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Gray

(23 reviews)
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Green Tea Kombucha from Yogi Tea

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: Blend

10 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 1/5
Jan. 19th, 2020

It didn't taste like green tea. It didn't taste like kombucha. It didn't affect me like kombucha, which typically leaves me with a positive feeling. It actually gave me a headache, despite the fact that I've had all the ingredients in this tea separately and never had a negative reaction to any of them. The flavor wasn...

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Alex Zorach

(1410 reviews)
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Gold Leaf Tea from Akbar

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

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 15th, 2020

I was astonished by this tea's quality as well as value for its price. One of my friends recently bought this from a Russian market, and he had only recently opened the container so it was very fresh.

The dry leaf though is explosively aromatic. This is by far the most aromatic Ceylon black tea I've ever found in th...

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JGS1122

(70 reviews)

Earl Grey Imperial from Mariage Freres

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 9th, 2020

I enjoyed this tea. This tea has a nice light yellowish amber color. Mild in taste with a nice hint of bergamot. Does not linger on the tongue. Milk, cream, or sugar would probably over power this tea.

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Tchuggin' Okie

(251 reviews)
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Tropical Green Tea from Revolution Tea

Style: Fruit Green Tea – Region: ?????

64 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 8th, 2020

Here was the last in a series of Revolution teas I've finished from a variety pack, and it was slightly above average, overall. The aromas and flavors are quite similar, across-the-board, from dry bag to cup to wet bag. The aroma is a good bit weaker than the taste, however.

The green teas used seem to be good qua...

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Trailesque

(72 reviews)

Upton South Street Breakfast Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

65 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 6th, 2020

This is a new entry in Upton's growing list of breakfast blends; it was created as on of their 30th anniversary specials. It is not as robust or malty as some breakfast blends, but not extra mild either - it falls somewhere in the middle. This has a little nip to it. The price is a little high.

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Tchuggin' Okie

(251 reviews)
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Jasmine Tea from Fujian Tea Import & Export Co, Ltd.

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: Fujian, China

65 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 4th, 2020

One of my kids gave me this for Christmas, having bought it at an Asian food store for an unknown price, so I'm basing the value rating off the mostly reasonable online costs for a 120g tin. The packaging of this tea confused me a bit at first, as it was branded just like one of the same title on RateTea, but in a tin...

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Pear White Tea (Formerly White Pear) from Revolution Tea

Style: Fruit White Tea – Region: ?????

58 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 3rd, 2020

This tea was "something else". It was my first nominally pear-flavored tea, but most of the experience was of something else. This was one of the few teas I've tried where the aromas were consistently the same from dry bag to cup to wet bag, but the taste was something else.

I found the aroma remarkably floral, ...

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Trailesque

(72 reviews)

Formosa Oolong Standard Grade from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

70 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 2nd, 2020

A flavorful and complex oolong that is better than your average Chinese restaurant tea. This has a very nice garden/forest like aroma. The flavor is complex and leans toward the brighter, cleaner end of the oolong spectrum. The price is a little higher than I would expect for an everyday oolong, but it makes sense g...

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New England Holiday Chai with Vanilla from Upton Tea Imports

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

70 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 1st, 2020

A special holiday season release from Upton. Now here is a new concept - a "New England Chai." This has a mellow black tea base and is spruced up with vanilla and other spices - I could make out some cardomom and what I thought was allspice but appears to be clove. It is pleasantly spicy and has a nice aroma, but Up...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(251 reviews)
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Peppermint Chocolate from Republic of Tea

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

71 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 1st, 2020

Chocolate and peppermint are two of my favorite flavors in all this mighty land. As such, I'm a major sucker for trying such teas, even expensive ones like this or Harney & Sons. So I grabbed a tin* of the R of T version at a local World Market, as a minor Christmas present to myself.

The dry-bag and wet-bag ar...

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Brytta Sóþword

(318 reviews)

Caramel Shortbread from DAVIDsTEA

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

82 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 31st, 2019

This “tea” is sweet and aromatic. I enjoyed it, even just using hot water dispensed from a Keurig. The second stepping was weaker than the first, though some flavor was still present.

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Trailesque

(72 reviews)
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C.T.C. Irish Breakfast Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: Assam, India

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 30th, 2019

A blend of Assam teas that turns out to be smooth and flavorful, and offered at an excellent price by Upton. It has been one of their top sellers, for a long time, and it is not hard to see why. This does not have the rough edges or iron notes that some breakfast teas have. It is earthy, nutty, and not a challenge t...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(251 reviews)
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Mandarin Orange Spice® Herb Tea from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: ?????

76 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 30th, 2019

Celestial Seasonings has made a mint off selling assorted fruit flavors added to the same basic "Zinger" foundation (hibiscus, rose hips, hawthorn, blackberry leaves, orange peel). This tea has been around a couple of generations, probably preceding the Zingers, and doesn't bear that name, so maybe they're inspired by...

