I received this tea as a sample in my 2019 Lochan order. As I don’t drink Assam often, it’s been sitting in my drawer, but I broke it out today in an effort to give myself some much-needed energy. I steeped 4 g of tea in a 355 ml mug at 195F for 4, 6, and 8 minutes.
The dry aroma is of autumn leaves and malt. The first steep is all about the malt, with notes of tannins, autumn leaf pile, a touch of bready sweetness, and wood. There’s a slight astringency, but not as much as in some Assams I’ve had. The malt, baked bread, and tannins become more prominent in the next two steeps.
This is a no-nonsense Assam that gets the job done. However, Lochan carries Assams, notably their Harmutty Golden Lion, that are more to my taste.
Flavors: Astringent, Autumn Leaf Pile, Baked Bread, Malt, Tannin, Wood