Assam - Dikom Estate, GTGFOP1, Black Indian Tea

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Brand:Simpson & Vail
Style:Assam
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Dibrugarh, Assam, India
Loose/teabag:Loose
Product page:Assam - Dikom Estate, GTGFOP1, Black Indian Tea

This tea's info last updated: Nov. 18, 2022

Commercial Description

... The black, tippy leaves brew to a well-balanced amber cup, with a slight cocoa aroma, and a classic malty and slightly creamy taste...

Brewing Instructions: (from Simpson & Vail)

212º, 3 min.

Ratings & Reviews

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Reviewer pic82 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
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The aroma of this tea is wonderful and bready and the aroma doesn’t wear off as you drink it. The taste is very smooth and honestly very “normal.” I like this tea because it is not astringent and it makes me feel good after drinking it (some teas don’t fully agree with me). For how normal this tea is though, it is a bit expensive so that’s why the value is a bit lower for me. There are so many other cheap teas that are just this good in my opinion. There are no flavorful notes that stick out to me which is why I rated the flavor lower.
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Reviewer pic84 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
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This was a smoother, higher-grade Assam that had a much lighter character than is typical for an Assam.

The dry leaf is pretty aesthetically pleasing, it actually looks much nicer than the picture S&V provided on their website: lots of tip, which looks more pale and less golden than some. Its aroma is rather fruity and somewhat floral.

When I started drinking this tea the first thing that jumps out is how clear and light and low in astringency it is. It's a change of pace from the usual deep, malty Assams. The low astringency enables you to brew it even stronger than some teas, which can be nice if you want a real wake-me-up kick.

The aroma of the brewed cup is intensely floral. The description references cocoa notes, which may exist but I found them fleeting, and the usual malty notes are subdued and more of a background to the floral characteristics. I get how you could describe it as creamy, though, because it's so smooth. The finish brings a few dark herbaceous notes that linger on the palate. As the cup cools, fruity notes come out more, but one thing I didn't like is that if the cup cools too much it ends up coming out a bit syrupy because the astringency is almost too low. For this reason I prefer brewing this strongly and drinking it when it is still hot.

This tea resteeps very well, which makes it offer better value. At times I enjoyed the second steep more than the first. I think the price is great, even using more leaf as I prefer with this one, you get around 15 cents a cup counting resteeps, if purchasing 4oz. S&V does sell an Assam I like more (Harmutty) but it is slightly more expensive, so you get what you pay for, and that is a very different tea from this, bold and dark, and I like drinking both. This a tea I would turn to when I tire of more tannic teas yet still want a black tea.
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