Himalayan Shangri-la from Teabox

If I had to choose between dark oolong or green oolong, for me it would be green every time. I find them characterful and unique, with more variation in flavour than I’ve typically found (at least so far…) among their roasted counterparts. And that’s coming from a habitual black tea drinker. Himalayan Shangri-la is a Nepalese Oolong from 2015. It’s a first flush, or spring, oolong comprising highly graded leaves taken from a single estate. The leaf here is pretty impressive – they’re long and twisty, with a high predominance of downy buds, and vary from a dark khaki to Read More

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Putharjhora Estate Dooars TGBOP Black Tea from Upton Tea

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Tea Where to Buy: Upton Tea Tea Description: Eventho this specific tea is not currently on their website below you will read a bit more about the estate in which it came from. The Putharjhora Estate is just west of the Assam district in northeast India and the Dooars region produces teas that are excellent for breakfast or early afternoon drinking. Learn more about this company here. Taster’s Review: My favorite part about drinking teas from Upton Teas is that I get to learn about the different estates and region and I did just that with Read More

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Giddapahar SFTGFOP 1 CH 2nd Flush 2013, Darjeeling from Lochan Tea Limited

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Tea Where to Buy: Lochan Tea Limited Tea Description: This tea is no longer on their website however I can tell you more about the estate.  About the Tea Estate: Giddapahar is located on a mountain which is just a short drive from Kurseong. The garden is situated at 4864 feet above sea level. The Estate is a small family owned Darjeeling tea estate which is also known as “Eagles Cliff” lying very close to Kurseong town. From the estate, one can view the magnificent site of the mountains which also makes it the perfect site Read More

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Doke Black Fusion from Lochan Tea

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy: Lochan Tea Tea Description: Doke Black Fusion Invoice Number: DB 001 Season: 1st Flush 2015 Grade: Hand made Black Tea Cultivar: TV22 plucked from the 4A section Location: Bihar, India Size: 6 kilos This tea comes from a small producer in Bihar, south of Darjeeling. The flat tea garden, next to a river (a power plant outlet), is everything else than the almost eponymous “Darjeeling Himalayan vales” – and yet it can already rival with some of the finest Darjeelings. What is unique however, is that the leaf material is Assamese and indeed Read More

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Assam 1860 Bagged Tea

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy:  Assam 1860 Tea Description: We’ve been growing tea for more than 150 years. That’s right, 150 years of experience and expertise that goes into making a cup of tea with pedigree. And it tastes delicious. Assam 1860 is a black tea that celebrates tea itself. It is made only from leaves plucked in the picturesque Thowra Estate, a chai bagan set up in 1860. We ensure that the phrase ‘garden fresh’ lives up to its every promise. The leaves are plucked, processed and packed in the estate itself, ensuring quality and freshness that Read More