Looking forward to another great tea from Andrews & Dunham, today's cup is filled with "Tiger Assam," part of their Damn Fine Tea line. My last review of an offering from them, their "Visit Mount Gray" black tea, was really enjoyable. Time to see how their Assam tastes!
Pouring twelve ounces of just-boiled water over a teaspoon and a half of Tiger Assam, I set my tea timer for four minutes and waited. (The official recommendation is one teaspoon of loose leaf to eight ounces of water.) Four minutes later (plus some time waiting for it to cool down), I had a nice cup of Assam in-hand. Taking a whiff, I note that the aromas are smooth. There is little astringency wafting from the cup and the malty notes smell a bit floral and pleasant.
The first sip glides over my tongue, leaving a malty aftertaste. The maltiness of this Assam has just a bit of a bite in the finish, but it is otherwise rather calm. Too many malty black teas devolve into astringent finishes, but this one has just the kick to finish. A spot of milk could finish the cup well, but, despite its strength, I find that Tiger Assam stands perfectly well on its own. Much like the aromas, the flavor profile is quite smooth, and I question for a moment, if I have not picked up a malty Darjeeling instead!
Tiger Assam by Andrews & Dunham provides a great cup of tea that does not overwhelm the drinker with its strength. On my personal enjoyment scale, I would rate it a 91/100, and I highly urge you to give it a try!
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Andrews & Dunham Damn Fine Tea "Tiger Assam" is available from their website, here.
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Text is copyright 2015, Built from Ink and Tea.