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Difflugia

(4 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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Brytta Sóþword

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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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Ceylon Oolong from teakruthi

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Matara, Sri Lanka

92 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 15th, 2017

I really enjoy this tea. It's one of my favorites from teakruthi so far. The flavor is pleasant in a soothing yet slightly buttery way. Eating food seems to bring out additional flavors not in either the food or tea alone, so this one is great on its own or with meals. I didn't add any sugar or milk to it. The curled l...

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shoprat

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Earl Grey from St. Dalfour

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Sri Lanka / Ceylon

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 13th, 2017

Love this tea, just the right amount of bergamot flavor with a touch of vanilla.

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Alex Zorach

(1274 reviews)
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Ceylon Gold from teakruthi

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

89 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 8th, 2017

I am normally not a huge fan of tippy, lighter-colored white teas like this, but I thought this was pretty exceptional and was one of my favorite lighter white teas that I've ever tried. It isn't exactly a silver needle, but I compared it as one, it would be the second-favorite one I've ever tried.

The dry leaf is ...

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Brytta Sóþword

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Wild Monsoon from teakruthi

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Matara, Sri Lanka

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 7th, 2017

This tea has a pleasant slightly malty flavor. It's a solid black tea best for when an energy jolt is needed, yet it's also possible to relax and enjoy it (along with, perhaps, some other relaxing activity -- such as reading). As always with this brand, the quality of the tea leaf appears high.

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Blissful Harmony from teakruthi

Style: Black and White Blend – Region: Matara, Sri Lanka

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 7th, 2017

I really like this tea. I found that it varies noticeably depending on how much of each tea (white or black) is used to make a cup. I actually like it when one of the two dominates but the minority tea adds complexity to the majority one. Both are high quality, so whether you prefer white or black tea this one is worth...

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Zen Mint from teakruthi

Style: Black Tea with Mint – Region: Kandy, Sri Lanka

78 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 25th, 2017

I prefer peppermint over spearmint but wasn't sure how well it would go with black tea, so I was cautiously optimistic about this tea. It turned out to be quite nice -- subtle yet smooth mint flavor blended into a solid black tea. It wasn't bitter at all. The flavor was robust enough for a solid two cups. The third cup...

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Alex Zorach

(1274 reviews)
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Blissful Harmony from teakruthi

Style: Black and White Blend – Region: Matara, Sri Lanka

78 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Feb. 23rd, 2017

I was genuinely surprised at how well this blend worked. I was also surprised at how much the overall character was like a white tea, in spite of there being more black tea and the leaf itself looking very dark.

Black and white tea blends are such a strange idea, and so hard to execute, and Teakruthi's teas have be...

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Brytta Sóþword

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Mythical Green from teakruthi

Style: Green Tea – Region: Uva, Sri Lanka

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 22nd, 2017

I like this tea. :-) Its flavor reminds me of green teas I had while living in Japan. The tea doesn't go bitter too easily, and it does a great job infusing multiple times. I've gotten four decent cups out of a teaspoon worth of dry leaf. This is no doubt partly due to their being curled. The leaves expand quite a bit.

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Alex Zorach

(1274 reviews)
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Afternoon Ritual from teakruthi

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

88 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 17th, 2017

One of the most aromatic teas yet from Teakruthi, this tea had a beautiful fragrance, light and fresh, suggesting malt. The leaf is also very pretty, with silvery tips mixed in against a mostly-dark background. I got excited when I opened the bag and saw and smelled the leaf!

Upon brewing the aroma gets much more ...

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Island Heritage from teakruthi

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Matale, Sri Lanka (Dimbula)

88 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 14th, 2017

A light and elegant tea that I'd drink for a quiet break. Oolong-like.

The beautiful and wiry dry leaf has the remarkable aroma of mint candy, creamy and suggesting of sweetness, not a smell I've ever encountered in a pure tea before.

Brews up a cup that is surprisingly subdued. Clean and light, but only a subt...

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Brytta Sóþword

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Ceylon Ivory from teakruthi

Style: White Tea – Region: Matara, Sri Lanka

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 12th, 2017

This is one of the best pure white teas I've tried. It's flavor is pleasant and smooth and it resteeps very well. However, to get the best flavor, make just enough for one cup at a time. I have a kettle that can keep tea warm up to an hour. As with so many white teas, it's best not to use this feature in this case. Reh...

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Alex Zorach

(1274 reviews)
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Colonial Mornings from teakruthi

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Matale, Sri Lanka (Dimbula)

91 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 10th, 2017

This is one of those transcendental black teas that somehow manages to be both warming and cooling in the same sip. Eminently satisfying!

