Spectacular flavor and elegant styling mark this Assam tea. We are again sourcing this delicious 2nd Flush Assam tea from Mokalbari Tea Estate. Our current supply is from a special lot of TGFOP grade (a mid-to-large size leaf) which is rarely produced anymore in Assam. We put our name on a portion of this offering as soon as it became available, and are quite pleased to be able to offer more of this Assam black tea to our tea enthusiast customers.
We were struck by the clarity of its steeped liquor and the fullness of flavor that this tea shows. It is extremely well-made and the careful handling during manufacture shows in the evenness of the dry leaf and also contributes to its clean and elegant flavor. Bob thinks that it has not quite reached its time of peak drinking (which should occur in late 2021/early 2022); however it is very drinkable now, and this deeply-flavored Assam should drink well for another 2+ years.
This Mokalbari Tea Estate 2nd Flush Assam has minimal ‘pull’ (the astringency that makes the inside of your mouth feel clean). Rather, the impression one gets from drinking it is more one of smooth richness and solid, full-bodied mouth-feel. We particularly like the flavors we tasted of a mild nuttiness, and its biscuit-y finish. The aroma has a slight suggestion of a ripe pear or bowl of cherries. There is also a slight cocoa or soft chocolate aroma that reminds us of the large-leafed eastern China black teas that we love.
Mokalbari Tea Estate is located in the Upper Assam Valley in northeastern India. It is one of the older tea gardens in Assam and primarily manufactures orthodox leaf for the premium tea trade. The remote situation of this garden shows in the depth of flavor that the leaf contains.
Overall this is a beautiful and delicious tea for both tea drinkers who drink Assam tea regularly, and also those who only drink malty teas occasionally.