Tea: Assam Tea
Reviewer: Alex Zorach
✓ 1284 teas reviewed
✓ 37 of Assam
✓ 1 of 24 Mantra Organic
✓ 46 from Assam, India
Review of Assam Tea
January 29th, 2017
A solid-quality CTC Assam that would make a good breakfast tea.
My roommate purchased this at a local Indian store. The date on the package shows it was packed last May, and we just opened the package the other day, so I know I was trying this tea while still very fresh. My rooomate enjoys this with almond milk and, although I do not drink tea with milk, I can see this one working well with milk and/or spices.
The dry leaf is not very aromatic.
The brewed cup is very dark, the aroma is mostly toasty, less malty than I expect for an Assam, and there are notable notes of wood and leather. Flavor is very pleasant: pleasantly bitter and never too much so, exactly what I want in a strong CTC Assam tea. I also found the body of this tea to be just tannic enough to be pleasantly strong, but not too much.
This would make a great breakfast tea. I've become a bit picky with CTC teas lately as I've tried some top-notch ones, and this one wasn't quite on par with some of the top-notch ones I've tried, but it's also pretty inexpensive, and also organic certified. I especially recommend this for people who like strong toasty notes in a tea's aroma.
I liked a 3-minute steep; this yielded good strength without too much bitterness or astringency.