Assam Extra Fancy

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While Assam teas form the backbone of many of the world’s popular blends, an exceptional cup of pure Assam is a rare find. This high-grade tea has a distinctly malty fragrance, the distinguishing characteristic of teas from the Assam region. It makes a sturdy, pungent, yet lightly sweet cup of lingering depth.

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I stopped into Peet’s and got this on my way to work. Not sure if it is EXTRA fancy but it seems to be pretty good. ;-) I’ve definitely had some assams that were maltier and richer than this one but it’s good to know I can get a decent cup of tea when I’m out and about. I am pretty sure I could not drink this one plain. It needed a decent amount of soymilk to make it smooth and mellow out the tang.

Jim Marks

I do wish all tea was on a standardized rating system, and it was not the SFTGFOP system which, let’s face it, barely makes anything vaguely resembling sense. But at least, for the teas to which it is applied, it gives you an objective measure to compare teas. Labels like “extra fancy” sound more like marketing than grading, and yet you see them in frequent use to distinguish leaf qualities — but what does it mean ?


I truly don’t know. I think it is more of a marketing term to mean “it’s fancier than the less fancy stuff we have.” hee hee.


I just learned of Peet’s today. There is a tin of it in the office I’m temping in. Of course it is right next to two huge boxes of Lipton tea bag…“sigh”


Go for the Peet’s! :)

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The last thing I should be doing this late at night is drinking black tea, but I’ve been saving this to try when I had a chance to relax and enjoy it, and this is the first bit of time I’ve had.

It’s a striking color, first off — it came out a dark, rich red. I usually don’t care about the color of my tea, but it’s gorgeous. It smells great, too.

There’s a lot of maltyness, which is exactly what I was hoping for. But it doesn’t stop there — there is a nice astringency to this tea, but it has a little bit of a sweetness to it, too. It ends up nice and complex and really delicious.

This is really everything I want in tea. If it wasn’t this late, I’d brew up another pot, but I guess it’s time to switch to something herbal if I want to sleep tonight. (Plus it would probably be better at breakfast!)

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This assam brews a deep yellow-amber liquid. The flavor is smooth, full-bodied, rich and malty. There is a slight astringent bitterness that is easily cut with a splash of milk, which also complements the malty flavor quite nicely. A good, strong, morning cup of tea.

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Great Assam

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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The aroma of this tea really didn’t strike me as unique. It just smelled like black tea. In the cup, it had a amber orange color, reminding me of a cinnamon color. I don’t know why, it just does. The first sip tasted a little bit sweet to me, and malty. As it cooled, the flavor was very mild. There is one very impressive factor; It is incredibly smooth. It doesn’t at all taste like any other black tea I have had but I felt it was still not enough to set it apart from the other teas I have tried in the past. I will definitely try this one again, it is a good tea, just not my favorite.

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A longtime breakfast favorite. Rich and full-bodied, with a good amount of complexity to keep it interesting. The main flavor/aroma characteristics are malt, cooked honey and red wine.

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One of my all-time favorite writing-time teas. Be careful not to over steep. The line between perfection and bitterness is very thin.

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5 tasting notes

This tea, when made in the Western Style by Peet’s will not be as good as the Gongfu style! 4-5 Minutes?! WHAT! NO! 1 tablespoon of this tea, a short rinse and infusing 6 oz at a time can do the best tricks!
1st: 3-4s (explodes with flavor!)
2nd: 4-6s (explodes even more!)
3rd: 5-8s (flavor begins to dissipate)
4th: 9-15s (The Finally! Last flavor kick)

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A favorite. Helped me come down from my coffee addiction.

Bold, full-bodied, malty and delicious.

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