Assam Second Flush Cupping Event Results – Week 2

The second round of samples have been tested and the Cuppers have submitted their comments. Factors judged include color of the liquor, infused leaf aroma and appearance as well as the flavor qualities. Each tea also received 1-5 rankings for leaf appearance, leaf aroma, liquor aroma and flavor. This group included some teas that represented typical manufacture styles and also examples of teas that were not as common. Leaf appearance ranged from small and buddy to long, wiry and twisted. Cuppers, were encouraged to experiment on their own after submitting their comments.

Sample #3 - Daisajan Tea Estate        Grade – STGFOP 1 Clonal
Dry Leaf Appearance:
- Dark brown, mixed sized, twisted pieces. Some tips but few buds. Some stalk.
- short, uniform shape. Matte gray brown color. Slight twist to the leaves
- A little beat up; wiry and various; twiggy; dark brown
- Chocolaty, twisted leaves of varying size
- Medium brown. A little chalky in color. Big variation in size.
- Mostly long, brown leaves, some twisted, some flat, a few broken, not as many gold tips as prev 3 teas
- black, make
- Some stems, mixed brown, smoky, flowers, some tips
- Smaller, broken leaf, even in size.

Dry Leaf Aroma:
- Dry leafy aroma with light spice (cinnamon), sweet notes.
- sweet, but musty/dusty
- mild, with a hint of fruit
- Strong, smoky almost salty
- Apple.Orange. Roses.
- seemed sweet and fruity, maybe hints of apple or pear
- dried herbs, malt
- Bold, slightly musty, hay.
- Medium Assam Aroma.

Wet Leaf Appearance:
- Mixed size, broken pieces. Lots of stalk with some tips.
- uniform color, reddish-green-brown, leaves were pretty rolled still after first infusion
- brown, chopped, color of cinnamon bark
- Uneven, cut, mixed color greenish and reddish browns, open
- Small pieces. Rich brown. Stems.
- Dark brown leaves, some broken, some stems, some long, unfurling once wet and infused
- even, some stalks,
- Deep brown, cut, uniform
- Smaller broken leaf.

Wet Leaf Aroma:
- Baked, rich, sweet, fruity, perfumy.
- there’s a sharp, astringent tang to it
- mild, slightly sweet, slightly toasted
- Sharp, meaty
- Smoky. Peat.
- The wet leaves smelled a bit musty in the cup
- biscuity, leaves in decomposition (pleasant smell)
- Bold, astringent, rich, smooth
- FullAssamaroma, well rounded balanced.

Liquor Color:
- Deep reddish brown with faint golden halo. Bright.
- deep red brown—mahogany
- copper
- Reddish-brown
- Reddish brown.
- Clear amber
- red copper, not very bright
- Mahogany, deep brown red, lustrous
- A bit dull. Not bright.

Flavor:
- Sweet, smooth, mild with medium body. Some residual savoriness. Sugar sweet. Woody. A little thin but more leaf might resolve this.
- It’s light. My mouth dries, but it doesn’t feel astringent. It feels like anAssam, but musty and chalky.
- mild, slightly sweet and toasty, astringent on the tip of the tongue
- Very full, coats the mouth with a deep flavor but still feels light.  Bready finish
- Medium body with light citrus notes and a floral finish. Some astringency/pucker.
- Medium mouth feel (def heavier than first 3 teas), fruity, maybe pear or apple notes? Slightly astringent
- biscuity, lacks complexity (a little bit thin ?)
- Bold, some maltiness, long bitter finish, smooth.
- Astringency on top of mouth. Malty but not bold. A little weak in character.

Comments:
- A good tea for those who like a lighter body. A generally nice tea.
- It surprised me especially after the first three. I like Assams because they’ve never been astringent for me and I’m sensitive to astringency. This one didn’t take all the moisture from my mouth. It felt old, but in a good way. Like it had been put on a shelf for safe keeping.
- Very pleasant to drink
- Didn’t see as many golden tips on these leaves

Rank: Combined scores for all Cuppers. Cuppers were asked to score the sample based on four criteria. Shows the overall ranking of each attribute. The rank range was 1 to 5 with one indicating most appealing and 5 indicating least appealing. A higher number indicates more Cuppers agreed on the same ranking.

