Company/Brand Name: English Tea Store
Tea Name: Assam TGFOP (Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe)
Tea Category: Black Tea
Form: Loose Leaf
Origin of Tea Leaf: India
The Leaves: The leaves are dark brown to black in color with a few golden colored tips
Flavor: A smooth, earthy and robust black tea with a comforting biscuity/malty flavor, and just a touch of sweetness
This was my first time tasting a loose leaf Assam and I really enjoyed the experience. It is one I plan to repeat a zillion times over!
In the Estate Teas sampler pack I had ordered, I received a one-ounce sample of the Assam TGFOP. My sample was mailed in a thick-plastic, simple black and re-sealable pouch with white label. The label indicated the name of the tea, but did not include brewing instructions.
Disappointingly, two of the teas advertised were not sent. However, I did get duplicates of two other teas to compensate for the difference. In addition, the sampler webpage does state: “substitutions may be made according to availability.” Not to mention the incredible value I received from ordering the sample pack; I got 8 ounces of tea for eight bucks!
The aroma of the brew brought to mind warmed tortillas; a pleasurable fragrance that invited me to take my first sip.
There is a nice earthy-robustness to the brew that is enhanced by a biscuity flavor that I have not experienced before. I say biscuity rather than malty because the taste reminds me of warm dough. Overall, I found this dough-like quality comforting and engaging.
Then, there is a just touch of sweetness. Lastly, the finish is smooth and leaves me wanting more.
I could not find steeping directions for the Assam TGFOP on the English Tea Store’s website, but the Estate Teas sampler pack webpage recommends: “For the best brew, these teas should steep in water that has been brought to a rolling boil for 2 to 5 minutes.”
Because there were no tips on how much tea or water to use, I went with the general guideline of one teaspoon of tea per cup of boiling water. Next, I allowed the leaves to steep for about 4 minutes using a T-Sac paper filter.
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