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Alex Zorach

(1442 reviews)
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Assam - Itakhooli Estate from Simpson & Vail

Style: Assam – Region: Tinsukia, Assam, India

79 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 24th, 2022

This was a rather strong, but high-quality Assam sold for an exceptionally good price.

The dry leaf has a potent aroma, spicy and fruity. I already notice the raspberry notes even in the dry leaf. But the aroma somehow betrays a slight harshness: I can tell this is going to be a tea with a bit of an edge, even befor...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(335 reviews)
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Warrior's Brew from Native American Tea Company

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

67 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Nov. 24th, 2022

This is quite a tasty and well-conceived blend, novel yet nice in both aroma and flavor, holding its own in those departments with any herbal/black bagged combination out there. However, I wish it were stronger, more befitting its name.
The rectangular, stringless tea bags are small, about half the volume of Celest...

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Brytta Sóþword

(332 reviews)
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Peach Black Tea from Stash Tea

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: ?????

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 23rd, 2022

I actually like this one. It isn't as good as loose-leaf tea would be, but for a tea bag it's nice. I brewed the water to 205°F and let the bag steep under one of those Primula hats for several minutes. Both black tea and peach were present in the strong flavor, but it didn't go bitter. Usually, black tea of fannings ...

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Heather J.

(65 reviews)
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Yunnan "Pine Needles" Green Tea from Mengku from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Green Tea – Region: Shuangjiang, Yunnan, China

50 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Nov. 20th, 2022

Not my favorite tea. A little bit soapy and bitter tasting and there wasn’t much interesting stuff going on to redeem it. The aroma was really weak too so overall not worth it for me. I’m giving it a 50 because it’s not that great but it’s also like not too horrible. I wouldn’t buy it again though.

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Alex Zorach

(1442 reviews)
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Georgian BOP from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: Georgia

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 20th, 2022

I have been wanting to try a tea from Georgia for a long time; the past few times I've gotten teas from Simpson & Vail, this tea has not been available, so I was excited to see it come back into their catalogue.

This tea was also really fascinating, very different from other black teas I've tried, even different fro...

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Heather J.

(65 reviews)
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Georgian BOP from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: Georgia

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 20th, 2022

I love this tea!! The aroma is wonderful and unique, I don’t know exactly how to describe it but it smells bready with floral notes. The taste is also amazing and weirdly it has notes of citrus peel which I really like! (This tea is not a blend, just black tea, so there’s not actual citrus in it). It also tastes li...

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Assam - Dikom Estate, GTGFOP1, Black Indian Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Assam – Region: Dibrugarh, Assam, India

82 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 19th, 2022

The aroma of this tea is wonderful and bready and the aroma doesn’t wear off as you drink it. The taste is very smooth and honestly very “normal.” I like this tea because it is not astringent and it makes me feel good after drinking it (some teas don’t fully agree with me). For how normal this tea is though, it...

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Alex Zorach

(1442 reviews)
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Japanese Black Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: Japan

97 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 18th, 2022

I was really impressed by this tea. I found it delightful, and also easy to brew and easy to drink. Smooth, aromatic, and pleasing in flavor. I've only ever tried one other black tea from Japan, but this one was by far the better of the two, and ranks among the top-tier black teas I've sampled from any region.

The d...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(335 reviews)
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Earl's Gold from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

92 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 18th, 2022

This is the second loose-leaf Earl Grey I've had from Murchie's, and an outstanding example of the type, especially for someone like me who likes a bold, assertive tea. It is made from Assam, Keemun and Yunnan, and you bet the Assam asserts itself boldly in all phases of taste and aroma. Upon opening the bag, the dry...

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Alex Zorach

(1442 reviews)
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Assam - Dikom Estate, GTGFOP1, Black Indian Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Assam – Region: Dibrugarh, Assam, India

84 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 18th, 2022

This was a smoother, higher-grade Assam that had a much lighter character than is typical for an Assam.

The dry leaf is pretty aesthetically pleasing, it actually looks much nicer than the picture S&V provided on their website: lots of tip, which looks more pale and less golden than some. Its aroma is rather fruity ...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(335 reviews)
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Earl Grey Crème from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Earl Grey Cream – Region: Blend

72 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 16th, 2022

Here's another in Celestial's fairly recent run of new black-tea blends. For a mass-marketed brand commonly available in retail stores, this rendition holds its own, but better quality can be had.

The dry aroma (especially when opening the sack or pouch in which the bags are packaged) may be the best part. This is...

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Platinum Jubilee Tea Bags from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

71 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 13th, 2022

While still good, this was the least desirable of the Murchie's "Jubilee" line I've tried so far. Blended this year (2022) in honor of the late Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee, it contains a mix of Darjeeling, Assam, Yunnan and Keemun. Given the strong history this company has with teas of those origins individual...

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Heather J.

(65 reviews)
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Earl Grey Choice from Zhi Tea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

35 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 1/5
Nov. 6th, 2022

It smells ok because of the lavender, however for me it kind of reminds me of soap which I understand there can be cultural differences with this. Not everyone would associate that with soap. The thing that ruins this tea though is the taste. It’s not that interesting and it’s actually quite bitter. It’s just not...

