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Alex Zorach

(1387 reviews)
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Mouling Estate SFTGFOP Arunachal Pradesh White Tea from Upton Tea Imports

Style: White Tea – Region: Arunachal Pradesh, India

54 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Dec. 9th, 2018

An exorbitantly-priced tea that didn't deliver the quality I demand in this price range, and in the end, wasn't that enjoyable to drink. This is the first white tea I have ever tried that was produced in any region of northeast India other than Darjeeling. I remain open minded, but this experience was a let-down. Thin-...

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Difflugia

(84 reviews)
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Assam Tea from 24 Mantra Organic

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 9th, 2018

I bought this tea as a grey market item from a nearby Indian grocery store. Lately, I've tried and enjoyed a number of teas from Indian brands and this one is no exception.

As far as appearance, the dry CTC "crumbs" are larger and slightly lighter in color than those of most other CTC teas. The brewing tea reminds m...

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Alex Zorach

(1387 reviews)

Assam FTGFOP1 Tonganagaon from Socra Tea Detroit

Style: Assam – Region: Tinsukia, Assam, India

79 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 27th, 2018

A fairly typical Assam of slightly-above-average quality. This was one of four teas we tried on our recent visit to Socra Tea Detroit, a great cafe and tea shop that I recommend checking out if you're in the area.

I've now tried three teas from Tonganagaon estate, a tea garden in upper Assam that seems to produce sm...

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JGS1122

(64 reviews)
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Assam from Mark T. Wendell

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 3rd, 2018

A nice earthy aroma. Deep amber liquor. Strong malty flavor.

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Assam - Beesakopie Black Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Assam – Region: Tinsukia, Assam, India

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 31st, 2018

The aroma has a slight earthy with hint of chocolate smell. Taste is clean without a strong after taste, slight hint of honey, smooth and mild. Nice amber color. I made it 'strong' with heaping teaspoons and 5 minute steep. This will be easy to drink all day. I never use milk or sugar.

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Tchuggin' Okie

(184 reviews)
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Chai Classic (Formerly Organic Tazo Chai) from Tazo Tea

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Assam, India

74 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 30th, 2018

Bags of this tea came from a conference's coffee-break session, alongside a bunch of other Tazo and Bigelow teas that I mostly have tried already. Somehow, despite liking chai a lot, I hadn't had this one yet. It's a keeper—not the best chai I've chugged, but very satisfying, robust, and sharp. My wife likes to pa...

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Alex Zorach

(1387 reviews)
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Darjeeling, Puttabong Estate, 1st Flush from Simpson & Vail

Style: Darjeeling First Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

84 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 25th, 2018

A tricky-to-brew tea that reminded me a lot of green oolongs from Taiwan, and required a lower water temperature to brew to satisfaction.

The dry leaf, quite broken, is an intense green color, like a lot of good Darjeeling first flush. It looks exactly like pictured in the company photo (I appreciate honest photogra...

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Evertiro

(55 reviews)
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Mango Chili Bang Bang from Good Earth Teas

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: India

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 18th, 2018

My review of the Sweet & Spicy tea from Good Earth prompted me to do a little more digging on what they had available that ISN'T available in my local grocery. I found them to have a decent variety of unique teas, and this one in particular caught my eye. As such, I ended up purchasing what they call the Get Wild sampl...

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Alex Zorach

(1387 reviews)
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Nilgiri Korakundah Estate - Organic FOP/FBOP from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nilgiri, India

71 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 16th, 2018

A beautifully aromatic tea that a strong bitterness and thin body. I found it tricky to brew to satisfaction. I have now sampled three teas from Korakundah estate, and I find they are all a bit like this, although I think this was by far my favorite of the three. Thank you to Simpson & Vail for the free sample!

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Evertiro

(55 reviews)
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Assam Black Tea Bags from Mana Organics

Style: Assam – Region: Tinsukia, Assam, India

40 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 16th, 2018

The flavor of this tea reminded me of something from my first sip, but what eluded me for quite a while. It wasn't until I actually sat down and read the official description that I finally figured out what it was. The Mana Organics website indicates that it is "a blend of malt and sweet." This description couldn't be ...

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Thrive from Organic India

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: India

50 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 8th, 2018

I'll admit that I'm new to "wellness" teas, and holy basil in particular. That said, this tea does provide a unique experience. I can't really say much about the aroma... it's herbal for sure, but I can't really place what it reminds me of. The flavor isn't what I expected at all. It does taste like what I'd expect fro...

