Halmari Full Assam

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Assam Black Tea
Flavors
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Caffeine
High
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Average preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 g 8 oz / 236 ml

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  • “Bought this “Halmari Full Leaf Assam” around Halloween 2020, so I guess it is from the 2019 harvest, which must be sold out since it’s been delisted from Harney’s site. I’ve brewed this 4 or 5...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I bought this a couple years ago now, no note.  I always want to try all the assam to find those elusive really great assams.  This one never quite hit the mark… at least the 2018 harvest didn’t...” Read full tasting note
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From Harney & Sons

In 2019, we bought both the Full Leaf and Broken Assams from Halmari Estate. This is a large estate (over 1,000 acres) south of the Brahmaputra River in northeastern India. 2019 was another tough year in Assam. So we are lucky to get these tippy clonal teas. This full leaf tea is the lighter of the 2 Halmari teas.

Details:
An Indian black tea with toasty flavor.
Dry Leaves:
Dark brown with golden tips
Liquor:
Brown
Aroma:
Light toasty notes and honeyed grains
Caffeine Level:
Caffeinated
Body:
Medium-bodied
Flavors:
Light toasty notes and honeyed grains
Brewing Time:
4
Brewing Temp:
205º

About Harney & Sons View company

Since 1983 Harney & Sons has been the source for fine teas. We travel the globe to find the best teas and accept only the exceptional. We put our years of experience to work to bring you the best Single-Estate teas, and blends beyond compare.

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Bought this “Halmari Full Leaf Assam” around Halloween 2020, so I guess it is from the 2019 harvest, which must be sold out since it’s been delisted from Harney’s site. I’ve brewed this 4 or 5 times, Western, and agree with tea-sipper’s review. Good strong malty-caramel Assam flavor on the top and back of my tongue, but WAY too astringent for my likes. It lingers pleasantly in the mouth after the briskness has subsided. Harney’s CTC Assam is far smoother and less than 1/3 the price. Still, I’ll be swilling it down on bleary-eyed, early mornings. If you love brisk and care not about cost, this might be the tea for you! Some day I’ll try cold-brewing this, and will also play around with using less leaf or shorter steeps.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
White Antlers

I highly recommend harney’s Mokalbari Golden Assam. No astringency and when I drink it early in the morning, sometimes I can hear angels sing.

TeaEarleGreyHot

That’s a glowing endorsement, W.A. Singing angels would be quite an experience, though with my luck they might turn out to be frolicking rodents in the attic…. Nevertheless I’m going to order some and give it a sip! Eager to see how it compares to the Brandy Oolong Assamic (Taiwan origin) from Tealyra, which itself can induce frolic, so much do I like it! Thank you for the (golden) tip.

White Antlers

Hey TEGH! if you send me a message and give me your address, it would be my pleasure to send you some. Even if you don’t hear heavenly beings upon sipping, a sample will let you see if you like before you buy.

TeaEarleGreyHot

Well golley, W.A., thank you for the kind offer. As it happens, I had a handful of items in my Harney cart and I just tossed in a tin of the MGA and was delighted to find an unexpected $10 “points” discount when checking out, so the whole shebang didn’t sting at all. I’ll let ya know when it arrives and we can listen for angels simultaneously! Generosity is nice though, and if I’ve posted something you’d like to try, I’ll be happy to send a sample, especially if it helps you avoid a giant shipping charge!

White Antlers

Thanks for your offer, TEGH. If you read my bio, I am doing my Swedish Death Purge. I don’t review or swap, but I do give tea away so if you would ever like a surprise parcel, send a message. Several folks here will vouch for my integrity and sanity. : )

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I bought this a couple years ago now, no note.  I always want to try all the assam to find those elusive really great assams.  This one never quite hit the mark… at least the 2018 harvest didn’t anyway.  First, I’m surprised at the amount of astringency for a leaf that looks half gold in color.  Usually gold teas aren’t this brisk.  And I really can’t taste behind that briskness, so it’s quite one noted in flavor. It certainly tastes like your usual ASSAM anyway.   I’ve tried this a couple times now.  One flat teaspoon is certainly enough for a mug.  Not quite the assam I’m looking for, but I loved trying it anyway.
Steep #1  // 1 heaping teaspoon for full mug // 16 minutes after boiling  // 2 minute steep
Steep #2  // 2 minutes after boiling //  3 minute steep
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