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I'm a tea drinker through and through, and I love a good cuppa. I am not fussy about brands and like to taste my way through a selection of the many different varieties of tea available. I signed up as a registered user on the Yorkshire Gold tea drinkers website and they occasionally send me samples and money off coupons for their new products. This Assam tea is part of their Season's Pick range which are available during certain times throughout the year, to ensure that the tea is picked at the peak of the growing season. Assam Season's Pick from Yorkshire Gold is available from October through to February. These are a limited edition item available in boxes cfontaining 80 tea bags, and costing £2.99.
Product description: "Full bodied, malty and smooth. Assam teas are truly exceptional at the peak of their season. It's when they have unrivalled freshness that really brings out their character. This results in a wonderfully smooth, full bodied tea with a deep malty flavour."
The tea bags are the ordinary flat square shape, and contain black tea leaves from the Assam region. They say that picking the tea at the right time of the year ensures a truly exceptional flavour when the tea is at its very best.
Brewing instructions: Allow the tea to brew for 3-5 minutes or according to taste. Season's Pick Assam is best served with milk.
I make most of my cuppas in the same way, allowing the tea bag to brew for a few minutes and then adding both milk and sugar to lighten and sweeten the flavour. I find that this tea has a nice rounded flavour to it that is traditional and compares well to most other black teas. This Assam tea has a strong and full flavour that seems to develop well as it brews and gives a lovely rich taste. I found it much more flavoursome than Twinings Assam tea which I have had before, and was impressed that the claims of picking at the specific time of the season really seems to impact on the flavour, giving a much more dramatic and full-bodied flavour. It has a a very deep colour and looks much darker than the other Yorkshire Gold Season's Pick teas.
Season's Pick Assam has a powerful, rich taste that is nice and strong and packed full of flavour without the bitter edge that you get with some teas. It is great to know that you are getting the best quality produce as the tea leaves are picked seasonally and I think it is definitely worth the wait! Obviously there are problems with limited availability but there are also Rwandan and Kenyan varieties available to see you through the rest of the year. I found it interesting to know where the tea is coming from and how it is picked to give the best and freshest results. Not what I would have expected from a British company that proudly calls itself Yorkshire Gold, but an excellent tea all the same!