Name: Mangalam Assam FTGFOP1
Brand: Joy’s Teaspoon
Type: Black tea
Form: Loose leaf
Price: $17.99 for 2 ounces
Review: Yes, I am still on my Assam kick, and this is another good one. The leaf is chocolate brown with a decent amount of gold tip. It infuses to a medium bodied, red-orange liquor in the cup and has a nose of fruit, tobacco and an difficult-to-place freshness. This tea has been well cared for.
While Mangalam Assam FTGFOP1 works just fine with food (like most Assams, it makes a great breakfast tea) it is smooth enough to sip on its own. I love its classic malty notes and balanced astringency. This is a nice cuppa for any season and it reminds this Chinese tea partisan that Indian teas can be mighty good in their own right.
My one quibble with this tea is its price: While there are some significant price breaks for buying larger quantities, $17.99 for 2 ounces is a tad high.
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