It's always fun to get to "meet" a new tea vendor when one offers to send me samples. I haven't tried any Assam tea in a while, so I was intrigued to hear about this new company in India, Assam 1860, which sells tea "fresh from our family's 150-year-old tea gardens in the Moran Circle of Assam."
My samples of this single-estate tea arrived this week, and they included both a large bag of the loose tea and some tea bags as well. Naturally, I opted to try the loose tea first!
When I opened the bag and saw the small bits of tea, I realized this was CTC tea, with CTC being a method of processing black tea that Cuts, Tears and Curls the tea leaves. Assam tea is known for its brisk, malty flavor, and this one did not disappoint! I steeped mine for three minutes, and it was just the level of briskness I like, and with very little astringency. It made a nice, robust cup of tea that was perfect for my afternoon teatime. Are you a fan of Assam tea? If so, Assam 1860 included enough tea bags that I can share some with a friend! If you'd like to try this tea, just leave an "Enter me" to this post between now and 7 a.m. EST on Monday, March 16, and you'll be entered. U.S. and Canada only, please. Meanwhile, if you'd like to go ahead and learn about Assam 1860 right now, just click here.