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Alex Zorach

(1405 reviews)
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Daisajan Estate GBOP(S) from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Tinsukia, Assam, India

43 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Aug. 14th, 2011

The dry leaf had an appealing smell, but this tea failed to impress me.

Flavor is rather savory, quite sour, and barely bitter at all. I prefer bitter to sour flavors in my tea. Aroma is muddled: slightly smoky, slightly malty, slightly herbaceous. Slightly peppery like some Yunnan teas and with some vegetal qual...

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JGS1122

(66 reviews)
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Tippy Orthodox GBOP Assam from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 9th, 2011

Nice deep reddish brown liquor. I'd say a wonderful every day Assam. The price is right. The loose tea has a great aroma and inviting appearance. For the price you can't go wrong. It would be fantastic for anyone making their special blends.

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Alex Zorach

(1405 reviews)
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Koilamari Estate GFBOP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Lakhimpur, Assam, India

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 29th, 2011

The dry leaf has a very strong, sweet, and deep fruity aroma, like candied fruit.

When I brewed the cup, for only 3 minutes, the initial aroma was among the most powerful of any Assam I have tried. This tea is strong, with an edge and a good amount of bitterness, but it is also somewhat light. Tastes more high-gro...

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chailover2011

(3 reviews)
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Assam Gold Rain Black Tea from Teavana

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

37 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 1/5
Jun. 18th, 2011

Another disappointment from Teavana. Recommended by the shop clerk for me since I love strong black flavorful teas. Aroma was tempting, but no matter how strong I brew it, there is zero taste! Flat, boring, tastless tea with nice color. Won't buy again.

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Alex Zorach

(1405 reviews)
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Sessa 'B' Estate STGFOP1(S) from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Dibrugarh, Assam, India

53 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 14th, 2011

This is a whole-leaf tea but I was less impressed with it relative to other broken-leaf teas I have tried lately.

Brewed as instructed, this is a strong Assam with a classic flavor profile, malty, tannic, slightly savory. I find Upton's description made me expect a smoother tea than this is.

Some Assams have the...

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Joseph

(10 reviews)
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Irish Breakfast from Trader Joe's

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: Assam, India

50 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 2nd, 2011

TJ's version of Irish Breakfast tastes like primarily Kenyan OP with a bit of Assam added for depth and body. There is not much of the malty character I look for in an Irish Breakfast tea. I have some loose leaf single estate Kenyan OP's which taste and smell very similar and make great iced tea. I think iced tea is wh...

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Alex Zorach

(1405 reviews)
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Harmutty Estate STGFOP1S from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Lakhimpur, Assam, India

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
May. 15th, 2011

A very strong Assam, stronger than Upton's description makes it sound. Very full flavor: fairly bitter, slightly sour, very savory, and even slightly salty. Aroma is spicy, suggesting allspice and black pepper. Also a bit smoky, with some fruity tones as well. Peppery finish.

Interesting, but a bit too strong fo...

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Dejoo Estate TGFOP(S) from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Lakhimpur, Assam, India

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 15th, 2011

Dry leaf's aroma is more suggestive of a Keemun than an Assam. Brewing, I find this tea fits Upton's description very closely:

It's deep and malty, a faint hint of fruitiness (less than the dry leaf suggests), dark, but very smooth, and with some fresh herbaceous tones. Strong but without being overly bitter. Som...

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teaHappiness

(12 reviews)
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Assam from Two Leaves and a Bud

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 7th, 2011

This is a very mild Assam. It is super smooth and has no bitterness whatsoever. To me it tastes like malty, liquid honey. It is super sweet, thick, and smooth. It has a sweet smell, similar to a raisin or apricot, with a slight tobacco aroma. When I taste it however, the only flavors that come through for me are the...

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JGS1122

(66 reviews)
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Koilamari Estate TGFOP1 from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Lakhimpur, Assam, India

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 17th, 2010

What can I say? I'm am an Assam lover. This is an excellent choice, solid flavor. Very enjoyable.

