Recently Lochan Tea sent me some (well actually more than some)
tea to taste and review. What a very special treat that has been.
So far I have no complaints.
Each day I am working my way through another new one.
I think it will take me the full month of July just to taste and enjoy.
This past week it has been teas from the Assam region of India.
Do you know where Assam is? Just east of Darjeeling on the upper
east side of the country near the Himalayas.
Now I have never been a big fan of Assam teas,
but I was willing to give them a try.
To tell you the truth I think my palate isn't trained to taste
the nuances of Assam's black teas.
That said I can totally understand why the English like these black teas.
They can be strong black, but with a splash of milk quite delicious.
The perfect morning tea!
Here is a list of the five Assam teas I tasted.
Singluan TGFOP, Second Flush 2018, Assam. I find a lot of teas from Assam to be CTC tea (crush, tear, curl) and this is one. With CTC I like a smaller amount of tea per water or I find they get to bitter. This one was not bitter at all and quite a nice smooth breakfast black tea.
No bitter after taste. I would drink this one again.
Hattialli TGFOP 1 CL, Second Flush 2018, Assam. Very much what I think represents black teas from Assam. A full bodied black with a slight bit of astringency. It would be good with a splash of milk, which is what I feel for many teas from Assam. I think that is what the English like about Assam teas.
Mokalbari TGFOP 1, Second Flush 2018, Assam. By now I realized I have a difficult time noticing the differences in Assam teas. Each one is black, would be good with a splash of milk, makes a good breakfast tea, and is just a nice straight forward black tea.
Sree Sibbari TGFOP 1 CL, Second Flush 2018, Assam and Teloijan TGFOP 1, Second Flush 2018, Assam were two more I tasted and would say the same as above. In my cup is the Teloijan tea. I took it outdoors and enjoyed sipping in the morning sun and imagining sitting near the tea fields of Assam, India.
Assam teas from Lochan Teas definitely worth sipping.