Assam TGFOP - Organic
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From Chardwar Estate - Certified Organic whole leaf robust black tea. Good, full-bodied character. Nothing too fancy but your reliable, full-bodied, hearty pick-me-up any time of day. Takes well to milk if that is your choice. Read more about TGFOP and other grades in the Tea Education section below.
Based on reading "nothing fancy" I originally bought only 1/2lb of this tea when organic Assam was back in stock. I loved the last organic Assam I bought from silver tips, and was prepared to be disappointed in this one, based on the modest description. But boy, was I blown away! This is now my favorite tea ever. I love it so much I wake up looking forward to drinking it, then I think about it all day until I go to bed and can't wait to have it again in the morning. I don't dare drink it in the afternoon or I won't sleep. But it's actually so good I think about it and relish its memory all day long.
My other favorite teas are Doomur Dullung, for its smooth maltiness, and Yorkshire Gold in bags if I'm on the go. THIS tea, however, adds a caramelly taste to the malt. Both malt and caramel are strong. It's heavenly with cream and maple syrup, which is how I take my daily tea. I don't like Hajua estate; it's too tannic/acidic, and I don't like Honse estate; it's too "green" tasting. This organic assam is absolutely perfect. Try it, you may love it too. For me, it's absolute perfection. I've now bought a larger quantity to stock up my tea cupboard for many months. I will be looking for this organic Chardwar estate in future; please keep carrying it, Silver Tips! And get the other one you had too--it'll make a good option for variety.
My tea palate has evolved over time and I only started drinking Assam a few months ago. Prior to that time, black darjeeling teas were my morning staple.
I tried a number of assams and enjoyed each of them. The Organic Assam TGFOP is a medium/full bodied tea with a smooth, nutty after-tasted. It feels silky on the tongue and pairs well with milk. I prefer organic teas and this has become my go-to breakfast tea in the morning. Strong, black and elegant.
If you are a fan of breakfast teas, I suggest giving the Organic Assam a try. It is less bitter than a traditional English/Breakfast tea. And it gives me a jump-start first thing in the morning.
Use 1 heaped tsp. leaf per 8 oz. cup.
Pour boiling water over leaves.
Steep 4-5 mins.
Milk may be added.
OP, BOP, FOP, TGFOP - what's the deal? These are shortcuts for grades of tea. An easy way to cut through all the arcane acronyms is to remember that OP or FOP signifies a full leaf tea and anything with a B in it such as BOP or BP means it has broken leaf in it. India and Ceylon teas in particular, are classified, graded and priced according to leaf size. The larger the leaf the higher the price. A full leaf tea such as OP, FOP or TGFOP, will result in a lighter cup than a smaller broken leaf tea such as BOP or CTC granules which are stronger in taste. OP is Orange Pekoe. FOP is Flowery Orange Pekoe. TGFOP is Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe. BOP is Broken Orange Pekoe and CTC is Crush, Tear & Curl. An OP grade does not automatically translate to quality. But it does mean that it has been manufactured as a full leaf tea.
Great to have a green tea with that strong bergamot flavor of Earl Grey. Thought it would be too powerful to have often, but I've gotten quite addicted to the flavor.
This is a perfect afternoon pick me up or something akin to "dessert" tea. Been sipping this for over a decade. The scent is fab too w/ a touch of rose petals.
I start craving Noel tea from the moment that crisp cooler temps hit in the Fall and drink it straight til Spring. Besides the cinnamon spice, the almonds make it special! Even then it's lovely with some Irish Soda Bread around St. Patrick's besides the obvious Nov-Dec Holiday crush.
A great pick me up in the afternoon!
This is my early morning tea—love it. I make a 2-cup pot. The first cup is gentle, delightful green, not at all bitter (4–5 minute steep). The second cup is stronger of course, and a little bitter—but then I add a teaspoon of turbinado sugar—and it becomes absolute nectar!
Hint: because the leaves are so long, it's a bit difficult to get a consistent measure for this tea, just using a spoon. Sometimes it was becoming too strong. I picked up an electronic gram scale, which solved the problem—5.5 grams for my 2-cup morning pot.
Nostalgia. I did not have such good tea in decades. Smooth and fragrant. it is exactly what you would expect from a top quality Darjeeling.
My husband and I love using this. It allows us to make the exact serving size of the tea that we desire. Now I am buying a second one so we can make two different types of tea at the same time.
June, 2023. Denver, Colorado.
First thing that struck me about this batch of Makaibari Autumnal black tea from 2022 was the aroma of the tea in the lovely packaging that it arrived in. I wasn't expecting anything spectacular but this batch was a pleasant surprise as there was a promising fragrance from the package! So far ... so good!
The fragrance in the cup once I brewed the first cup was, again, promising. When I sipped it, I was very pleasantly surprised with the flavour. It definitely had the Darjeeling magic that I have loved since I was a student in Darjeeling many years ago.
I then added a touch of milk and sugar - my preferred way of enjoying my Darjeeling tea - and was able to close my eyes and thoroughly enjoy the experience!!
I am contemplating purchasing some more of this batch of tea if it is still in stock!
I've tried Makaibari Autumnal from Slvertips Tea several times before but I think this is the best I've ever had!
Very pleasantly surprised and satisfied customer!!!
I tried this tea at a friends house and had about 4 cups. It was smooth and had several different flavor tones. It is not inexpensive, but I can not stop buying it. As my friend who introduced me to it said :”I don’t drink wine, but I have expensive tastes in tea…”
Elegant. Thats how I desribe this tea. Its a special occasion treat.
it and linger over this glorious morning tea. Rich, smooth and think of the rolling hills in Ireland. Love this tea!!!
Makabari second flush is my favorite tea and I've tried plenty. It just hits the note of richness without being bitter or overpowering yet holds up to the addition of milk.
We have been drinking New Vith every day since discovering it at the SilverTips tea room in Tarrytown 20(?) years ago. We were VERY sorry to see the shop close after enjoying it for so long, but remain glad that we still have a local mail-order source for our favorite Ceylon brew.
I always offer this tea to my friend when she visits. I have a colleague who has helped me so much recently. And my boss is always so supportive. So I bought three bags as Christmas presents and can’t wait to hear how each one enjoys this very special bag of awesomeness.
I have been really digging this tea this month; so much so that I finally ran out and needed to buy another bag. I adore this tea’s mellow, smooth flavor, which seems to change a bit with each sip. Having only had bagged oolong previously, I had no idea it would become my favorite but it has!
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