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SarsyPie

(119 reviews)
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Sree Sibbari Estate SGFTGFOP1 Cl. from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 22nd, 2014

I definitely get that hint of wine in the description! And I got it BEFORE I read the description, so I am pretty happy about that!

I also smelled some honey aromas, but they didn't come through in the flavor. I also smelled something like vanilla. I thought this was an interesting tea, but it had a bitter finish...

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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Just Awesome Assam from Just.Organic.Tea

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 17th, 2014

The aroma of the tea is malty and bright with a bit of a roasted peanut finish. It is a fairly mild Assam, but it is a nice aroma, even if I wish it was a bit stronger.

My cup of tea is brisk, malty, and nicely bright. Just the perfect pick-me-up for people, like me, who really need a boost in the morning. The more...

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Alex Zorach

(1405 reviews)
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Halmari Estate FTGFOP Cl. from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Dibrugarh, Assam, India

67 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 8th, 2014

The last of four rather old samples that were given to me as a gift by a friend. This one seemed to have lost a bit more of its aroma than the others did.

The dry leaf is beautiful, although slightly more broken than the others (the picture shows this quite accurately) and with a slightly lower portion of golden ti...

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Sree Sibbari Estate SGFTGFOP1 Cl. from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
May. 7th, 2014

The third of the four rather old Assam samples that I'm reviewing, thanks to one of my friends who gave them to me as she doesn't like Assam.

The dry leaf of this sample is beautiful (the picture Upton provided doesn't do it justice), mostly made of curled golden tips, with little darker leaf. Surprisingly aromatic...

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Marangi Estate FTGFOP1 (Formerly TA49) from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Golaghat, Assam, India

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 5th, 2014

Another of the old samples my friend Naomi gave to me. The dry leaf of this sample, mostly dark with a few orangish tips, had little aroma left, which made me wonder if it was more stale.

Upon brewing though, a stronger aroma came out. Brews up a bold, dark cup, with just the right amount of tannins to make it edg...

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Duflating Estate FTGFOP1 Cl/Spl. from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Jorhat, Assam, India

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 4th, 2014

One of my friends had a rather old set of Assam samplers from Upton that she had received as a gift, and she recently passed them off to me as she's less a fan of Assam. As Assam tends to keep longer than a lot of teas, I gave it a try, and I was pleasantly surprised. All four teas seem to have kept quite well. This...

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HalfShodPrince

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Irish Breakfast from Trader Joe's

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: Assam, India

67 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 13th, 2014

Trader Joe's Original Irish Breakfast is a smooth and dark tea with a welcoming and appealing aroma. The longer the tea steeps the more bitter it becomes but at the suggested time of 3 to 5 minutes you will find a wonderful cup of tea that pleases. I typically drink this at work, two to three cups each day, as a regul...

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E. Alex Gerster

(66 reviews)
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Barooti Assam (Broken Leaf with Golden Tips) from Ahmad Tea

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 1st, 2014

My local Indian Market was out of the Ahmad Kalami Assam, so I picked this one up instead. Quite different in flavor and aroma, but still an excellent value.

Brewed at 3 to 4 minutes maximum, and you get a bold, robust flavor and aroma, but with less complexity and maltiness than the Kalami Assam. The color is extr...

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Alex Zorach

(1405 reviews)
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Organic Assam Breakfast from Divinitea

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 22nd, 2014

This is a bold, rich Assam, malty, strong flavored without being overly harsh. Perhaps slightly less edgy than average for an Assam of this strength, and this could be either an asset or a downside, depending on what you are looking for.

I find this tea is able to be brewed with more leaf than I normally use for an...

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JGS1122

(66 reviews)
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Daisajan Estate GTGFOP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Tinsukia, Assam, India

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 7th, 2014

Dark honey color. Light on the tongue. Slight smoky after taste. I like it.

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spaflam

(176 reviews)
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Assam from Two Leaves and a Bud

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 7th, 2014

I am enjoying the Organic Assam from 2 leaves (and a bud) - it brews up strong but not bitter - very "clean" tasting and great for breakfast in Winter. Delicious and easy to drink.

As with all the teabags from 2 Leaves - it is over priced.

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Jose Luis Denis

(116 reviews)
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Assam Gold Rain Black Tea from Teavana

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 3rd, 2013

This tea was discontinued for teavana, It was good, but in Cha Yen Thai Tea has this tea in the ingredients.

