Mangalam Gold Summer Black Tea

description

Every summer, we look forward to the arrival of the Mangalam Gold, one of the finest tippy black teas from Assam. It always delivers a memorable cup experience, and this year's no exception. We are absolutely enjoying the brightness and depth of flavors in this tea.

the experience

liquor

aroma

Medium intensity notes of wood spice and wet earth along with hints of dried fruit.

appearance

Dark amber

taste

The liquor is medium-bodied, mellow, and slightly astringent. A note of wet earth is discernible in the middle along with hints of wood spice, similar to star anise, dried raisins, and burnt caramel.

COMPLEMENTS

Freshly buttered toast, sable, croissant, scrambled eggs, pancake, puff pastry, tart

dry leaf

aroma

Woody and nutty

appearance

Lightly rolled, bloomy, black leaves with lots of golden tips

infusion

aroma

Sweetness of dates, blackberry and raspberry

appearance

Dark brown

steeping notes

cold filtered O2 Rich Water

Temperature

Tea Leaves

Time

hot

180 fl oz

85-90 oF

2.0 tsp / 2.5 g

5 mins

Recommended number of steeps - one

condiments

Drink Plain

Honey

Lemon

Milk

Sugar

PICKING DATE
Jun 24, 2016
TIME OF DAY
Morning
CAFFEINE
Medium
BEST CONSUMED
Hot
SEASON
Second
SKU AXSFMLB | GRADE FTGFOP1 | INVOICE OR-1207
CERTIFICATIONS


34 Reviews

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Likes

  • Great Aroma 23
  • High Quality 22
  • Smooth Body 20
  • Unique Flavor Profile 19
  • Freshness 17

Dislikes

  • Bitter if Over-Steeped 4
  • Strong 1
  • No Flavor 0
  • Weak 0

Best Served

  • Morning 16
  • Anytime 11
  • Afternoon 6
  • Dessert Tea 0
  • Evening 0

Holly

Feb. 8, 2017

Nice variation on black tea

Likes : Great Aroma, Smooth Body, High Quality, Unique Flavor Profile.

Best Served : Afternoon.

I generally drink breakfast teas, but I liked the brightness of this tea in the afternoon. Lovely flavor, medium bodied but still a deep flavor profile.

Feb. 7, 2017

very good

Mellow, but very flavourful.

Sandra

Feb. 3, 2017

wonderfull Assam bite

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, High Quality.

Best Served : Anytime, Morning.

Starts with hints of dades, biscuits with honey, and finishes with a dry mouth feel and magnificent Assam bite. Gives me that bit of oempf I need in the morning to get me going. My standard stock Assam, and sooo good.

Edward

Feb. 2, 2017

Out of this world

Likes : Freshness, High Quality, Unique Flavor Profile.

Best Served : Anytime, Morning.

This is a stunning tea, a wonderful discovery. It is quite and strong, which is something I like in a tea. However it has a complex mixture of flavors, including sweet and toffee-like tastes. For me this completely validates the Teabox concept and its appeal. Wow.

Dee

Jan. 24, 2017

This was my second favorite of the box.

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, Smooth Body, High Quality, Unique Flavor Profile.

Best Served : Morning.

It's a wonderful tea full of flavor. Nice dark brew. I love black teas so it worked great for me. Time the steeping so you don't get the bitter taste.

Deborah

Sept. 29, 2016

Delicious Assam

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, Smooth Body, High Quality, Unique Flavor Profile.

Dislikes : Bitter if Over-Steeped.

Best Served : Morning, Afternoon.

Liked it best plain or with a little sugar which enhanced the caramel/raisin palate.

Matt

Aug. 5, 2016

good afternoon tea

Likes : Freshness, Smooth Body, High Quality.

Dislikes : Bitter if Over-Steeped.

Best Served : Anytime.

The flavor is very smooth; a little bitter if overstepped. I found the aroma a little musty. Good with lemon

jeff

June 3, 2016

Bold

Likes : Great Aroma, Smooth Body, High Quality, Unique Flavor Profile.

Best Served : Morning.

Plum, cherry, malt oh the malt. There is also a hint of burnt sugar and some dryness but it only adds to the allure. Mega bounciness. One of the few teas I can see myself adding some honey to. Brewed 7g in 220ml quick steeps.

ben

May 13, 2016

Understated Assam

Likes : Smooth Body, High Quality.

Best Served : Afternoon.

A very smooth and subtle summer Assam, one of the few that can be enjoyed without milk. Its slightly sweet and nicely malty but lacks the grunt and impact of some of the more robust summer Assams.

Brenda

April 21, 2016

Still a tasty treat

Likes : Great Aroma, Unique Flavor Profile.

I've received this tea before in my subscription box and luckily I enjoyed it the first time so I knew I'd like it this time. I love the taste and scent of the dates. It is a tea that I would buy for myself and would share with others. Reviewed as part of theTeabox subscription program.

David

April 12, 2016

Great tea for the morning

Likes : Great Aroma, Smooth Body.

Best Served : Morning.

