Malty Flavor

Fully oxidized tea leaves for a robust cup.

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Malty Flavor

by sneakers » Apr 28th 09 7:10 am

I've seen teas described as "malty." I understand smoky, fruity, bitter, acerbic, astringent, but malty draws a blank for me. Can anyone compare it to something for me? Please don't say "tasting like malt." LOL.

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by woozl » Apr 28th 09 9:19 am

Thick brown beer, i.e. porter or stout can be "malty"
Sappy, semi sweet, mouth feel.
Hope that helps.

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by Ritva » Apr 28th 09 9:24 am

If you've ever tasted a beverage called Ovaltine (or Ovomaltine as it's called in some countries) you should be familiar with malty taste. I never drink beer but I assume there is some malty taste in beer as well (since it's made using malt :wink:) . I have Sichuan gong fu and Yunnan pure gold from Teaspring and they have very delicious malty taste, especially Sichuan gong fu.

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by olivierco » Apr 28th 09 11:46 am

Ritva wrote:If you've ever tasted a beverage called Ovaltine (or Ovomaltine as it's called in some countries) you should be familiar with malty taste.
In fact the original name is Ovomaltine.

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by Chip » Apr 28th 09 12:54 pm

Try sevaral Assams, you will come to understand malty. Not all Assams are malty, but they are best known for it.

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by Beidao » May 4th 09 7:36 am

I say malty when a tea - the aroma and the flavour - makes me think of bear, bread and cereals. It also has something to do with the heaviness of the tea for me.

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by sneakers » May 12th 09 5:23 am

Beidao wrote:I say malty when a tea - the aroma and the flavour - makes me think of bear, bread and cereals. It also has something to do with the heaviness of the tea for me.
I've been locked out of the forum for ages, and couldn't re-register. :cry: :cry:

Wouldn't want a tea that tastes of bear, but bears might like a tea that tastes of me. :P

I've never had beer or Ovaltine, and I've had many Assams, but still can't pinpoint the flavor. By bread and cereal, I presume you mean yeasty.

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by Intuit » May 12th 09 4:30 pm

Grain is the common feature of descriptions of 'malty' flavor (bread, beer), because it relates to the release of amino acids during the fermentation process.

These amino acids serve as carbon source for fermentation microbes in the making of bread and beer. The yeasty flavor of whey fermentation products also relates to the release of amino acids that contribute to the rich flavor of fermented dairy products.

In tea processing, it's plant-induced hydrolysis following tea leaf damage that causes the efflux of certain amino acids (and not actual microbial fermentation) that that contribute malty flavor to tea infusions. These amino acids enriched in teas from India due in part to the cultivars employed and in part to the soil and growing conditions.

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by Beidao » May 12th 09 5:30 pm

sneakers wrote:
Beidao wrote:I say malty when a tea - the aroma and the flavour - makes me think of bear, bread and cereals. It also has something to do with the heaviness of the tea for me.
I've been locked out of the forum for ages, and couldn't re-register. :cry: :cry:

Wouldn't want a tea that tastes of bear, but bears might like a tea that tastes of me. :P

I've never had beer or Ovaltine, and I've had many Assams, but still can't pinpoint the flavor. By bread and cereal, I presume you mean yeasty.
No, I don't think I mean yeasty. More the sort of a flavour that is the same in breakfast cereal and bread. Never had a breakfast cereal tasting like yeast. Excuse me my "animalism", even though a bear-tasting tea would be very interesting :wink: Of course I mean beer. Being a non-native-English-speaker can at least make people laugh :P

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by teanoob » May 13th 09 2:32 am

Why did they call it ovaltine when it came in a round tin :P

Sorry couldn't resist for those of you who don't know that's a seinfeld quote

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by sneakers » May 13th 09 3:38 am

Floury? Wheat-y? dough-y?

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by Beidao » May 13th 09 8:20 am

Well, wheat-y, maybe, but floury... no... that sounds yucky. Like drinking flour blended with water :? And doughy sounds sweet to my ears. This is the hard part with tea taste describing - the common words does not sound right to everyone. We had a long discussion here about the word "vegetal" some months ago.

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by sneakers » May 13th 09 8:47 pm

OK, I might have to taste beer to get it.

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by bsteele » May 13th 09 9:13 pm

yes... I may need to drink a beer too... you know... in the name of science

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by sneakers » May 14th 09 12:55 am

I didn't say "drink," just "taste." It will be a great sacrifice but I'll have a cup of tea handy to wash out the taste.