My second sample sipdown of the day, this was an incredibly interesting, challenging Assam. When What-Cha described it as atypical, they were telling the truth. Despite its uniqueness, it did, however, maintain approachability while displaying an immediate appeal.
I prepared this tea in the Western style. I steeped 3-4 grams of loose tea leaves in approximately 8 ounces of 194 F water for 5 minutes. I did not attempt any additional infusions.
Prior to infusion, the dry tea leaves emitted aromas of spice, orchard fruits, honey, and malt. After infusion, the aforementioned aromas intensified and were joined by subtle scents of cream and caramel. In the mouth, fairly robust notes of malt, honey, cinnamon, ginger, clove, red apple, and pear gradually faded and revealed delicate hints of sweet orange, cream, steamed milk, golden raisin, and toffee. The finish was smooth, silky, and unbelievably mellow with lingering cream, malt, citrus, spice, and orchard fruit impressions evident.
I will concede that I was not expecting this kind of experience from an Assam, but man, am I glad I purchased this tea. This reminded me of the Azerbaijani and Georgian black teas What-Cha offers. I admire those teas, and to me, this was like a fruitier, spicier version of them. If you are looking for a unique black tea and/or want proof that an Assam can be thrilling, step up and give this tea a shot.
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Clove, Cream, Ginger, Honey, Malt, Milk, Orange, Pear, Raisins, Toffee