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Difflugia

(125 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

(2 reviews)
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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

(125 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

(62 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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Utpn Heritage Assam Green from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam Green – Region: Assam, India

30 / 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

(125 reviews)
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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

(208 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

(62 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

(1396 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

(62 reviews)

Upton 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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Season's Pick Halmari Estate BP Assam from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Dibrugarh, Assam, India

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 21st, 2019

Solid Assam, with a woody flavor and some ironic tannins, but still smooth. Certainly worth the bargain price.

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Assam Leaf Tea - Halmari Estate from Taylors of Harrogate

Style: Assam – Region: Dibrugarh, Assam, India

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 21st, 2019

Thanks to Greg and Inge for this Christmas gift. A malty and complex Assam that feels very nice on the palate. This went very well with soy milk, which is not what always happens when I add soy milk. A treat for sure.

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spaflam

(176 reviews)
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Darjeeling Estate Organic Black Tea from Wegmans

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

56 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 21st, 2019

Kind of expensive - and it is NOT a first flush (light/sweet) Darjeeling - but it is good. Not a holy grail but a decent variety for Darjeeling - and I love Wegman's, so there's that. Twinings bagged Darjeeling (likely Autumnal Flush) is darker but smoother. This one (Wegman's Darjeeling) comes loose and brews up fu...

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Darjeeling from Twinings

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

79 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 21st, 2019

Cheap Darjeeling? How is this possible? I am a first flush Darjeeling kinda gal and Twinings actual makes a (definitely not first flush, but good enough)bagged Darjeeling that is CHEAP and easy to find. AI can't even believe my office is stocking this - and a also Irish and English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Orange & Spi...

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Trailesque

(62 reviews)
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Organic Green Darjeeling Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Darjeeling Green Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

55 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 18th, 2019

Fairly sharp, light green tea. Not bad, but not much depth to it.

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Argentin

(5 reviews)
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Cardamom Masala Chai from Vahdam Teas

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

85 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 16th, 2019

I don’t often drink Chai tea but this was very good.

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Aged Earl Grey™ - Bergamot Black from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Assam, India

75 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 16th, 2019

Had this at a cafe recently as a London Fog. They put THREE teabags in it and it was really overwhelming. Drank half the cup then added milk and it was so much better. Bought some to make myself and will update the review then.

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Tchuggin' Okie

(208 reviews)
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English Breakfast from Vermont Artisan Coffee & Tea Co

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Nilgiri, India

64 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 15th, 2019

For a simple tea, this has to have the most convoluted backstory for any I've tried. First, the tea itself: it had remarkably weak dry-bag and wet-bag aromas for what seemed to be a high-quality, single-estate tea, though in-cup, the smell was richer and fairly basic. The flavor wasn't particularly strong or bold, bu...

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Alex Zorach

(1396 reviews)
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Oaklands Full Assam from Harney and Sons

Style: Assam – Region: Dibrugarh, Assam, India

93 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 14th, 2019

Somehow I let this sample that I bought slip through the cracks and only am trying it now. Unfortunately, it's no longer for sale. A shame, because I thought it outstanding!

The dry leaf is quite beautiful, short, curly leaves with lots of golden tips, and has a complex and fascinating fragrance, sort of fruity, a r...

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Difflugia

(125 reviews)
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Darjeeling Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

68 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 10th, 2019

The dry tea has the same basic smell of other blended Darjeelings. It's smells of dry leaves in autumn, a bit oaky and of raw pecans.

I tend to find Darjeeling teas to be somewhat more delicate than I'd prefer. This one is no exception, but I also wouldn't call it weak. It's lightly astringent with a very mild bitte...

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