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Season's Pick Assam GFOP Organic

4.5 star average rating
31 Reviews Write a Review
This Assam selection produces a dark cup with a full flavor profile. Notes of cocoa and a delicate caramel hint complement a sweet and toasty aroma for an enjoyable cup.

Steeping Suggestions

Leaf Quantity: 2.25 g/6oz cup
Steep Time: 3-5 min.
Water Temperature: 212 degrees (boiling)


Season's Pick Assam GFOP Organic Reviews
4.5 star average rating
Overall Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 (based on 31 reviews)

  • Really nice assam at an excellent price!
  • 5 star rating
  • Michelle – CO – April 13, 2021
  • I immediately loved this tea. It brews a dark, full-bodied cup that's nice and malty - perfect in the morning. I like a splash of cream in black teas, and this one holds up very well to that. I get two quality brews each time. I will be keeping this one in stock!
  • very good for every day
  • 5 star rating
  • Robin – IL – March 14, 2021
  • Love the aroma and the expanding leaf. Really impressed at this price point.
  • Great tea for the price
  • 4 star rating
  • Kevin – IN – January 30, 2021
  • This was an excellent Assam at a value price. Hearty with little astringency.
  • This tea is bright and happy!
  • 5 star rating
  • Julie – VA – January 23, 2021
  • I was surprised this morning when I brewed my new tea I ordered. It was uplifting, slightly sweet on its own, and had a really nice complex flavor. More tannin flavor developed with a longer steeping (I start with the initial 2-5 minutes, then just add hot water to the remaining tea and see what that tastes like). This was delightful!
  • Strong with complex flavor
  • 5 star rating
  • Nicole – NC – January 09, 2021
  • I like a strong black tea, partly because I drink it with a fair amount of half-n-half, and this one is delightful. It feels like a special treat every morning. Its flavor is complex enough that I never get bored even though it's my most common morning tea. It's also forgiving and will only get bitter if you accidentally leave it steeping too long.
  • Smooth and delicious
  • 5 star rating
  • Mary – VA – November 10, 2020
  • I've always liked Assams. And this one is one of the nicest I've had. It is smooth, low to moderate tannins (at least to my beginner taste), and takes a dash of milk well (for this of us that like a wee bit of milk in our tea.) I was drinking one of Upton's popular blends for my morning tea, but am switching to this now.
  • Not strong enough to my taste
  • 4 star rating
  • Joseph – BC – September 10, 2020
  • A fine organic tea with a lovely aroma, but not strong enough to my taste. As other reviews have noted, this tea is a bit flat for those of us who want a more robust drink, such as in a good breakfast-type tea.
  • Just OK
  • 3 star rating
  • Paul – OH – August 05, 2020
  • This tea is moderately good but I found it lacking in the flavor and robustness I want from an Assam.
  • Gorgeous strong cup - great malt
  • 5 star rating
  • Mortimer Reed – WI – July 12, 2020
  • I am very happy with this selection. It has a wild malty flavor and it reminds me of a very expensive grade of Assam. The caffeine is very high and that is what I wanted. The after-taste is fairly sweet, and this is a very strong flavor. I prefer to drink black tea neat (no milk), and I love this one. Thank you Upton for the two day delivery!
  • Lacks Favor
  • 2 star rating
  • Tom – MA – July 10, 2020
  • I have ordered teas from Upton for years and am usually satisfied with the quality. However, the Upton description says this Assam tea provides full flavor. That was not my experience. I added just a touch of milk and honey and I found the tea to be bland and flavorless. I will probably not drink the remaining portion of this tea.
  • Great Organic Assam Tea
  • 5 star rating
  • Christine – MA – May 24, 2020
  • I like strong organic Assam tea but finding a good organic Assam tea can be difficult. It's not any more. This is a fantastic organic Assam tea and for the price it is OUTSTANDING! I purchased several 200 g packets but then saw it was running out so I purchased an 800 g bag. This is the only Assam I'm using now so I will purchase another 800 g bag.
  • Uninspiring
  • 3 star rating
  • MATT – MI – March 17, 2020
  • Medium bitterness, light tannins/dryness, very little flavor with hints of honey. Best when blended with a fruit tisane like rote grutze.
  • Great tea to start your morning
  • 5 star rating
  • Lawrence – CA – January 12, 2020
  • My go to cup in the morning, rich & malty and a fantastic price!
  • Terrific robust deliciousness
  • 5 star rating
  • Jody – MA – September 21, 2019
  • I'm a committed Strong Black Tea drinker, and prefer organic. My mainstay is Upton's Organic English Breakfast Blend. This new Season's Pick Assam is outstanding: when I finished my sample packet I found I missed it, a sure sign of a winner! Robustly yum on its own or with cream. Just ordered a whole bunch!
  • Cacao nibs, honey and malt
  • 5 star rating
  • Sherry – AK – September 11, 2019
