Two more Assam teas that will change your perceptions of this tea forever! (This little teapot and my Tea Gang reported on two others here.) Again, these were scouted out by Rajiv Lochan of Lochan Tea Ltd. and are now available through their partner, The Devotea U.S. Time to see how it goes. TOOOOT!
First, a look at the teas (#1 on the left, #2 on the right – see below for details):
1 – Mokalbari East TGFOP 2nd Flush 2013 Assam
As for the “TGFOP” designation, that is part of a grading system often attributed to the Duke of Orange in the Netherlands. This designation stands for “Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe.” (See What's All This “Orange Pekoe” Stuff Mean? for more information on this rating system.)
The dry leaves are orthodox style and mostly intact, with a mostly dark color with some golden tips evident. Their aroma is very light. I did the steeping honors, using boiling water and steeping for 3 minutes. The liquid was a ruby color with a mild aroma and the flavor was quite a surprise based on our previous experiences with Assam teas. This tea was not the malty taste but more of a fruity flavor that was similar to a Darjeeling tea. In fact, my humans had to read the label on the sample pack several times before believing this wonderful tea was from Assam. There was a somewhat tangy aftertaste but no bitterness or astringency. If the flavor seems overly strong to you, just reduce the steep time to 2.5 minutes. This tea is great straight, but if you steep it up a little stronger (3.5 to 4 minutes), you could add a mere touch of milk and a sprinkling of sweetener for a most delightful tea taste sensation. It sure had my humans grinning. TOOOT!
2 – Halmari GTGFBOP 2nd Flush 2013 Assam
The “GTGFBOP” was a new tea grade designation to me and my humans, so we did a little online research. It seems unique to this tea, and we could not find an explanation for that first “G”. The grade “TGFBOP” is fairly well-known, though, meaning “Tippy Golden Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe.”
Again, orthodox style processing here, dark brown with some golden tips showing, but the aroma had more of a cocoa quality with a bit of nutty character. Again, boiling water and steeped for 3 minutes. The liquid was a rosy color, had a mild aroma, and a flavor that was a bit tangy with a subtle raisiny quality. A great tea to enjoy straight and with some cheese and crackers. My humans did just that, munching on some cheddar and Ritz once the official sipping was done.
Both of these teas were a great choice for the folks at The Devotea to choose to carry in their line-up. Our congrats to them and to the folks at Lochan Tea.
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