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Alex Zorach

(1267 reviews)
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Choco Black Tea from Health & Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

91 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 22nd, 2016

I loved this tea, which I was excited to receive very recently as a sample from Health & Tea. I love this company's offerings and each year I have continued to become more impressed with them as I've seen their catalog expand. This tea was rich but mellow, complex but smooth, and the main word I'd describe it with is...

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Ruby Black Tea (Whole Leaf) from Health & Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 13th, 2015

This is the best Ruby Black tea I've ever had and among the best black teas I've ever had. I was very impressed by last year's batch, but that was broken-leaf, and this one consists of large, whole leaves, and it's in a completely different category.

The dry leaf of this is incredibly aromatic, with a sweet, vegeta...

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MimiG

(46 reviews)
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Honey Black Tea from Health & Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 5th, 2015

This tea is really lovely: sweet and not bitter. It's light but still has that black tea kick. The leaves are big and tough, I had to crush them to get them into my strainer. Yummy!

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Kelsey

(142 reviews)
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Honey Black Tea from Health & Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 1st, 2015

Wow, not what I was expecting from a black tea in a really good way! This sample came from the Philadelphia Coffee & Tea Expo.

Brews more like an oolong, which is right up my alley. Has the strong vegetable taste of cooked greens. No bitterness at the end. Slight natural sweetness. Floral tones in the dried lea...

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Alex Zorach

(1267 reviews)
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Honey Black Tea from Health & Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

94 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 13th, 2014

A sample from the Philadelphia Coffee and Tea Expo, and wow does it deliver on its name! An extremely smooth, naturally sweet, and somewhat peculiar tea, unlike any other.

The leaf is big, thick, and twisted, and takes up a huge amount of space relative to its weight. The leaf is completely unbroken, except for a ...

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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Honey Black Tea from Green Terrace Teas

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 20th, 2014

The aroma of these long, curly, leaves is indeed quite sweet and very rich! There are notes of honey, beet root, roasted peanuts, tobacco, and a touch of roses. I am not sure I have ever sniffed a dry leaf that was so complex and had all the aromas work together in harmony.

First steeping, well, that is certainly de...

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Red Jade Tea from Eco-Cha

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 20th, 2014

The aroma of the curly long leaves is nothing short of complex, blending rich cocoa, roasted peanuts, cloves, a bit of barley, and a woody quality. The aroma is more savory than sweet, in fact it is all savory instead of sweet, with a strong and heavy presence. This is a tea that will be noticed!

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Alex Zorach

(1267 reviews)
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Shan Lin Xi High Mountain Black Tea from Eco-Cha

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 27th, 2014

A complex, strange, evolving tea, both unexpected and a bit inaccessible. Try as I might, I cannot mentally perceive this as a black tea...it still screams oolong to me. I find I enjoy it much more if I think of it like an oolong. But, thinking about it like an oolong, it tasted too much like a Bai Hao (Oriental Bea...

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Sylvia

(210 reviews)
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Ruby Black Tea (Broken Leaf) from Health & Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 10th, 2014

This tea brews very quickly, which is convenient. It has an interesting aroma. It smells kind of like cereal. It's very strong, and a little more bitter than I would ideally like, but overall, I like it. It tastes rich and crisp, and a little bit tangy. I added cream and sugar.

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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Shan Lin Xi High Mountain Black Tea from Eco-Cha

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

93 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 4th, 2014

The aroma of this tea is strong and bright with floral, oaky, fruity, cocoa notes, and a hint of tobacco notes. It is very complex and fades from one aroma to the other. The brewed leaves start oaky, loamy, and slightly like fresh bread and then fade to lychee tones. The liquid loses all its woody tones and is sweet an...

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Alex Zorach

(1267 reviews)
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Ruby Black Tea (Broken Leaf) from Health & Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

92 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 2nd, 2013

Another sample from the recent Philly Coffee and Tea Festival, and I'm glad I tried this one; I almost overlooked this tea company, which is newly founded, because of their name (I shy away from companies that use health claims in their marketing).

A strong, rich, and very enjoyable tea, with a strong malty aroma an...

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Dr. Ted

(4 reviews)
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Hu-Kwa Tea from Mark T. Wendell

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 19th, 2012

lthough Mark T Wendell carries a considerable number of teas, Hu-Kwa is their signature tea. It is said to be "the finest obtainable Lapsang Souchong ... from Taiwan." And it is the finest.

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Alex Zorach

(1267 reviews)
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Taiwan Ruby Black Tea (Hong Yue Premium) from Rishi Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 14th, 2011

I also found, like Synth, that this tea has a cooling quality. The aroma is malty up front, but it has a strong wintergreen quality to the aroma. Aroma is complex and hard to describe.

Very enjoyable and also rather interesting and different. I'm not sure I'd describe this as one of my favorite black teas, howeve...

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synth

(31 reviews)
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Taiwan Ruby Black Tea (Hong Yue Premium) from Rishi Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 19th, 2011

this is the first hong yue / ruby black i've tried.

when i sip it, i primarily get a smooth, somewhat malty taste. the aroma is sweet, but there's also something else.. something cooling. i guess it's like aromatic, volatile terpene/camphor/evergreen/eucalyptus type of a smell&feeling.

it's certainly complex, a...

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marlena

(75 reviews)
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Hu-Kwa Tea from Mark T. Wendell

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 26th, 2010

The "Ne plus ultra" of Lapsang Souchongs. The high bar for all others. It is superb. Yes, it is smokey - that's what a LS is, but this has a sweet note to the aroma and that carries through into the tea, which is rich and smooth and mellow. It also keeps well. I have some I have had for 4 years and it is still won...

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