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Perfect tea for cold, wet days
Member Name: Tolteca
Date: 24/09/12, updated on 20/12/13 (35 review reads)
Advantages: Full flavoured, malty delicious tea.
Disadvantages: Loose leaf, so you will need a strainer.
This is a loose leaf tea rather than the tea bags, though Twinings do also sell Assam tea in tea bags for those who do not want to get the teapot out or need to brew in a mug.
Assam is an Indian black tea and often forms part of a Breakfast Tea blend as it is strong, malty and delicious. This is the really good tea from the breakfast blends on its own straight to your cuppa.
As such a good quality tea it is not cheap. I paid £1.95 at my local Sainsbury's but as it is so packed with flavour one packet does go a long way and this does make it good value for money.
As a loose tea, this is a standard one teaspoon plus one for the pot if you like a strong brew. If not, it is a robust enough tea that you can get away without adding the traditional pot's share. Either way, I let it stand for three minutes before pouring. If you like a stronger brew you just need to let it stand for one or two minutes longer.
You will need to pour the tea from the pot through a strainer to catch the loose leaves. Though if you are brewing a pot of tea for fortune telling by tea leaves, this is a fine choice of tea as the leaves are large and the tea itself very tasty to drink.
I drink it with milk, as I drink most black teas and as it is a strong flavourful tea it complements it very well. You can drink it without milk without taking the enamel off your teeth as while it is a strong tea the maltiness of the flavour offsets the bitterness of the tannins.
A great tea for cold and miserable days.
This is a caffeine containing tea and without milk costs negligible calories and is such a warming, flavour packed, malty tea you won't regret trying it.
Summary: The ideal tea for cold, wet autumn days.
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