Assam Enigma Summer Black Tea

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Black Teas
Flavors
Astringent, Blackberry, Dried Fruit, Jam, Malt, Honey, Nutmeg, Spices, Toast
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Caffeine
High
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Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 10 g 14 oz / 405 ml

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  • “Dry leaf smells like tangy tomato leaf. Wet leaf has a blackberry jam aroma. Brewed western style, this is a delicious assam that can enjoyed heavy or light on the tannins depending on steeping...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Once again a very nice Assam from Vahdam. The usual malty and honey-like sweet notes are there. The tea has almost no bitterness and close to zero astringency. I would say this is a very smooth...” Read full tasting note
    82
  • “Went with a double steeping of this tea today—one for breakfast and one for my afternoon. The dried leaves are very pretty: Whole, orthodox, rolled leaves with lots of gold tips. I brewed 10 grams...” Read full tasting note
    80
  • “Now this one from Vahdam tastes like a black tea. It is strong and robust with notes of malt in there. There is a little bitterness but not much. This is one I could see adding milk too but I did...” Read full tasting note
    80

From Vahdam Teas

An exquisite​ black tea hand-blended by our expert in-house blenders​ with ​ premium second flush teas sourced from​ some of the most sough after plantations in Assam. The visually delightful tea laden with tips will win over your taste buds with its smooth caramelised taste and sensations of honey. The robust tea is deliciously malty with slight woodiness​ and ​s​ cent​s​ of ​ripe fruit​ . ​ An excellent tea with a rich, complex character and​ our best selling Assam tea last season. ​ ​You just cant miss this. Read Less.

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4 Tasting Notes

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17 tasting notes

Dry leaf smells like tangy tomato leaf.
Wet leaf has a blackberry jam aroma.

Brewed western style, this is a delicious assam that can enjoyed heavy or light on the tannins depending on steeping method. I prefer the lighter flavors of dark fruit and malt with just a hint of drying astringency to balance it out at the end.

Flavors: Astringent, Blackberry, Dried Fruit, Jam, Malt

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Once again a very nice Assam from Vahdam. The usual malty and honey-like sweet notes are there. The tea has almost no bitterness and close to zero astringency. I would say this is a very smooth Assam where the flavours are less pronounced, so that’s a great thing if you like tea that doesn’t punch you in the face with its flavours.

Not the best Assam ever, but a very nice tea for sure.

Flavors: Honey, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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81 tasting notes

Went with a double steeping of this tea today—one for breakfast and one for my afternoon.

The dried leaves are very pretty: Whole, orthodox, rolled leaves with lots of gold tips.

I brewed 10 grams of tea in 20 ounces of near-boiling water for 4 minutes (first steeping) and 4 minutes, 30 seconds (second steeping). The brewed liquor came out to be a lovely red-brown hue.

As this is a black Assam tea, it had the expected malty aroma and flavor—not overpowering but good. There was also a flavor of toasted bread—not unexpected for an Assam. Very little astringency to it. Finally, with both steepings I noticed a very slight spicy flavor to it—very hard to pin down what spice, exactly, but I came to the conclusion that it was similar to nutmeg. I wasn’t expecting this at all, but it was very good!

Overall, this tea was very good. I am sad that this was only a sample so I have none left to try again later, but enjoyed this one immensely today.

Flavors: Malt, Nutmeg, Spices, Toast

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 10 g 20 OZ / 591 ML

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Now this one from Vahdam tastes like a black tea. It is strong and robust with notes of malt in there. There is a little bitterness but not much. This is one I could see adding milk too but I did add sugar. I won’t go as far as to say I found chocolate notes. It is not as good as their first flush Darjeelings but still good. Of course this is a Assam so I expect it to be stronger. This is a good one to buy if you like a nice strong cup of tea.

I brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 3 minutes. I think it would have been better with a 2 minute steep.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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