Time to get back to the samples from my favorite tea company in India, Lochan Tea Limited. As I searched my mood this morning, I decided that today would be a nice day for second flush Assam black tea. Thankfully, the Lochans sent several of these excellent teas in their last package of samples. This review will focus on a FTGFOP 1 CL Exclusive Tippy Second Flush Assam black tea from Dinjoye Tea Estate in the Assam District of India. There is a very fruity sweet smell and plenty of golden tips in this sample packet, so let the journey begin.
The dry leaves have a brown to black color with a nice amount of golden tips being present. The leaves have a fairly uniform size and shape, and are twisted in the usual Assam orthodox form. All leaves are fragments, as is the norm in teas from India. The aroma is very fruity, with strong scents of dried fruit and muscatel grapes. There is also a lightly floral scent in the background.
Five grams of dry leaves were placed in an 8.5 ounce (240 ml) kyusu teapot. Purified water was heated to 205°F (98°C). Leaves were infused for one minute on the first infusion, one minute thirty seconds on the second infusion and third infusion.
The first infusion produced a glowing, full, and deep red color with a perfect orange rim. The liquor was clear and perfectly transparent. The aroma had malty, muscatel grape, and very light floral scents. A very light spice was also noted. The body is full, with a mouth filling and moderate-heavy astringent feel. The taste was mainly malty, with notes of muscatel grape and spice. The aftertaste was sweet (malt).
The second infusion produced a liquor with a orange-red color, the orange ring lightening to gold. The aroma remained malty, muscatel grape, and slightly spicy. The body lightened slightly, but was still full. The astringency balanced nicely in this second infusion. The taste remained the same, though slightly lighter, with malt being the main note, and a light floral hint being noticeable.
The third infusion produced a much lighter orange colored liquor with a slight reddish tint. The aroma lightened, but remained sweet. The body lightened to medium, with a slight astringency still being felt. The taste lightened significantly, allowing the floral notes to become more evident. Although much lighter in all ways, this third infusion was certainly worthy of drinking.
The infused leaves had a uniform copper color. The size and shape were also fairly uniform and standard for an Assam tea. I do not believe a fourth infusion would produce a full enough taste to enjoy. The aroma is sweet, like muscatel grapes, and a sweet floral scent.
This Dinjoye FTGFOP 1 CL Assam black tea was exactly what I was looking for this morning. The full bodied, astringent yet sweet taste will certainly open your eyes and give you a kick of energy. Teas from both the Assam District and Darjeeling District have such an incredibly sweet and floral smell to the dry leaf, and this was no different. There is little wonder in my mind why Assam black teas are very popular for being in breakfast blend teas. These teas are an excellent replacement for coffee.Thanks, Lochan Teas, for providing the sample. I am looking forward to the 2014 harvests! Cheers!