REVIEW: The Kent & Sussex Tea and Coffee Company – Assam Behora TGFOP (2014)


Tea and origin: Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe black tea from the Behora tea estate in the Dhunseri District of Assam
Purchased at: The Kent & Sussex Tea and Coffee Company
Twitter: @kentteacoffee
Facebook: The Kent & Sussex Tea and Coffee Company
Link to Behora

Behora tea estate is dear to The Kent & Sussex Tea & Coffee Co. The grandfather of Richard Smith, who is currently the Chief Tea Plucker at The Kent & Sussex Tea & Coffee Co, worked on the estate for 35 years. So it goes without saying, The Kent & Sussex Tea & Coffee Co is extremely happy to be selling this tea. Read on to see what I make of the tea.

Tasting notes:

Dry leaf: The dry leaf consists of full, twisted leaves. It has light malty aroma

Infused tea: The tea cups out a dark copper-coloured liquor that has a strong malty aroma. It is a full-bodied, creamy tea that has a good amount of astringency to accompany milk. The liquor is packed full of malty flavour

Infusion tips: Infuse this tea three to five minutes with 95C water. Best drunk with a splash of milk

Conclusions: This tea was a real pleasure to try. Its full body and malty notes make it a great morning tea. It is strong and rich enough to accompany a full English breakfast. Typically I go for Assam teas that have some jammy/sweet notes to them. Behora lacks that jammy-malty combination, but its pronounced malty notes make it a real treat to drink

Retail price: 50 grams for £2.20 / 125 grams for £4.25 / 250 grams for £7.65 / 500 grams for £13.77


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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