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What’s in a name? Diksam TGFOP 1 2nd Flush 2013 Assam

Today I tried a tea from Lochan Tea Limited, Diksam TGFOP 1 2nd Flush 2013 Assam.  Let’s start with breaking down that name! “Diksam” is the estate where these leaves are grown, part of the “Assam” tea region in India.  “TGFOP 1” is the designation or grade of the tea, in this case it stands for: Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe One.  “2nd Flush” indicates when this tea was collected.  In the case of Indian teas like this Assam, the 2nd harvest is more prized for its higher content of “golden tip” tea leaves. This particular batch was harvested in Read More

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Meleng FTGFOP 1 CL 2nd Flush 2016, Assam Tea from Lochan Tea Limited

Meleng FTGFOP 1 CL 2nd Flush 2016, Assam Tea from Lochan Tea Limited maybe a mouth full to SAY but it’s a wonderful cuppa to SIP on as well!  I have to say I have always been partial to Lochan Teas when it comes to their wide selection of estate teas and different flushes especially when it comes to black loose leaf teas.  Their catalog of them seems endless! If you are looking for a very strong black tea that has a lot of character and will provide a LOUD wake-up call in the morning Meleng FTGFOP 1 CL 2nd Flush Read More

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The Bold Scotsman from Tupelo Honey Teas

The Bold Scotsman from Tupelo Honey Teas is said to pay homage to The Outlander Series Books and Characters.  I have to admit I haven’t read them but I will tell you what I think about this tea. It’s not the smokiest of smoky teas but there is still a bit of smoke, indeed!  I’m assuming that the smokiness of the Lapsand Souchong was knocked down a bit by the addition of the Assam, Kenyan, and Keemun or maybe it was just because of the ratios used by each of the 4 black tea bases.  What ever the case this Read More

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Leatherbound from August Uncommon Tea

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy: August Uncommon Tea Tea Description: Dark wooden walls shoulder the weight of endless rows of well-loved books. The brooding tannins and rich, buttery aroma of this tea mimic the inviting yet austere atmosphere of an old library. Hints of cocoa and sweet almond enliven the mix like the occasional contemporary novel whose glossy cover puts the leatherbound classics into relief. A drop of milk tips the flavor towards a dark creamy stout. Like sinking into a crackled leather club chair to ponder the pages between your hands. Learn more about this tea here.  Taster’s Read More

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Angry Pumpkin Black Tea from Design a Tea

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy: Design a Tea Tea Description: A nice hardy blend of pumpkin and nutmeg with a black tea base. Served hot, will fill the room with the aroma of a “beautiful pumpkin”. Those were his words- I know, lame! . Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: I hate to admit it, but I have a double standard when it comes to tea names. I absolutely hate it when a company will skirt around what type of tea something is, “It’s a deeply shaded fukamushi sencha harvested in the summer, steamed to Read More