India Assam Prithvi Small-Holder 'Golden Tippy' Black Tea

Tea type
Black Tea
Indian Black Tea
Candy, Cherry, Cherry Wood, Chocolate, Dark Wood, Dried Fruit, Malt, Rose, Tangy, Apricot, Astringent, Butter, Caramel, Fig, Fruity, Leather, Peach, Plum, Smooth, Walnut, Wood, Brown Toast, Cream, Hay, Molasses, Peanut, Red Currant, Rich, Bread, Chestnut, Cocoa, Honey, Raisins, Roasted Nuts
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 g 9 oz / 268 ml

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A full malty taste with a very smooth rounded texture and background fig taste.

Tasting Notes:
- Very smooth
- Full malty taste
- Background fig hints

Harvest: Second Flush, late May 2020

Origin: Prithvi, Upper Assam, Assam, India
Organic: Certified as ‘3rd year in conversion to organic’ by OneCert Asia
Producer: Prithvi Small Tea Growers
Sourced: Indian wholesaler dealing exclusively in small-holder produced tea

Brewing Advice:
- Heat water to roughly 95°C/203°F
- Use 2 teaspoons per cup/small teapot
- Brew for 4 minutes

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9 Tasting Notes

1550 tasting notes

June 2018 harvest.

I only had one go at this old sample forwarded my way, so perhaps not a great assessment. It was a nice Assam, more in line with my tippy tastes than some of the malt-heavy leafy picks. It was bright and dark, tangy and vibrant with a cherry-rose theme: tart cherry candy, rosewood and rose florality, only some malt and a hint of chocolate if I went searching. My only quibble was the lack of a grounding bass note. It was kind of zippy?

Flavors: Candy, Cherry, Cherry Wood, Chocolate, Dark Wood, Dried Fruit, Malt, Rose, Tangy

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

There is a time and a place for zippy teas, just not first thing in the morning.


I have another zippy tea, a Kenyan black, that upsets my stomach with its strength. Since I don’t add dairy, I think I’ll try it iced.

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226 tasting notes

This is a reliable Assam with the distinct aroma and taste. The dry leaf aroma was not much to write home about: some maltiness and dry stone fruit. The tea that I prepared in the Western style, though, had a quite distinct fragrance that is hard to describe: wet leather, figs, golden tips… but something else that eluded me.

The taste was pleasant, with the dreaded Assamica maltiness being quite restrained and not overpowering other flavors present: baked bread, apricot, chocolate, plums, honey. This tea was not that far from some dianhongs I had tried. The expected malty aftertaste rounded out the impression.

To be honest, there was nothing in it to wow and excite, but also absolutely nothing offputting and disappointing. Plus some character. This tea is a good choice for a breakfast tea that does not clobber you, but rather offers an opportunity to explore its personality while simultaneously giving you a jolt of energy.

Flavors: Apricot, Bread, Chocolate, Fig, Leather, Malt, Plum

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53 tasting notes

I can attest that this tea is very merciful to fools who manage to oversteep, even when it’s just one damn packet you need to be slightly careful not to mess up, and WTH is wrong with you?! :P I had this for my late afternoon pick-me-up just before the end of work, and it was lovely — strong (heh) and smooth and rich, and now I’m all picked up, and free, free, free! Thanks to What-Cha for the sample; very tasty!


haha, you’re coming across as quite caffeinated


lol! I think this may be very true. :D

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34 tasting notes

Very pleasant as a breakfast tea. Retains flavor with a little milk. Wonderful malty flavor.

Flavors: Malt

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1048 tasting notes

Since I’m staying home from work today, I have been occupying myself with polishing off some sample pouches. I finished this one early this morning. I found it to be a nice, solid Assam.

I prepared this tea in the Western style. I steeped around 3-4 grams of loose tea in approximately 8 ounces of 203 F water for 4 minutes. I did not attempt any additional infusions.

Prior to infusion, the dry leaf material emitted pronounced aromas of malt, brown toast, roasted nuts, cocoa, wood, and leather. After infusion, I began to pick up on scents of butter, molasses, caramel, honey, raisin, and fig. In the mouth, the tea came at me head on with powerful flavors of wood, caramel, cocoa, roasted chestnut, hickory, black walnut, leather, brown toast, molasses, malt, honey, and butter before giving way to subtler impressions of cream, fig, and raisin. The finish saw the butter and malt swell while notes of caramel, molasses, honey, cream, wood, leather, and roasted nuts remained.

This was a traditional Assam with a powerful maltiness, a full body, pronounced astringency, and hints of bitterness lurking around the fringes. It was a tea that was put together well, but with the exception of the subtle fruit notes, there was not much setting it apart from many other teas of this type. I will concede, however, that it did its job as a breakfast tea with aplomb. All in all, this one should definitely appeal to fans of orthodox Assams, but if you are not huge on them, it probably won’t do much for you.

Flavors: Astringent, Brown Toast, Butter, Caramel, Chestnut, Cocoa, Cream, Fig, Honey, Leather, Malt, Molasses, Raisins, Roasted Nuts, Walnut, Wood

4 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Brought the rest of my sample bag of this to work; I ended up making a mug for myself and then one for my coworker Kandyce. I had also brought tea infused chocolates, but felt bad she couldn’t have any because she’s allergic to cocoa. Tragic, right!? So I offered her a mug of this instead of chocolate.

Mostly guzzled this while helping customers; didn’t pay super close attention. When it’s busy like that I really appreciate having a tea on hand I can just enjoy without conscious thought though. At some point in the night I had time to scribble some tasting notes on the side of my cup in Sharpie though: Malt, sweet potato, French bread, honey. So take from that what you will.

I enjoyed this one! Especially since it was the tea from my last What-Cha order that I didn’t choose for myself. I think there are Assams I’d rather stock over this one, but definitely wouldn’t turn my nose up at it in the future.

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