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Alex Zorach

(1405 reviews)
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Breakfast Blend Tea Bags from Fortnum & Mason

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Assam, India

57 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 25th, 2013

I found this tea interesting in that it is in the English Breakfast style, but is made from pure Assam. The tea bag looks unimpressive--it's just a simple tea bag filled with very finely broken tea dust or fannings.

The brewed cup is not bad though. It's a little darker in color than a typical English Breakfast, w...

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JGS1122

(66 reviews)
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Borsapori Estate TGFOP1 from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Golaghat, Assam, India

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 7th, 2013

For my tastes, this is an excellent tea. Easy to sip and needs nothing added. Great taste, pleasing color and aroma.

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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Assam from Two Leaves and a Bud

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 17th, 2013

The aroma is lovely, you can certainly tell it is an Assam from the first sniff! Rich and malty. I was however, surprised by the amount of dust in the tea wrapper and then in my tea, I have not run into that before with this company's Assam.

The taste is quite good! Malty, rich, subtly sweet, and not at all bitter....

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Smithy

(14 reviews)
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Assam TGFOPS - Nonaipara from T2 Tea

Style: Assam – Region: Udalguri, Assam, India

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 21st, 2013

A very good, solid Assam. Wonderful aroma when brewed. Not the biggest flavoured nor the most malty Assam I have tried although it does have huge amounts of tannins. An enjoyable brew.

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Alex Zorach

(1405 reviews)
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Assam Tea from Mountain Rose Herbs

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 17th, 2013

Strong, unique, and very afforable!

This was an interesting tea, and completely unlike any other Assam I've sampled. The tea it seemed most similar to, to me, was actually a Keemun from Arbor teas, that was also atypical for its style.

I recommend a brief infusion: it infuses quite fast, and I find it tastes bes...

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Sylvia

(214 reviews)
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Assam Tea from Mountain Rose Herbs

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

70 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Apr. 14th, 2013

This tea has a slightly smoky, sweet aroma. The tea is kind of dry tasting, but it has a crisp flavor. It's a bit bitter when I brew it strong enough. It tastes kind of like lapsang souching. I added cream and sugar.

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Smithy

(14 reviews)
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Dimakusi Assam BOP from The Tea Centre

Style: Assam – Region: Udalguri, Assam, India

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 30th, 2013

This is quite simply, ambrosia. A truly sublime tea.

Without doubt, not just the best black tea I have tasted but the best tea itself, and the closest I have come yet to that Holy Grail of the perfect cup of tea. Lovely aroma and the flavour is perfectly balanced, strong, yet smooth, typical Assam maltiness but no b...

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Kelsey

(142 reviews)
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Barooti Assam (Broken Leaf with Golden Tips) from Ahmad Tea

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

77 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 24th, 2013

I was really impressed by the strength of this tea, especially since I was craving a coffee and given this as a substitute (no coffee on hand today!). While it wasn't as meaty as coffee, I found the brew to have a strong dark flavor that was nearly just as good. As usual, I'm equally impressed by the reasonable price...

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Alex Zorach

(1405 reviews)
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Barooti Assam (Broken Leaf with Golden Tips) from Ahmad Tea

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 19th, 2013

Yet another high-quality loose-leaf tea from Ahmad, for a very reasonable price. I was surprised that Ahmad sells this alongside their Kalami Assam, which is a whole-leaf tea in a similar price range. This tea was very different, so I can understand how they'd carry both, but I didn't like it as much.

The cup has ...

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homais

(21 reviews)
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Imperial Assam (Tea Bags) from Hampstead Tea

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 26th, 2013

I think I've found my breakfast tea, or in any case a certain kind of breakfast tea for a certain kind of mood. I think I've mentioned in other reviews that I tend to like my breakfast teas sweet, strong, and milky: my taste buds aren't so good at subtlety early in the morning.

The tea doesn't smell particularly str...

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KathDu

(1 review)
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Assam from Two Leaves and a Bud

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 24th, 2013

I love everything about this tea but the price.

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Ad-Rock

(5 reviews)
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Assam Gold Rain Black Tea from Teavana

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 22nd, 2013

If you like a strong black tea then this one is for you. This tea has the smell of a traditional Assam with a hint of a fruity undertone that you just can't put your finger on. The steeped liquor is a beautiful amber color. This tea is full bodied, strong, malty, astringent, and very tannic. This tea lingers in your mo...

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Kelsey

(142 reviews)
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Assam TGFOP Black Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 2nd, 2013

This has to be one of the best black teas that I've had so far! The tea has a smokey smell and the flavor is rich and complex, much more so than an average black tea - I look forward to having it again soon :)

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