  • Such a lovely Assam for the price! It has both the flavors and aromas of honey, cacao, and malt simply delicious. Has a full mouth feel which can be rare in organic tea. It's delicious alone or as part of a blend I'm currently enjoying it mixed with the Organic China Black FOP divine!
  • Good Assam organic
  • 4 star rating
  • Yocheved – NY – September 06, 2019
  • Great taste, but lots of caffeine. Watch out. It packs a punch!
  • Wow, really good and a great price
  • 5 star rating
  • Alice – CA – May 05, 2019
  • I have been exploring some Assam teas and recently purchased this one. Boy am I glad I did. The aroma of the dried tea remindes me of a rich pipe tabacco, earthy and sweet. I also love the color of the dry leaves--a dusty blacker than black. Brew is rich and smooth, I don't have to add milk but can. Not bitter even steeped at 5 minutes.
  • Extra: Far Better Than it Should Be
  • 4 star rating
  • Chris – CA – April 28, 2019
  • "Season's Pick" is Upton's budget line of teas. Opening the bag, you get a forward aroma of honey, something usually found in the more pedigreed Assams. It's smooth, moderately malty, and sweet. You have to search for gold flowers in the bag though. I weighed it at 1.6 grams/level teaspoon, so use 1.5 teaspoons per cup, & steep for 4.5 minutes.
  • Notes of Chocolate
  • 4 star rating
  • Sean – IL – March 07, 2019
  • I'm always very harsh on cheaper teas, rarely above 3/5 marks. But I absolutely love a malty and sweet cup of black tea, and you can taste notes of chocolate and cocoa in the ruby red liquor. The bag by default comes 200g and at $0.11 a cup, so cheap is that I can't help but absolutely love this tea. You'll be glad on how much they give you.
  • Brisk, good flavor, not bitter
  • 5 star rating
  • Jill – WA – March 05, 2019
  • I like a strong black tea with a distinct flavor since I drink it with lots of milk, but without the bitterness that often comes with strong teas. This one measures up.
  • Great Every Day
  • 4 star rating
  • Harriet – NY – January 29, 2019
  • This has become my everyday morning tea. I think it's the best tea for the price.
  • Best assam we ever tried!
  • 5 star rating
  • Andy – VT – December 15, 2018
  • Absolutely LOVE this tea!.. We drink a lot of Upton Assam and think this is the best we ever had! Malty and hardy. We served it at a party today and every single person commented on how good it was and asked where to get it.
  • Smooth Morning Cuppa
  • 5 star rating
  • Alexander – CA – October 24, 2018
  • Number one go-to for the morning cup. Good flavor, not astringent, great with milk. Great value for organic.
  • Very Good Choice
  • 5 star rating
  • Mr.Doubrava – IL – September 23, 2018
  • This is a really good selection for people like me who prefer a medium-to-full bodied Assam. The brew is not excessively tannic, but is still rich. I suggest brewing about three and a half minutes for a cup that is full of varietal flavor, yet devoid of bitterness, and perfect for drinking neat, without milk. A great everyday black assam.
  • Another Winner
  • 5 star rating
  • elf – NY – August 06, 2018
  • A bold leaf Assam, with marvelous flavor, that makes for a terrific afternoon break. As it's a bigger leaf, I use my large infuser ('Perma Brew' Pot Size Infuser - AI23) instead of my smaller one (Perma-Brew Cup Infuser - AI20) to allow the leaves more room to bloom. I keep a small supply of this in my office for "those" days.
  • Brisk, Clean and Round
  • 4 star rating
  • Sensado Tea – HI – July 02, 2018
  • Aromatic black, typical Assam, with hints of caramel and stone fruits. Subtle tannins complementing the aroma.
  • Really good, nice with milk
  • 5 star rating
  • Mary Pat – MA – May 25, 2018
  • I like this tea with milk. It's a great tea taste without a lot of tannins. I'm no expert, but I know what I like. And this is it.
  • Organic and that is a plus, use with milk and maybe sugar, 50
  • 3 star rating
  • chris – AZ – May 19, 2018
  • Maybe an average Assam for the ones I have had, never had a $30 for 100gm assam so maybe I just don't know what a great assam is. I lived in India and we made it really strong, the teas were usually not high quality do to people not being rich in india. The taste was good cause of the cardamon fresh ground and spices and strong buffalo milk.
  • Yes
  • 5 star rating
  • ma – CT – April 11, 2018
  • After trying many teas I found that I prefer Assam, especially in the morning. Like a former reviewer, I am not versed in the language, but I find this seasons pick especially smooth and pleasing no matter the strength of the "cuppa". Thank you Upton!
  • super
  • 5 star rating
  • cs – VT – March 14, 2018
  • I don't know the language of tea, but this is unbelievably tasty. My favorite after shifting from this to that for many years.
  • Good
  • 3 star rating
  • Tim – NY – October 09, 2017
  • This makes for a smooth cup of Assam. It is not very malty, but has some tannins and a light to moderate flavor intensity. There is a little woody/leafy taste to it.
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