Along with some interesting tea samples from Nepal, there were two samples from Assam included with the recent package from Surajmukhi Tea. Today’s review will focus on the Seajuli GFOP 2nd Flush 2014 Assam Black Tea.
The Seajuli Tea Estate is located in the North Bank of the Brahmaputra River, Lakhimpur District, Assam region of India. Focusing specifically on orthodox styles of teas, Seajuli is well known for the high quality teas produced here, as well as the natural beauty of the estate itself. Seajuli Tea Estate consists of about 289 hectares (714 acres) of land under tea cultivation.
The sample packet has been opened, and the scent of dark chocolate is immediately recognizable. Let the journey begin…
The dry leaves have a uniform faded black color. There are a few golden tips in the mix. The leaves are all medium fragments. There are a few stems in the mix. The leaves are machine rolled. The leaves have a rigid texture. The aroma has scents of dark chocolate, dried cherries, clove, and light leather. The aroma is very attractive.
Three grams of dry leaves were placed in a five ounce (150 ml) porcelain infusion cup. Purified water was heated to 205°F (96°C). The leaves were infused for 4:00 minutes.
My suggestion for at home preparation is to use three grams of dry leaves for every eight ounces (240 ml) of water to be used. Heat water to 205°F (96°C). Steep the leaves for 4:00 minutes. Expect two infusions out of the same serving of dry leaves. The second infusion will be significantly lighter than the first.
The first infusion produced a liquor with a bright amber color, clear and transparent. The aroma has scents of dark chocolate, malt, clove, light cherry, and light valley flowers. The body is full, with a very smooth, velvety texture. The taste has a biscuity quality, with notes of dark chocolate, clove, light cherry, and light valley flowers. The astringency is moderate for an Assam black tea, and lingers through the aftertaste. The aftertaste also carries hints of dark chocolate and flowers.
The infused leaves have a uniform dark greenish-brown color. The leaves are all small to medium sized fragments. There are some bare stems in the mix. The leaves have a soft, smooth texture. The aroma has scents of dark chocolate, cherry, and clove.
The Seajuli GFOP 2nd Flush Assam Black Tea had plenty of positive attributes, and almost no negatives! From the highly attractive aroma of the dry leaves, to the full bodied, yet not overpowering qualities of the infusion, it is easy to see why the products from this tea estate enjoy much popularity in the European tea market. This tea does not need milk to be easily palatable, but surely a splash of milk will not take anything away from it. It is quite tasteful and aromatic in its most pure form. The astringency is very pleasant, and not overwhelming. It also carries nicely through the aftertaste. This is definitely an Assam tea that can satisfy many tastes.
Thank you to Ankit Lochan at Surajmukhi Tea for supplying this sample of Seajuli GFOP 2nd Flush Assam Black Tea. Cheers!