2014 Deha Organic (Summer) Assam Green Tea

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Beany, Hay, Vegetal, Astringent, Honey, Nutty
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180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 45 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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A light and fresh tasting green tea, this is our first pick from Deha estate in Assam. The leaves produce a light yellowish-green liquor, which has dominant grassy and vegetal aroma. This is followed through in its taste as well, with a palpable roasted vegetable flavour with a hint of astringency. A good choice for an afternoon tea.

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106 tasting notes

A bit on the powdery side. Mildly astringent which can quickly turn into bitterness if not careful . Nice golden color and grassy aroma and a prominent bean taste. Has a thick broth if using a lot of leaf that was kind of a nice surprise on cold days, but can also be quite light if lessening the steeping time and leaf. Pleasant to sip, but not something that wowed me.

Flavors: Beany, Hay, Vegetal

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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1113 tasting notes

Decent tea, not much to really review though. I enjoyed the lightness of this tea though.

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894 tasting notes

A pleasant green with nut and honey notes. A touch of astringency.

The steeping recommendations for this are 3tsp, 4-5 min. I feel like that would be unpleasantly strong – I used 1tsp for 2.5min.

Flavors: Astringent, Honey, Nutty, Vegetal

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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My first green Assam! I wasn’t really even aware that anyone was producing green Assams until donkeytiara offered to send a sample of one in my swap package. Naturally I had to try it, Assam fan that I am. And it’s pretty good, though not at all what I expected. It’s on the lighter side, yet still quite vegetal. It’s more like one of the grassier kinds of Chinese green than it is a sencha, I think. There’s quite a bit of astringency—even by my astringency-loving standards!—and I think it could easily be too much for those who prefer more delicate greens. What there isn’t is any resemblance whatsoever to a standard black Assam. I don’t know why I expected there would be, or what kind of similarities I was expecting, but it’s not here. Nonetheless, this makes for a pretty good cup, and while I wouldn’t go out of my way to get more of it—there are plenty of other greens that tick the same boxes this one does for me—I certainly wouldn’t object to drinking it again. Thanks for letting me try this, donkeytiara!


Fascinating! Thanks for sharing this review with us. I had no idea there was such a beast as a green Assam out there. Marvelous world we live in, hm?


Yes! I’d be happy to send you a bit to try if you’d like—there’s enough left in the sample for at least another cup.


What a nice offer! Is there anything I can swap for it? Let me know what kinds of tea you’d be interested in sampling and I’ll look through my tea collection to see if I have anything that would appeal to you.


If you have enough of the Baker Street Blend or East Frisian BOP, I’d love to try either of those.

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