Yet another of my recent finds from Whittard of Chelsea on my recent trip to London. This wonderful Assam from the reputed Harmuty garden is delightful. When I think of “tea time” I think assam. This is a special grade – gold tips, meaning it is a very small subset of the harvest that was processed to leave a hint of pale gold on the ends of the leaf. This usually results in a very aromatic tea, and this one does not dissapoint.
Bright copper red in the cup, with a heady malty/bready nose with hints of spice. Taste is malt with just a hint of sweetness and a nice dry after with a little bite of astringency, and a thin mouthfeel. 3 Min 12 oz boiling water on 3 tsp of tea. I like my assams with a touch of milk, this one is good black as well. Demands to be paired with a good scone or shortbreak cookies.