#5 Harmutty Golden Paw, 2009 Second Flush
Dry Leaf: Straw
Wet Leaf: Spice, Vegetal, and Sharp
Brewed: Warm honey on the nose and up front in the taste, smooth malt, and a fairly quick finish of a bit of tannin/bitter but soft enough that the initial flavors carry through to the close.
With a similar dry leaf scent as the Hattialli from yesterday, this one changes quite drastically from the wet leaf smell onward. I’m not sure I would be able to instantly peg this as an Assam by taste alone. It goes from honey to malt to a bit of tannins/bitterness but not unpleasantly so, and then to a fairly short finish which is a wrap-up of everything that came before in one. I really enjoy this tea and it is pretty straightforward but it does it’s thing in a nice neat package that has just enough complexity to make another sip appealing. It doesn’t strike me as a tea that you would sit and ponder deep thoughts over a long finish, but not every tea has to be. Efficient, fulfilling, and brisk.