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Anne

(34 reviews)
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Bengal Spice Herbal Tea from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 22nd, 2009

A great cheap option for a non-caffeinated chai. Very strong flavor, especially if you let it brew. Nice to drink after dinner.

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Jenna T. Drinker

(33 reviews)
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Vanilla Caramel Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

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

47 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Sep. 22nd, 2009

This tea sounded so fantastic to me I just had to try it, and predictably it was a bit of a let down. (To be fair- I might have been expecting it to taste more like vanilla caramel coffee...)
It smells and sounds fantastic, but the taste is lack luster and forgettable. There are much better flavored teas out there to...

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British Blend - Premium Black Tea from Tetley Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 22nd, 2009

Tetley is one of the best basic black teas out there. Unlike American brands of black teas, it never gets bitter and is enjoyable with or without milk. The caffeine is also strong enough to replace coffee, but unlike coffee it doesn't hype you up for a crash (well maybe if you drink enough cups).
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Alex Zorach

(1274 reviews)
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ZO10: Oolong Se Chung from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Se Chung Oolong – Region: China

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 21st, 2009

This is my favorite offering from Upton Tea. The whole, light green leaves are tightly curled and become dark green and unfurl a great deal upon brewing.

The brewed tea is light golden green like many greener oolongs. The complex aroma has some of the cripser herbal qualities of green teas, and some sharper tones,...

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Ten Wu Fine Oolong from Ten Ren Tea

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 21st, 2009

Without a doubt, this is the best tea in a basic teabag that I've ever tried. (Tradition's whole-leaf oolong in a sachet strikes me as better, but I think that's in a different category of teas.)

The aroma is fresh, complex, and difficult to describe. The cup is exceedingly rich and also very smooth, with a hint o...

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Wuyi Oolong from Rishi Tea

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 21st, 2009

Darker among oolongs, but very mellow. The aroma is very warm, rich, and complex, with some roast, a hint of smokiness, and some tones of grain. It actually smells a bit like marijuana, and a bit like a fresh autumn day. I rather like the aroma and I can say I am constantly discovering new facets of it.

This tea ...

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ZG42: Chun Mee Dao Ming from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Chun Mee – Region: China

88 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 21st, 2009

I was really sad to see this one go; it was my favorite example of a chun mee. Although Upton's Chun Mee moon palace was close, I preferred this one.

This is an outstanding green tea at a very reasonable price, and it's organic to boot! It is unusually strong, bitter, and complex for a chun mee tea, and my favorit...

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TP46: Rose Green Tea Organic from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Rose Green Tea – Region: China

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 21st, 2009

Whereas people often think of roses as delicate and gentle, this is a very bold tea. The aroma is fruity, dark, and rich, and less floral than one would expect. The flavor is sharp and tangy, much more bitter than the fruity aroma might suggest. This is an outstanding tea, and is available at a very reasonable price...

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Mtn High Chai from Two Leaves Tea

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Assam, India

50 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Sep. 21st, 2009

Clove is dominant in the aroma, and cardamon is also present. Happily, this one does not overdo the cinnamon the way many American chai's do.

The tea is a mellow, smooth tea, and is overpowered by the spice, especially by the clove. I think they would have done better to use a stronger base tea.

Enjoyable, and ...

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TDC2: Tindharia Estate Oolong (DJ-54) from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Darjeeling Oolong – Region: Darjeeling, India

43 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 1/5
Sep. 20th, 2009

The dry leaves have an aroma a lot more like a Darjeeling black or green tea, than like any Chinese or Taiwanese Oolongs.

The brewed tea was deep orange and very clear. Aroma is not particularly strong, mostly of asparagus. Tangy and a little bitter, but quite thin.

More bitter than Tindharia's Green Oolong, an...

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TD90: Tindharia Estate First Flush Green Oolong (EX-10) from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Darjeeling Oolong – Region: Darjeeling, India

37 / 100 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 1/5
Sep. 20th, 2009

The brewed tea is very clear, and brownish green color. The aroma is very weak, but it has a lot of flavor. It is only a bit bitter but seems highly caffeinated. The initial taste is tangy, almost pleasantly sour, and it leaves a tingly sensation on the tongue, and a moderate astringency in the aftertaste.

The ar...

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Katie of Tea

(3 reviews)
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Ruby Sipper from SerendipiTea

Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: ?????

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 20th, 2009

Very tart! Has a nice red color when fully steeped. Almost impossible to oversteep it as well.

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Alex Zorach

(1274 reviews)
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Aged Earl Grey™ - Bergamot Black from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Assam, India

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 20th, 2009

This is my favorite Earl Grey that I've ever had from teabags. It has a very bold bergamot aroma, with a clean and refreshing quality. It is much smoother than most black teas: very little astringency, while still having a rich flavor.

