Tasting Review 108: Teas Etc’s Assam Reserve

by Jason on September 15, 2009

in black


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Jeff October 19, 2009 at 00:03

Hi Jason and other tea tasters,

Here are my notes for this assam tea:

Dry leaf: a sweet aroma (vanilla or caramel maybe?) came out first, then strong grape aromas (muscatel?) came through. 90/10 dark red/brown twisted leaves to golden tips ratio.

Wet leaf: fresh baked bread/tannin aromas dominate the wet leaf, while the grape notes are less noticeable. Maybe a hint of vanilla bean hanging around. leaves provided a second steep for me that was just as good as the first.

Liqour: tastes refreshingly brisk, with grape flavors and again a faint hint of vanilla. aromas similar to wet leaf, though the brisk tannin aromas are more noticeable in the liquor.

I’ve been drinking a lot of malty yunnan black teas, and I agree that this assam lacks those malty characteristics. The closest aroma I got to malt was the fresh baked bread in the wet leaf and liquor, but it was more tannic than malty.

I’ve still got some of adagio’s assam around here somewhere, I’ll do a side by side and get back to you.

Cheers!
Jeff

Jason October 19, 2009 at 10:45

Black teas can contain grape aromas. Several also contain stone fruit flavors. Tasters relate tastes to those of: peaches, plums, apricots, mangoes- why not throw in a pluot?

You’re on the right track in specifying kinds of grapes too. There are so many, and their flavors differ: muscat, concord, red globe, etc.

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