Harmutty Special Summer Black Tea


This tea comes from Harmutty, a garden planted in 1870 by Major Gibb. It’s reputed for its orthodox second flush and this season’s offering does much to keep up its reputation. With large leaves, plenty of golden tips, this summer black tea is wonderfully malty.

the experience



Subtle sweetness resembling honey, fruit, wood, hints of herb


Dark Amber


The liquor starts with notes of wood and slight sweetness. Feeble astringency that fades, mellow yet, medium-bodied. Notes of honey and malt are noticeable.


Buttered toast, waffles

dry leaf


Hints of wood and burnt sugar


Tightly rolled, even black leaves, some with golden tips



Soft sweet, fruity, wet wood and hints of spices


Semi open light coppery leaves

steeping notes

cold filtered O2 Rich Water


Tea Leaves



6 fl oz

185-194 oF

1.5 tsp / 2.5 g

4 mins

Recommended number of steeps - one



Drink Plain




May 24, 2017

19 Reviews


  • Smooth Body 13
  • High Quality 9
  • Unique Flavor Profile 8
  • Great Aroma 6
  • Freshness 4


  • Bitter if Over-Steeped 1
  • Strong 1
  • Weak 1
  • No Flavor 0

Best Served

  • Morning 9
  • Anytime 5
  • Evening 2
  • Afternoon 2
  • Dessert Tea 1


Aug. 31, 2017

Great tea.

Likes : Great Aroma, Smooth Body, Unique Flavor Profile.

Best Served : Evening.

Well balanced, summer Assam tea with sweet after taste. Just time the steeping to get the right flavour profile


April 3, 2017

Hard to beat this tea!

Likes : Smooth Body, High Quality, Unique Flavor Profile.

Best Served : Morning, Dessert Tea.

Based on the reviews, I knew this tea would be good. Well, I was not disappointed at all. This tea is quite unique with a good balance and some honey taste left in your mouth. It is a great tea for winter, one of the best for sure.


Dec. 19, 2016

perfect choice for breakfast

Likes : Smooth Body.

Dislikes : Strong.

Best Served : Morning.

It‘s a strong tea with sweet tasting . But It's not too strong to copare with other kinds of assam tea. It's perfect choice for breakfast . I like drinking it without adding others. No adding milk or sugar.


Dec. 11, 2016

Especially good with Meyer lemon

Likes : Smooth Body, High Quality.

Best Served : Morning.

Smooth, strong, but not too strong, good everyday tea. Love drinking it first thing in the morning with a small slice of Meyer lemon.


May 28, 2016


Likes : Smooth Body, Unique Flavor Profile.

Best Served : Anytime.

A rare balance can be found in this tea, the body is well shaped with all possible angles well smoothed. Still without loosing personality; a bit of sweet can be also found in the very remote corner of the mouth.


May 9, 2016

Delightfully mellow afternoon treat

Likes : Great Aroma, Smooth Body, High Quality, Unique Flavor Profile.

Best Served : Afternoon, Evening.

Taken with milk, this tea glides down smoothly leaving a sweet and nutty aftertaste. Its balanced and gentle flavours make it an ideal afternoon or evening tea- especially considering its medium caffeine content. Certainly my preferred choice for a mellower cup.


Nov. 28, 2015


Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, Smooth Body, High Quality, Unique Flavor Profile.

Best Served : Morning.

Very nice, light, slightly sweet and very smooth Assam.


Nov. 22, 2015

Lovely 'lighter' Assam.

Likes : High Quality, Unique Flavor Profile.

Best Served : Afternoon.

Not alot to add to other reviews, other than to suggest this to others who normally prefer Darjeeling-type teas, but would like to try something 'fuller'/heavier. This is not as chewy as many Assam teas and was lovely drunk plain with no milk or sugar, even after a full 5 minute steep. Leaves the mouth a little dry. One word sprung to mind... 'Toblerone'!! Yes, it has an innate sweetness and almondy nuttiness that reminded me of this chocolate!


