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Karen Hong

(2 reviews)
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Pure Darjeeling from Wedgwood

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

65 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 17th, 2017

I remember vividly the impression of black tea I first tried at my host family's home in England where I had studied English for several months. It was one rainy morning in the last flight of April in 2014 and I have since been a tea enthusiast. I still don't know what sort of tea that was - it might be English breakfa...

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Difflugia

(50 reviews)
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Taj Mahal (Loose) from Brooke Bond

Style: Black Tea – Region: Assam, India

65 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 4th, 2017

I bought this box of tea in an Indian conveniece store, but the box says that it's marketed by Unilever Canada.

The dry tea smells just like powdered barley malt. It's very sweet with a hint of bittersweet molasses.

The aroma of the brewing tea is rich, but mild. It lacks much of the tannic sharpness of other Ass...

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Alex Zorach

(1317 reviews)
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Assam Orange Pekoe from Quik Tea

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

75 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 28th, 2017

An unusually good CTC tea. I picked this up at the Newark, DE farmer's market, in their Indian section, and it was quite a find.

The leaf, which consists of large pellets (noticeably bigger than most grades of CTC tea) is aromatic but doesn't have the best smell. It smells fresh and clean, but leads me to expect a...

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Difflugia

(50 reviews)
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Assam Tea from Frontier

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

72 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 28th, 2017

The dry tea is very aromatic and smells of raisins and cherries, being much fruitier than other Assams that I've tried. The brewing tea smells of malt and oak leaves, but has a lighter aroma than I was expecting from the dry tea

Four minutes in boiling water resulted in a very strong, rich cup of tea with balanced b...

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WarrenTheTeaGuy

(3 reviews)
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Assam from Two Leaves Tea

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 15th, 2017

I'm kind of surprised the reviews are not better. I absolutely love this tea. The price is high $8 for 15 bags but I still buy it and consider it a luxury. For a commercially produced, ready-to-go tea bag, I think it's a great choice.

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Plowboy

(11 reviews)

Assam from Tea India

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

65 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 28th, 2017

I found this tea at an Indian market. It cost $9 for a kilo in an airtight bag. It's a CTC tea. It has little aroma in the bag. I brewed it for 5 minutes. It came out clear and deep red. It produced a brew with slight aroma and mild flavor, just a bit of bitterness. Not a bad taste, but nothing particularly good. It wi...

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Assam from Mark T. Wendell

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 19th, 2017

This is the second tea I ordered from MTW. It is not a CTC product. The aroma on opening the tin is earthy and quite pleasant. I brewed it this morning, according to the website directions, for 5 minutes. It came out a beautiful red with an aroma like, well, tea. The taste is a big improvement over the big brand teas I...

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Alex Zorach

(1317 reviews)
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Organic Assam P.F. Tea from Metropolitan Tea Company

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 15th, 2017

Served in Rock City cafe in Rockland, Maine.

This was a very dark Assam with a fairly smoky character. Aroma is strong, malty and fruity, but it is the smoky notes that make this tea stand out. The aroma is interesting and complex, a little like drinking a fine wine.

Flavor is slightly harsh, bitter and with a lo...

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English Breakfast Black Tea from Heavenly Tea Leaves

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Assam, India

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 24th, 2017

My roommate got a tea sampler of four teas from this company, Heavenly Tea Leaves, which I hadn't heard of before then, and let me try all the teas. I was really impressed with this one, especially with its combination of reasonable price and great quality.

Dry leaf looks mostly intact pieces of whole leaves, smell...

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Organic Darjeeling Kalimpong from Mighty Leaf Tea

Style: Darjeeling Second Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

78 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 22nd, 2017

I thought this was an excellent second flush Darjeeling, with a fresher and cooler aroma than average, and surprising strength that allowed the leaf to stretch very far. A tea that I like to savor very slowly, not something for if you're in a hurry.

Thank you to Mighty Leaf for this generous sample!

I love the s...

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Pure Darjeeling from Wedgwood

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

62 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
May. 18th, 2017

This is a very dark Darjeeling. I enjoyed it as a change of pace; most high-end tea companies tend to sell lighter Darjeelings but sometimes I like the darker ones. Even though I often prefer the flavor of the lighter teas, I tend to feel better after drinking the darker ones, and this was no exception.

The dry le...

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Difflugia

(50 reviews)
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Darjeeling from Twinings

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 15th, 2017

The tea has a weak aroma, both before and after steeping. It has a vegetal smell without much complexity, like cut grass or sugarcane. The aroma has a sweetness to it, but again, not as complex as other Darjeeling blends.

The flavor is more complex than I expected based on both the aroma and experience with Twinings...

