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Tchuggin' Okie

(154 reviews)
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Mango Green from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Blend

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 25th, 2018

If you like both mango and green tea, you can't go wrong here. From my time in South Florida, eating mangoes fresh off co-workers' trees, it has been one of my favorite fruits and flavors. Murchies consistently cranks out delicious tea varieties; the other flavored green of theirs I've tried, blueberry, is a househol...

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Peppermint from Trader Joe's

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: ?????

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 24th, 2018

Come on, Trader Joe's! What's the deal here? It's fantastically difficult to mess up peppermint and you came closer to doing so than any I've tried yet. The very low price (beaten in my experience only by Wal-Mart's store brand and Carrington, both noticeably higher-quality) is the only thing that saves this rating ...

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Premium Hot Tea from House Recipe

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

69 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 23rd, 2018

This tea came from a chain motel in the Nebraska Panhandle. I rather enjoyed it on their breakfast area the morning I first chugged a cup, and the water is decent in the town; still, I took another bag home to review after brewing it up on my own well water. Before the pour, I did the usual dry-bag sniff. The aroma ...

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Brytta Sóþword

(301 reviews)
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Almond Oolong from Adagio Teas

Style: Flavored Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

96 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 20th, 2018

This has turned out a surprise favorite. The aroma of the dry leaf is of fairly intense almond extract. After brewing, the almond aroma is still strong but a bit more blended and muted. The oolong and almond flavors work very nicely together. The tea also does pretty well with a second steeping. I may get this one in m...

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Alex

(46 reviews)
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Lao Cong Mi Lan Xiang (Honey Orchid) Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong from TeaVivre

Style: Dancong Oolong – Region: Guangdong, China

79 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 18th, 2018

The name is accurate: it does smell like honey and flowers. Like Teavivre's Ya Shi Xiang and Da Wu Ye, it has a creamy mouthfeel and sweet, fruity taste. However, I'm not sure it's worth the price considering the cheaper Da Wu Ye from Teavivre or the cheaper and likely better Mi Lan Xiang from both Yunnan Sourcing and ...

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Da Wu Ye (Big Dark Leaf) Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong from TeaVivre

Style: Dancong Oolong – Region: Guangdong, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 18th, 2018

Bright floral aroma, creamy mouthfeel. Later infusions have a note of peach with a mildly spicy finish. Pretty much a stereotypical Dancong. I'd recommend this to someone who has never tried one before. If you have, there's nothing new here, but I don't think there's really anything bad about it either unless you're us...

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Ya Shi Xiang Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Dancong Oolong – Region: Guangdong, China

78 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 18th, 2018

I like floral teas, but this was a little too floral for me. Great creamy mouthfeel, though.

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Huang Guanyin (Yellow Goddess) Wuyi Rock Oolong from TeaVivre

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

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 18th, 2018

The dark chocolaty, floral aroma of the dry leaves is honestly the best thing about this tea. I spent a lot of time trying to get it to taste like it smells. I can get close with a lower temperature and the right brewing time, but it's never exact. Most of the time, the taste is slightly fruity and a little less roasty...

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English Breakfast Decaffeinated from Twinings

Style: English Breakfast – Region: ?????

56 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 18th, 2018

Like the others who reviewed this, I was surprised that it tastes nothing like the regular Twinings English Breakfast. I remember that tasting more woody and malty, with a bit of the usual Assam dried fruit note. This has some slightly tangy tropical fruit notes that make me think of Keemun, but it also has this weird ...

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Kenilworth Ceylon from Coffee and Tea Exchange

Style: Black Tea – Region: Sri Lanka / Ceylon

75 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 18th, 2018

This is what I think of as the stereotypical Ceylon: wiry leaves that brew a cup with a smooth, full body and honey and citrus notes. It's not my favorite type of the (I generally prefer Chinese tea), but this is still good.

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Seeyok First Flush Darjeeling from Coffee and Tea Exchange

Style: Darjeeling First Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

88 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 18th, 2018

With the most prominent notes being pineapple, cranberry, and lemongrass, this tea is almost like drinking tart fruit juice. I love it because of that, but I can see others disliking it for the same reason. I taste a bit of honey as well. First flush is stereotyped as floral, but I don't get a lot of that here. There a...

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Wuyi Shui Xian from Coffee and Tea Exchange

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

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 18th, 2018

This is a very basic Wuyi oolong, with the deep, roasty flavor you'd expect. There's a caramel sweetness and the aroma has a bit of tobacco. I compared this to Teavivre's Da Hong Pao, and while the Teavivre DHP had a slight fruity note that was lacking here, I thought this compared pretty well otherwise. For $2, it's n...

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Ti Kuan Yin from Coffee and Tea Exchange

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Anxi, Fujian, China

72 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 18th, 2018

Decent dark roast oolong, but nothing special. It had a nutty, caramel flavor that reminded me of Brazilian coffee. Considering it was only $2/ounce, I'd buy some again if I was in Chicago and low on oolongs, but it's not something I'd go out of my way for.