Oct. 19, 2015

A sweet malty morning tea

Likes : Smooth Body.

Best Served : Morning.

This tea had a sweet honey aroma which carried through with the flavor of honeyed malt and touch of floral with some astringency for structure. It had a nice well rounded mouth feel and long drying finish. I like this kind of rich malty tea with milk but actually more of the flavour came through when drunk plain.


Oct. 14, 2015

Perfect Start to Morning

Likes : Smooth Body, High Quality.

Best Served : Morning.

Although this is a summer assam, I perceive this tea as having more fall characteristics. Rather than the delicate and floral/honeyed taste of say the Chota Tingrai, this is your ever-faithful simple breakfast tea. A little more heavy-bodied and malty (as an assam should be) and does not become bitter with a proper 5-minute steep. Takes milk/sweetener without becoming bland. A little less expensive than some of the other summer assam teas recently purchased, this has become my automatic reach instead of coffee in the morning.


Oct. 12, 2015

Nice Assam

Likes : Great Aroma, Smooth Body.

Best Served : Morning.

The leaves have a pleasant toasty aroma and pretty gold flecks. This tea is a little more delicate than the classic full-bodied malty Assam. It probably depends on the steeping time, but I found it to be relatively low astringency. I enjoyed it both plain and with soy milk. Very pleasant sweetness and woody notes.


July 29, 2015

A good tea

Likes : Unique Flavor Profile.

Enjoyed it. I like assams occasionally. Always plain. This was a good tea and I enjoyed drinking it steeped at 4 minutes.


May 15, 2015

A solid Assam

Likes : Freshness, Smooth Body.

Dislikes : Bitter if Over-Steeped.

Best Served : Morning.

This is an Assam that I've consistently revisited for many years. Teabox's offering is quite good as well. It is smooth and malty, as an Assam should be. The liquor lends itself well to milk, if you so choose. One of the best things about this tea is that the flavor is sound whether one steeps it for 3 minutes or for a full 5 minutes. Nothing is lost on either extreme. 5 minutes is certainly a more pronounced flavor palate, but 3 minutes is quite nice as well.


April 11, 2015

Good Morning Tea

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, Smooth Body, High Quality.

Best Served : Morning.

Use rounded teaspoon and steep for 5 minutes for a full-bodied smooth malty tea. Quite tasty-one of my favorites!


April 3, 2015

Smooth and pleasant but not strong enough for my taste

Likes : Freshness.

Dislikes : Weak.

Best Served : Anytime.

As a converted coffee drinker I like a very strong black tea. This tea was very smooth, fresh, and had a good "woody and malty" flavor, but I wouldn't characterize it as "bold and brisk"

Barclay Boyd

Dec. 9, 2014

Good everyday tea

Nice flavor notes, and is smooth compared to some other assam teas I have tried. Only dislike is that it needs to steep a little longer then most other black teas to get the full flavor.


Oct. 28, 2014

This is an anytime Tea for me

Likes : Smooth Body, High Quality, Unique Flavor Profile.

Best Served : Anytime.

It was slightly stronger & more robust with a light sweetness than my Regular Assam teas. I was also surprised by the smoothness of the flavors.


Oct. 14, 2014

Nice and strong Assam

Likes : Great Aroma.

Best Served : Anytime.

This is an outstanding Tea It is strong, but with a sort of round subtle aftertaste Found it to become slighly bitter (in a good way) if steeped longer


Aug. 13, 2014

Good strong black tea

Likes : High Quality.

Best Served : Anytime.

I am a fan of strong, malty teas; I even appreciate a bit of bitterness. I also use honey and milk, so that must be considered. Nonetheless, you have to steep this tea for a very long time (8-10 min +) to achieve a bitterness that most would find distasteful. It makes a strong cup at 5 minutes and holds up extremely well to milk (as well as soy milk). Overall, this is one of my favorite teas from TeaBox, another being Bokel.

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