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Difflugia

(147 reviews)
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Assam Tea Bags from Taylors of Harrogate

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

68 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 4th, 2020

The dry tea has almost no odor at all. The teabag smells slightly woody, which could either be from the tea or the paper. The tea looks to be CTC pellets that were ground up further. I wonder if the "Pure Assam" that this tea seems to have replaced was orthodox tea and that's the difference.

This tea smells tannic a...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(265 reviews)
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Organic Darjeeling Green Tea from Trader Joe's

Style: Darjeeling Green Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

43 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 17th, 2020

Similarly to my review of TJ's Darjeeling white tea, I hope this isn't very representative of Darjeeling greens; for it lacks aroma and flavor. The dry-bag aroma is basically nil, with the in-cup scent only very faint. Only the wet bag has something resembling a smell I would associate with green tea, and it's still ...

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Organic Spring Blossom White Tea from Trader Joe's

Style: White Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

41 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Feb. 10th, 2020

This was my first Darjeeling white tea, and it's about as impressive as sitting through an hour-long staff meeting with a well-advertised, nicely dressed, but ultimately monotonic guest speaker droning on about an uninteresting subject.

At first, I was intrigued. The best part of the experience was the dry-bag ar...

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Gray

(39 reviews)
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Organic Darjeeling from Harney and Sons

Style: Darjeeling Second Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

0 / 100 Aroma: 1/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 1/5
Feb. 7th, 2020

I suspected something was wrong with the quality (or lack thereof) of this tea when I opened up the tin and there was no scent. (Side note: The best by date isn't for about 2 years, so that's not the issue.) Some teas have a very, very light scent, though. So, I tried to suspend judgment and brewed a cup as the packagi...

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JGS1122

(75 reviews)
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Earl Grey Imperial from Mariage Freres

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 9th, 2020

I enjoyed this tea. This tea has a nice light yellowish amber color. Mild in taste with a nice hint of bergamot. Does not linger on the tongue. Milk, cream, or sugar would probably over power this tea.

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Trailesque

(82 reviews)
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C.T.C. Irish Breakfast Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: Assam, India

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 30th, 2019

A blend of Assam teas that turns out to be smooth and flavorful, and offered at an excellent price by Upton. It has been one of their top sellers, for a long time, and it is not hard to see why. This does not have the rough edges or iron notes that some breakfast teas have. It is earthy, nutty, and not a challenge t...

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Difflugia

(147 reviews)
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Afternoon Darjeeling Tea Bags from Taylors of Harrogate

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

64 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 21st, 2019

The dry tea is chopped up quite fine. It looks like a typical Darjeeling, having a range of colors from light green to a dark brown, indicating a range of oxidations. Taylor's puts 2.5 grams of tea in their bags, splitting the difference between the typical American 2 grams and the 3 grams of many English bagged teas.
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Cheese

(1 review)
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Darjeeling Avongrove Second Flush Organic from TeaGschwendner

Style: Darjeeling Second Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 17th, 2019

Loved it. Smoother than a standard black darjeeling, but same iconic after taste.

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Alex Zorach

(1410 reviews)
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Dinjoye TGBOP from TeaSource

Style: Assam – Region: Dibrugarh, Assam, India

88 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 17th, 2019

I was excited and curious to order from TeaSource, and this was one of the first teas I tried. I have been impressed with all of the teas I've tried, including this one.

The leaf is strongly aromatic and pleasant, mostly a malty smell, and it also gives off the sense that this tea packs a punch.

The brewed cup is...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(265 reviews)
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Darjeeling Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

71 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 18th, 2019

We first found this in an estate-sale pantry. Then my wife bought another box, because she enjoyed it as a morning and midday tea, when she didn't want something quite as potent as her favorite Assam or Irish breakfast blends. Loath to pilfer her teas and disharmonize domestic tranquility, I've just had a couple bags...

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JGS1122

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

Style: Assam – Region: Tinsukia, Assam, India

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 28th, 2019

It was a bit of challenge to describe the aroma. I finally decided on 'sweet pine'. There is a 'wood' aroma with a definite 'sweet' under tone. The liquor is a deep amber color, malty. I'm not catching any 'peppery' after taste. A decent Assam. Good price for a good tea.

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Difflugia

(147 reviews)
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Darjeeling (Loose) from Twinings

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

57 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Apr. 4th, 2019

At first glance, the tea looks odd for Twinings. Twinings's loose teas are usually broken leaf, but the pieces are much larger and appear to be better quality than what goes into the teabags. The Darjeeling is different. The loose tea pieces are tiny and uniform and look exactly like what goes into the teabags. Like mo...

