The Brahmin (Blend No. 18) by Steven Smith Teamaker is a blend of full leaf Assam, Ceylon, and Keemun teas. Assam is the dominant flavor here, creating an extremely malty tea with a slightly bitter edge. It's a robust cup with earthy flavors up front, plus hints of sage and thyme. The package suggests steeping the tea for five minutes, but we felt the tea became overly tannic; two minutes produces a more rounded cup.
We preferred the fragrant Lord Bergamot (Blend No. 55), a twist on traditional Earl Grey tea that marries bergamot with whole leaf Ceylon Dimbulla, Uva, and Assam teas. It's smooth and complex, with a rich roasted-orange flavor. As with the Brahmin, the malt from the Assam is prominent, but here it pairs well with the bergamot and other teas, resulting in a deep and slightly smoky flavor. This blend beautifully balances fruit and earthy notes, and it would be the ultimate pairing for marmalade and whole grain toast.
Available online $11.99 for 15 sachets.