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TDE8: Arya Estate Ruby Organic (EX-17) from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 8/10
Mar. 28th, 2012

This is without a doubt one of the best teas I've had. It is just an extremely satisfying tea. I have finally noticed that when I really like a Darjeeling, no matter what flush it is, it comes from Arya Estate. It has been a while since I had this, as I ran out and am waiting for this year's to come in. Therefore,...

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PG Tips Pyramid bags from PG Tips

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 6/10
Aug. 25th, 2011

My go-to tea bag when I don't want to bother with loose. I think it is the best of the teabag teas. It is consistent and always good. It is a basic breakfast blend and as such, does well. You cannot compare it with loose leaf tea, only with other bags.

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ZK72: Bohea Imperial Organic from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Bohea – Region: Fujian, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 8/10
Aug. 25th, 2011

The leaves are small and tightly twisted/rolled and give off quite a smokey aroma, which dissapates as the tea brews. It does so even more in the taste, which is fairly light, smooth, creamy and just a wee bit smokey. There are hints of cocoa and roasted vegetables. It really is an excellent tea, but on the expensiv...

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Pinhead Gunpowder from thepuriTea

Style: Gunpowder Green Tea – Region: China

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 7/10
Mar. 28th, 2011

To my mind, these are not pinheads, which I think are supposed to be smaller than regular gunpowder tea, as they are pretty good sized. I brewed it for about a minute and found it to be floral and vegetal, but also seemed to carry some sesame seed in it. The second infusion was for 1.5 minutes and smelled more floral...

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Jasmine Pearl from thepuriTea

Style: Jasmine Pearls – Region: China

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 10/10
Mar. 28th, 2011

Oh boy, this is a super-duper good jasmine. It is tied for first place for me, as it is so different from my other favorite. It is very very flora, without being cloying. The taste is thoroughly Jasmine and I really can't say enough good about it. It will go for several short infusions and it is great fun to watch th...

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Red Robe Oolong from thepuriTea

Style: Da Hong Pao – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 10/10
Mar. 28th, 2011

To me this dry tea smelled like one of my favorite aromas - mac and cheese. The first infusion was a combination of a floral, with raisins and caramel, with a tiny hint of smoke. The second was more floral and sweeter, with more raisin in it.. As it cooled, it developed a certain fruitiness that reminded me of peache...

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Red Dragon Pearl from thepuriTea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 9/10
Mar. 28th, 2011

These chickpea sized balls of tea are too cute. They look like miniature rag balls that weavers or braiders use in making rugs. There is a definite scent of chocolate and dried leaves to them. As they brew, this continues and you are rewarded with a lovely smooth, sweet malty drink. There is a nice litle kick of ast...

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Jasmine Golden Yunnan from thepuriTea

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 8/10
Mar. 28th, 2011

This is a superb tea. It is very rich, very sweet, with a bit of a pepper kick to ground it. I am a huge fan of Yunnan and while this isn't the very best Yunnan, (that would be wasted in a blend) it is of high enough quality to carry the very good Jasmine. This is not an ethereal Jasmine, but a very solid one. I p...

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Jing Mai Moonlight White from Life in Teacup

Style: Moonlight White – Region: Lancang, Yunnan, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 7/10
Mar. 7th, 2011

Alex and I had very different experiences with this tea.I was only able to brew this once and I did so, following Gingko's instructions of water just off the boil, for about 1.5 minutes. I was totally surprised that the liquor was so dark, it looked like black tea, The aroma was on the nutty/vegetal end , with a slig...

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TN68: Iyerpadi Estate Organic OP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nilgiri, India

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 9/10
Mar. 7th, 2011

What a lovely aroma of fresh, woodsy, sweet florals. Both the dry and wet leaves give off this great scent. The tea liquor is a medium amber and has the very pleasant taste of what I might imagine would occur if the dry forest floor were brewable, crisp, smooth, sweet, somewhat earthy - the dry crisp earthy. Perhaps...

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Organic Keemun Black Tea from auraTeas

Style: Keemun – Region: Wuyuan, Jiangxi, China

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 9/10
Mar. 7th, 2011

Dry, this tea carries the wonderful scent of new hay drying in the fields, that indescribeble mix of clover, timothy,trefoil and other grasses. The brewing aroma adds chocolate, fresh wash and good, clean earth. The taste does not disappoint. There is a bit of chocolate, a bit of floral, a bit of honey, all on a bas...

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Formosa Alishan Oolong from auraTeas

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Chiayi, Taiwan

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 9/10
Mar. 7th, 2011

The scent of the dry leaves is of good green earth. They are very compressed. As they brew a green vegetal scent arises with a sharp, pleasant aroma of pineapple. The medium amber liquor tastes about the same, vegetal, pineapple, with a whiff of floral. The second infusion sadly loses the pineapple, as the floral o...

