Organic Assam TGFOP Black Tea

Full-bodied earthy Assam, with a rich maltiness and coppery notes

fair trade certified certified organic
Organic Assam TGFOP Black Tea
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Organic Assam TGFOP Black Tea


This Fair Trade Certified organic loose leaf tea is a classic organic black tea produced 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 and coppery notes.

Ever wonder what those initials "TGFOP" stand for? Check out our information on tea grading to find out!

Ingredients: organic and Fair Trade Certified Indian black tea

Origin: Assam, India


Assam is a state in northeastern India, and most of the tea that is produced there is near or at sea level. Known for production of tea and silk, most of its agriculture depends on the heavy monsoon rains and high humidity that create almost a greenhouse-like effect on the region. Production and cultivation of tea in Assam has been happening since the mid-1800s. Our Assam teas are sourced from several different Fair Trade and organic estates. Depending on availability and quality, we select our teas from the Banaspati Estate, Hathikuli Estate, Sewpur Estate, Tonganagoan Estate, and the Jalinga Estate.

Steeping Instructions


At Arbor Teas, we believe tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. We’re happy to make recommendations to get you started, but don’t hesitate to experiment! When brewing your tea, your main considerations are tea quantity, water temperature, and steeping time. We recommend black teas to be steeped for 3 to 5 minutes in water heated to a full, rolling boil. For the best flavor, use fresh water whenever possible, and avoid overboiling. Try not to steep your tea longer than necessary, as you’ll extract undesirable bitterness from the leaves. If you want a stronger brew, don’t steep longer, just use more tea. And remember to re-steep your tea leaves to get the most out of your leaf!

Looking for more info? Check out our How-To Guides and Eco-Brewing Tips!

Staff Perspectives

  • Trish

    "I enjoy my Assam with milk and honey, it balances out the malty taste for me"

  • Jeremy

    "Full-bodied - doesn't mind a touch of milk."

  • Aubrey

    "I really like the coppery quality of this tea."

Health Benefits


Like all true tea, black tea offers many potential health benefits. Research has found that tea (Camellia sinensis) can have many positive effects on human health, including improved cardiovascular function, cancer risk reduction, improved immune function, improved oral health, and help with weight management. Tea is also full of polyphenols, which are a class of antioxidant that help your body maintain homeostasis and balance your stress levels. Black tea specifically has been found to regulate blood sugar in diabetics better than other types of tea, according to a study done by the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

For more information about the health benefits of black tea and other types of tea, and for direct sources of the above information, check out our Tea Health Benefits page!

Please note: the information above is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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  • 5
    Notes of pepsi and date. Best work focus tea energy

    Posted by Benjamin Carnes on 26th Jun 2024

    I found this tea has an excellent sweetness that lingers in my mouth all day. Its a sweetness that reminds me of pepsi, stevia, and date. However, the bitterness can be a bit bad like charcoal if not brewed right. I found I can consistently yield a pleasant sweetness if I use slightly cooler water. The consistent brainwork focus tea energy has won me over for my daily tea drinking. I also like that the caffeine consistently leaves my system by bedtime and I sleep superbly, maybe with some lingering theanine.

  • 3
    Sometimes tastes sweet and sometimes like charcoal

    Posted by Benjamin Carnes on 12th Jun 2024

    Sometimes this tea has an exceptionally good sweetness that reminds me of stevia, Pepsi, and maple syrup. The sweetness develops after sipping it for a couple minutes and lingers for hours after I finish the tea. However, sometimes it lacks sweetness and leaves me with a charcoal taste all day. I experimented and found out that the sweetness only happens if I have eaten banana earlier in the day (maybe its the enzymes?). The sweetness is so good I'll probably buy this again, if it weren't for so many other teas I want to try. Also, this tea has a nice body feel. Gives me good focus for work all day and leaves my system by bed time.

  • 3
    A decent, fair value Assam

    Posted by William Lytch on 4th May 2024

    This tea brewed for 4 minutes (no sugar, no milk) impresses with a certain uniqueness in that it has one of the lowest amounts of tannic acid I've tasted in an Assam. The advertised "occasional golden downy tips" decided to avoid this occasion apparently because I see zero of those, it's all black leaf. Very little malt taste compared to the best single estate Assams, copper notes are quite apparent. This is an easy drinking Assam but definitely has a less complex flavor profile compared to more expensive single estate Assams.

  • 5
    Malty, great with milk

    Posted by Madison on 23rd Mar 2024

    This is the only Assam I've tried, but I like it a lot, it's a nice daily morning tea. Absolutely recommend with oat milk, it balances out the maltiness and tinge of bitterness perfectly, delicious.

  • 5
    My go-to tea

    Posted by Reggie on 30th Nov 2023

    Thanks to Arbor's sample sizes, I was able to try a wide assortment of organic tea types when I decided to move away from my morning coffee ritual. I realized that I'm a fan of the malty flavors of black tea, and that tea does not have to be astringent - even strong tea! This Assam is my favorite by far. I don't drink it every morning, but I have to have it on hand for a reliable, smooth cup, perfect (for me) with a little oat milk. The compostable packaging Arbor uses sealed the deal and made me a regular customer.

