Assam Tea Bags

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Brand:Taylors of Harrogate
Region:Assam, India

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Reviewer pic73 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
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Taylor's has/had a "Pure Assam". Does the absence of that adjective here make this one "impure" by default? :-)

Seriously, I don't know if "Assam Tea" is the same as "Pure Assam", repackaged and rebranded, or a parallel offering. It has been a few years since I tried and reviewed "Pure Assam", so I can't compare them side by side, but from what I recall, and in looking over that old review, they are remarkably similar. Even the circumstances are similar: my wife ordered a box to restock her Assam assortment, and I nabbed some to drink and review. These words in the other review can apply here, verbatim:

"While it's not the best Assam I've had ("best" with me being synonymous with "strongest"), it's worth the price, with a reasonably robust, somewhat malty flavor that I've learned is to be expected from a tea of this origin. Not overly bitter, either...firm and flavorful, yet mellow at the same time." So...same rating!

I do like this tea. It darkens the water deeply and quickly, and has a thick, rich body. The squeezed wet bag keeps a mild but pleasant aroma to breathe through, as well. I've had better Assams, but not very many. Cup's up...enjoy!
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Reviewer pic68 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
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The dry tea has almost no odor at all. The teabag smells slightly woody, which could either be from the tea or the paper. The tea looks to be CTC pellets that were ground up further. I wonder if the "Pure Assam" that this tea seems to have replaced was orthodox tea and that's the difference.

This tea smells tannic and leafy with a hint of old, damp wood. The flavor is nice, being milder than most Assam CTC teas, especially those sold in India. The maltiness, bitterness, and astringency are evenly balanced. The flavor is tannic with the bitterness on the sides of the tongue and a raisin sweetness. There's a bit of woody sweetness as well, like sucking on a hardwood toothpick. It's pleasant and mellow without being insipid. Though it isn't as complex or well-rounded as loose leaf Assams, it's very good for a bagged tea.

Twenty 2.5g teabags sell for $4.50, slightly more than other grocery store brands. If choosing a bagged tea, this Assam tea is worth the price.
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