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Alex

(45 reviews)

Seeyok First Flush Darjeeling from Coffee and Tea Exchange

Style: Darjeeling First Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

88 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 18th, 2018

With the most prominent notes being pineapple, cranberry, and lemongrass, this tea is almost like drinking tart fruit juice. I love it because of that, but I can see others disliking it for the same reason. I taste a bit of honey as well. First flush is stereotyped as floral, but I don't get a lot of that here. There a...

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Darjeeling (Sachets) from Hampstead Tea

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

75 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 30th, 2018

This actually tastes like Darjeeling: the fruity, woody notes are similar to the loose leaf Darjeeling teas I've had, and it even has that smooth muscatel flavor (or at least the flavor I taste in most Darjeeling tea that I associate with the word "muscatel"). I guess this shouldn't have surprised me as much as it did...

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Difflugia

(84 reviews)
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Darjeeling Tea from Lipton Tea

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

72 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 18th, 2018

Lipton Darjeeling Tea used to be known as "Lipton Green Label" and is packaged for sale in India. I buy this tea as a gray market item at a local Indian convenience store.

This tea is better quality than one might expect from Lipton and is overall a medium-quality Darjeeling. The tea appears to be mostly whole, smal...

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Republic Darjeeling from Republic of Tea

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

70 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Jul. 9th, 2018

The tea is made up of large, but broken pieces of leaf. The description says that the tea is graded TGFOP (Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe), though, which should be mostly whole leaves. There is a reasonable proportion of tips, so it is decent quality tea, but not as good as I expected from the description or the pri...

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Lurloo Lokkintoo

(14 reviews)
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Darjeeling from Twinings

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

45 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 29th, 2018

It's fine. It's just not for me. "Darjeeling" (where'd they come up with that name??) won't commit to woody, smoky, or neither. It's a little of each, and I like tea's that COMMIT to certain flavors... It's not distinctive enough, my friends. It just isn't, friends.

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JGS1122

(64 reviews)
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Tonganagaon Broken from Harney and Sons

Style: Assam – Region: Tinsukia, Assam, India

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 28th, 2018

Nice deep amber liquor, very pleasant aroma and taste. This is a great every day tea. Good flavor makes it easy to sip all day. I will be buying more in the future.

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Alex Zorach

(1387 reviews)
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Ramanugger Estate FTGFOP1 Organic from Upton Tea Imports

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

74 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
May. 21st, 2018

I specifically sought this tea out because it was from a region of Assam that is a little higher-altitude, and from where I hadn't previously tried any teas. Interestingly, it did taste a little more like a Darjeeling and other high-grown Himalayan region teas. Although I thought it was a very good tea, I liked it less...

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Alex

(45 reviews)
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Nilgiri Blue Mountain from Jasmine Pearl Tea Company

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nilgiri, India

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
May. 13th, 2018

This is an odd tea. Very mild aroma, extremely mellow woody flavor, but then there's the most wonderfully fruity finish if you brew it just right. I feel like it would be better in a blend than on its own, with something else adding more body and flavor and this tea providing its lingering fruity finish. I did try blen...

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Royal Golden Assam from Octavia Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Assam, India

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
May. 6th, 2018

While the dry leaves have a more mildly fruity generic black tea sort of smell, the brewed tea has a wonderfully sweet aroma of figs and raisins, and a similar taste. It's actually hard to taste anything else because of the strength of those notes: there's a background earthiness or something to add some substance and ...

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Alex Zorach

(1387 reviews)
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Assam Nokhroy Estate Black Tea (STGSOP1) from Simpson & Vail

Style: Assam – Region: Tinsukia, Assam, India

91 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 17th, 2018

This was a wonderfully smooth-flavored Assam, yet with good strength and complexity, and a great price. Thank you to Simpson & Vail for this sample!

Dry leaf, which is fine, curly, and has a moderate amount of golden tip, has an interesting aroma, initially there's a slight burned quality, suggestive of candle wax, ...

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Marangi Estate TGFOP1 from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Golaghat, Assam, India

75 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 12th, 2018

A subdued but rather strange Assam tea, muted in flavor and with a few off qualities.

This tea was kind of fascinating to review because I just tried a tea of a higher grade, from the same estate, from a different company, Simpson & Vail. I was surprised at how different the teas were. The difference of adding that ...

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Trailesque

(18 reviews)
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Season's Pick Assam GFOP Organic from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 6th, 2018

Nutty and flavorful, but still pleasantly smooth. A good Assam imo.

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JGS1122

(64 reviews)
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Darjeeling from Mark T. Wendell

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

65 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 6th, 2018

Mild aroma and flavor. Nice amber liquor. Subtle after taste.

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Trailesque

(18 reviews)
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Daisajan Estate TGFOP1 from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Tinsukia, Assam, India

65 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 4th, 2018

A fairly mild and smooth Assam, with noticeable iron-like tannin notes.

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