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Linda Martin

(50 reviews)
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Kalami Assam Indian Tea from Ahmad Tea

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 12th, 2011

I highly recommend Ahmad teas. This is delicious.

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Sylvia

(214 reviews)
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Organic South Indian Select Tea from Novus Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: India

67 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Oct. 11th, 2011

This tea is pretty good. It has a nice, sweet aroma that reminds me of oolong. The flavor is pretty mild, though. I added cream and sugar.

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Darjeeling Tea from Novus Tea

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Oct. 11th, 2011

This tea is okay. I'm not sure I like Darjeeling very much. I'm starting to think I don't, in general. It has a weird flavor that I don't particularly like. This one isn't too bad compared to other ones I've tried, though. I drank it with cream and sugar.

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Darjeeling from Two Leaves and a Bud

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

53 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Oct. 9th, 2011

This tea has a sort of vegetable-like aroma that I don't like much. It's interesting, though. It has a kind of peachy flavor. I'm not a big fan of fruity teas, so I don't like it a lot, but it's okay. I added cream and sugar.

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JGS1122

(77 reviews)
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Orthodox TGFOP Darjeeling from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 29th, 2011

My first Darjeeling. The flavor is subtle, with a hint of smokiness. Very enjoyable.

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Alex Zorach

(1411 reviews)
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Darjeeling Tea from Novus Tea

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 14th, 2011

Very dark for a Darjeeling, but still relatively light body and flavor. Complex and interesting aroma, including grapes, a pleasing hint of a tobacco-like quality that I find is rare in Darjeelings, and some tones of toasted rye bread. Flavor very smooth.

Good for two flavorful infusions.

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Assam Irish Breakfast from Ronnefeldt

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: Assam, India

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

This was a solid Assam or Irish Breakfast from a tea bag, with a fairly complex aroma, definitely one of the best strong black teas I've had from such a simple tea bag of broken-leaf tea.

Sharp, edgy, piercing, yet full-bodied and having depth. Aroma has tones of malt, dried fruit, rice, and red wine. Very fresh t...

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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

(77 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

(1411 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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Thurbo Estate TGBOP Cl/Tip First Flush (DJ-25) from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Darjeeling First Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 21st, 2011

This was an interesting tea right from the first sip. Although there are some of the typical aromas characteristic of Darjeeling first flush, the overall character is somewhat different from any other teas I have had before.

Greener character, and aroma is more like Indian green teas than black teas: herbaceous ton...

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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

(1411 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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JGS1122

(77 reviews)
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Burnside Estate Special OP from Chado Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nilgiri, India

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 21st, 2011

Very smooth and subtle. Excellent flavor. If you enjoy a "delicate" cup of tea, you will love this.

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Alex Zorach

(1411 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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Darjeeling Estate Organic Black Tea from Wegmans

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 6th, 2011

I suspect this is from Makaibari estate, not just because of the fair trade and organic certification, but because it bears the familiar aroma of black teas from that garden.

This particular batch is exceptionally fruity, one of the frutiest Darjeelings I've tried yet. There is an intense grape aroma, so sweet and ...

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Finest Darjeeling from Jacksons of Piccadilly

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 17th, 2011

Generous on the leaf--the teabag reads 2.5 grams, an amount similar to what I'd use for one cup when using loose-leaf tea, and it makes me realize how much a lot of companies skimp on the leaf.

This is a broken-leaf Darjeeling, with smallish pieces of leaf . The leaf is highly heterogeneous in color: many of the le...

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marlena

(75 reviews)
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Iyerpadi Estate Organic OP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nilgiri, India

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 7th, 2011

What a lovely aroma of fresh, woodsy, sweet florals. Both the dry and wet leaves give off this great scent. The tea liquor is a medium amber and has the very pleasant taste of what I might imagine would occur if the dry forest floor were brewable, crisp, smooth, sweet, somewhat earthy - the dry crisp earthy. Perhaps...

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Arya Clonal Exclusive [DJ 125] 2009 from Thunderbolt Tea

Style: Darjeeling Autumnal Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 7th, 2011

I listed value as only a 3 because you either have to order $60 worth of tea for free shipping or pay a very large shipping cost directly from India. Aside from that, this is such a good tea. It is the first one I have had from Darjeeling that smells like toasted peanuts. It tastes nutty and earthy and toasty. Not a...

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Bartleby Scrivener

(1 review)
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Darjeeling 2nd Flush Muscatel from Rishi Tea

Style: Darjeeling Second Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 2nd, 2011

My wife's favorite tea. It is indeed fruity and floral. I'm still developing my tea tastebuds but this one is very tasty. It does have a bit of astringency in the aftertaste. Better than other Darjeelings I've tried.

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Alex Zorach

(1411 reviews)
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Organic South Indian Select Tea from Novus Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: India

70 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Feb. 13th, 2011

This tea was outstanding but I did not find that it fit its commercial description. I don't notice any wood-like aroma nor would I describe this tea as brisk. It shares many characteristics with a highly tannic Assam, but it is smoother, with little bitterness or astringency.

Aroma is mostly of sweet, dark dried f...

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Nilgiri Select Black Tea from Wegmans

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nilgiri, India

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 24th, 2011

This was my first Nilgiri tea. I have heard Nilgiris described as being similar to Ceylon and I can see this. It's definitely more similar to a a lower-elevation Ceylon than it is to any other Indian tea I've tried. I don't notice much high-grown character in this tea.

I also think it's reminiscent of a Hubei Kee...

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teaHappiness

(12 reviews)
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Darjeeling Margaret's Hope Autumnal from TeaGschwendner

Style: Darjeeling Autumnal Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 14th, 2011

The liquor has a beautiful floral aroma with that sweet darjeeling muscatel scent. In taste, it is not as delicate as a first flush. It is bold, but without much of the floral notes that 2nd flushes usually have. It does have the soft mouthfeel described by the vendor, but I did not detect any woody notes. The tea is a...

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