Tea Review – English Tea Store Nonsuch Estate Nilgiri

I have mixed feelings about India's teas. If I had to pick a variety of tea that's disappointed me the most over the years, I'd go with Darjeeling. I've only been drinking tea for about eight years now and in the early days I found myself quite impressed with the unique flavor profile of this …

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Teas of the World: Assamica Teas

We think of Camellia Sinensis var. assamica teas as those grown in the state of Assam in northern India. But this varietal of the tea plant is also grown elsewhere and, due to that alternate growing environment, can taste rather different from those grown in Assam. The assamica varietal is raised in these locations (and …

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Tea Garden Visionary: Rajiv Lochan

Many tea gardens have been around for a hundred years or more and are the result of persistence, but some are much newer and have been the result of true vision. Such is the case with Doke Tea Garden in the state of Bihar in India. It was first planted with tea plants (Camellia Sinensis) …

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Tea vs. Coffee in India

Statistically speaking, if you drink tea, there's a pretty good chance that it was grown in China or India. If it weren't for China, India would be the world's top tea growing nation, and between the two of them they grow rather substantial quantities of the stuff. Which might be why the growth of coffee …

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The “Golden Pour” of the Year

Yes, I know the year isn’t even half over and, yes, I know there are many tea adventures to be had in the months ahead, but sometimes something comes along that is so splendid that it can’t wait for the end of the year. Besides, the end of the year is so full of “best …

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The Colors of Darjeeling Tea Leaves

Those of you who are used to black teas and green teas might wonder at the colors of Darjeeling tea leaves, with their varied hues. They certainly were a surprise and delight to hubby and me when we tried our first sample. And a bit puzzling. Not all Darjeeling teas look this way since some …

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Tea Review — The English Tea Store’s Tarajulie Estate

I haven’t made a thorough study of the matter, but I’d venture to say that if you’re looking for information on the gardens that produce your Indian single-estate tea you’re likely to come up dry in many cases. Take Tarajulie Estate, for instance, who produce the fine Assam tea that’s the subject of this review. …

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Teas of the World: Nilgiri Teas

Teas are grown in an ever-increasing number of countries in the world, with India still being one of the leaders. This stop on our virtual world tea tour is Nilgiri District in a more southern part of that country. Topography A mountainous region of Tamil Nadu State in southeastern India, with peaks rising from the …

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“Flight Tea” — Fresh First Flushes Air-shipped from Darjeeling

Editor’s note: Thomas Kasper is from Germany but now resides in Thailand where he studies and writes about tea. He is also a freelance writer and translator (German and English). We are pleased that he will now be contributing some of his tea knowledge to this blog. Flight tea? What is that, you might ask …

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Tea Review: English Tea Store Borengajuli Estate Assam

As I noted recently in a tea review at my own site, the final few months of 2012 were quite a bonanza to a black tea-loving fellow such as yours truly. A pile of samples came flooding in (okay, just a slight exaggeration), and some of them were quite good, thank you very much. Among …

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