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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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Boisahabi Estate Assam SFTGFOP1 Black Tea from Capital Teas Limited

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy:  Capital Tea Limited Tea Description: Potently aromatic attractive deep brown Assam leaves with plenty of golden tips. These leaves infuse to a very rich, strong and sweetly malty tasting tea liquor with an unusually smooth disposition for a tea with such strength. Highly recommended as a breakfast tea to drink with milk! Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: This Boisahabi Estate Assam SFTGFOP1 Black Tea from Capital Teas Limited is a really enjoyable Assam – it’s got a rich, thick texture and lots of malt! It has that strong, robust character that you Read More

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2014 Giddapahar Spring Bliss First Flush (SFTGFOP1) from Darjeeling Tea Lovers

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy:  Darjeeling Tea Lovers Tea Description: Giddapahar Spring Bliss as the name suggests is one of the most ‘Blissful’ First Flush tea we have. A very yummy tea which is ideal for all day. This is a tea that actually meets the First Flush mantra of ‘LIGHT & BRIGHT’. It is a full bouquet of fruity peach like notes and if you really care to understand what PURE CHINA BLACK TEA tastes like, this is the ideal tea. We assure you that it will be difficult to stop with just one cup. A BLISSFUL, DELIGHTFUL, Read More

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Risheehat Organic Darjeeling First Flush 2013 SFTGFOP1 from Happy Earth Tea

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black (Darjeeling) Where to Buy:  Happy Earth Tea Tea Description: This is a tea sweet with floral-fruity notes and a classic first flush briskness. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: Usually, I prefer a second flush Darjeeling over a first flush, but, I’m really liking this Risheehat Organic Darjeeling First Flush 2013 SFTGFOP1 from Happy Earth Tea.  It has an appealing balance of fruit and flower notes and a crisp, clean taste. The leaves are a bit darker than the photo above suggests, and they brew a light golden brown liquid.  The aroma of the Read More

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New Vithanakanda Ceylon SFTGFOP-1 Black Tea from Kally Tea

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy:  Kally Tea Tea Description: With this orange pekoe offering from Sri Lanka, Kally Tea again offers what we feel is the best of the best. This is graded as SFTGFOP-1. This translates to “Special Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe-1. This tea is wirey with extra-long leaves and nice faint golden tipped leaves. A refined and respectable tea from one of the most honored estates. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: I’m not always particularly excited to try a pure Ceylon tea, mostly because, Ceylon is generally the tea that Read More