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Trailesque

(72 reviews)
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Organic Ho-ji Cha Kamakura from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Hojicha – Region: Kanagawa, Japan

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 30th, 2019

This is a very nice hojicha. It is pleasantly roasty, but there is some complexity (dashes of soy sauce and caramel) and the underlying bancha comes thru well. The aroma is woody and fresh.

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Brytta Sóþword

(318 reviews)

Green Apple White Tea from Bentley's Tea

Style: Flavored White Tea – Region: Sri Lanka / Ceylon

53 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 29th, 2019

I’m not crazy about this tea, but it may because the water I’m using is too hot — making it go bitter more easily. I am currently at my family’s for the holidays, and my method of brewing is to dispense hit water from a Keurig. The Apple is somewhat present but not strong or sweet enough to counteract the bitte...

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Gray

(23 reviews)
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Paris from Harney and Sons

Style: Miscellaneous Blend – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Dec. 27th, 2019

The scent of this was delicious. The scent of the tea after brewing was delicious. But, there wasn't much to the flavor. At the end of the cup, after the tea had cooled, the notes sat on my palette better. But, something about the notes bypassed my palette when the tea was hot. This might be good as an iced tea. But, a...

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Holiday Tea from Harney and Sons

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: China

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 24th, 2019

Let me start by saying that I generally don't like flavored teas at all. Most of them taste artificial to me, the rest don't taste like tea and because I love the taste of tea, I'm left dissatisfied by them. But, as you can see, I gave this 80/100, so I was quite pleased with it. I was surprised not simply because of m...

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Organic Jinhao Golden Tip Black Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Black Tea – Region: Guangxi, China

89 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 23rd, 2019

I love this tea. I don't often purchase larger quantities of tea without trying it first, but this was on sale around Thanksgiving and I decided to give 50g a try. The leaves were nice and large. I wasn't surprised when I saw that this came from a Bai Hao tree, as the large leaves reminded me a bit of TeaVivre's Bai Ha...

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Organic Earl Grey (Loose) from Harney and Sons

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

85 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 23rd, 2019

This smells and tastes like some halfway point between Bigelow Earl Grey and Twinings Earl Grey. With Bigelow, the bergamot note is strong and pointed and the tea has a more earthy taste. With Twinings, the bergamot note is more gentle and the tea has a more woody taste. With Harney & Sons Earl Grey, the bergamot note ...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(251 reviews)
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Storm Watcher from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

81 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 17th, 2019

Being in Oklahoma, the name of this seasonal tea intrigued me a lot, even though the storms inspiring it are cold, wet wintertime blasts on the British Columbia coast, instead of southern Plains severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. Then again, that makes sense. What would tornado tea be, and would it even matter? The...

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Alex Zorach

(1410 reviews)
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Nan Nuo Mountain Assamica Varietal Black Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Menghai, Yunnan, China

97 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 16th, 2019

This was another delightful tea. Of all the teas I've tried recently, it was most similar to the Big Snow Mountain of Mengku. It also reminded me a lot of some artisanal Assam teas I tried a while back from TeaOrb, a company that sells teas from regions of Assam that don't typically reach the western market.

The dry...

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Brytta Sóþword

(318 reviews)
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Cinnamon Stick® Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: ?????

82 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 16th, 2019

For a bagged tea, this isn't bad. It diffuses quickly and has a pleasantly strong aroma and flavor. The cinnamon is at a good intensity for me and it blends well with the black tea. This will be part of my collection of bagged teas at work from now on.

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Tchuggin' Okie

(251 reviews)
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Sweet Ginger Peach from Revolution Tea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

58 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 14th, 2019

This blend has some potential, but is far from my favorite flavored black tea. The first and biggest turnoff was the dry-bag aroma, which reminded me of cheap incense—specifically, the sort employed to smoke-bomb a room fast, in order to mask pot usage. This is the second tea that has given off that cheap-incense v...

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Tea Book Volume II (Gold) from Basilur

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

64 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Dec. 5th, 2019

Basilur is creative in the packaging and marketing of their teas. This is part of an impressively elaborate gimmick: the second in a multi-volume series of well-decorated "books"—each a metal tin about the size and shape of a small hardback book—containing a plastic bag full of loose tea that gets folded and some...

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English Breakfast from Revolution Tea

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 2nd, 2019

The next entry from a Revolution variety pack delivered one of the strangest experiences I've had with a tea. Sniffing the dry bag (pyramid sachet) rendered an unmistakably familiar aroma that took me many tries to recall its specific origin. "Sniff, sniff, sniff...I know this...sniff, sniff, sniff...where have I sme...

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