All of Teakruthi's teas have been aromatic, but none explosively so until this one. I opened the bag and there was this burst of fragrance...first a sweet one that was hard to d...

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Brytta Sóþword

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Lemon Kandy from teakruthi

Style: Lemon Black Tea – Region: Kandy, Sri Lanka

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 8th, 2017

I really like the slightly lemon-citrus smell of the dry leaf. It got me quite excited about trying this one. The lemon flavor is fairly subtle in this, but it's well blended. It tastes like a quality version of what I've seen called Lady Gray tea before. Certainly I would prefer this over most Earl Gray's I've tried, ...

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Alex Zorach

(1274 reviews)
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Mythical Green from teakruthi

Style: Green Tea – Region: Uva, Sri Lanka

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Feb. 6th, 2017

I reacted to this very similarly to how I did to Teakruthi's other green tea, the Green Valley. I thought it tasted like a good but inexpensive Chinese green tea, and as such I'd be unlikely to buy it because it was so expensive. It didn't stand out and especially did not seem on the level of Chinese teas in this pr...

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Brytta Sóþword

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Divine Highlands from teakruthi

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 4th, 2017

I agree with Alex that it has flavors reminiscent of a Darjeeling -- a smooth black tea with slightly raisin-like notes. It would make a very interesting basis for sweet tea (brewed strong with plenty of sugar, then chilled with ice) as made in the southeastern U.S. I found that brewing the tea a bit strong didn't hurt...

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Alex Zorach

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Ceylon Sonata from Adagio Teas

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Kandy, Sri Lanka

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 2nd, 2017

I very much like this tea, it is one of my favorite "base" or "default" Ceylons that is sold by any major tea company.

Before steeping, the leaf is aromatic and has a pleasant malty aroma, like an Assam but less fruity.

Flavor is crisp. The cup is very aromatic, mostly malty but with light roasty/toasty notes. ...

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Brytta Sóþword

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Cinnamon Chai from teakruthi

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Matara, Sri Lanka

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 2nd, 2017

This is a lovely tea with a pleasing balance between the tea and the cinnamon flavors. I tend to prefer my spiced tea to have more than one spice for flavoring, but this is quite well done. Though it could be used to make a latte with sweetener and milk, I like it best straight. It'd be great at breakfast or anytime so...

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Alex Zorach

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Divine Highlands from teakruthi

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

77 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 31st, 2017

This was remarkable, it was like a smoother rendition of a Darjeeling first flush. I found it hard to brew but once I figured it out, it was exquisite. The main downside I found about it, like some Darjeelings, I wasn't crazy about how I felt after drinking it.

Dry leaf smells fresh, bright, fruity, and suggests s...

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Sencha from Basilur

Style: Sencha – Region: Sri Lanka / Ceylon

50 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 30th, 2017

The last of the Basilur teas I picked up at a friend's wedding, and unfortunately, one of the least satisfying.

The tea bag didn't smell great, but upon brewing I was surprised by a more pleasing aroma. Like other lower-quality senchas I've tried, and somewhat like bancha, this one had a distinct corn aroma.

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Brytta Sóþword

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Rainforest Indulgence from teakruthi

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Matara, Sri Lanka

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 29th, 2017

This tea is strong but smooth -- a nice choice for a breakfast cup. The caffeine gives a boost without a buzz. I tried this tea plain first. The flavor is robust and pleasant, with an accent similar to malt. The leaves have been cut very small and fairly round, enabling a quick infusion.

I also tried it with honey a...

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Southern Malt from teakruthi

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Matara, Sri Lanka

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 27th, 2017

I enjoyed this smooth, versatile tea. Malt is in both the aroma and the flavor and works well with the black tea flavor. There is no bitterness and it's pleasant for multiple cups. I tried it on its own, with honey, and with a warmed mixture of honey and milk. It works well to warm them in the microwave for 45 seconds ...

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Alex Zorach

(1274 reviews)
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Ceylon Oolong from teakruthi

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Matara, Sri Lanka

81 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 25th, 2017

I've reviewed over a hundred oolongs, and tried several oolongs from "unusual" places, i.e. countries that are not known for making oolong, including India, Kenya, Japan, and Nepal, but this is the first one I've tried from Sri Lanka.

It was very strange, and I'm glad I tried it, but it's the sort of tea I would hav...

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Rainforest Indulgence from teakruthi

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Matara, Sri Lanka

92 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 20th, 2017

An exceptional CTC tea, the best I've ever had, and as complex as many hand-processed, whole-leaf teas. This one really surprised me.

The dry leaf is unusually aromatic for a CTC tea. The aroma is toasty and with a strong maltiness, more like rye than other grain.

The brewed cup smells intensely aromatic, and j...

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