Results: A strange artificial note had me wondering if this sample had been contaminated by some other flavored tea. If looking for a good Assam, you can pass this one up.
Vendor: Upton Tea Imports
Origin: Halmari Estate, Assam, India
Tasting: 2 rounded tsp / 12oz / 212° / 3 min
Gong-Go Gear: Tetsubin
Average number of infusions: 1
For years, my afternoon go-to tea has been an Assam & for the last few, one in particular: Halmari Estate Assam CTC BOP. I don’t know if there is any science behind it, but I always feel like I get the best energy boost from a strong cup of Assam. Needless to say, I was really excited when I got this free sample from Upton.
Halmari is an award-winning Tea Estate that has been around for over 100 years. Situated in the plains of Upper Assam, I drink over a pound of their tea every year.
Being from one of my favorite estates, I had high hopes for this sample. However, it just tasted strange to me. I tried for days to figure out the best way to describe the flavor note I was getting, but in the end, settled on the most direct: strange. This tea had a weird artificial note to it.
Being from Upton, who also carries many artificially flavored teas, I’m wondering if this sample was contaminated. The dry aroma is delicious but didn’t transfer into the cup for me. Having been a customer of Upton for many years, I would like to note that this is the first Assam I’ve ever received that I didn’t like. I was actually really surprised and the reason I think it may have something else mixed in. If you’re looking for high-quality tea in the US and want quick shipping, Upton’s service is exceptional.
Delicious with notes of malt and molasses
Uniform Broken Pekoe
Lovely dark golden brown
Strange artificial notes that I really can’t describe & didn’t enjoy
Gong-Go Rating Cup 1 :
The strange notes left me wondering if this tea had not been contaminated with some flavored tea
Gong-Go Rating Infusion 2
I tried a second time, thinking maybe I had somehow contaminated it but the strange notes where still there.