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Total Amateur

(16 reviews)
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Assam Harmony from Adagio Teas

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 14th, 2015

It reminds me of Adagio's english breakfast, but a little more bitter and with more flavor in general. At first I thought it was overwhelmingly bitter, but I got used to it. It's hearty, with some sweetness. Very astringent. Earthy. Fruity, maybe including a bit of lemon.

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JGS1122

(66 reviews)
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Langharjan Estate TGFOP1 from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Dibrugarh, Assam, India

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 21st, 2015

Nice color, but very mild flavor.

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Alex Zorach

(1402 reviews)
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Tippy Orthodox GBOP Assam from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 19th, 2015

I had the opportunity to try some top-notch Assams lately, top grades of single estate teas, and this was a much lower grade, broken leaf, and blended, but it was surprisingly good for what it is.

The brewed cup isn't quite as malty as I usually expect for an Assam. It has some pleasant fruity notes in the aroma, a...

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JGS1122

(66 reviews)
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Kalami Assam Indian Tea from Ahmad Tea

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 7th, 2015

Beautiful color. Good flavor. A solid Assam.

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Alex Zorach

(1402 reviews)
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Mankota Exotic Assam Black Tea Second Flush from Golden Tips

Style: Assam – Region: Dibrugarh, Assam, India

88 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 17th, 2015

An earthy, complex tea whose true colors only seem to come out if brewed strongly.

The leaf of this is well-formed, but mostly dark (darker than suggested by the picture), and it has a strong and deep aroma, like a classic or typical Assam but with more complexity, more earthy and vegetal.

Produces a cup with a p...

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Halmari Gold Assam Black Tea Second Flush (Clonal) from Golden Tips

Style: Assam – Region: Dibrugarh, Assam, India

91 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 3rd, 2015

Golden Tips describes this on their website as a pretty exceptional tea, and I think it fully lived up to the description.

The dry leaf, beautifully curled and full of bright orange tip, is the most aromatic of any Assam I've encountered, with an intensely malty aroma, suggesting rye malt, and spicy as well.

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Assam Boisahabi Malty Second Flush from TeaGschwendner

Style: Assam – Region: Jorhat, Assam, India

84 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 10th, 2015

A very enjoyable, almost prototypical Assam, but of very good quality. Another of the many samples recently brought back to me from Germany.

Dry leaf aromatic, but doesn't quite betray the true beauty of this tea.

Upon brewing, produces a richly aromatic cup, full-bodied, and with both warming and cooling qualit...

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JGS1122

(66 reviews)
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Satrupa Estate TGOF from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Tinsukia, Assam, India

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 26th, 2014

Dark brown liquor. Mild flavor and aroma. A bit "anemic" for my taste. I never use milk or sugar, I think this tea would be overwhelmed by either.

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Alex Zorach

(1402 reviews)
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Orthodox STGFOP from Ghograjan Tea Estate

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

88 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 21st, 2014

Singular among Assams, in its smoothness and unusual vegetal characters.

Dry leaf is not very aromatic, having a faint aroma of malt and fruit, but looks beautifully formed, with intact wiry, twisted leaf with golden tips.

Upon brewing, becomes pleasantly aromatic. Aroma is highly vegetal among Assam teas, remin...

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Assam from Joseph Wesley Black Tea

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

56 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Nov. 26th, 2014

I gave this tea a poor review back in November of 2014, but my brother picked up some more for me, in Detroit, and I gave it another try. It still was my least favorite of the Joseph Wesley teas.

My old review:

The first tea from Joseph Wesley to truly disappoint. The disparity in quality from the other teas is...

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Kelsey

(142 reviews)
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Assam SFTGBOP Tonga Second Flush from TeaGschwendner

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 1st, 2014

I'm having mixed feelings about this tea. Initially the smell was amazing, the dry leaf had a complex and spicy aroma. I wasn't as excited about the smell of the tea once it was brewed, the smell lost all of it's spice tones and reminded me of most basic black teas. The taste was pretty basic as well and also remind...

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Alex Zorach

(1402 reviews)
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Assam SFTGBOP Tonga Second Flush from TeaGschwendner

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 31st, 2014

A sample from the store in Regensburg, Germany. Thank you for the sample!

Dry leaf has a remarkable aroma, strong, spicy and fruity, reminiscent of potpourri. The smell of the dry leaf is incredibly pleasant, and is what I liked most about this tea, although the rest was enjoyable too.

The brewed cup is much mo...

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Tee Pyramide Assam BOP Bio from Heimbs

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 2/5
Oct. 26th, 2014

Served at the Carolaschlösschen, the cafe on the Carolasee in the Großer Garten, Dresden, Germany. The most expensive cup of tea I had in Germany (at 4 Euro) but a contender for the best.

This was a very potent Assam, edgy, but with a rich aroma. Strongly malty, with notes of dried fruit. This would be an excel...

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Brytta Sóþword

(315 reviews)
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Assam from Two Leaves and a Bud

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Oct. 5th, 2014

Not bad for a black tea. Detected a little bitterness in the finish, but it wasn't off putting. Also smelled and tasted subtly raisin-like. Not bad, but not outstanding and not my personal favorite style of tea--especially given that it's rather pricey.

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JGS1122

(66 reviews)
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Jaboka Estate FOF from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Sivasagar, Assam, India

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 5th, 2014

A nice mild earthy smell to this tea. Dark honey color liquor. A good fannings grade.

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E. Alex Gerster

(66 reviews)
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Organic Assam Breakfast from Republic of Tea

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

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

Saw this Organic Assam on the Republic of Tea website and fondly remembered the Temi SFTGFOP1 First Flush Black Tea that Alex Zorach had sent me a sample of last year, so I had to give it a try.

This tea is organic TGFOP1 full leaf from the Hunwal Tea Estate, in the Jorhat area of Assam. Hunwal rises into the hills ...

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geologyguy

(108 reviews)
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Assam from Two Leaves and a Bud

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

47 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
May. 27th, 2014

smells like a strong black tea...value as described by @Alex Z....flavor is at you would expect with a slightly bitter finish...very middle of the road

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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

(1402 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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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

(1402 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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