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175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 17 OZ / 502 ML

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3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 45 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Flavors: Celery, Mint

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3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Kanyam Premium Oolong by Teabox
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175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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My first green Assam! I wasn’t really even aware that anyone was producing green Assams until donkeytiara offered to send a sample of one in my swap package. Naturally I had to try it, Assam fan that I am. And it’s pretty good, though not at all what I expected. It’s on the lighter side, yet still quite vegetal. It’s more like one of the grassier kinds of Chinese green than it is a sencha, I think. There’s quite a bit of astringency—even by my astringency-loving standards!—and I think it could easily be too much for those who prefer more delicate greens. What there isn’t is any resemblance whatsoever to a standard black Assam. I don’t know why I expected there would be, or what kind of similarities I was expecting, but it’s not here. Nonetheless, this makes for a pretty good cup, and while I wouldn’t go out of my way to get more of it—there are plenty of other greens that tick the same boxes this one does for me—I certainly wouldn’t object to drinking it again. Thanks for letting me try this, donkeytiara!

Brooklynsheep

Fascinating! Thanks for sharing this review with us. I had no idea there was such a beast as a green Assam out there. Marvelous world we live in, hm?

greenteafairy

Yes! I’d be happy to send you a bit to try if you’d like—there’s enough left in the sample for at least another cup.

Brooklynsheep

What a nice offer! Is there anything I can swap for it? Let me know what kinds of tea you’d be interested in sampling and I’ll look through my tea collection to see if I have anything that would appeal to you.

greenteafairy

If you have enough of the Baker Street Blend or East Frisian BOP, I’d love to try either of those.

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A somewhat odd-tasting tea: similar to a FF Darjeeling (albeit in a muted form), but there is also a note of something akin to wheat, or a similar grain. Way too expensive for something that tastes rather flat, and is nothing much in particular.

First infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz water, 75 deg., 2:00 min.

Second infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz. water, 75 deg., 4:00 min.

Third infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz. water, 75 deg., 10:00+ min.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This tea is a blend of a bai mu dan and a FF Darjeeling: one-third the former and two-thirds the latter. The white tea components tend to tone down the Darjeeling aspects (which in turn rather overwhelm the former). Nice enough, I guess, but too expensive for something so mixed-up.

First infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz water, 75 deg., 2:00 min.

Second infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz. water, 75 deg., 4:00 min.

Third infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz. water, 75 deg., 10:00+ min.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Another sample from my trade with Dag Wedin. I’ve had these teas for awhile, a few months or so since we did our trade, & it’s about time I got to sampling them!
I’m mostly working from home today, with students coming & going, & then a nursing home Tea gig in the afternoon, followed by more students, & then Tai Chi class this evening, so I can slip in a few tea reviews here & there.

So this tea? I don’t drink a lot of Darjeelings, & have never been a huge fan of them. I don’t know why, they are pleasant enough, but I think the main reasons being that they tend towards astringency (IMO), & they don’t sit well on an empty stomach for me.
Luckily my stomach isn’t empty, & I have learned that if I brew a darj at a lower temp, it’s less likely to be astingent. The dry aroma of this tea almost has a minty quality, & in my opinion that carries over into the actual cup of tea, not quit mint, but an herbaceousness that leans in that type of direction, if that makes sense to anyone out there.
“Hello….is there anybody out there?”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kd13L7r07og

Anyway, I can see why people enjoy this type of tea, I’m picking up some interesting layers. Cinnamon, lemon, & a rich floral quality, also a sweet kind of pastry quality.
Thanks Dag!

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Ok folks, I’ve put my big girl panties on to attempt to try some “big girl” tea. Darjeeling? Big girl tea? I admit, it has always scared me. “The champagne of teas”…..and the price! This tea currently sells for $33 for 100grams. That seems pretty fancy to me. Well, Teabox was kind enough to send me a sample of Jungpana summer flush organic darjeeling with my Assams, and it’s been sitting in my cabinet, chiding me whenever I reached into my tea cabinet…like it knew I was afraid. But today…..today is big girl panty day and here I am with my first darjeeling.
In the packet, the leaf smells of sweetness and fruitiness and a touch of what I think is malt, as the first thought that went skidding through my mind was “fruity malted milk balls”, but since this is my first darjeeling, I have to put a DISCLAIMER here that these notes could be imprecise, as I’m tasting this tea via a “black tea” developed palate. Wet, the leaves and liquor smell of sweet and fruit and dry….dry like the skins of grapes. It smelled very bright and cheerful, compared to my beloved earthy black teas, which wasn’t quite scary at all! The taste of this tea….wow…. how to describe it? It IS fruity, it IS sweet but also dry and NOW I understand what “muscatel” is when describing tea! The dryness is very grape-like in character (skins and all) and lingers on the tongue wonderfully….so wonderfully, in fact, that it makes me want another sip….and another…. wow.