  • 4
    really wanted to love this one

    Posted by Skye on 28th Nov 2022

    I'm a big fan of Assams and since I love Arbor, I really was excited to try their Assam. However, like another reviewer here, I prefer a maltier Assam and this Assam doesn't fit the bill for me. Like all Arbor Teas, it's a really elegant brew, it's just not the one for me.

  • 5
    Love the Assam!

    Posted by Susan on 22nd Apr 2022

    This is my go-to tea. It always satisfies.

  • 4
    Pretty decent

    Posted by Pixie on 7th Oct 2021

    I'd say this is definitely much more on the coppery side than the malty side. As I prefer malty, I'm not sure I'll buy it again, but it has enough depth and fruity notes that I'll happily drink what I bought. If you don't like your tea bitter, steep this one closer to 3 minutes. 5 was too much for me.

  • 5
    Forever The King of Black

    Posted by Mark on 19th Mar 2021

    I have tried every black tea under the sun (even the ridiculously pricey ones), and this tea just can't be beat. I like my black tea with a tiny bit of honey and milk, and there is something about the Assam TGFOP that makes it so perfect. I used to buy it at a chain coffee/tea house, but it wasn't organic, and that is very important to me. Thanks for bringing us so many great teas, Arbor!

  • 5

    Posted by Cris on 9th Mar 2021

    This could be my favorite tea. I'm not enough of a connoisseur to detect coppery or malty notes, but its aroma is almost like a bouquet of wild flowers. (But subtle! Not too flowery.). Arbor teas, you're turning me into a person who drinks her tea without milk or honey, for the first time ever. Your teas are that smooth, flavorful, and refreshing. Especially this one.

  • 5
    A hug in a cup

    Posted by Matthew Van Vrancken on 28th Oct 2020

    I'm still a little newer to the wonderful world of organic loose teas, but I knew after trying a bunch of other teas from Arbor I needed to find out how the classic Assam in TGFOP grade plays. Remarkably creamy mouthfeel, not a shred of astringency or bitterness, malty, rich. I also add a 1/4 ratio of it to the masala chai. It is an absolutely perfect black tea.

  • 5

    Posted by Kristi on 8th Oct 2020

    I adored this. I felt like a classy lady drinking it and I liked the name. I also appreciated a taste of India in my tea collection. The flavor isn't as bitter to me as other black teas, I enjoyed it with and without honey.

  • 5

    Posted by Brett on 11th Jul 2019

    I know you "real tea people" will hate me, but this Assam is amazing for making sweet tea. Really smooth and strong.

  • 4
    Easy drinking, light, sweet

    Posted by CA on 26th Dec 2018

    Finely twisted black leaves. Earthy sweet dry smell. Red brown infusion. Sweet smell infused. Malty rich, smooth, very little spice. No astringency. Easy drinking, simple rich black tea with light sweet flowery smell.

  • 4
    Assam TGFOP

    Posted by Peter Hutwelker on 27th Jan 2018

    Very good, enjoyable

  • 4
    Love it!

    Posted by Debbie Shipley on 29th Sep 2017

    This is a very rich and dark tea. Wonderfully smooth not bitter at all.

  • 5
    love it

    Posted by Paige on 29th Nov 2016

    This is so far my favorite black tea! I use it for brewing my kombucha and it works perfectly! Definitely sticking with this one for a while

  • 5

    Posted by Yen-Wen on 14th Nov 2016

    I must say that the richness without bitterness of the taste has won me over! It's really smooth even when I brew it a little longer. It's excellent for milk tea. I don't even need sugar to cut the edge or anything! I can drink it like it is if I want. This is a great choice for simple rich black tea. Love it!

  • 4

    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!

  • 5
    New favorite

    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.

  • 4

    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.

  • 5

    Posted by Bryan R on 13th May 2015

    Smell and taste whise there is a very fruity me at least. Its a smooth tea, very smooth and full bodied. I cant stress the word "Smooth" enough. Also very high caffiene.

  • 4
    Like a tumbled gemstone

    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.

  • 5
    Black tea fan must have!

    Posted by Unknown on 24th Feb 2015

    This is a fantastic black tea! Love the malty wash it leaves. You gotta try it!

  • 4
    Cool minty bite!

    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).

  • 4
    Good straightforward tea

    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.

  • 4
    I miss this tea

    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.

  • 3
    A decent Assam

    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.

  • 5

    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.

  • 5

    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

  • 4
    A good Cuppa

    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.

  • 5

    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!!!

  • 5
    Wonderful for Chai

    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!

  • 3
    One hearty tea

    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.

  • 5
    flavorful good value

    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.

  • 5
    Just perfect

    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.

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