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Alex Zorach

(1360 reviews)
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Organic Tippy Colombian Black Tea (T2) from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: Colombia

97 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 26th, 2018

This was a light tea with a strong savory flavor, that tasted distinctly like lobster!

Another sample from Simpson & Vail, thank you! I've been loving all the black teas I've tried from the Bitaco estate in Colombia, and this is another one. They are all excellent! I'm glad to see this garden and its teas taking o...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(133 reviews)
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English Teatime from Bigelow Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

61 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 24th, 2018

Trying this tea 24 hours after "English Breakfast" and under nearly identical circumstances, I had a hard time telling the difference between the two. This one left less of an aftertaste (strength, and for sure duration) but was a little more bitter. Since the aftertaste of the other tea wasn't bad, the "more bitter"...

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TarHeelTea

(1 review)
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Wuyi Mountain Big Red Robe from Verdant Tea

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

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 23rd, 2018

I'll confess I tried this tea after being intrigued at reading the legend of the Big Red Robe. Glad I did. I wonder if a monkey really picked this?

This is my new favorite tea. It has more body and flavor than the more delicate oolong teas. I usually give it a bit more tea and a longer steep than the usual recommen...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(133 reviews)
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English Breakfast Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

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

66 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 23rd, 2018

Pulled from a hotel breakfast stash (lower-case, not the tea brand), I brought a bag home to chug in my usual well water. Dry-bag and in-cup aroma were feeble, as has been my experience with most Bigelow teas (except Constant Comment, a major favorite). The brew got dark fairly quickly, tasting pleasant enough, rather...

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carrie b

(1 review)
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Hibiscus Iced Tea from Luzianne

Style: Hibiscus Tea – Region: ?????

95 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 23rd, 2018

I am a lifelong drinker of black iced tea (Luzianne)). When I need to cut back my caffeine intake later in the day so I am not kept awake, I switch to Luzianne's new Hibiscus Iced Tea. When prepared according to directions, it produces a deep red, rich tasting tea that never clouds up even when refrigerated or kept ove...

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Alex Zorach

(1360 reviews)
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Vietnam Ha Giang Black from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: Ha Giang

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 22nd, 2018

A very pleasant tea that was easy to steep and easy to appreciate. Like a good Yunnan tea but a little smoother.

Thank you to Simpson & Vail for the sample!

Dry leaf smells really beautiful and kind of fascinating: malty but with strong vegetal notes. It looks and smells a lot like a Yunnan tea, which makes sense...

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Doomni Estate TGBOP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Baksa, Assam, India

92 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 19th, 2018

This is my type of Assam. An intensely strong tea with a brisk, refreshing character and a satisfying depth. Requires care in brewing though; this tea can become unpleasantly bitter and sour if steeped too long.

Dry leaf, broken but with ample golden tips, is lightly aromatic, malty, and pleasant.

Upon brewing t...

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Donyi Polo Estate SFTGFOP Tippy Cl. from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Arunachal Pradesh, India

71 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Mar. 19th, 2018

This tea threw me off because it was so radically different from what I was expecting. It's only my second tea ever from Arunachal, and I didn't know what to expect, but based on the location, I was expecting a darker, Assam-like tea, and it was instead, a light, Darjeeling-like tea. I think Upton's description is poor...

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Honey Vanilla Chamomile from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Chamomile Blend – Region: ?????

61 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 18th, 2018

I tried this tea at an event; I wasn't expecting to like it, but I ended up liking it a lot more than I thought I would.

This tea reminds me of a certain lifesaver flavor that I can't pinpoint...not one of the normal five flavors, and not a type I've had in years. It takes me back to my childhood. Perhaps a pina col...

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Kingly Assam Summer Natural Traditional Black from TEAORB

Style: Assam – Region: Darrang, Assam, India

91 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 16th, 2018

A singular tea, very different from other black teas I've tried: very bold in flavor, yet with a deeper, darker character a bit like ripened Pu-erh.

This tea stood out from TEAORB's other samples. Thanks again to Bahniman and TEAORB for the sample! It was a broken-leaf orthodox tea, the only one sold by the compan...

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Doomni Estate TGFOP1 Cl. from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Baksa, Assam, India

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 15th, 2018

This was a very pleasant Assam, with a slightly more bready character, but otherwise what I expect from an Assam. A good, strong breakfast tea with a smoother than average flavor and some aromatic complexity.

