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Alex Zorach

(1431 reviews)
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Premium Grade AA Jin Jun Mei Fujian Black Tea of Wu Yi Shan from Yunnan Sourcing

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

97 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 16th, 2021

I was curious to try this higher grade of a tea (the "Classic Robust Jin Jun Mei") that has become one of my favorites for daily drinking.

The dry leaf is similar but more curly and also visibly lighter in color, with a greater portion of golden tips. The aroma is very strong, initially of dried fruit and then very ...

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Jinggu Camellia Taliensis Black Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

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

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 14th, 2021

I thought this was an exceptional tea, but one not particularly suited to my tastes. I still liked it a lot though. It tastes the most like a white tea of any black tea I've tried.

The dry leaf is explosively fragrant, suggesting malt, caraway, overripe fruit, and flowers. There is a lot going on in the aroma, it's ...

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Heather J.

(55 reviews)
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Yunnan Black Gold from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Simao, Yunnan, China

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 11th, 2021

This tea is soo good omg! The aroma is nice and sort of chocolatey smelling. The taste is smooth and a bit sweet. The tea is very thick bodied and it is not astringent or bitter at all.

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Alex Zorach

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Yunnan Black Gold from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Simao, Yunnan, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 10th, 2021

This was a peculiar and rather fascinating tea, a real bargain buy, and a good afternoon tea.

The leaf is very large and has an aroma that is lightly malty, but also rather herbaceous. It smells more like green teas or raw Pu-erh than is typical for a black tea. Both its appearance and aroma remind me of some of the...

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Heather J.

(55 reviews)
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Fuding White Tea Cake from Upton Tea Imports

Style: White Peony Tea – Region: Fuding, Fujian, China

97 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 4th, 2021

This tea is amazing! It has a mild chocolatey/cocoa butter flavor which is really nice. The tea is so smooth and buttery and not astringent or bitter at all!

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Tchuggin' Okie

(289 reviews)
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Murchie's Afternoon Decaf from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

74 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 3rd, 2021

As decaf teas go, this was about the best I've had. I think I've found a new beverage to chug when I get a hankerin' for black tea before bedtime. Long a big fan of their traditional Murchie's Afternoon (formerly Empress Afternoon), I got this in a variety pack and didn't even open the box for months, afraid of disa...

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Heather J.

(55 reviews)
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Assam TGFOP1 Ananda Second Flush from TeaGschwendner

Style: Assam – Region: Lakhimpur, Assam, India

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 2nd, 2021

This tea is a classic tasting black tea however it is not my favorite and it is mildly harsh (bitter) for me. It's still pretty smooth and not astringent which I like and I would drink it again if someone served it to me. It's a bit expensive though so I probably wouldn't buy it again since there's better stuff out the...

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Alex Zorach

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Assam TGFOP1 Ananda Second Flush from TeaGschwendner

Style: Assam – Region: Lakhimpur, Assam, India

83 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 2nd, 2021

This tea is named somewhat differently in the US vs Europe but I'm pretty sure it's the same. In Germany it's "Assam TGFOP1 Ananda" with "Second Flush" underneath, whereas in the US the grade is omitted in the name, but clarified in the tea's description so I'm pretty sure it's the same thing.

The dry leaf is pleasa...

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Mr Bamsen

(159 reviews)
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Rooibos Earl Grey (Nr. 814) from Carstensens Tehandel

Style: Rooibos Earl Grey – Region: Blend

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 28th, 2021

One-litre pot at home, made from leaves of rooibos sprinkled with bergamot oil and flavouring. Pours clear darkish copper brown (against white china) with no sediment. Clear aroma of rooibos leaves and bergamot oil. Bitterish and herbal flavour of rooibos leaves, with clear notes of bergamot oil. Smooth palate with an ...

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Dagens Lyspunkt (Nr. 84) from Carstensens Tehandel

Style: Miscellaneous Blend – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 28th, 2021

One-litre pot at home, made from a mixture of brown oolong and green tea leaves, with flowers of Roman chamomile and rosebuds, all sprinkled with an aroma. Pours nearly clear dark amber (against white china) with negligible sediment. Clear aroma of oxidated tea leaves, with pronounced fruity notes and mild rosy hints. ...

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Husets Oolong (Nr. 82) from Carstensens Tehandel

Style: Flavored Oolong – Region: Blend

68 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 28th, 2021

One-litre pot at home, made from a mixture of dark green, curly dried oolong leaves and what looks (and smells) like pieces of apple and lemon peel, and rose petals, sprinkled with elderberry aroma. Pours clear lightish straw (against white china) with negligible sediment. Clear aroma of oolong leaves, with notes of le...

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Lime & Lemon (Nr. 162) from Carstensens Tehandel

Style: Lemon Black Tea – Region: Blend

72 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 28th, 2021

One-litre pot at home, made from a mixture of Assam leaves and pieces of dried lemon peel, all sprinkled with lime flavouring. Pours clear darkish copper brown (against white china) with no sediment. Intense aroma of lime and lemon, with mild malty and leafy touches and fruity hints. Bitter flavour of black tea leaves,...