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Bokaba

(1 review)
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Kalami Assam Indian Tea from Ahmad Tea

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 30th, 2019

Ahmad Tea provides some of the best values in entry-level loose leaf tea out there.

Their Kalami Assam beautifully exemplifies all that we adore about Assam teas. The leaf aroma is malty, earthy, and slightly vegetal.

I used 1 tsp per cup infused for about 4 minutes. Brew is richly brown and copper in the cup. ...

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Derick

(9 reviews)
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Assam Melody from Adagio Teas

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 19th, 2019

One of my favorite non-blended teas, the base tea for breakfast teas (in my opinion.)

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Difflugia

(147 reviews)
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Darjeeling Tea from Tradition

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

88 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 12th, 2019

The oversized bags contain nearly 3g of medium-sized (for loose leaf tea) broken leaf pieces. It's definitely not a typical Darjeeling, though. Most Darjeelings are less oxidized than other black teas and tend to have more vegetal or floral aroma notes. This one's different. There's no green apparent on the leaves and ...

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Trailesque

(82 reviews)

Upton Heritage Assam Green from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam Green – Region: Assam, India

35 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 1/5
Mar. 9th, 2019

This has a nice aroma, but a pretty insipid flavor with a little bitter bite to it.

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Difflugia

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Aged Earl Grey™ - Bergamot Black from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Assam, India

67 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Mar. 9th, 2019

This is one of the best Earl Greys I've had. The base tea is wonderful and the bergamot is subtle. Note that I'm saying that "subtle" is a positive thing, so if you like Earl Grey with a powerful citrus flavor, then this one might not be what you're looking for.

That said, the tea is extremely mellow for an Assam in...

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Kalami Assam Indian Tea from Ahmad Tea

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 7th, 2019

Based on the previous reviews, I bought a pound box of this tea. Most of what I could say was already said by Alex in their spot-on review. I find that I get the best cup of tea by allowing it to steep for ten minutes or so.

Even with such a long steep, the bitterness is understated for an Assam. Though the tea gets...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(265 reviews)
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Assam Shankar: Finest Second Flush from Fortnum & Mason

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

58 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 24th, 2019

My wife's acquaintance's mom, who had passed away recently, bought this tea in London but never opened it. Since we like tea, we ended up with it from her estate sale. It's odd how, since I've started reviewing here, teas seem to fall out of the sky and into my hands through a variety of fortuitous circumstances, in ...

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Trailesque

(82 reviews)
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Duflating Estate FTGFOP1 Cl/Spl. from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Jorhat, Assam, India

85 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 13th, 2019

This is a very nice Assam with a complex and enjoyable taste. Pricey but good.

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Alex Zorach

(1410 reviews)
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Assam Malty Broken Herrentee from Teekörbchen Gelnhausen

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

87 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 29th, 2019

A remarkably smooth tea able to be brewed super strongly. This tea reminded me of Kenyan teas: it was strong and smooth, and not terribly aromatic, but with some of the qualities I like best in a tea.

This was the lowest grade of the three teas I tried from this company, and it was still surprisingly good. The leaf ...

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Bio Assam GFBOP Rembeng from Teekörbchen Gelnhausen

Style: Assam – Region: Nagaon, Assam, India

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 28th, 2019

A brisk Assam with a slight harshness, but also more interesting than most.

Thank you to my friend Janina for bringing this back to me from Germany! This was one of three Assams I sampled from Teekörbchen Gelnhausen, and it was good, and aptly described. It's also the first tea I've sampled from Nagaon, a district ...

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Trailesque

(82 reviews)
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Traditional Masala Chai from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: India

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 22nd, 2019

This is a finely ground mainstream Indian tea with the spices (cinnamon, cardomom, ginger, and clove) mixed in with it. It is not as good as making chai with fresh spices, but this makes a perfectly acceptable masala chai.

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Namring Estate FTGFOP1 In-Between (DJ-44) from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Darjeeling In-Between – Region: Darjeeling, India

40 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 1/5
Jan. 22nd, 2019

2 - A fairly light smooth Darjeeling. All right but seems overpriced.

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Mangalam Estate FTGFOP1 Cl. from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Sivasagar, Assam, India

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 22nd, 2019

A very nice assam - flavorful nutty (walnuts) and well balanced.

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