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Tchuggin' Okie

(63 reviews)
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Chocolate Mint Black Tea from Trader Joe's

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: ?????

75 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 27th, 2017

The aroma of this tea, both dried in-bag and poured, is heavenly for those of us who love chocolate and mint. The main ingredient actually isn't black tea leaves or chocolate; it's peppermint leaves. Then instead of just using chocolate powder or soaking tea leaves in chocolate, the unnamed Canadian contractor who pr...

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Difflugia

(7 reviews)
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Earl Grey Decaffeinated from Twinings

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: ?????

55 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 27th, 2017

Presumably losing the rest of the tea flavor and aroma to the decaffeination process, this tea retains a tannic hint of dry leaves. The Twinings bergamot flavoring tastes much more like sweet oranges and is less bitter than other Earl Grey teas.

I find that the sweet and bitter of the citrus complements the faint ta...

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Irish Breakfast from Twinings

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: ?????

45 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 27th, 2017

Dry, this tea has very little aroma. After adding water, the initial aroma is of oak leaves. It smells nice without being particularly complex.

The tea is very astringent and moderately bitter. It's less malty than I would like, so the tea tastes unbalanced. The maltiness mostly appears in the finish, which lingers ...

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Organic Golden Monkey Black Tea from Prince of Peace

Style: Golden Monkey – Region: Yunnan, China

96 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 26th, 2017

This tea is absolutely sublime, but has a price tag to match.

I was wandering around Chicago's Chinatown yesterday looking for interesting tea and saw a display of Prince of Peace's premium "gift box" teas. At $19.99 for 150g, I was worried that the quality wouldn't match the price, but decided to try it anyway. I w...

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Monica Zakka

(5 reviews)
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Chateau Blanc White Tea from Teavana

Style: Fruit White Tea – Region: Blend

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 25th, 2017

This tea is fruity, fragrant and full-bodied. It alludes to the cycle of renewal and evokes the perfect finish!

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Calming from Yogi Tea

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 25th, 2017

Unfortunately, the licorice root overpowers the taste. Furthermore, the only calming thing about this tea is the inspirational quote on the inside. In fact, even the latter can sometimes arouse anxious interpretations.

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Raspberry Riot Lemon Mate Tea from Teavana

Style: Flavored Yerba Maté – Region: Blend

65 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 25th, 2017

How can one cup of tea make me both frustrated and at ease, simultaneously? This tea is the perfect equilibrium between crudity and finesse!

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Earl Grey from Twinings

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: ?????

30 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 1/5
Mar. 25th, 2017

This is the everyday Dolorès of earl grey teas; it lacks innovation and sensual effervescence.

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Thé du Hammam from Palais des Thés

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Turkey

80 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 25th, 2017

Round-bodied, light and docile. This is, by all means, a pivotal tea that evokes pre-capitalist notions of pleasure.

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Difflugia

(7 reviews)
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Decaf Breakfast from Tea Forte

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Sri Lanka / Ceylon

35 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 1/5
Mar. 23rd, 2017

For me, afternoon caffeine inevitably means insomnia, so I've spent some effort trying to find a decent decaf. I've found a few decaf green teas and Earl Greys that are drinkable, but I've yet to find an unflavored black tea that's worth the trouble. Despite being the most expensive decaf I've tried, Tea Forté's Decaf...

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Ginseng Oolong (King's Tea) Fourth Grade from Ten Ren Tea

Style: Ginseng Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 23rd, 2017

Ten Ren's King's Tea has been my favorite for years. The base tea is high quality to begin with and the ginseng is subtle enough that the flavors blend well. It's difficult for me to tell where the tea flavor ends and the ginseng begins.

On the tongue, the tea is lightly bitter with an initial grassy flavor that giv...

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Alex Zorach

(1274 reviews)
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Colombian Black Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: Colombia

99 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 21st, 2017

This tea is incredible! Thank you to Simpson & Vail for sending it to me as a sample. I was recently very wowed by a Colombian black tea sold by Harney & Sons, and I was eager to try this one. It is very similar, but I think even better. I suspect this is probably a higher-grade tea from the same tea garden.

Dry...

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Brytta Sóþword

(284 reviews)
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Ceylon Gold from teakruthi

Style: White Tea – Region: Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

88 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 21st, 2017

This is another really lovely white tea from teakruthi. I've often found it difficult to find a white tea I really enjoy, but both of theirs are quite pleasant and smooth. This one has a rich flavor without bitterness and it resteeps well, which helps to mitigate the relatively high price compared to their other teas.I...

