I need more information about these teas! I’m starting to want to track locations and types, to see if I can figure out why I prefer certain teas.
Anyways. I have a whole pile of this for my mom, so I thought I’d try it for her today since it’s Mother’s Day. :D See if I can figure out why she likes this one more than the Hathikuli Estate Assam. Because I don’t get it.
Comparing to the Hathikuli, this tea has smaller leaves, some in pieces. There are less golden tips. The smell is stronger and earthier. The colour of the brewed tea is darker and redder. It’s strong and fairly thick, a chocolatey and malty, a little bitter, and verges on being quite astringent. This is a morning tea for sure. Hathikuli Estate Assam is an afternoon tea in comparison.
I much prefer an Irish or English breakfast tea in the mornings, as they seem to be blended with things that tone down the astringency and bitterness while still delivering a tea with huge morning impact.
I don’t get why my mom prefers Oats and Honey – she goes on about how she seems to prefer floral teas, and doesn’t like earthiness. So I’m confused. Maybe we’re just identifying flavours differently? IDK. It makes it really hard to pick and choose teas that she would like.