This is a strong, malty Assam with almost no astringency. It's best made in two infusions: 30 seconds and 90 seconds. I'm not really sure why everyone recommends steeping teas like this for more than that. The flavor is much more complex and smooth when you use more tea and two short infusions.
I took a gamble on this tea, buying the 3oz tin as there is no sample size. I was not disappointed. As Mike's review says, it has a briskness and mild sweetness that obviates any need for milk and sugar. If you are looking for a tea that doesn't need milk and sugar, this is the one. I also found I preferred the flavor of this tea over that of others such as English Breakfast and the Hao Ya A/B teas.
The 2013 Mangalam Broken was probably the best tea I have ever tasted. I have been eagerly waiting for the 2014 and bought it as soon as it became available. Unfortuntately it does not have the 'Assamness' I love. There is a faint chocolatey aroma, slightly sweet. There is very little tea aroma and the taste and tannins are rather mild. Overall it is a light drink. I now notice in Mike's review that he drinks it without milk and sugar and maybe that is the problem for me. I always drink Assam with milk and sugar, and this new Manglam doesn't have the flavor or aroma to come through. It sure isn't what I was hoping.
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