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From Whittard of Chelsea

Assam, the land of storm clouds and rolling fertile plains, is where a small-leafed, strong-tasting wild tea was found by the British in the 19th century. Since Mr Whittard’s day, we have been selling this gloriously strong and rich amber tea. We still use leaves rolled in a traditional method to give our blend its strength and malty character.

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This is the third tea that Whittard of Chelsea sent for me to try. I was so in the mood for a comforting cup I could have with milk and sugar, and this tea immediately came to mind.

Oh, this is exactly what I wanted! Malty, malty, malty and I am astonished how smooth it is. With Assams, you usually get that malt by paying the price with some roughness, bitterness, or astringency, but this one just has a touch of very pleasant astringency.

My only caveat is that it’s a little one dimensional. It’s delicious, delicious malt, but just malt. I have to say I prefer the 1886 blend because you get malt, chocolate :) But if you are craving super malty perfectly classic Assam goodness, this is your tea. You can check it out at http://www.whittard.com/tea/black/assam_tea :)

It also makes me so curious to try Whittard’s Chai Spice tea, because if the use some of their Assam in it, it HAS to be incredible!

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Assam doesn’t need any additional dimensions :)

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I got a 25g sample tin of the loose version from a friend when she went to England last month, along with 2 other tins of Whittards Original and English Breakfast.

Normally not one to reach for a straight assam (usually go for a ceylon or lapsang if I want a straight black, or I’ll go for a straight blend like an irish breakfast), it’s taken me a few days to get around to trying this one, but I’m glad I did!

Another CTC style leaf, I was careful with steeping. I used the “french press” setting on my Breville multi-temp kettle, and used 1tsp instead of my usual 1.5tsp in my giant perfect mug from DAVIDs. I ended up going for a 5 minute first steep because I didn’t hear my timer go off at the 3:30 mark, so expected this to be a bit bitter, but I was pleasantly surprised!

This is a lovely malty cup, with an almost chocolatey undertone. Lighter than the Assam Banaspaty from DAVIDs (the only other straight assam I’ve had), and sweeter. With the Banaspaty I usually add a dash of palm sugar or maple syrup, but the Whittards is perfect on its own.

This lovely English gift has inspired me to look for a Brown Betty style teapot, but I want a rainbow one!!! I really like the shape and curves of the Brown Betty, and they come in so many sizes. So if anyone finds a 6-8 cup rainbow teapot with a similar curvy shape to the traditional Brown Betty, let me know!!!!


Kindof expensive and you’d have to find a friend in the US to ship to since they don’t do out of USA shipping but… http://www.theteacorner.com/content-product_info/product_id-5851/rainbow_earthenware_teapot.html

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I got through this entire box without ever feeling the need to blog it. So I guess it must be a bit non-descript. It’s fine for a teabag but nothing special

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This is my first cup of this company’s Assam and it’s a little less malty but a little more astringent than other Assams I’ve had. It’s very drinkable though and makes for a pleasant everyday cuppa

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How i got it: Bought it

Experience: Intense aroma, malty and slightly caramel-like, this tea’s smell shows a bit of complexity and some nuances despite being a strong one. I’d say it has some similarity to a Ceylon’s aroma, too. Its flavor is intense, malty and has some bitter and chocolate-like notes at the middle of the sip, while toasted and wooden hints appear more to the end. Well defined and lasting. Is a bit under the level of La Teteria’s Assam Hazelbank, but a good tea nonetheless.

Would i buy it again?: There are good possibilities, if I’m not trying some other Assam.

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