Borsapori Estate Assam TGFOP1 (SPL)

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From Capital Tea Ltd.

Sweetly aromatic golden tipped leaves that produce a strong, rich and bracingly full bodied tea liquor with intense flavour and aroma notes reminiscent of milk chocolate and spice. We highly recommend this as an eye opening breakfast tea to enjoy with a splash of milk.

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Oh my dog, this tea is special. Thank you Dexter3657 for sharing some with me—this is riiiiight up my alley!

The dry leaf smell is wonderful, an intense chocolate aroma. The tea brews up fairly dark and thick, and the taste is deep and unusual; I get loamy soil notes and almost mushroom. Something rich and wet earthy like that. There’s a slight bitterness but also a spicy sweetness to balance it. This kind of reminds me a bit of the complexity of an intense shu pu erh, but less complicated to worry about steeping correctly (easy as pie, Western style 3 min even and hot works very well, much like Laoshan Black) and no possibility of funky aroma, quite the contrary. I love it! Definite winner; I’m thinking it might be the best Assam I’ve ever had. It would make an awesome morning tea on special days you want to spoil your taste buds first thing out of bed. Its complexity and strength remind me a bit of Butiki’s The Black Lotus, crossed with yeah, a sweet, intense pu erh. Great googly moogly it’s good! I would place an order with Capital now just to get more of this for sure.

ETA: yyz who as always is way ahead of me here is spot on about resteeps being lighter and less chocolate-spicy but amping up a honey note. Yum!

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I love this one too the first steep does have a deep flavour resteep it once or twice and honey notes come out.


WOW!!! Glad you liked it. To each their own, I didn’t write a tasting note on this one, obviously didn’t leave that type of impression on me. It makes me happy that you found one you really liked :))


It is so awesome! I’m sitting here kind of in shock at how good it is. Thank you SO much! I definitely never would’ve gotten around to trying it on my own. :D


IMHO Capital Teas has quality tea at reasonable prices. It’s just a matter of choosing the ones that suit your tastes. Once my stash is under control (next year ?) I would definitely order from them again. :))


Good to know Dexter3657!


I said Capital Tea it’s Capital Tea Ltd – there is another Capital Tea out there. That link is the one I’m referring to. :))


Do they not sell sample/smaller than 100g sizes? I can see now why you spread the wealth so generously (and am so grateful)! Hm. I’d love to try more of their stuff, esp. their assams and greens, but 100g is a lot of tea…maybe someday when I’m ready to place an order I’ll post on the boards and see if anyone wants to go in with me on anything. Orrrr just send out a lot in swap boxes.


oh, meant to say too and forgot: I can definitely see that, Dex, about the value for the quality. the stuff you sent me has all been very good quality and looking at the prices now i see they’re yes, super reasonable. great to know!


They sell 20g sizes as well for most things some were 10g. Click on the product name and it will bring you to a selection screen.


ah, i see it now, thank you! i did a very cursory skim of the pulldown menu expecting the smallest size to be the top option since the rest are larger as they go down the menu. yay! can’t do anything about it anytime soon given my out of control stash, but i am definitely getting more of this and trying some of their other assams and greens when i can tea shop again!


I should check this out. Not that I need more tea but I would never say no to good Assam


It’s so good! Given we tend to have shared tastes a lot of the time and you like The Black Lotus, I have a feeling you’d dig it, boychik!

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Borsapori Estate has a sustainable farm certification given by a
subsidiary of the Rainforest Alliance, which means that it meets
certain standards with regards to fair and ethical treatment of its
workers and he surrounding community, does not employ child labour, and
has introduced several standards with regards to environmental and
wildlife proection, conservation and sustainable agricultural practices. For more information see here:

The dry tea leaves are quite pretty with silvery dark grey brown with a
lot of golden tips that smell of chocolate and raisins. It brews to a
beautifully clear rosewood colour, and smells of milk chocolate and
spice (cinnamon) with a floral note. The tea tastes of bitter sweet
and milk chocolates. It is a smooth tea with little to no astringency.
The tea also has a powdery floral note and a hint of cinnamon and
sandalwood. This Assam has a strong flavour without the astringency,
and leaves afreshening feeling towards the back of the mouth. The tea
develops a faint fruity note such as ripe plum as it cools sweetening
the tea a little, however chocolate remains the dominant note. The
aftertaste is of milk chocolate with a slightly bitter note, and a
cinnamon floral.

The second steep is a little bit more fruity with the chocolate, floral spice remaining dominant. It is quite a nice tea and is robust enough that It will hold up well to milk. I however pretty well always take my tea black.

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After finishing the dishes, I wanted to just sit with a cup of tea, and being unsure of what to choose, I reached into my drawer and pulled out the last bit of this from ifjuly. My choice was perfect, as this tea definitely gives you the chance to just sit and enjoy it.
I looked at the dark sky to the north (the sky always looks the best in winter towards the lake…), and took in the chocolate notes of this quite special Assam.
Earthy and sweet…so smooth and not at all bitter.
Halfway through the cup, the bite was building in the aftertaste, but it’s really more of a nip than a bite, as this tea is never overwhelming.
Truly delicious Assam, with the second steep still being smooth and wonderful.
So glad I picked this out for today. : )

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This is one of the many surprise teas that Sil sent me, buried in a box full of tins from Davids as a silly birthday present (which I love!)

I’m drinking this so I don’t have to add it to my cupboard. I have a lot to add. I’ve had a few people visit me this week and they all brought tea! YAY!

So this is a really nice black tea. I really am going to have to try Capital Teas at some point, once I make a bit of a dent in my unflavoured black collection! I’m tasting an interesting spice but it’s hard to describe what it is. Malt? Cinnamon? Nutmeg? I should resteep it for longer to see if I can tease those chocolate notes out!

Thanks Sil!

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thanks again to YYZ for sending this one my way. this is a really interesting tea for me. I don’t get much in the way of chocolate notes, but i am getting a slight hint of malt with a bit of spiciness?? to it. i’m guessing that’s what YYZ describes as cinnamon/sandalwood. I actually am enjoying this because of it’s unique taste. it’s similar to other teas that i’ve had but slightly different. Just a good time :) thanks YYZ!


I’m glad you like it! The spice notes really are unique in this tea.

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