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Difflugia

(169 reviews)
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Earl Grey from Williamson Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: ?????

70 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 2nd, 2022

The round, tagless tea bags are packed into a sealed mylar pouch, but aren't individually wrapped. The freshly opened pouch smells of bergamot, but isn't as fruity as Williamson's Duchess Grey. The bergamot has an aroma that is present in the Duchess Grey, but otherwise unique to Willamson. It's fruity, but almost has ...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(335 reviews)
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Refresh Mint Filterbag from Tazo Tea

Style: Mint Tea – Region: ?????

65 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 2nd, 2022

My first in-person conference this decade yielded a few new teas to try and to rate. This was one. As always with such "freebies", value is based on the online and/or local store price.

This is a tea I would call "socially awkward" if it were a human. It hides quietly in the corner when you expect a meaningful i...

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JGS1122

(105 reviews)
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Upton South Street Breakfast Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 19th, 2022

Aroma is medium, reminds me of a Keemun. Liquor steeps (5 minutes) to a deep brown.Good taste with a slight tangy after taste with some floral hints. I would buy this tea again.

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Mr Bamsen

(217 reviews)
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Fyrstinde Glorias Grønne Teblanding (Nr. 1005) from Carstensens Tehandel

Style: Fruit Green Tea – Region: Blend

78 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 17th, 2022

One-litre pot at home, made from a mixture of several sorts of Chinese green tea, pieces of caramelised pineapple and mango, as well as the blossom of rose, calendula, malva, cornflower and passiflora - all sprinkled with flavour. Pours slightly hazy olive straw (against white china) with little sediment. Clear aroma o...

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Sort Mangote (Nr. 145) from Carstensens Tehandel

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

78 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 17th, 2022

One-litre pot at home, made from a mixture of black tea leaves and sunflower blossom, sprinkled with flavour. Pours clear copper brown (against white china) with no sediment. Clear aroma of mango, with leafy notes of tea. Bitter flavour of black tea leaves, with touches of mango and malty hints. Astringent palate with ...

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Pai Mu Tan Malinowy from Five O'Clock

Style: Flavored White Tea – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 17th, 2022

One-litre pot at home, made from a mixture of Pai Mu Tan leaves, bramble leaves, dried raspberries, and red rose petals - all sprinkled with flavour. Pours clear dark straw (against white china) with negligible sediment. Clear aroma of white tea leaves, with notes of raspberries and touches of rose. Leafy onset, giving...

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Vietnam Kim Tuyen Organic (No. 874) from TeaGschwendner

Style: Black Tea – Region: Vietnam

78 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 17th, 2022

One-litre pot at home, made from small, sapphire grey and dark brown curly organic leaves. Pours clear dark copper brown (against white china) with no sediment. Deep aroma of leaves, with pronounced malty touches. Bitter, but not aggressive, flavour of black tea leaves, with malty notes and spicy hints. Astringent pala...

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Pomelo (No. 1295) from TeaGschwendner

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

78 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 17th, 2022

One-litre pot at home, made from a mixture of lemongrass, apple pieces, orange peel, lemon balm, sweet blackberry leaves, liquorice, sugar-coated pomelo bits, natural flavour, orange slices, and cornflower blossom. Pours nearly clear straw (against white china) with no sediment. Clear aroma of lemongrass, pomelo and ap...

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Hvid Aromate med Orange og Vanilje (Nr. 444) from Carstensens Tehandel

Style: Flavored White Tea – Region: Blend

65 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 17th, 2022

One-litre pot at home, made from a mixture of broad white tea leaves and several types of spicy flavouring, incl. that of orange and vanilla, and plainly visibly, a few other ingredients not mentioned in the description on the tea company’s website, like pieces of orange peel and cornflower blossom. Pours nearly clea...

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Dragon Fruit (Eistee Kalimba) (No. 1451) from TeaGschwendner

Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: Blend

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 17th, 2022

One litre bottle at home, made from 800 ml cold water and 200 ml extract brewed from a mixture of hibiscus blossom, pieces of apple, rose hip, orange peel and lemon peel, all sprinkled with flavour. Pours clear strawberry red (against transparent glass) with no sediment. Clear aroma of apples and hibiscus, with touches...

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Indian Chai from TeaGschwendner

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 17th, 2022

One-litre pot at home, made from a mixture of black tea leaves, cinnamon, cloves, pepper, ginger, and cardamom, all organic. Pours slightly hazy dark brown (against white china) with no sediment. Clear aroma of black tea leaves and cinnamon, with notes of ginger and touches of pepper. Bitter, leafy flavour with notes o...

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English Breakfast Tea from TeaGschwendner

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

69 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 17th, 2022

One-litre pot at home, made from a mixture of leaves of various broken black teas. Pours clear dark brown (against white china) with no sediment. Clear aroma of leaves, with malty and slightly spicy touches. Bitter, leafy and malty flavour of black tea, most probably including some varieties of Assam and Ceylon. Astrin...

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