A bit expensive for a teabag tea, but more reasonable considering the quality a...

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Sinusoidal

(8 reviews)
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Lemon and Ginger from Twinings

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 19th, 2009

This tea makes a nice teabag substitute for the loose lemon-ginger tea I used to buy from the co-op grocery store. It's good by itself, but I also recommend trying it with hot orange juice added.

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Alex Zorach

(1274 reviews)
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Tung Ting Oolong from Ten Ren Tea

Style: Jade Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

70 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 19th, 2009

This was the first time I ever tried this type of oolong. While this tea is pretty good for a teabag oolong, it falls far short of any loose Tung Ting / Dong Ding I've tried.

Smooth, very mellow, and sweet...but almost to the point of being bland. Tastes like you've added honey even without doing so. However, com...

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White Tea from Ten Ren Tea

Style: White Tea – Region: Fujian, China

63 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 19th, 2009

Very dark for a white tea, but not bad for a teabag. This tea brews a rich brown color and has a predominately earthy aroma, but it's also clean and crisp tasting. There's a moderate amount of astringency and some bitterness.

Atypical for a white tea, and not terribly complex, but I found it quite enjoyable.

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Sweet Dreams Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 19th, 2009

This has always been my favorite of Bigelow's herbal teas. I don't find it particularly sleep-inducing; it's soothing but has some bite to it and tends to make me feel perky even though it doesn't contain caffeine.

The aroma is surprisingly nuanced; the peppermint and chamomile are the dominant tones, but the other...

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China Black Tea from Foojoy

Style: Black Tea – Region: China

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 14th, 2009

Given that this was a teabag tea, made out of fannings, and the individual teabags weren't even sealed in paper, this tea was remarkably fresh and complex.

The tea brews a dark reddish brown. The flavor is mellow and the aroma earthy; it reminds me a lot of a keemun. There's a little bitterness and some astringenc...

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BA20: South African Rooibos (Red Bush) Superior from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Rooibos – Region: South Africa

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 13th, 2009

I find it hard to describe the aroma of Roobos. This one is typical among Rooibos that I've tried...earthy, woody, a hint of olives and spice in the aroma. The flavor is smooth with some sourness. Rich and pleasant.

I found the brewing instructions to be right-on; you can even steep longer with good results. If ...

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BA27: Honeybush Green from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Honeybush – Region: South Africa

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 12th, 2009

I find this tea very hard to describe in words.

The aroma of this tea is very similar to that of regular (fermented) honeybush, although perhaps a bit lighter: it is warm and rich, similar to Rooibos but less grassy. The flavor has some crispness but not much bitterness. There's little sourness in the initial flav...

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Earl Grey from Two Leaves Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

50 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Sep. 8th, 2009

I am not terribly impressed with this Earl Grey; it's very average for this style. The black tea aroma is a bit generic; there's a bit too much astringency and bitterness relative to the strength of the aroma. The bergamot aroma is also fairly mild.

Given the very high price of this tea, and the higher quality of ...

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ZK14: Organic China Congou Hong Tao #1 from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Keemun – Region: China

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 4th, 2009

Interesting and atypical among black teas: more mellow and earthy. The leaves have an aroma very similar to the brewed tea.

When brewed as instructed, the tea is is a dark brown with a slight greenish hue, and less opaque than some black teas. I like to brew it with slightly more leaves than recommended, which yie...

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ZG12: China Green Young Hyson from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Young Hyson – Region: China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 3rd, 2009

The aroma is smoky: much less so than gunpowder tea but nonetheless quite smoky. The smoky character is bold without overpowering the other aspects of the tea. The aroma also has some intricate aspects to it.

The tea is much less bitter than the aroma would suggest, and it has a cool and clean aftertaste. I like ...

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TT55: Formosa Amber Oolong from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Amber Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 2nd, 2009

The dry leaves have only a weak aroma, and unfurl somewhat, but not a great deal, upon brewing.

The brewed tea is amber in color as the name suggests; the aroma is nutty and warm, not overpowering, and with a hint of a skunkiness to it. There is only a hint of bitterness and tanginess in the flavor...the tanginess ...

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Jasmine Yin Hao from Rishi Tea

Style: Yin Hao Jasmine – Region: Hubei, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 2nd, 2009

This tea is very aromatic, and is both richer and less perfumey than some Jasmine teas. The flavor is mellow and smooth, there is very little bitterness and no astringency.

I have had good results with a shorter infusion time than recommended, and I think this tea is good for multiple infusions. You can also get a...

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