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Assam Malt, 2nd Flush (Multiple Vintages)

Region: Assam
Producer: Chardwar Estate
Season: 2nd Flush 2018 & 2019
Batch: Various
This tea is a treat for anyone who loves classic, full-bodied black teas. Rich, rounded, malty and full flavoured.
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The Garden

 

The Assam in our collection comes from Chardwar Estate in Assam; an organic estate owned by Gautam and his family. The finest Assam teas are picked in the 2nd flush. That’s the May/June season. It’s when the desirable malty notes are at their best.

This Tea

 

This Assam is rich, full bodied, and malty. This is the tea to drink if you enjoy strong black teas in the morning. Indeed, the best part of a breakfast blend is usually the Assam component; although blends usually include lesser seasons rather than a pure 2nd flush. A tea like this is also a classic match for cake and other patisserie.

Storage and Ageing

 

When infusing, use 3g (1 tsp) per 150ml (a teacup or glass). Infuse with water just off the boil (90C) for 3 mins. If you prefer a stronger tea, you can use more leaf (adds intensity) or infuse for longer (increased tannins).

 

Store in a cool dry place. Assam change character with time. They are very good young and fresh but we prefer them after about a year. You can drink this for up to 5 years from picking. It’s a little known fact that Assams age very well. The age reduces the tannins and adds some sweet floral complexity.

 

There are presently two vintages on release:

 

2019: The younger Assam is thicker textured, very malty, with excellent try tannins leading to a long finish. This is a classic morning tea and a treat for drinkers of strong black tea.

 

2018: After some ageing, the 2018 is a smoother tea. Some of the tannins have fallen away. The tea has developed sweet floral notes and more hints of spice.