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Difflugia

(76 reviews)
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Classic Blend from Benner Tea Co

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

25 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Sep. 13th, 2018

The standard tea bags are wrapped in paper, so if they're not put into an airtight container, they'll probably start to go stale before the box of 100 is finished. The dry tea looks like a blend of orthodox and CTC produced teas and smells smoky, malty and a bit like fresh straw.

The brewed tea is disappointing. The...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(154 reviews)
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Vanilla Chai from Pukka

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

71 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 13th, 2018

Here's a herbal tea that doesn't smell or taste quite like one surmises based on ingredients, but is reasonably enjoyable. I wouldn't pay any more than sale price for it, though!

This came via a discount at Sprouts for a 20-bag box, with each bag sealed in a waxed paper pouch. This is the first steeped beverage ca...

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Alex

(46 reviews)
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Premium Grade Dragon Well Green Tea (Long Jing) from TeaVivre

Style: Dragon Well (Long Jing) – Region: Zhejiang, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 12th, 2018

Nutty and umami. I don't have much to say about this, but it really is a great tea even though I rarely drink Chinese greens.

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2015 Yunnan Sourcing Menghai Lao Cha Tou Ripe Pu-erh Tea Brick from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Ripened (Shou) Pu-erh – Region: Menghai, Yunnan, China

82 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 12th, 2018

The dry leaves still have a little wet pile odor, but fortunately, this doesn't make it into the cup. I mostly taste wood and earthy flavors. My preference with shou is for sweeter notes of cherry, dried fruit, chocolate, vanilla, etc. I'll let this air out for a few weeks and see if it changes, but it's pretty mediocr...

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Matcha Green Tea Traditional from ITO EN

Style: Green Tea – Region: Japan

84 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 12th, 2018

This is my sushi tea. It complements the flavor of nori well, and it's quick to brew and clean up because it's a teabag. Despite the name, this mostly tastes like sencha. It has a creamy, seaweedy, umami flavor. There is a very slight bitterness, which sencha always seems to have and I actually like in the same way tha...

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Tchuggin' Okie

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Coconut Chai Black from Zhena's Gypsy Tea

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Blend

92 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 6th, 2018

This is an absolutely outstanding tea, and I don't wield such platitudes frivolously. Opening the jar unleashes a powerful, creamy blast of chai aroma, which was mouth-watering for me in anticipation of the taste. Sometimes I open it just to take a whiff; this stuff would make an excellent Christmastime potpourri if ...

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Brytta Sóþword

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Formosa Oolong (Oolong #8) from Adagio Teas

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

88 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 6th, 2018

I really enjoyed this tea. It reminded me of restaurant oolongs, except with more complexity and less astringency. It resteeps well, too. It isn't my favorite oolong, but it's a solid example of its type.

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Scottish Breakfast from Adagio Teas

Style: Scottish Breakfast – Region: Blend

84 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 26th, 2018

This is a solid breakfast tea. I’m often not into plain black teas — especially of the “breakfast” variety. They often come off as too bitter or astringent. This tea, however, is smooth with a nice complexity. I like it a bit more than Adagio’s Irish breakfast. As of this review, I’ve never tried their Engl...

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Difflugia

(76 reviews)
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Constant Comment® from Bigelow Tea

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

55 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 24th, 2018

I like decaf Constant Comment, but hadn't gotten around to trying the original version. It turns out, it's not much different. I can taste a little of the maltiness in the finish, but that's about it. I already know that decaf black teas have little tea flavor, but I was hoping there would be more in this one. A bit of...

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Alex

(46 reviews)
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Seikoen Tea Factory Aged Yukimuro Sencha from Yunomi

Style: Sencha – Region: Shizuoka, Japan

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 22nd, 2018

I don't have a lot of experience with brewing Japanese green tea, so I probably didn't brew this as well as it deserved. I brewed it in my gaiwan, figuring that shouldn't be too much different from brewing it in a shiboridashi. I ended up with a lot of small pieces of tea in my cup because I didn't have any kind of fil...

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Tchuggin' Okie

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Purple Majesty from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Green Tea – Region: Nandi, Kenya

77 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 21st, 2018

While periodically ordering our regularly consumed teas from Murchie's, I'll sometimes go after a small sample of a new tea, just to try something different, since they do have a huge selection. The name intrigued me (purple tea?), as did the origin, in some of the highest-elevation tea-growing areas of Kenya.

Unl...

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Difflugia

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Smaragdine Green Tea from Tradition

Style: Green Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

72 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 21st, 2018

Tradition's "Smaragdine" (which just means "emerald-like") green tea is a longjing (dragon well) style tea from Taiwan. The sachets hold just under three grams of full-leaf tea that has some tips.

Like most green teas, it benefits from cooler water (165°) and shorter steeping times. The review is based on four minu...

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