Halmari Clonal Assam

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Black Tea
Black Tea
Astringent, Floral, Honey, Malt, Wood, Heavy, Oak, Sour, Citrus, Dates, Peanut, Yams
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Boiling 1 min, 15 sec 6 g 8 oz / 236 ml

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Amongst the most pervasive of all Assam teas, these golden tippy leaves give us a cup packed full of flavor. A medium bodied tea, the liquor is interlaced with complex citrus flavors, which finish with a young and frisky feel on your palate. A great cup to enjoy at all times of the day!

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I had this in the morning to wake me up before work. The tea is mix of sturdy black leaves with some golden strands. The dry leaf carries a heavy wood aroma. I brewed these up western styled in my tetsubin. The flavor is a little off. This brew carries a lot of malt and wood tones, but its also a little sour. This was an okay drink for me. I did not enjoy the overpowering dry wood flavor; it kinda gave me a headache. This brew would have possibly been better with a little milk and sugar. I am happy to have been able to try it though.


Flavors: Heavy, Malt, Oak, Sour

Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 4 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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As a painter of miniatures, I have finally gotten to the point where one wet palette is not enough. I was using stacking plastic cups, you know the kind that sauce comes in at restaurants, I have a big blending project in my actual wet palette, and these work on the short term, they still dry out pretty quickly. So I saw this tutorial for making stacking wet palettes out of bead sorters, sponges, and palette paper…so yeah…so many wet palettes are in the making, in three different sizes! Hooray for being an ex-jeweler!

Today’s tea on this most fanciest of Tuesdays (ha! take that holiday, I know what day it is!) is The Tea Shelf’s Halmari Clonal Assam Black. This beautiful fuzzy gold tea is from the Halmari Tea Estate in Assam, an old and fairly iconic tea estate, this tea is all about the tippy goodness, which is where all those glorious golden pieces come from. Plucked during the Monsoon Flush, picking the tea during this heavily rainy season gives it an intensity and richness, also making it a much desired flush. The aroma of this tea is intense indeed! With strong malty notes and a nutty sweetness, like peanut butter made from roasted peanuts and added dates, which sounds utterly delicious to me. There are also lesser notes of distant flowers and a hint of orange at the finish which gives the heavy tea a bit of brightness.

Into my beloved steeping apparatus the beautiful little leaves go, farewell glorious gold, I always miss their lovely fuzz which vanishes into the water as the leaves steep. The aroma of the now soggy and much larger leaves is a delicious smelling blend of malt, yams, dates, and roasted peanuts. It is a very intense aroma that has a rich heaviness to it. The amber liquid is a sweet blend of dates and yams with a rich malty finish.

I forget how much I enjoy a really high quality Assam, I have been called away from the richness that Assam gives by the more delicate Darjeelings, so I am glad to have a dance with this tea, for the sake of memories if nothing else. The taste starts out both rich and robust, with notes of malt and oak wood, a touch of molasses as it transitions to the sweeter midtaste. The middle is sweet dates and a bit of roasted peanuts, as the tea finishes off it has a brisk note of citrus that lingers alongside with the malt at the finish. This is a great morning tea, or afternoon tea when you need a boost, it mixes richness with briskness, all good qualities in a morning tea!

For blog and photos: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2015/05/the-tea-shelf-halmari-clonal-assam.html

Flavors: Citrus, Dates, Malt, Peanut, Yams


Love the miniature threatening your cup of tea on the blog. Is it time to get some themed Chinese miniatures for this purpose? I can just see a Chinese hopping vampire or demon threatening a cup of tea that is being protected by Monkey, Pigsy, Sandy and Tripitaka! Maybe it’s just me … :)


I want sooo many Chinese miniatures! Sadly there are not many games with Asian themed minis, but I am constantly scouring around for them. Recently I started playing Malifaux and picked Ten Thunders as my faction just because it is a coalition of Chinese, Japanese, and Vietnamese people with various levels of superpowers and such. http://pullmyfinger.wikispaces.com/Ten+Thunders it gets pretty cheesecakey at times, but all of Malifaux is like that

Also, Helldorado has the BEST ever Sun Wukong miniaturehttp://sodapopminiatures.com/hell-dorado/sun-wukong there is so much want :D It is safe to say when I can scrounge up the money to get more minis that are for personal use and not gaming, he is top of the list, really the entire Immortals faction from Helldorado (I really wish I knew someone who played that game so I had a reason to get it!) especially their Imperial Sentinel who has to be highly inspired by Guan Yu http://sodapopminiatures.com/hell-dorado/imperial-sentinel-human


Malifaux has some lovely figures, but I don’t know anyone that plays it, and those Helldorado figures are great too. I generally play generic games so I can use whatever miniatures I want with them. Have you seen the Black Hat Miniatures ‘Tales of the Dragon King’ range?
Some of the figures are pretty lumpish and they are certainly not in the same ball-park as the figures you linked to, but you can get Panda heroes. Panda Heroes!! Who wouldn’t want some of those? I have plans for buying from this range when Frostgrave comes out. I’m thinking the demon queen leading her apprentice and a horde of minor demons into the frozen city, or something like that. I need the rules first to see what is viable though.

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Medium bodied flavorful cup with citrus notes

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