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Alex Zorach

(1274 reviews)
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Orange Pekoe (Ceylon & India) from Harney and Sons

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

86 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 20th, 2017

One of the best black tea blends I've tried that hasn't been in a more specific style. Enigmatic, this tea constantly defied description. I also found it versatile, able to take on different characters based on how I brewed it.

The dry leaf of this is potently aromatic and commands my attention, spicy with strong ...

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Jason Rowlands

(3 reviews)
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Royal Phoenix from The Tao of Tea

Style: Dancong Oolong – Region: Guangdong, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 20th, 2017

This is a 2nd generation Mi-Lan varietal Dancong from the Phoenix Mountains (Fenghuang Shan) in Guangdong Province. I've heard amazing things about this type of Oolong and I must say, it does not disappoint. It tastes extremely elegant and well crafted. It is rather smooth and leaves a coating around your mouth along w...

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Emerald Green from The Tao of Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 19th, 2017

Also known as "San Bei Xiang" or "Three Cups" because of the different fragrances this tea provides with each infusion. I'm a little confused about the origin because the website says it is from Ningde in Fujian province but the tin I bought says it is from Zhejiang province. Perhaps Tao of Tea switched locations it ...

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Monk

(19 reviews)
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Keemun Mao Feng from Music City Tea

Style: Keemun Mao Feng – Region: Anhui, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 19th, 2017

Less than $6 for 2 ounces?...I couldn't resist :)
The tiny curly leaves smell of earth and perhaps a cinnamon sweetness.

I brewed this "semi-western" style (I normally use gong fu style). Using 4 grams of leaf in a 10 ounce teapot.
With this particular setup, my goal is to get two infusions (about 20oz of tea in ...

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Tracy

(4 reviews)
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Foxtrot from Adagio Teas

Style: Chamomile Blend – Region: Blend

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 18th, 2017

This is one of our go-to evening teas. The peppermint flavor is nice, not too strong, not too mild, and refreshing on spring and summer evenings. The blend of rooibos and chamomile make for a a mild background flavor that is not too floral or too grassy.

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Afternoon Darjeeling Tea Bags from Taylors of Harrogate

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

65 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 18th, 2017

This tea seems strong and tannic for a Darjeeling. It smells nice, but brews very strong very rapidly. I drink it with honey, though I rarely add sweetener to any tea because i usually prefer tea without sweeteners. I bought the loose leaf tea, and used about 2.5 TBSP for a 30 oz pot. My suggestion would be to und...

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Sencha Overture from Adagio Teas

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

65 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 18th, 2017

I'm not a fan of the "grassy" flavored green teas, and this one has that fresh scent without reminding me of newly mown grass. The flavor is medium bodied, when I steep for 3-4 minutes, not overpowering or bitter, A nice green tea for a mostly black and oolong drinker

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Peach Oolong (Peachy Oolong) from Adagio Teas

Style: Flavored Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 18th, 2017

I like the mild peach flavor that doesn't overpower the oolong flavor of this tea. It is reasonably priced, and shipped in a foil lined pouch so that it remains fresh. The smell when you first open the bag is amazing, and the tea has a similar flavor

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Alex Zorach

(1274 reviews)
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Bold Breakfast from Dunkin Donuts

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

50 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Mar. 17th, 2017

Served at a Dunkin Donuts. I can't help but wonder how much this tea is limited by the fact that it's served in a paper cup; I can smell the cup, it imparts a cardboardy aroma that noticeably diminishes the enjoyment of the tea. Perhaps I'll come back with my own mug next time.

I remember what the old Dunkin Donut...

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Difflugia

(7 reviews)
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China Black Tea from Foojoy

Style: Black Tea – Region: China

65 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 17th, 2017

As mentioned in a previous review, the 100 tea bags in the box aren't sealed in any way, so the first thing I did upon opening the box was to put the bags into an airtight cannister.

The initial aroma of the tea reminds me of damp oak leaves with a hint of maltiness. The flavor is tannic and astringent, but is so mi...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(63 reviews)
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Black Tea from Great Value

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

40 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 17th, 2017

For a couple years, at least, I've seen this offered in WalMart, but haven't dared buy a whole box for fear I'd hate a tea this dirt-cheap in price. Finally I found single, plain-paper-wrapped bags available at a wildlife sanctuary in Nebraska. It was offered in the museum's tea-and-coffee table for folks either stop...

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Royal Cup from Royal Cup

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

62 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 17th, 2017

The signature tea of the company brand, I found paper-wrapped bags on the breakfast area of a Comfort Inn in central Nebraska. Though I never had heard of the brand before, given its "1896" labeling, I figured any seller/producer that had been around that long without being bankrupted or vanishing from the market shou...

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