REVIEW: The Kent & Sussex Tea and Coffee Company – Assam Halmari TGFBOP


Tea: Black tea from the Assam district of Dibrugarh
Purchased at: The Kent & Sussex Tea and Coffee Company online shop
Link to Assam Halmari on Kent & Sussex Tea and Company website

The Kent & Sussex Tea and Coffee Company has one of most, if not the most, impressive line of Assam teas that I’m aware of in the UK. While they buy certain Assam teas every year from well-known gardens, they also constantly add new Assam teas to their line, which makes regular visits to their website a must. This Halmari is one of their newest offerings, and considering my love of broken Assam teas, I had to give it a try.

Dry leaf:

– It is a moderately broken dry leaf that has a sprinkling of golden tips

– The dry leaf has a jammy, sweet aroma

Infused tea:

– The infused tea cups out a bright, copper-coloured liquor

– Like the dry leaf, the liquor has a jammy, sweet aroma

– The body of the liquor has a strong, rich, malty flavour. It has a spicy finish that coats your throat

– It is a full-bodied tea that is not overly astringent


– Infuse for four to five minutes and drink with milk. It is a great morning tea

– I think this tea is full of complex aromas and flavours. From the aroma of the dry leaf, I knew the infused tea was going to present a tasty liquor, and I was not disappointed. While the liquor is not really dark, the tea is strong and full-flavoured, and a splash a milk rounds out its flavours



Retail price: 50 grams for £2.08 / 125 grams for £3.95 / 250 grams for £7.11 / 500 grams for £13.08


About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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