Company/Brand Name: Adagio
Name: Assam Melody
Category: Black Tea
Form: Loose Leaf
Origin of the Leaf: Assam, India
The Leaves: Cut midnight black leaves with an occasional golden tip
Flavor: A full-bodied and robust black tea that has a delightful earthy-maltiness
Overall: The Assam Melody makes a wonderful cup of tea suitable for daily consumption. However, it also has enough character to keep things interesting.
The first thing I notice about this particular brand of Assam is that it reminded me of my coffee drinking days. The combination of earthiness and maltiness come together brilliantly, providing a well-rounded and strong-tasting cup of tea.
What also made this tea quite interesting is that I was able to get two really good infusions from it.
The first infusion tended to have a smooth, full-bodied flavor that leaned more towards malty than biscuity.
I found that the second infusion had a bit more astringency, which was rather energizing. In fact, it gave the tea a little oomph, making it stand-out slightly from the first cup.
When sipping my brew, I find myself thinking of a lush rainforest. There is something about this tea that tastes a bit lavish, yet untamed. It’s as if I have hiked miles into the depths of the jungle to pour myself a proper cup of tea using a dainty teacup with saucer.
This juxtaposition of exotic lushness and refinement keeps me quite entertained to the very last drop. At which point, I find myself wanting more.
I purchased the sample size of this tea. My order came in a good-sized, foil-lined bag. The name of the tea as well as brewing instructions where provided on the re-sealable pouch.
I followed the instructions on the Adagio bag: 1 teaspoon per cup for 3-5 minutes at 212F.
For my first brewing attempt, I used a stainless steel, mesh ball infuser. This worked fine because the leaves really didn’t need much room to expand since they were cut rather small.
However, I found that when doing more than one infusion, I preferred using my one-serving, glass teapot.
I actually discovered that by using this particular infusion tool the flavor of the tea was enhanced. Perhaps, because it gave the leaves more room to expand.
Infusions – As I mentioned above, I was able to get two good infusions from the Assam Melody. Here’s how I did it: I steeped the leaves for about 2 to 3 minutes for the first infusion. For the second infusion, I gave the leaves a nice long steep of about five minutes.
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