Assam Golden Lion First Flush

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Black Tea Leaves
Flavors
Anise, Caramel, Clove, Cream, Dried Fruit, Fig, Malt, Molasses, Nutmeg, Oats, Red Apple, Toast, Wood
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Not available
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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  • “I have to start cleaning out the backlog again. Fortunately, it’s not nearly as bad as it was in September and the first part of the month. I was starting to make good progress on it, but being out...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I had always wanted to try this one from Tealyra so when this one was part of the discontinuing sale, I had to buy some. The name won me over as Butiki’s Golden Lion Assam was probably my favorite...” Read full tasting note
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Our Golden Lion Assam is a first flush black tea, it is traditionally grown and produced Indian tea that is unpretentious and perfect for drinking every day! This Indian tea grown and harvested in the traditional style, was picked by expert tea farmers at the peak of the season. Top quality leaves with an abundance of silky, golden tips to produce a fragrant cup that has a distinctively sweet woody aroma! Brewing up to a bright, smooth tea liquor, Golden Lion Assam First Flush has a bold, full body and smooth, silky mouth feel, as well as the distinctive and delicious Assam aroma. It is malty, with hints of wood, and musk, as it cools you will notice a hint of pleasant smokiness.

Ingredients: Loose leaf black tea
Origin: India
Caffeine Level: Medium
Preparation: Use 1 tsp of tea per 8oz/200ml of water. Heat water to 205F/95C and steep for 2-3 minutes.

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I have to start cleaning out the backlog again. Fortunately, it’s not nearly as bad as it was in September and the first part of the month. I was starting to make good progress on it, but being out of state and also not having consistent internet access for a couple days put me a little behind schedule. Anyway, I purchased this tea shortly before Tealyra discontinued it. I know virtually nothing about it. I don’t know what the leaf grade was supposed to be and I have no clue what the date of harvest was. I went into this one not knowing what to expect. I found it to be oddly mild for an Assam. I could not determine whether it was due to the tea being a bit stale or it just being naturally mild.

I prepared this tea in the Western style. I steeped one teaspoon of loose tea leaves in approximately 8 ounces of 205 F water for 5 minutes. No additional infusions were attempted.

Prior to infusion, the dry leaves emitted mild aromas of prunes, figs, red apples, and spices. After infusion, I picked up on stronger red apple and prune scents as well as emerging aromas of malt and wood. On the palate, I noted somewhat muted flavors of cream, malt, oatmeal, wood, toast, caramel, anise, nutmeg, prune, fig, clove, red apple, and molasses. The finish was short, smooth, creamy, and malty. There were some lingering red apple and spice flavors once the cream and malt notes began to recede.

I’m not certain this tea was all that stale. I figure that it was a bit on the old side, but it seemed to have a little too much life left in it to be all that stale. Maybe this was a very mild Assam. I’m still not entirely sure. I enjoyed the aromas and flavors the tea offered, but they just came across as being weak and somewhat flat. Overall, I suppose this was not really a bad tea, just a somewhat boring, overly timid one that was not representative of most Assam black teas.

Flavors: Anise, Caramel, Clove, Cream, Dried Fruit, Fig, Malt, Molasses, Nutmeg, Oats, Red Apple, Toast, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I had always wanted to try this one from Tealyra so when this one was part of the discontinuing sale, I had to buy some. The name won me over as Butiki’s Golden Lion Assam was probably my favorite tea of all time. Sadly, I don’t love this one at all… or even mildly like it. It’s too meek, mild, plain and boring. Ouch. I’m not even trying to compare it to Butiki’s at all. I even tried three teaspoons this time and the result was the same. I could swear it almost tastes like plain water, even though I usually can really appreciate some golden leaf teas. The picture of the tea looks much darker, the leaves I have are much more golden. I just don’t taste much here but the meekest of plain black tea…
Steep #1 // 3 teaspoons for a full mug// 13 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 5 minute steep

eastkyteaguy

I find Tealyra’s Assams to be very inconsistent. I’m going to be trying this one soon myself.

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