Miss Cole's Tea Time - Assam Orangajuli from Pekoe
If you've got a busy week ahead, it's time for a robust tea! This Assam is very strong, and great to get you up and about in the morning, ready to tackle whatever the writing/editing/working day brings. I also think it's another great transitional tea for those of you looking for a morning coffee replacement.
If you like strong tastes, brew this for five minutes. If you're looking for a strong taste with a little less bite, three minutes will do. You may want to vary times based on how you brew it. I tend to use teapots or single cup brewers so my leaves have lots of room to move, but if you're using a steeper, you may want to brew for longer just to get the most out of the leaves.
You'll also notice this is a "second flush" tea. That means it was picked later in the summer than your springtime first flush teas. First flushes tend to be more expensive. I know I have an "expensive treats" section in my list of teas, but believe me when I say that's nothing compared to how expensive some teas can get! Now, getting back to the "second flush" term, it probably means your tea has a stronger taste as its grown for longer. This particular Assam has a really strong, malty taste. You'll notice that from the first sip. Pekoe recommend it as an alternative breakfast tea, and I agree if you need a strong taste first thing in the morning. Probably not so good for those lazy weekend mornings though ;)