I received such a wonderful package from Bihu Tea that really brightened my whole week. Along with a packet of their signature Bihu Bold, I received a handwritten note as well as a couple of nice bookmarks!
One of the bookmarks had a quote on it that I really liked. “Every cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage”. This is great for me because I have been trying to make my tea tastings a more immersive experience. Many of us tend to drink tea while were eating breakfast or watching tv, but we forget that the tea is an experience in and of itself. Because of this, I have tried to really take my time to enjoy the tea and not multitask while I drink it.
If you have been reading some of my other content, you may know that this is an uncommon choice for me. I usually drink only loose leaf tea and I tend to stray away from some of the darker varieties of tea. I decided to make an exception this time because it is getting to be winter and instead of green or white tea, I wanted to curl up with a nice smooth black tea. This tea really did just the trick!
Tasting the Bihu Bold
This tea is really good. As promised, it was quite “bold” and it was packed with plenty of flavor. I used boiling water and steeped for about 5 minutes. After tasting 5 different oolongs in the last couple of days, this bold assam tea is a huge change of pace. I was surprised to see that the hue was actually a deep red color that was really quite beautiful. The taste was strong, but not overpowering. It still had a bit of a subtle tartness to it that I enjoy in a black tea.
I was told to add whole milk to this tea, but for a variety of reasons I abstain from drinking milk so I added some almond milk to it. Almond milk is a very nice compliment to a tea, and makes it very enjoyable on a cold winter day. One thing I learned a long time ago was that cow’s milk tends to neutralize the antioxidant content of tea when its added in, so it is best to use soy milk, almond milk, hemp milk, rice milk etc. It’s really a nice tea to curl up with on a lazy Sunday indoors and I’m glad I have it.
Strongest Flavor in a Bagged Tea
Although I rarely drink bagged tea, I’m glad I got the opportunity to try this one. It definitely has a ton of flavor to it and as an Assam tea, it stands up well to additives so if you like your tea sweet and creamy, this is a good option. If anyone is into bagged tea and they are not getting what they want out of the common teas like twinnings and bigelow, I would recommend upgrading to Bihu Bold. This is really the strongest flavor I’ve seen in a bagged tea and I really recommend trying it!