I enjoy drinking tea straight, even the more astringent ones. This, however, even though it is recommended sweetened or with lemon, is very smooth. It has an astringency in the aftertaste but it is short lived. The aroma is sweet and it is a very pleasant drink for the morning.

ccreight

March 11, 2016

Great black tea!

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, Unique Flavor Profile.

Really good sweetened Reviewed as part of theTeabox subscription program.

Andrew

March 11, 2016

Smooth with a taste of honey

Likes : Great Aroma, Smooth Body, High Quality.

Best Served : Anytime.

Really enjoyed how smooth this was, coupled with the lovely honey flavour on the palate.

Dawn

Feb. 22, 2016

Delicious anytime.

Likes : Smooth Body, High Quality, Unique Flavor Profile.

Dislikes : Bitter if Over-Steeped.

Best Served : Anytime.

Really like the caffeine pick me up, very smooth taste.

Brenda

Feb. 15, 2016

Sweet Scent of Dates

Likes : Great Aroma, Unique Flavor Profile.

It definitely smells like dates when dry, a tasty and sweet aroma. It is very dark when steeped and the flavor is right up my alley – a sweet black tea. I would definitely recommend it if you prefer the sweeter, more dessert-like scents. Reviewed as part of theTeabox subscription program.

ccreight

Feb. 10, 2016

Really good

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, Unique Flavor Profile.

Smells and tastes very good. Reviewed as part of theTeabox subscription program.

Michelle

Jan. 14, 2016

Delicious tea akin to lapsang souchong

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, High Quality, Unique Flavor Profile.

Best Served : Morning, Afternoon.

This is a delicious, earthy tea with everything a lapsang souchong lover could want. The aroma listed on the packaging is nonsense -- it's earthy and smoky, almost like peat moss. The color is a lovely golden brown, bright (but not weak) and deep. The flavor is sensational -- not overly smoky the way a lapsang can be, but with hints of sweetness and malt, much like a good scotch. This is a really great tea worthy of repeated tastings.

Julia

Jan. 1, 2016

Caramel, Dates, and Honey

Likes : Freshness.

Dislikes : Strong.

Dry leaves have a light toasty smell and turn a medium earthy-brown when brewed. It has a rich, heady aroma of caramel, dates, and honey. I like the palate. It's smooth and astringent, but a little stronger than what I'm used to. Reviewed as part of theTeabox subscription program.

Noam M

Nov. 30, 2015

Rich, High Quality Tea

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, High Quality, Unique Flavor Profile.

Best Served : Anytime.

On first preparation it was really overwhelming. Very rich and special, yet not 'too special', does not challenge you, but rather comforts and pampers.

Jin Gon

Sept. 8, 2015

Good Assam but

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, Unique Flavor Profile.

Best Served : Morning, Afternoon.

It's different from other Assam teas I've been drinking. I think it has unique flavor. Weak malty smell, but it has something like flowery flavor of Darjeeling SF. And little bitter taste is also had. It's a very good tea, but little strange. Because it's not a Assam tea I used to know.

A

Sept. 4, 2015

Always a Novelty

While easily available for many years now, it ever seems a novelty to purchase, prepare, and drink an orthodox single estate black tea from Assam. The minuscule amount of such fine pluckings in comparison to the amount of leaf destined for industrial-scale CTC-blenders, both domestic and international, and the ubiquitous packeteers upon which the modern Indian tea industry depends is truly mind-boggling when one looks at the numbers (sorry folks, the sale of our fine beloved Darjeelings doesn't even register half a percent in the overall picture). Yet, there are no small number of gardens, such as Mangalam, who have devoted some of their resources to the production of fine orthodox teas. This tippy wonder is one of them. Reminds one very much of drinking a fine single origin Brazilian pulped natural estate Arabica coffee, such as recent Fazenda Sertãozinho lots, while remembering that such excellent brews are grown right near trees whose fruit is destined to become Folgers crystals. Always a novelty.

Kirsty Headlong

July 4, 2015

Sweet assam

Likes : Unique Flavor Profile.

Best Served : Anytime.

I usually drink Darjeeling and bought this tea for husband. He found it a little weak for his taste but did appreciate the freshness and flavour when drunk without milk. Definitely a sweet very slightly toasty flavour and no astringency. Despite being a lighter tea fan I found this tea intriguing and for me best drunk plain.

ALESSANDRO

May 4, 2015

Great Assam Tea

Likes : Great Aroma, High Quality, Unique Flavor Profile.

Best Served : Morning.

This is maybe the best Assam I've ever had. Elegance, complexity and full body without bitterness.

cacesq90

April 22, 2015

Convinced me I like Assam

Likes : Smooth Body, High Quality, Unique Flavor Profile.

Best Served : Morning.

I had basically sworn off Assam teas as unpredictable due to the potential for bitterness. TeaBox has changed my tune. I now view Assam as a go-to breakfast tea that has satisfying depth that takes milk well. Getting an Assam that brews strong without being easily bitter has been an issue in the past. This tea has convinced me I really do love Assam teas.

