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Black Third Flush (Autumn) Single Estate Darjeeling FTGFOP1 from Teabox

The scent of the dry tea leaves is bright and fresh with a richer, perhaps malty tinge. At first I was a little worried that my tea would end up tasting like a bale of orchard grass hay, but fortunately that didn’t turn out to be the case. I steeped the tea according to the steeping recommendations on the packet, although I may have been a bit generous with the leaves. The leaves are on the small side but not superfine or too small to be good quality. They’re third flush, or autumn harvested, which means the flavor is different because the Read More

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Rohini Emerald Green First Flush Darjeeling from Udyan Tea

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Green Where to Buy: Udyan Tea Tea Description: Rohini has been planted with special green tea clones which have very less *tannin content in them. The teas made from these bushes taste smooth and sweet, with pronounced vegetable flavour. They aren’t bitter unlike their counterparts from the district. Rohini Emerald Green Tea is made from single leaf and a bud. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: Rohini Emerald Green is a First Flush Darjeeling tea, a variety I’m particularly fond of. I’m intrigued by this one, though (more so than usual!) because the leaf is Read More

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Goomtee China Classic First Flush Darjeeling from Udyan Tea

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black (Darjeeling) Where to Buy: Udyan Tea Tea Description: Goomtee is a very well known Darjeeling heritage garden planted with pure china bushes almost a century ago. Picked from special section of the garden called Ghani between 3000-4000 sq.ft. height, this tea is for the strong hearted first flush lovers as it has a strong body with a very slight tinge of muscatel (grape flavour usually associated with second flush Darjeelings). It is a well balanced cup that leaves a stong after taste as well. With repeated steepings, the liquor becomes sweeter and midler. Perfect tea for Read More

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Nilgiri Blue Black Tea from The Tao of Tea

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy: The Tao of Tea Tea Description: The Nilgiris or Blue Mountains are a range of mountains in the South Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Tea culture is eminent in these serene mountains. Tea is grown at elevations of 1000 to 2500 metres. The landscape is quite unlike the rest of India, marked by rolling hills covered with dense vegetation and tea gardens. Many portions of the hills are preserved as natural reserve forests. High Elevation Nilgiri Blue is a high elevation tea (Grown at 6500 feet) in Coonoor, South India. High elevation Read More

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Harmutty Assam by Golden Tips Tea

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy:  Golden Tips Tea Description: An outstanding strong and bold black tea from the popular Harmutty tea estate in Assam. The finely crafted dark black leaves boast of select golden tips and make for a bright red liquoring cup. The tea brings in an abundance of maltiness and a woody character which are cherished by connoisseurs who love their cup full-bodied. The lingering aftertaste engulfs your mouth. A perfect-start for a long day.  Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: This is a first flush Assam from Golden Tips Tea, picked in March 2014 on Read More