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Grønne Påskete (Nr. 2005) from Carstensens Tehandel

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Blend

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 28th, 2021

One-litre pot at home, made from a mixture of green tea leaves and blossom of safflower, cornflower, and sunflower, all sprinkled with flavouring. Pours clear peach yellow (against white china) with no sediment. Clear aroma of green tea leaves, with notes of vanilla and sunflower. Bitterish flavour of green tea, with n...

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Super Ceylon Cardamom Gold from Alghazaleen Tea (Do Ghazal)

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

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 28th, 2021

Cup at home, made from fine dark brown and black leaves of Ceylon. Pours slightly hazy dark copper brown. Clear aroma of black tea leaves, malty with notes and touches of cardamom. Ditto flavour, although the malty notes are less pronounced than in the aroma. Bitter, astringent but not aggressive, palate, with a leafy ...

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Tyrkisk Æblete med Lemon og Yoghurt (Nr. 935) from Carstensens Tehandel

Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: Blend

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 28th, 2021

One-litre pot at home, made from a mixture of dried apples and pieces of lemon and yoghurt and some few fine leaves of lemongrass - not a single leaf of tea. Pours clear pale peach yellow (against white china) with negligible sediment. Clear aroma of apples and cinnamon, with mild touches of lemon. Mild sweetish flavou...

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English Breakfast Tea (Nr. 62) from Carstensens Tehandel

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

69 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 28th, 2021

One-litre pot at home, made from a mixture of fine, curly dark brown leaves of Assam and Ceylon. Pours clear lightish copper brown (against white china) with no sediment. Clear, malty aroma of Assam, with milder, leafy notes of Ceylon. Bitter, leafy flavour with some malty notes. Astringent palate with a malty aftertas...

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Java Superior Malabar (Nr. 77) from Carstensens Tehandel

Style: Black Tea – Region: West Java, Indonesia

78 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 28th, 2021

One-litre pot at home, made from fine very dark and black curved leaves, resembling Assam. Pours clear dark copper brown (against white china) with no sediment. Clear aroma of black tea, combining good features of both Assam and Yunnan scents. Bitter, leafy flavour with mild malty notes and mild spicy hints. Medium ast...

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Kenya FBOP Marinym (Nr. 76) from Carstensens Tehandel

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kenya

69 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 28th, 2021

One litre pot at home, made of tiny leaves in a variety of colours, from dark yellow, through greens and browns, to black. Pours clear lightish copper brown (against white china) with no sediment. Clear aroma of black tea - not malty but rather more like a mixture of a Darjeeling and an Oolong. Bitter, leafy flavour, w...

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Tanzania BOP CTC (Nr. 69) from Carstensens Tehandel

Style: Black Tea – Region: Tanzania

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 28th, 2021

Half-litre pot at home, made from very fine dark brown and black leaves of black tea. According to the salesman that sold the tea to me, this sort, which looks like granulate and smells like Assam, is native to Tanzania and I would like to discover more about it. Pours nearly clear copper brown (against white china) wi...

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Piña Colada (Nr. 177) from Carstensens Tehandel

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 28th, 2021

Half-litre pot at home, made from a mixture of black tea (Ceylon?) leaves and pieces of caramelised pineapple and coconut, as well as sunflower blossom, all sprinkled with flavour. Pours clear copper brown (against white china) with no sediment. Clear aroma of coconut and pineapple, with mild touches of black tea. Ditt...

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Irish Coffee Te (Nr. 172) from Carstensens Tehandel

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

82 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 28th, 2021

Half-litre pot at home, made from black tea (Ceylon?) leaves generously sprinkled with Irish coffee flavour. Pours nearly clear copper brown (against white china) with no sediment. Clear aroma of caramel and black tea, with touches of whiskey and vanilla. Bitterish, leafy onset of black tea, giving way to sweet and smo...

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Earl Grey Royal (Nr. 128) from Carstensens Tehandel

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 28th, 2021

One-litre pot at home, made from fine green and brown leaves of Darjeeling sprinkled with bergamot oil and flavour. Pours clear copper brown (against white china) with no sediment. Clear aroma of Darjeeling tea, with touches of bergamot oil and mild basement hints. Bitter, leafy flavour of Darjeeling, with touches of b...

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Alex Zorach

(1431 reviews)
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Irish Breakfast from Frontier

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: India

81 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 21st, 2021

This tea was spot-on in terms of style for Irish Breakfast, and one of the better examples of it at that.

The leaf is broken but the pieces of leaf are still recognizable as such, especially after steeping. The dry leaf has a pleasant aroma that suggests a strong, fresh tea. It infuses fairly quickly to produce a po...

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2016 Yunnan Sourcing "Red Monkey" Raw Pu-erh Tea Mini Cake from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Raw (Sheng) Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

82 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 20th, 2021

I ordered two of these in 2018 as it sounded from the description as the sort of thing I would like. I broke off a tiny piece initially, and as I expected it was a bit strong for my taste. I was surprised though at how quickly this one mellowed out.

Now, about 5 years from harvest, I broke off a bit again and it's s...

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Heather J.

(55 reviews)
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2016 Yunnan Sourcing "Red Monkey" Raw Pu-erh Tea Mini Cake from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Raw (Sheng) Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

94 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 20th, 2021

This pu-erh tea is wonderful! It has this rich vegetabley taste and it is thick bodied, almost like vegetable soup stock. Its really smooth and has no bitterness to it, its really enjoyable!

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