Ann

April 19, 2015

Good Solid Assam

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, Smooth Body.

Best Served : Morning.

All the qualities of a good Assam are present. Rounded teaspoon and 5 minute steeping time needed or a little weak. I liked this tea quite a bit but I am with some of the other reviewers in that there are other teas I like just as much that don't cost this much.

Robert

March 20, 2015

Nice Assam

Likes : Great Aroma, Smooth Body, High Quality.

Dislikes : Bitter if Over-Steeped.

Best Served : Morning.

This is a nice Assam for anyone from the beginner to the expert tea drinker. It is full of tippy leaves, which add to the complex character of this tea. The flavor is pleasantly astringent with smooth, malty hints throughout that make this a prized tea.

Marek

March 14, 2015

the sparkle

Likes : Smooth Body, High Quality.

Best Served : Morning.

The tea is balmy, nicely rounded, medium-full bodied, yet still low on astringency and giving amazing sparkle, which makes it quite unique. Gives you a good kick but caress you at the same time :-)

Martin Eger

Feb. 11, 2015

Smooth but a bit lacking in complexity

Likes : Freshness, Smooth Body, High Quality.

Best Served : Morning, Afternoon.

This is a pretty refined whole-leaf assam. But for the money, I much preferred the Halmari ftgfop1 (which is about half the price). This one is very smooth, with a touch of honey and a medium maltiness. Overall, a bit too one dimensional, and not brisk enough for my morning cup.

José Peixoto

Jan. 26, 2015

Great tea!

Likes : Great Aroma, Smooth Body, High Quality.

Best Served : Anytime.

Full bodied, a bit sweet and still elegant. Great aroma. It's a really good bet to impress, as it seems to please people with very different tastes.

Leta McKenney

Dec. 12, 2014

Sweet, easy to brew, with great color & aroma!

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, Smooth Body, High Quality.

Best Served : Anytime.

Although expensive this is a non bitter tea, that can be brewed very easily to your specific strength. I brew mine in a tea ball, on medium heat, using a stainless steel pot, with 28 oz of spring water, not tap water, for two glass mugs, that hold 14oz each. When the water starts to steam, (vapors rising), I shut off the heat and brew for 3 minutes and 30 seconds using a microwave timer. Then I shut off the heat and dunk the tea ball until I get the beautiful color I want, that also gives me the strength that I want. I then pour the tea into the two glass mugs, and let them cool down, so as not to burn my mouth, but also when the tea is too hot, the flavor isn't there. Sometimes I open the tea ball and push down on the tea with a clean thumb!...but some may not like that! This tea can also be combined with other black teas as it is so sweet and lovely. I do this with some Assam from another company, that isn't as flavorful, and this makes a wonderful blend. This is only with Mangalam and Nepal Ilam teas that I have ever been able accomplish this blend, as they are both so sweet and flavorful. Some may say mild, but I prefer flavorful. as it is difficult to over brew these two wonderful teas. No bitterness.

Lida

Nov. 25, 2014

Decidedly Ambrosial

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, Smooth Body, High Quality, Unique Flavor Profile.

Best Served : Anytime.

A superb, even an aristocratic, tea with a subtle yet bold melding of flavors. Fine wine comes to mind. Unique, fragrant, smooth, mellow, truly rich and nutty, beautifully balanced. It has a certain staying power … as in, “the melody lingers on.” A tip-top pleasure!

Chris

Nov. 19, 2014

Great morning tea

Likes : Great Aroma, Smooth Body.

Best Served : Morning.

This is a review for the Spring Mangalam Gold, which I don't see currently available. (At least, my packet does not say Summer flush and it came with a Spring sampler). This reminds me of Yunnan Gold black teas, except it is maltier and less like sweet baked bread. If I had to choose, I would take a quality Yunnan Dianhong, however, this Assam is excellent. Very smooth, wonderful aroma, and the slight astringency is thirst inducing. I really like it.

Bernadette

Oct. 28, 2014

Enjoyable anytime

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, Smooth Body, High Quality, Unique Flavor Profile.

Best Served : Anytime.

I haven't tried all the teas yet. This package was much more than I expected. The flavors and aroma are wonderful.I followed the steeping directions ..It was the best cup of tea I have had in a long time.Well worth trying the sample package of your choice.I will be ordering more soon. I highly recommend for anyone, tea drinkers...definitely give it a try.

Kevin Knox

Aug. 28, 2014

Reference-standard Assam

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, Smooth Body, High Quality, Unique Flavor Profile.

Best Served : Morning.

Since Mangalam is an estate whose teas I've been enjoying for decades I thought it would be a good choice for my first order from Teabox. The tea arrived less than a week from when I placed my order - astonishing considering the distance from India to Colorado! - and was packaged with the utmost care and precison. As for the freshness, I've only tasted such fresh under two other circumstances: when receiving FedExed samples back when I was a professional tea buyer, and when touring tea estates in Sri Lanka. As Teabox says, such freshness makes all the difference, and this lot of Mangalam has a room-filling malty pungency and vibrant, complex flavors. I'm grateful - and very impressed.

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