Assam Small-Holder Hand-Made Black Tea

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Chocolate, Creamy, Malt, Milk
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205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 45 sec 5 g 6 oz / 168 ml

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A smooth malty whole leaf black tea with lovely milk chocolate tones. It has been lovingly hand-crafted without the use of any machinery by local workers on their own small farm plots.

A growing trend is developing in Assam, whereby farmers are now hand-processing their own tea in small batches rather than selling their leaves to large factories.

This tea has been sourced direct from Manish whose family has run Bhartia Tea Estate for the past eighty years.

Recently, some of Manish’s workers have started producing hand-crafted teas from leaves grown on their own small farms utilising traditional processing techniques of hand-rolling the tea.

Although quantities produced are extremely limited due to the labouriously intensive nature of hand-processing teas, they have the advantage of exhibiting lots of character and nuances which would otherwise be lost in factory produced teas.

Tasting Notes:
- Smooth taste
- Malty taste with a milk chocolate finish

Harvest: Second Flush, 30th July 2015
Origin: Small-holder farms in Joypur, Dibrugarh, Assam, India
Altitude: 118m
Sourced: Direct from Bhartia Tea Estate

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485 tasting notes

Definitely my favorite of the Discover Assam set. Really rich tasting, maltiness. I suppose it does taste a bit like chocolate, but not as much as some other black teas I’ve tasted. Body was very nice, and the steeped out leaves look gorgeous.

Flavors: Chocolate, Creamy, Malt

Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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My first straight assam. I love this tea. It is what Lipton’s is pretending to be when it steals it’s manly uncle’s pipe and smoking jacket, practicing powerful, seductive looks for the ladies.

It is incredibly smooth and rich, and hints at milk chocolate at the back of the tongue. The aroma is much more chocolatey, but the taste doesn’t need it. A bit of malt lingers after the sip. Just slightly dry, too.

The second steep becomes less remarkable, more just a cup of tea. But wow, the magic of that first cup.

Boiling 1 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Great Lipton description :)

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Tried 3 mins this time and would recommend over 2, brings out the malt much more clearly.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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