Jungpana Sumer Darjeeling is a bright, fruity tea with very obvious muscatel notes that stay long after the teacup is empty. Perhaps I was lucky, having this as my first darjeeling (Jungpana is a sister plantation to Goomtee, after all!) but suddenly I’m not afraid of darjeelings anymore. This is big girl tea. and it is gooooooood.

Flavors: Fruity, Malt, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sami Kelsh

Ohhhhhh yes. There’s not much more joyous than a really good Darjeeling. I’m a big fan!

donkeytiara

Sami, we’re having a darjeeling discussion on the boards….you should come join us! I’m learning loads from the serious darjeeling drinkers!

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drank Assam Masala Chai Tea by Teabox
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This is a great tea, but I would expect it to be even more spicy. I used the instructions when it comes to the combination of water/tea, but would recommend using more tea if you would like it to really taste like a strong chai tea. The ginger in there didn’t really work that well for me, even though I usually love ginger.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 1 OZ / 20 ML

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My journey with tea is one of my favorite parts of the week. New samples lead me to new places in my education, but for me, assam tea always taste like “home”. I started drinking tea when I lived in Ireland in my early teens….milk, sugar and a lovely dreary day was all that was required for inner sunshine to come flying through the magic cup of tea. I made a lifetime of friends over cups of tea at Bewleys… friends that when I speak to them 34 years later, it is like no time has passed. Tea can do that for us. It’s ritual gives us time to connect…either with friends, strangers or even our own thoughts. A gift to be treasured to be sure! Oh! Tea Review! That’s right! Onward!

Jaipur Second Flush Assam is a 2nd flush assam with charcoal colored leaves and gold tips. Dry, this tea is nice and malty, with a chocolate undertone that is reminiscent of dark cocoa powder. Steeped for 4 minutes, this tea gives a lovely deep reddish brown liquor that gives a solid malty cup of assam. The cocoa is definitely the base note in this tea. The middle of the flavor profile is a nuttiness that joins the hallmark maltiness of assam to make this tea a very welcome addition to my cup! There is some astringency to this assam, but it isn’t going to strip the paint off any walls….just enough to tenderly dry your tongue a touch so that you crave another sip. It’s working…..as I’ve suddenly looked down into an empty cup. With Jaipur Second Flush, Teabox has found another assam worth drinking ~ and for that I am always grateful!

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt, Nutty

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Lukwah (Summer) Assam is from the Harmutty plantation and a second flush, so it already has 2 oooooooh points in it’s favor even before I got it in my cup! The leaves are a very healthy size for an Assam, and the smell in the packet was deep and chocolatey…one more OOOOOH point for that! There is a heavy mouthfeel to this tea, which is unique, because the notes of malt and chocolate aren’t sitting heavily at the bottom of this cup (like the earthy taste of a keemun would). The malt and chocolate fill your mouth from top to bottom with a touch of astringency that keeps them buoyant in the middle of the flavor profile. This is a strong representation of all the different things that an Assam can be, and as I explore the offerings of Teabox, I realize how many things that can be!

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Malt

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 17 OZ / 502 ML
pyarkaaloo

An assam with chocolate notes?? i’ve never had one! this sounds decadently rich and yummy.

Sami Kelsh

Oh, hot JAM this sounds delightful!

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drank Himalayan Blend by Teabox
412 tasting notes

There is a refreshing tanginess to this tea, as well as some dryness and a pleasant sweetness. A great intro darjeelings.

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What an extraordinary Assam. This is so wonderfully different, that I just checked the label to make sure I was drinking what I had intended to drink this morning! This tippy dry tea, which gave a gorgeous deep red/amber liquor, has just made my palate very happy. For me, malt is usually a heavier bottom-note in tea, that anchors the mid and top notes and give a solid base to the tea. Nokhroy Assam has an unusual maltiness that spreads through the cup, not just anchoring the base of the tea, but also gently joining with the mid note of peach to bring a smoothness and a baked biscuit note to the tea. The top note is a sensation of floral, but I can’t quite tell you if there is a floral note or if the peachy maltiness is causing a happy floral sensation in my mouth. Wow. There is some astringency present, but it is just enough to bring some magic to the teacup…and there is a lot of magic to be had here.
This is the kind of tea that makes me panic and order more immediately. Nokhroy Assam is one of the best assams I have had and though it is not currently in stock, Teabox assured me that they will have it in September. And that’s when my birthday is. Guess what I’m getting? :)

Flavors: Baked Bread, Floral, Honey, Malt, Peach

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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This is supposed to be a black tea. It looks like a green tea, it smells like a green tea, and it comes from an estate that specializes in green tea. Does it taste like green tea?
Kinda.
It is very vegetal, with a strong perfume-y element as well, that makes it almost bitter. I brewed it as recommended and chucked the cup after three sips. This is not for me. It has all the elements of green tea that I tend to not enjoy, without the sweetness of green tea.
First true disappointment from Teabox.

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