drank Assam Gold by Uptown Cafe
105 tasting notes

I have been traveling all weekend — Science Olympiad national tournament for the eldest child. I took this tea along for my mornings because I knew I’d need the caffeine and the familiarity of a tea I know well. This is the tea that I’ve been drinking for years and the tea that got me to change from coffee to tea in the mornings.

I used to never believe the quality of the water mattered when making tea. Sure, it would be nice to have good water with which to make tea but I didn’t think it would matter as much as people said it would.

I was very, very wrong.

Using the hard hotel water, the tea changed from its usual malty, toasty flavor to a burned caramel flavor. It was tolerable, but not the “friend” I wanted while traveling. It was good enough but not great. I am not rating the tea since it is the fault of the water and not the tea leaves. But I was disappointed to not have the tea I was expecting the past few days. :(

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Caramel

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Husband and father. Librarian. Soccer fan.

My tea habits generally depend on my mood and the season but, in general, my preferred teas are black teas, especially those grown in Sri Lanka and India. I will occasionally drink other types, though.

Unless noted in my review, I brew my tea western style and do not use additives (milk/cream, sugar, etc.).

I am definitely not an expert when it comes to tea, so I apologize if my reviews differ from the experiences you’ve had with any of the teas I have logged.

Please feel free to contact me and let me know if you have a favorite that I have to try! :)

My grading for tea:

100: Perfect.

90, 95: Excellent.

80, 85: Very good.

70, 75: Good.

60, 65: Okay.

50, 55: Meh.

40, 45: Not so good.

0-35: Awful.


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