Smoked Assam Oolong

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This tea is a real treat, as it is the only oolong grown in Assam, India. An unusual, full-bodied cup with a subtle dry, smoky flavor which comes from drying the leaves over a wood fire, where they absorb this unique smoky essence. Twisted, dark brown leaves with light brown buds produce a clear amber liquor — beautiful in the cup. Infuse for 3-5 minutes with water at boiling point. Good for a second infusion.

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Thank you Geoffrey Norman for the sample! This is so smokey! I love it. Dare I call it a hearty tea? It is. Who would have thought Assam and Ooolong would go so well together? Not me. But this cup is so complex (to me). One minute I’m getting the malt of the Assam, the next the easy going Oolong. This might be one to add to the list of “want” down the line. Thanks again for sending it my way!

Geoffrey Norman

Glad you liked it! Sorry I missed this update. It was a weird one, for sure. Tasted like hot whiskey.

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This offering from Stash had me at three words: Smoked. Assam. Oolong. Two of the most manly descriptors in my tea lexicon….plus the most habit-forming. I did this up both with a gongfu prep and Western-style. Both yield the peaty presence this oak-wood-fired oolong possesses, but the gongfu approach also brings out some of its nuances. Yes, this thing actually has nuances beyond the lip-smack first sip. I liked it quite a bit, but it doesn’t surpass other smoked varieties like good ol’ Lapsang. Peat doesn’t quite outweigh hickory. That said, it’s the perfect cup for cavendish pipe tobacco smokers, whiskey drinkers, and any others who want a burn for their buck.

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