This Fair Trade Certified organic loose leaf tea is a classic organic black tea produced on the Jalinga Estate in India's state of Assam in northeastern India. It is composed of finely twisted leaves with occasional golden, downy tips. Our Assam TGFOP Black Tea has a full-bodied red-brown infusion that does not disappoint, exemplifying the character of a high-quality Assam tea. Very flavorful, this organic Indian tea has a rich maltiness with notes of toasted caramel.
Ever wonder what those initials "TGFOP" stand for? Check out our information on tea grading to find out!
Ingredients: organic Indian black tea
Serving Size: one level teaspoon per 8 oz cup of water
Aubrey Says: I really like the coppery quality of this tea.
Jeremy Says: Full-bodied - doesn't mind a touch of milk.
Posted by Kara on 29th Apr 2016
This is a strong, malty brew. I appreciate the slight coppery flavor. The best part is the scant flowery scent wafting over to me as the liquid steeps. Nice!
Posted by Becca on 20th Mar 2016
My new favorite breakfast tea. Robust, malty and so smooth! I always add a bit of sweet and milk to my breakfast teas and the Assam holds up beautifully to the additions without missing a beat.
Posted by Lenka on 14th Oct 2015
This is my third time ordering this Assam and I still like it!
It has a rich robust flavor, yet not too strong. I find a pinch of your lapsang added to it makes a fine morning cup.
Posted by Bryan R on 13th May 2015
Smell and taste whise there is a very fruity element.....to me at least. Its a smooth tea, very smooth and full bodied. I cant stress the word "Smooth" enough. Also very high caffiene.
Posted by Benjamin Hartwick on 1st Apr 2015
This is my most go to of go to black teas. That does not mean I always want it, but it does mean that when nothing else in my collection is calling out to me, I am nearly always happy with this one. For me it is good from any time in the morning to midafternoon but not much later than that because it’s got too much caffeine kick for me any later than, say, 3:00 in the afternoon at the latest, and even that is probably too late in the day for it. My everyday tea for first thing in the morning is the Kenya black, which seems to have more caffeine than this, but if I were to run out of Kenya, I could drink this in the morning and be content. It’s certainly not as full bodied as I like a tea to be first thing in the morning, but it is sufficient. My guess is that for many people this would be the perfect morning tea and would have plenty of body for them. For me it is like a tumbled gemstone because it is smooth, well rounded and has no sharp edges.
Posted by Unknown on 24th Feb 2015
This is a fantastic black tea! Love the malty wash it leaves. You gotta try it!
Posted by Cody Hoerig on 19th Sep 2014
I am new to tea drinking, so I can't say I have tried every back tea there is (I am working on it). However, this Assam is my go to black tea right now. It has a little bit of a kick to it, almost a slight cool minty bite in the back of your throat as you drink it. I drink it exclusively iced, with a little bit of honey and lime juice, with the maximum allowed steep time (5 Min).
Posted by Lauren on 26th Feb 2014
This is a nice straightforward black tea. Great flavor, and bold, it's very easy to drink. I like it in the morning when I want something simple to wake me up.
Posted by Gracin on 24th Feb 2014
This tea was not on my last order, and I find that I miss it. It's a great afternoon tea - full bodied, but mellow at the same time. This probably will not be passed over on any of my future orders. I think it rates being an "every afternoon" tea, as Irish Breakfast is an "every morning tea.
Posted by Leah on 29th Dec 2013
Not my favorite assam ever, but still worth drinking. The flavor was good but lacked the full body I have found with other assams in the past. May try mixing with some more malty teas to round out the flavor.
Posted by Jay on 6th Nov 2013
Love this stuff. I'm sometimes a bit soft on drinking coffee or tea with no milk or sugar, but I'm completely happy drinking this straight. You do indeed get a nice maltiness that makes it a very satisfying tea. Nice alternative to coffee for a caffeine boost, and easy to drink a pot of.
Posted by Unknown on 3rd Sep 2013
Its a great tea. Taste is amazing, and has quite the kick caffeine wise.....drink it slow if you are sensitive like myself. Still it should be a staple in every black tea lovers cabinet
Posted by Steve on 21st Jun 2012
Much more robust and full flavored than most teas, I find it makes for a very good workhorse tea through the morning as I work. A little more pricey than some, but the flavor makes it a good value.
Posted by Ellen Shea on 6th Mar 2012
This is a great tea for any time of the day! Its hearty and full bodied flavor makes it a perfect accompaniment for a biscuit or crumpet or even can be drunk by itself!!!
Posted by Ben Schuchard on 27th Feb 2011
This tea is great by itself but also makes a fantastic homemade Chai. We like it so much we've been buying this one in bulk!
Posted by Bill Edwards on 5th Oct 2010
This is a good hearty tea that can be enjoyed on its own or with any meal. For me it is less interesting than most other teas from Arbor more like the tea I grew up with only better.
Posted by todd on 19th Feb 2010
Pretty strong character makes this tea a great deal. Appreciating the 'full-body'. Nice tannin. You can probably use less and stretch your tea dollar.
Posted by K. G. Wilkins on 19th Jun 2009
It's a delightful iced tea. One that both my husband and I agree is great hot or cold.
We at Arbor Teas firmly believe that tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. With that being said, here are some recommendations to get you started, but please remember you can make adjustments based on your own personal taste.
There are three main considerations when brewing tea: quantity of tea, water temperature and steeping time.
Quantity of tea: one level teaspoon per 8 oz cup of water
Water temperature: use water that has been heated to a full rolling boil (212° F)
Steeping time: 3-5 minutes
Tip #1: Use fresh water whenever possible - water that has been sitting in your kettle overnight may impart a flat or stale taste to your tea. Be careful not to boil your water for too long. Over boiled water can sometimes impart an unwanted taste.
Tip #2: Keep in mind that brewing your tea for too long can extract undesirable bitterness from the leaves, so steeping time matters! For a stronger brew, don’t steep longer, just use more tea.
Learn more from our How To Guides on how to brew loose leaf tea, how to make iced tea, and how to make tea lattes. And don’t forget to check out our Eco-Brewing Tips, too!
There are five significant components found in all tea from the plant camellia sinensis: essential oils, which are the source of tea’s delicious flavor and aroma; polyphenols, which are antioxidants that provide the tea’s brisk flavor and many of its health benefits; phytonutrients, which are small amounts of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids including L-theanine (a very rare molecule that has been found in only three sources including camellia sinensis!) ; enzymes; and methylxanthines, which are a family of alkaloids that include caffeine. Each of these components work differently in the human body and a full description is best left to a medical journal. However, recent research exploring the potential health attributes of tea is leading many scientists to agree that tea, may contribute positively to a healthy lifestyle.
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