1=Most Appealing

1

2

3

4

5

Leaf Appearance

1

5

2

Leaf Aroma

6

2

Liquor Aroma

2

5

1

Liquor Flavor

1

2

5

 

Sample #5 - Gengia     Grade – STGFOP 1 Clonal Special
Dry Leaf Appearance:
- Long slender, twisted leaves. Fairly uniform with some smaller broken pieces. A little fiber. Very little tip or bud.
- Nice long thin leaves. Gray brown color. Couple of golden tips.
- large, long leaves, wiry, dark brown
- Long, twisted, clean, wiry leaves
- Very long and slender. Dark black. Mostly straight.
- long, twisted, brown leaves, with some golden tips
- curly, make, blackish
- Very long, lots of golden tips, straight
- Long tightly twisted. Even, well manufactured.

Dry Leaf Aroma:
- Deep, slightly edgy, dark cocoa and dried fall leaves.
- A sweet smell, like currants or raisins
- hint of chocolate, slight barnyard
- Soft, Floral notes
- Sweet. Tulips. Strawberries.
- notes of spice, fruit, chocolate and caramel
- dried herb, malt, a light smokey smell
- Malty, musty, some hay.
- Full Assam

Wet Leaf Appearance:
- Long stalky leaves. Not much leaf blade. Like Ceylon OP grades. Some tips.
- A matte dark brown, kind of a sandy brown. Leaves are long, kind of crinkled
- long, large leaves, brown color of cinnamon bark
- Uniform, open, long, bright, chocolaty
- Very tippy. Extremely long and rich in color.
- dark brown, long
- pieces of large leaves, stalks,
- Voluminous, open, uniform, deep brown
- Broken leaf with some stem. Results in uneven size.

Wet Leaf Aroma:
- Light edgy, dark cocoa, wet dog fur, damp.
- The aroma is spicey and sweet. Very nice.
- note of chocolate, barnyard, slight hint of mold
- Soft, Sharp, Floral
- Raisins. Prunes.Oranges. Autumn.
- malt, smokey
- Very bold, full leaf, floral
- Nice Assam aroma. Not bitey to the nose.

Liquor Color:
- Deep reddish brown, with lighter highlights but not excessively bright.
- Warm amber, but not as vibrant as the others.
- copper
- Golden Brown
- Medium brown.
- clear, bright red/amber color
- bright, light brown,
- Maple syrup/mahogany with gold red highlights.
- Coppery gold. Brightness with depth and texture in cup.

Flavor:
- Sweet, fruity, lightly astringent but acceptable. A full body but not heavy. Good mouth feel with slight thickness.
- It has a sweet, electric currant smell. Taste–it’s heavy but from behind comes this sweet floral and currant taste.
- mild, musty, slight astringency
- Weak, Brisk, Floral.  Not much body
- High notes of sweetness. Memorable tea. Floral citrus at the front with a long finish.
- medium mouth feel, seemed smooth, hints of pear or sweet fruit.  Overall the tea seemed lighter than others we tasted so far while sipping
- malt, smokey,
- Very smooth, malty, medium slight tannin smooth must finish
- Balanced astringency. Centered in the back of the mouth. Malty, deep. Lingering well balanced.

Comments:
- This tea has a nice overall balance. It is self-drinking and a prolonged, layered finish. The slight astringency is not obtrusive.
- For as brilliant as this smelled, I was surprised by the taste. I expected it to be as sweet as the smell. The smell was reminding me of a currant tea or a Russian caravan almost, it was bold but sweet and I was excited this was anAssamwith no added flavors. The flavor is still very nice. I was surprised by the heavy presence up front. Not to get poetic, but the heaviness is like a garden wall protecting the sweet and floral notes. It is still very nice.
- It seems like it would make a nice iced tea.
- Not sure how to grade the tea attributes.  I am putting leaf appearance as #2 in some of these because I don’t see a lot of golden tips, which I thoughtAssamsusually show.  I enjoyed this tea while drinking though.  It seemed lighter to me than the first three teas we tried.
- Interesting tea.