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Arya Clonal Exclusive [DJ 125] 2009 from Thunderbolt Tea

Style: Darjeeling Autumnal Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 8/10
Mar. 7th, 2011

I listed value as only a 3 because you either have to order $60 worth of tea for free shipping or pay a very large shipping cost directly from India. Aside from that, this is such a good tea. It is the first one I have had from Darjeeling that smells like toasted peanuts. It tastes nutty and earthy and toasty. Not a...

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Bolivian Black Tea, Large Leaf from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: Bolivia

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 8/10
Mar. 7th, 2011

They do not lie when they say long leaf - the leaves are huge! They have a fresh malty aroma. I brewed them for about 3.5 minutes with boiling water. This was such a good tea, the flavor is malty and nutty - perhaps walnuts, It is earthy, but has a sweet floral edge to it. Stands up well to cream, but you get the b...

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Golden Silk Black from Dream About Tea

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 8/10
Nov. 3rd, 2010

This is a really smooth delicious Yunnan. It is woodsy, with honey and astringent notes mixed in. The aroma is very Yunnan, with a bit of floral around the edges. I brewed about 1.5 teas. for 3.5 minutes. It is so dark as to be almost black. I did do a second infusion of 1/2 the water for about 5 min. and that was...

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Ali Shan from Adagio Teas

Style: High Mountain Oolong – Region: Chiayi, Taiwan

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 9/10
Nov. 3rd, 2010

The initial dry smell is sublime - floral, orchid, just wonderful. It diminishes over 3 infusions, but never quite leaves.
1. 1.5 min.very floral with a veggie edge. Buttery smooth, thick and full.
2. 2 min.more vegetal, with the floral coming out as it cools. Not a green , grassy vegetal, more along a buttery squ...

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Earl Grey from Tea Forte

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 1/5 Overall: 6/10
Nov. 2nd, 2010

A mild, pleasant Earl. Clearly good quality tea and bergamot. Clearly too much packaging.

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Black Currant from Tea Forte

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 9/10
Nov. 2nd, 2010

This the first Black Currant that I've had lately that hasn't smelled horrid. In fact, it is very nice and fruity, actually smelling and tasting like black currants. I wish more companies knew how to do theirs as well. I must give them low marks for their packaging, with is too much and probably why it is so expensi...

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Vietnam Black Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: Vietnam

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 6/10
Nov. 2nd, 2010

This is not an exceptional tea, but it is very pleasant and gentle. There are hints of malt and nuts, with a breath of spiciness and a little ping of citrus. I could easily see blending this with other black teas, especially one that had too much flavoring added or one you wanted to stretch out.

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ZK24: China Keemun Dao Ming from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Keemun – Region: China

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 9/10
Oct. 31st, 2010

Oh, what a lovely tea! Earthy, with a heavy influence of red-wine cask, a touch of smoke, a hint of acid. And that's just the smell of the dry leaves and brewing tea. Winey, earthy, sharp, elegant. Just a super tea. At 5 minutes, it has some rough edges, but a small shot of cream took care of those very nicely.

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ZS90: Lapsang Souchong Black Dragon from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: China

63 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 6/10
Oct. 31st, 2010

Hear me roar! I can't tell if I like it or not, but it is definitely smokey. But it is also very smooth and mellow. I don't think those unfamiliar with LS would like it. It's very good, but somehow, for me, the smoke is a bit wrong.

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ZY88: Yunnan Tippy Select from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 9/10
Oct. 31st, 2010

A smoothie it is. If it weren't for all the spice, woodsiness and a tiny sharp edge, it could just slide down so effortlessly. It smells like new pencils, an old barn in the sun, a little spice, a little chocolate, autumn leaves and an illusive sharpness. It tastes pretty much that way, also. Truly a lovely tea. ...

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Blue Mountain Nilgiri from The Tea Spot

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nilgiri, India

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 8/10
Oct. 30th, 2010

A lovely tea. Almost delicate, almost sweet, almost berry-like. Not much like the Ceylon teas it supposedly resembles. I think it could stand up easily to it's big brother, Darjeeling.It is bright, but smooth, with no tannic overtones. It is also Organic!

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New Moon Darjeeling from The Tea Spot

Style: Darjeeling Autumnal Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

67 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 6/10
Oct. 30th, 2010

On its own, this is a kind of ho-hum tea, tastingkind of woody and over-roasted, without any grapiness to speak of. However, I added some cream to it and that rounded out all the rough edges and made it sweeter and good enough to have 3 cups in a row.

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Bolder Breakfast from The Tea Spot

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 9/10
Oct. 30th, 2010

Very rich, smooth, deep, dark and delicious. Don't worry about the pu-erh, it just provides a good grounding note for the other teas and the chocolate. Many people are afraid of pu-erh and this gussied up version might be a good beginning. I would call this a treat for breakfast, as I would prefer a plainer tea, but...

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