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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Review: Element Tea’s Assam Satrupa Tea

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The Subject:  Assam Satrupa FTGFOP1
Company:Element Tea. [More info]

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Water temperature:212° F
Steeping time:4 mins.
Tea type:Black
Dry leaves:  Broken leaf pieces, black color, faint aroma

1st Infusion:  
Steeping time —4 mins.
Aroma, plain —  Strong and typical of Assams
Taste, plain —Strong, slightly bitter, toasty/malty, packs a punch!
Color, plain —Dark reddish-brown
Taste, enhanced —  Milk and sweetener bring out malty/caramelness
2nd Infusion:
Steeping time —5 mins.
Aroma, plain —Lighter
Taste, plain —Light, not bitter even as it cools
Color, plain —Lighter reddish-brown
Taste, enhanced —  Too light for milk

As with the other samples from this vendor, the foil-lined pack held a lovely sight: large tea leaf pieces, not dust in a bag. Bravo! While hubby and I realize that teadust does not always mean inferior quality nor do larger pieces, like this tea has, indicate better quality. However, they do mean that the steeping will be a bit more measured, not quite so immediate. It gives you more chance to “play” with the tea, steeping it longer or shorter to suit you.

After steeping, the stem and pieces show clearly and are a dark coppery color.

This is a fairly strong tasting tea, which was a bit surprising for an Assam like this. Not complaining. Quite the contrary. Hubby says it packs quite a tea punch, perfect for a breakfast tea. It takes milk well in the first steeping (the second one was a bit too light). With or without milk, some type of sweetener is necessary for us. If you like your tea plain, you might try rinsing the leaves briefly before the first steep (pour a little hot water over them in the pot, swish, then drain and add the rest of the water and steep. Another option is to do two steepings and combine them to give a lighter taste.

I was hoping that hubby could whip up some more pancakes to go with this tea as he had with another tea we had tried recently, but he had already had some toast and yogurt, so he was full. You might say, “You could fix them yourself.” I would have to answer, “Yeah, right!” Instead, I just had some yogurt and grapes with the tea.

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Disclaimer: This tea was provided by the company named. However, the rating of the tea and any opinions concerning it are always strictly objective.

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