Rank – Combined scores for all Cuppers. Cuppers were asked to score the sample based on four criteria. Shows the overall ranking of each attribute. The rank range was 1 to 5 with one indicating most appealing and 5 indicating least appealing. A higher number indicates more Cuppers agreed on the same ranking.

1=Most Appealing

1

2

3

4

5

Leaf Appearance

5

2

1

Leaf Aroma  2

3

3

Liquor Aroma

2

1

1

4

Liquor Flavor

2

1

 1

3

 1

 

Sample #6 - Singlijan     Grade – STGFOP 1 Special
Dry Leaf Appearance:
- Dark brown, uniform color but varied size. Some buds and tips.
- very dark matte brown. A curl to the leaves, shorter in length
- medium size leaf, wiry, dark brown
- Short, twisted broken leaves, dark brown with a few golden buds
- Dark black leaf of varied length
- mostly medium length with a slight curve.
- Brown, twisted, also flat, long, some broken leaves, not lots of golden tips
- uneven, leaves in small pieces, very few white tips, brown
- Black not tips, long, mixed
- Small broken. A bit uneven leaf.

Dry Leaf Aroma:
- Mild, dry-leaf, some light sweet notes and generic aroma.
- sweet, misty
- grassy
- Deep, Soft, Sweet, almost like hay
- Carrots. Sweet. Butterscotch. Maple.
- nutty?
- herbal, dried herb approaching chemical smell
- Very musty, strong hay aroma, sharp.
- Very light aroma

Wet Leaf Appearance:
- Choppy, mixed sized leaves. Very slight green tint. Not much tip.
- very dark brown
- large, chunky and lush leaves, medium brown color of cinnamon bark
- Dull, open, short, ripped
- Rich milk chocolate. Mostly half leaves.
- long, dark brown
- even brown, some stalks
- Large uniform, full leaves, brown
- Well rolled, long leaf which has remained unbroken while rolling.

Wet Leaf Aroma:
- Medium body, leafy, wet fur, rich, dark, damp, cocoa.
- A heavy scent, spicey, wet
- Edgy, strong, toasted
- Grape. Black. Licorice.
- caramelly?
- leaves and/or fruit fermenting, malt
- Astringent, slightly cucumber/herbaceous, some chemical smell
- Full but a bit sharp. Very light, smoky

Liquor Color:
- Deep brown tones with bright golden halo.
- Deep brown
- deep, dark coppery
- Dark Brown
- Brown with orange notes.
- clear red/amber
- orange/red
- Bold red brown, gold highlights.
- Some brightness but not too vibrant level.

Flavor:
- Full, rich, deep. Slight sweetness. Come tobacco-like notes. Light astringency but ok. Tree bark.
- It felt astringent. It tasted very musty and chalky. It reminded me of old ships.
- musty, sourish, possible ferment, rotting fruit, astringent
- Light in the mouth but with a deep, toasy, malty flavor
- Light body with a long finish. Pinot Noir with a lingering sweetness.
- heavier mouthfeel than first two teas tasted for this week. Seemed more full-bodied, slightly astringent, hints of caramel?
- fruity, malt, somewhat chemical, aome spicy notes, astringent
- Vibrant, fresh, woody, smooth slightly musty finish.
- Chalky astringency on top and back of mouth. Character a bit dull.

Comments:
- Very drinkable. Finish is slightly bitter but not overbearing. Should be good with milk.
- This was my least favorite so far. Because I had such a reaction to it, I’m going to try it again at a later date by itself to see if I didn’t do something right. Because of the astringency I didn’t enjoy it.
- Taste was below that the leaf promised.

Rank – Combined scores for all Cuppers. Cuppers were asked to score the sample based on four criteria. Shows the overall ranking of each attribute. The rank range was 1 to 5 with one indicating most appealing and 5 indicating least appealing. A higher number indicates more Cuppers agreed on the same ranking.

1=Most Appealing

1

2

3

4

5

Leaf Appearance 1 5 2
Leaf Aroma 1 2 4 1
Liquor Aroma 1 6 1
Liquor Flavor 1  2 3 2

 

 

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