It’s hardest for me to review Assam teas. Since I lived in Ireland (30 years ago) I have been drinking breakfast blends consisting of Assam and Kenya teas (although previous to Steepster I don’t know if I could have even told you THAT much!), so when I taste them, they just taste “familiar” and nice. Notes are harder to pick out because of my familiarity with them. This morning I’m breaking into the Teabox samples again for a stout cup of tea. Doomni Assam was a perfect choice for this morning, as it’s freak like weather here in San Diego… 91% humidity and 80f at 10am. Pretty much like the weather where Doomni Estate tea grows! Tea cultural immersion without travel wasn’t on my agenda for this weekend, but hey, here we are! The tea:

Black twisty tippy leaves dry….wet, the lovely deep malt flavor prevails. On first sip, I get the overwhelming feeling of “aaaaaah…..familiar”. There is a wonderful maltiness and a touch of hoppiness (yay!) to this tea that creates a wholesome medium weight mouthfeel. Strangely, it is creamy, but has a touch of astringency to it, that makes you reach for your next sip. I am also finding a gentle top note of fruitiness that perhaps earlier in my tea explorations I would have missed. Hmmmm… this is a really nice Assam that I will consider ordering when the time comes to order from Teabox again!

Flavors: Hops, Malt

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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Spot or pot, I love a cup!

I learned to drink tea while living in Dublin in the early 80’s, so as you can imagine, I am a hearty brew lover, and take tea with milk and honey. I am trying to expand my horizons with tea….that is why I’m now on Steepster! Joined in January 2014.

Currently loving strong black teas that hold up to milk and honey well. I have a curiosity about keemuns and yunnans, but smoky ones are out. Green and white teas are off my radar, but making little forays into oolong and darjeeling tea. Herbal? So far only cacao tea has gone into regular rotation in my tea routine.

I do like some naturally flavoured teas…almond, vanilla, cardamom, ginger. This seems to be mostly in the cooler months…but mostly I’m an unflavoured tea drinker.

Life is too short for bad tea and bad bread.


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