Tea Company: TeaFrog (website)
Ingredients: Organic Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe Black Tea
Vendor Suggested Preparation: 1tsp/cup, boiling water, steep 3-4 minutes
One of the perks of being married 25 years come September is the marital right to stick just about anything under your spouse’s nose and say, “Smell that!” without getting clobbered. In the case of nice tea from India, the response was “Wow! There’s something clove-y going on, isn’t there?”
While neither of us have a professionally trained tea nose, we did pick up some nice spicy, fruity notes in the dark dry tea. I suspect it has something to do with the area in which Banaspaty tea is grown — evidently the perfect greenhouse environment for teas.
The fruity tones come through loud and clear when this tea is brewed. Because I prefer my Assams on the meatier side, I let it steep a full four minutes before a taste test. Assam Banaspaty has the nice thick heft you’d expect from an Assam tea, but was surprisingly mild in flavor. While I don’t think milk and sweetener would harm this gentle brew, it certainly doesn’t need to be toned down any. This would be a good introductory selection for someone new to the world of fine loose leaf tea.
You can purchase the Assam Banaspaty Organic directly from the TeaFrog website.
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