the fabled tips of Assam. Prized for their complexity of scent and flavor, they are a rare find in any tea. The black leaves are the two leaves plucked next to the bud. These provide a sweet background flavor for taste of the golden tips to dance around in. Both these leaves come from the very tiniest leaves at the very tip of the youngest shoots of the tea bush, and are known as Flowery Orange Pekoe.

When you brew the tea, you can watch the long leaves unfurl. Upon brewing, you smell dates, almonds, and parsley as the liquor blooms a dark rosy red. As you take your first sip of the tea, you meet a flawlessly smooth balance of malt and sweet. While you can add milk and sugar, the honey after-taste will try to dissuade you.

As you savor each drop, you can taste the rich, healthy earth of Assam and the warm, happy pride of the women who plucked the leaf. This tea is both certified and actually 100% organic. We know this because we personally oversee the nurturing of every plant with compost made on our estate, and ensure that no staff uses any chemical pesticide in our organic sections.

We love this tea, the land we grew it on, and the people with whom we grew it. We know you will love it too.

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9 Tasting Notes

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735 tasting notes

This came in my March Sips By box. I was kinda underwhelmed with mine this month (ugh, more turmeric — I should retake my quiz), but we’ll see how I like what I got.

The leaves are tiny and most are broken. They are very dark and fine. Teas like this are often very strong, so I was conservative with my teaspoon and my steep time.

The flavor is lighter than I expected, which is kind of a good thing. I’m getting notes of cocoa and toast. Well, maybe more like a honey biscuit than toast. While there is some astringency, I’m kind of surprised at how mild this tastes. Easy sipping first thing in the morning. All around, though, this is pretty middle-of-the-road. Nothing really stands out about it to me. But I’m happy to have it.

Flavors: Cocoa, Honey, Toast, Toasted

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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I don’t have much else to add about this that other reviewers haven’t already said— it’s a nice, mild, non-astringent, honey-tasting Assam. It makes for a very pleasant, mild first-thing cuppa, on those days where you want to ease into your morning. I don’t get caffeine jitters from it either, which is also nice. The second steep is just as good as the first. Like someone else mentioned, I wouldn’t add any sweetener or milk/ dairy-free milk products to it, as it is mild enough on its own and might not hold up to either well. It’s not mind-blowing or restock-worthy, but it’s completely agreeable and inoffensive, and I’m glad I got to try it!

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771 tasting notes

This came in one of my Sips By boxes, but I don’t remember which one. A nice little Assam, quite pleasant and bold.

Starfevre

Good for 3 steeps too!

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9 tasting notes

Picked this one out for my morning tea today.
Loved that it was nice and light, no bitterness or astringency.
Had a faintly honey-like taste to it.
Stood up well on it’s own, I think sweetener or milk would overwhelm it.

Flavors: Honey

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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81 tasting notes

this is a nice malty/honey assam that was included in my Sipsby box this month. perfect for these colder mornings we’ve been having (bc texas, it’s colder in the mornings and then goes right into the mid-60’s to mid-70’s in the afternoons).

my cat, Spooky, is acting more and more like himself, which is such a damn relief. I took him to the vet this past Saturday, just for a re-check which was actually perfect timing because sometime between Wednesday evening (I took him to the vet AGAIN on Wednesday bc I could not COULD NOT get his tiny little pill in him bc he is old and awful) and Friday evening he licked his little arm (where they had shaved him to administer the fluids) raw! it was so red and awful looking and I felt so bad that I didn’t see it sooner :( they had to give him an antibiotic shot and a steroid shot (to help with the itching). but anyway, yes. he’s acting like himself, yelling for food and not giving a shit about my sleep schedule.

derk

Good kitty.

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A sample from the Discovery TTB.

Very much enjoying this feisty honeyed Assam. Thanks to whoever added this to the box. Winner.

Flavors: Honey

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