2018 June harvest. Over a year old and it’s still tasting pretty good to me. I really enjoyed this one. It’s described as an atypical Assam. Western style, 3 steeps:

Steep 1, 3 minutes 30 seconds, slightly bitter, malty, smooth, pear, honey, honeysuckle, drying mouth feel.
Steep 2, 7 minutes, sweet sweet sweet honey and pear. Bitterness and malt have vanished.
Steep 3, 20 minutes, super sweet and rich, floral aroma, bready, sticky apricots, sultanas.

That third steep had me imagining sticky Easter fruitcake loaves with honey drizzle.

All 3 steeps came out this delicious golden syrup colour that was very inviting.

The only things I didn’t like was the bitterness in the first steep and that it only lasted 3 steeps. I wanted more from it. That 20 minute steep was a real surprise – I was expecting it to grow weaker rather than develop that fruity/bready flavour. I wish I had left the 2nd steep for longer. 4th steep wasn’t worth reviewing.

No fancy staged pictures this time, I was far too busy drinking it https://www.immortalwordsmith.co.uk/what-cha-india-assam-kanoka-tea-review/

Flavors: Apricot, Bitter, Bread, Drying, Floral, Honey, Honeysuckle, Malt, Pear, Raisins, Smooth, Sweet

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 4 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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