The Assam definitely asserts itself up front, with the honey/apricot subtly balancing it in the background. A good bodied tea without being overpowering. The briskness rating of 2 might be a bit low in my honest opinion, I might call it a 3...but don't let that stop you from trying this very fine tea! Great with a splash of milk for your morning wake up.
Just not what I look for in a tea blend. Very earthy almost smoked flavor, too strong for me.
This is my favorite so far of the black teas. It is a very filling and warm cup that has a sweet after taste. The cocoa flavor note is apt, but I would also describe it as having a subtle Molasses/caramel finish. Not to sweet but not to earthy. Very complex and refined. I drink it straight, but milk would accent as well.
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