Monday, March 16, 2015

Mankota Exotic Assam - Tea Tasting

My morning started with a hearty Assam from Golden Tips Tea. This premium single estate tea, named for the growing region in India where it is harvested (Assam) is particularly bold and full bodied with a lingering astringency to the tongue. A deliciously fragrant honey-note emanates from the package when it's opened. The packaging contains important information, including the picking date and brewing recommendations. I can visualize the women in the tea fields harvesting this beautiful Assam, a second flush, or second picking of this tea. The first flush is typically harvested in March, while the second flush is harvested during the summer season.

Dry leaf tea compared to wet leaf.

In the photograph to the left, the golden tips are easily spotted.The second flush will have an abundance of golden tips and is generally considered superior to the first flush tea.  A sweeter, full-bodied, and malty flavor is associated with a second flush Assam, and this tea has it all.

The beautiful dark tea with golden tips throughout provides a dark liquor in the cup which makes it a perfect choice for a morning pick-me-up-and-get moving tea. Because it is such a hearty and bold tea, it takes the addition of milk and sugar perfectly if you prefer.

We also found this tea to be quite delicious iced.


relevanttealeaf said...

I haven't heard of this tea company before, but the tea sounds very good. Lovely teacup and saucer with the ring of shamrocks encircling it.

Marilyn said...

Loved your review and seeing the difference between the wet leaf compared to the dry leaf. Assam is almost to strong for me, but with a light splash of milk it is delicious.