I just learned that window shopping variable kettles is a giant pain. So many have presets at temperatures I don’t want, and of course so many of them have bad press. I can safely say I am done with my previous brand of choice after having several blow out on me, sorry Hamilton Beach, your kettle works great for casual use, but for a person who is always drinking tea…nope. I thought mine was totally dead but it keeps barely coming back to life like a water heating shambling zombie. I just hope the poor thing holds out til I get a new one! And yes, there is much raging happening from me, it is an expense I am really not ready for and seriously making me rethink running ads on my blog, and can I take this moment to point out how awesome but painfully pricey the Zojirushi is? They use one at Shang Tea, and that is one fancy water dispenser that I want…maybe a distant Christmas gift!
Ok enough being cranky about faulty teaware and expensive replacements, I am going to have me some tea. I am looking at Turvani’s Golden Tip Assam, this company came on my radar recently thanks to Instagram, I was ogling their packaging, it is very streamline and simplistic, something I am fond of in tea packaging. I love tippy Assams, they are so pretty with their occasional leaves covered in golden fuzz, plus there is something comforting about a cup of Assam when my day is not going as planned. For years it was my favorite tea that I drank pretty much every day, so it has a familiar nostalgia to it. The aroma is sweet, notes of brown sugar and molasses mix with malt and oak wood, with just a slight hint of dried tomatoes as the undertone. It is very sweet, surprisingly so, Assams I find are rich and sweet, but this one is almost candy like.
Brewing apparatus time, the poor thing has been neglected as of late with my propensity for gongfoolery. The leaves, once they have been soaked and unfurled the aroma tones down the sweetness for the more familiar notes of strong malt, oak wood, with a bit of molasses and dried tomatoes. I kinda love the dried tomato notes, they are tangy and sweet, just like dried tomatoes…really never leave me alone with a pile of dried tomatoes, they will be gone. The liquid is malty and brisk, with an edge of molasses sweetness and a touch of sun dried warm wood.
Tasting this tea was like taking a step back in time, like drinking a memory of my childhood, sipping a malty cup of Assam with my mom. It is such a nostalgic taste, blending sweetness and briskness with malty and bright undertones…and a bit of dried tomatoes. Towards the end of the taste is a spicy oak wood note, like distant spices at the back of the throat slightly reminiscent of curry leaves. The aftertaste is woody and sweet, with a bit of a brown sugar quality to it. This is just the pick-me-up I needed after a poor night of sleep stressing over a broken kettle!