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MimiG

(46 reviews)
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Assam from Two Leaves and a Bud

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 1st, 2010

I really liked this tea. It wasn't too strong or acidic and had a nice flavor.

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marlena

(75 reviews)
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Honey n' Cream (???) from Assam Tea Company

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 26th, 2010

Yum, what a nice tea. Be sure to brew for just 3 minutes. It is very smooth, with hints of nuts and fruit, along with a good bit of sweetness. There's a little bite at the end to ground it. Very good tea

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Melissa Wrzesniewsky

(12 reviews)
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Banaspaty Bliss Tea from LeafSpa

Style: Assam – Region: Karbi Anglong, Assam, India

80 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 29th, 2010

Mmm! What wonderful tea. I really enjoyed the complexity of the honey tones, the tobacco notes as well as some forest flavors. A great tea!

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Alex Zorach

(1405 reviews)
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Assam Gold Rain Black Tea from Teavana

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 2nd, 2010

The dry leaf is by far the fruitiest-smelling Assam that I have yet encountered...but upon brewing it's a little less fruity. This is a very strong tea...when brewed it's maltier than fruity, and has a fairly tannic aftertaste like Teavana describes. Bitter and somewhat astringent...I've had much smoother Assams.

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Rene

(18 reviews)

220 Assam Malty FBOP from SpecialTeas

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

60 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 9th, 2010

My favorite of the low priced Assam from special tea's. Very rich in flavor,though if you are a lover of malty Assam you will find this tea to be lacking a truly strong malty-ness. If you are like me then I suggest Yamamotoyama's orange pekoe.

Overall a good tea.

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249 Assam TGFOP-1 House Blend from SpecialTeas

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 9th, 2010

Rich malty flavor with a fruitiness.

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Mangalam Estate Assam FTGFOP from ITO EN

Style: Assam – Region: Sivasagar, Assam, India

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 8th, 2010

Note:
I am reviewing the Mangalam FBOP

not a typical malty assam, smooth and mild. Aroma and flavor are lacking, but for the price a great bargain.

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Alex Zorach

(1405 reviews)
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Tippy Assam from Williamson Tea

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 4th, 2010

A bold and powerful tea but with some complexity. Fine broken leaf. Infuses quickly...I recommend one and a half minutes, and using less than a teaspoon of leaves. However, if you enjoy a stronger cup, this tea does not get as astringent as you might expect if you brew it longer.

Aroma malty, slightly more vegeta...

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Will

(1 review)
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Assam Gold Rain Black Tea from Teavana

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 7th, 2009

This tea has amazing subtle fruity overtones. i don't know how that can be produced by a black tea which I always thought of as strong and bitter. The fruit i think of when drinking this tea is a mirabelle, a small french apricot like fruit.

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Josh

(3 reviews)
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Assam Harmony from Adagio Teas

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

93 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 5th, 2009

This is one of the most wonderful teas I have ever tasted. It's complex, sweet, and has a hint of apricot to it. I get it with every purchase from Adagio.

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Joanna

(1 review)
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Assam from Two Leaves and a Bud

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 4th, 2009

This tea is very mild in flavor. I like it because it's pleasant, not at all overpowering even if you leave the tea bag in your cup and doesn't leave an unpleasant aftertaste in your mouth.

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Anne

(34 reviews)
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Assam from Two Leaves and a Bud

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

37 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Oct. 12th, 2009

My reaction to this tea was pretty much: eh. I resent paying luxury rates for a tea that tastes like a budget hotel.

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Alex Zorach

(1405 reviews)
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Assam from Two Leaves and a Bud

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

68 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 4th, 2009

Mellow, smooth, rich malty flavor. Deep red color; little bitterness or astringency. Very enjoyable. I find this tea grows on me. There is a suggestion of sweet fruit in the aroma, almost like baked apples.

Two leaves and a bud recommends a 4-minute infusion. I prefer a 2-minute infusion followed by a second 4-...

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