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Alex Zorach

(1317 reviews)
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Assam Extra Fancy from Mighty Leaf Tea

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

89 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 9th, 2017

Thanks again to Mighty Leaf for this sample! Like the other Assam from mighty leaf, I liked this tea from the first sip, but it also grew on me substantially. Another classic Assam, this one of higher grade. It was good the first few times I brewed it, but I found it really shined when I gave it a long steep.

Thi...

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JGS1122

(54 reviews)
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Assam TGFOP from Chado Tea

Style: Assam – Region: India

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
May. 7th, 2017

Dark brown liquor. Good flavor, pleasant aroma. Nice tea for a great price.

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Alex Zorach

(1317 reviews)
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Assam Golden Tip from Mighty Leaf Tea

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

88 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 22nd, 2017

I loved this one. My favorite mighty leaf tea yet, and an excellent example of a classic Assam.

Thank you Mighty Leaf for this generous sample! I thought this was a pleasantly strong Assam, exactly what I expect from this style and a good example of such. There is something intangible about this tea that makes it...

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Irish Breakfast from Mighty Leaf Tea

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: Assam, India

61 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Apr. 18th, 2017

This was a free sample from Mighty Leaf; thanks very much! So far this is the most disappointing tea I've tried from the batch so I wanted to get my review out of the way and move on to the others. I thought this was too thin for an Irish Breakfast, oddly muted; it tasted like something was missing, both in terms of...

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Assam - Harmutty Estate Black Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

88 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 10th, 2017

This is among the better Assams I have ever sampled, and offered great value. It's super smooth, but with depth. Thank you to Simpson & Vail for this sample!

Curly dark leaf, smells very malty, sweet, very pleasant.

Upon brewing though the aroma becomes much more complex. It smells sweet, fresh, vegetal and he...

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spaflam

(167 reviews)
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Darjeeling Tea from Novus Tea

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

65 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 2nd, 2017

Was offered NOVUS teas (by Bigeow) at a restaurant - comes in a silky sachet, wrapped in a sealed pouch. Very fresh tasting and deep, dark (much darker than other Darjeelings I have had) and steeped up quickly. I got 2 infusions from the bag in a large pot of water.

I am a Darjeeling drinker, so I was fine with ...

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Alex Zorach

(1317 reviews)
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Assam Tonganagaon, Organic from Simpson & Vail

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

82 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 2nd, 2017

A smoother-than-average Assam that was still quite rich, a little on the tangy/fruity side.

Dry leaf smells very fruity, vegetal, a bit like potpourri, and also somewhat malty. Overall, rich, aromatic, and suggesting sweetness.

Surprisingly subdued for an Assam. The cup is light and a little more tangy than I e...

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CTC Assam (Assam CTC) from Harney and Sons

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

68 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 30th, 2017

This tea was devilishly hard to prepare to my enjoyment, but had the side-benefit of resteeping unusually well for a CTC tea. By the time I finally got it just how I wanted, I was drinking up the very last cup of the sample I bought.

The dry leaf, bigger pieces than some CTC, is very aromatic and smells pleasing, s...

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Tracy

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

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

65 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 18th, 2017

This tea seems strong and tannic for a Darjeeling. It smells nice, but brews very strong very rapidly. I drink it with honey, though I rarely add sweetener to any tea because i usually prefer tea without sweeteners. I bought the loose leaf tea, and used about 2.5 TBSP for a 30 oz pot. My suggestion would be to und...

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Alex Zorach

(1317 reviews)
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Tonganagaon Full Leaf from Harney and Sons

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

81 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 16th, 2017

A fruitier, tangier Assam that was an interesting change of pace. Not quite as hearty or satisfying as some, but enjoyable.

The dry leaf of this has a rich aroma that reminds me of my mom and grandma making black currant and raspberry jam in late summer. There are also malty notes, but the cooked fruit / jam aroma...

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Irish Breakfast from Harney and Sons

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: Assam, India

79 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 13th, 2017

One of the best Irish Breakfast blends I've tried.

The dry leaf is richly aromatic, smelling sweet, initially surprisingly fruit and then very malty.

Produces a rich, dark cup that is exactly what I'd expect from this type of tea. Strong but balanced. I found this had a slightly more fresh aroma and cooling qua...

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JGS1122

(54 reviews)
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Oaklands Full Assam from Harney and Sons

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 11th, 2017

(5 minute steep) Liquor has a brown honey color. Mild, good taste. No after taste.

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Tchuggin' Okie

(107 reviews)
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Pure Assam Tea Bags from Taylors of Harrogate

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 19th, 2017

This will work. My wife ordered this brand on sale when her usual Assam ran out, and likes it--bearing a more delicate palate than I, she coerces 3 cups from a bag. As with most bagged teas, I drop one in a bigger cup, and steep for more than 5 minutes while occasionally stirring and swishing the bag around with a sp...

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