Yes, It’s Fall Tea Time Again

The Autumnal Equinox is upon us once again, signaling that it’s also once again the season for a great Fall Teatime. Invite over a few friends, steep up a pot or two of tea, load up the tea table with your favorite autumn treats, and dig in! For those of you with school age children, …

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What Is “CTC Assam”?

All teas from the Assam region of India are not made alike. More correctly, they are not processed alike. They all grow in this wonderful region where the Brahmaputra River flows, but how they end up after that is like a tale of reaching a fork in the road and deciding which to take. The …

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Topping Your Tea with Whipped Cream

Whipped cream on your tea — don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it! They say that necessity is the mother of invention. One day the necessity was a total lack of milk in the house and a potful of Assam freshly steeped and waiting for that milk. (I know, you’re asking, “Why didn’t you look …

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Great Assam Breakfast Blends

Assam is truly a “stealth tea,” one that is often not in the forefront but definitely tasted as part of a blend, sort of like a bass violin that you hear almost subliminally. Many breakfast blends start with Assam, then build up from that malty taste to give you a rich symphony of flavor with …

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Review — Harney & Sons Organic Assam

Name: Organic Assam Brand: Harney & Sons Type: Black tea, Assam Form: Silken Teabags Review: Assam is a tea that I have a love/hate relationship with. A truly good Assam is a wonderful thing: A great palate cleanser after a big breakfast, a wonderful pairing with chocolate, and a sturdy, bracing drink any time of …

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Some Assam Tea Types

One of the basic teas in most black tea blends is Assam tea. It’s sort of a “stealth tea,” mixing in with Keemun and other black teas but always making its presence known with its distinctive flavor. You can buy Assam tea on its own, too. There is a wider variety of Assam types than …

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More on Assam

An Assam tea is an Assam tea is an Assam tea — right? Well, not quite. Just as with Darjeelings, Chinese greens and blacks, and others, how an Assam tea tastes, dry and steeped, can be affected by a number of factors. Growers and processors try new things, too. A recent innovation (around 1978) was …

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A Bit of Gluten-Free Heaven

I am known in my family as a great sufferer when ill. I sit around in my misery, moaning and sighing. Picture Felix Unger of ‘The Odd Couple’ in a pink bathrobe. I assemble all my many remedies around me. Someone once asked me exactly what my remedies were. I started to make a list. …

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Snow Day Tea Time

Indoors it’s warm and cozy while outside a blanket of white makes a great tea time scene. Here in the Southeast people still “Ooo!” and “Aah!” when snow falls. Kids rush outside to build snowmen and generally enjoy this strange, icy, white substance all over the ground before the temperatures warm up too much and …

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Assam Makes a Sturdy Brew

This tea is grown in the Assam region of India, the largest tea-growing area in the world. Assam tea is much favored by those who enjoy a strong, brisk tea, as well as by those who just have to enjoy their cuppa with milk and sugar. Flavor Profile: Good Assam is a strong tea, with …

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