Dry leaf smells pleasant, soft, slightly bready. Unlike some of the other teas, this one looks exactly like...

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Nandi Royal OP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nandi, Kenya

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 13th, 2018

An outstanding tea for a great price, but does not resteep well.

This tea surprised me; a truly artisanal tea at an amazingly low price, with the only downside being that it does not resteep well. It also resembled a Darjeeling more than any other African-sourced tea I've ever tried. Kenya keeps producing remarkab...

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Sibya Arunachal Summer Organic Factory Black Tea from TEAORB

Style: Black Tea – Region: Arunachal Pradesh, India

94 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 12th, 2018

This was one of the most interesting teas I've tried in a long time; I am struggling to describe it in words. It was called a "black tea" but it tasted more like aged sheng (raw) Pu-erh, especially on the later steeps, and it resteeped much better than a black tea usually does. I recommend this especially to people wh...

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Teuvo

(58 reviews)
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Bio Jasmijn Groen from Het Gouden Randje

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: Blend

64 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 9th, 2018

Very powerful jasmine aroma (which is always just on the edge of agreeable for me, but that's just personal taste). Luckily the tea itself doesn't taste as sharp. Strong jasmine taste, but not too strong, a little sweet. It kind of dries the mouth, though.
The used leaves don't look too pretty; quite broken with lots ...

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Alex Zorach

(1360 reviews)
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Pure Ceylon Tea (FBOPF "SP") from Alghazaleen Tea (Do Ghazal)

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

89 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 7th, 2018

Wow, this tea offers the most exceptional value of any tea I've ever tried. It was $6.50 for a pound, yet was better than many artisan teas I've had for over 6 times the price. Similar to Ahmad Tea's Ceylon (one of my favorites), but a smidge cheaper and I think I slightly prefer this one.

The leaf consists of fai...

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Monica Zakka

(6 reviews)
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Passion de Fleurs from Dammann Freres

Style: Flavored White Tea – Region: France

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

At first the complexity of the flavors seem to arouse a wholly idiosyncratic chemosensory system. However, the familiarity of the orchard fruits and the scent of rose take the drinker on a nostalgic journey of unadulterated pleasure, that serves to coalesce this cup of tea into a universal ideology. In a future wholly ...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(133 reviews)
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Chamomile from Farmer Brothers

Style: Pure Chamomile Tea – Region: ?????

43 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 6th, 2018

In my experience, chamomile shouldn't stand out much one way or another most of the time. A rich, deeply golden cup with delightfully robust, sweet, rich flavor is rare, as is the moribund, stale and/or flavorless kind. While not a turn-off, per se, the Farmer Brothers version leans weak and flat. The aromas, whethe...

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Orange Bliss from Farmer Brothers

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

46 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 5th, 2018

My first impression of this tea's flavor was shockingly wretched: an overwhelming impression of stale coffee and mud, with some orangey/cinnamon hint buried beneath. I asked, "How can this tea possibly be so nasty with such a delicious-looking ingredients list?" It contains: rooibos, cinnamon, ginger root, orange pe...

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Kymelex

(5 reviews)
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Peach Black Tea from Stash Tea

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

25 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 1/5
Mar. 4th, 2018

This tea was awful. I truly couldn't get past the artificial peach flavor. I tried mixing it with a chai tea to make it drinkable (peaches and cinnamon seem like they should go together) but somehow it made it worse. It was like drinking potpourri. Another reviewer mentioned making an iced tea with celestial seasonings...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(133 reviews)
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Green Tea with Pomegranate from Bigelow Tea

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

62 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 1st, 2018

Mistakenly and distracted by engaging conversation, I grabbed a couple of bags at a conference, thinking this was straight green Bigelow tea as typically served, without looking carefully at the little red strip declaring, "with pomegranate". I still didn't notice upon ripping open the bag, dropping into the cup and d...

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Brytta Sóþword

(294 reviews)
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Darjeeling de Triomphe Black Tea from Teavana

Style: Darjeeling First Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 27th, 2018

I will likely revise this review after a few more times trying this tea. It seems high quality with a grassy quality, but I can’t decide how I feel about the bitter undertones. I generally am not a fan of bitter teas. To be fair, it might be a fault of my brewing. I do overall enjoy this tea, though, so long as it is...

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Alex Zorach

(1360 reviews)
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Hojicha from Harney and Sons

Style: Hojicha – Region: Kyoto, Japan

89 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 26th, 2018

An excellent roasted twig tea, crisp flavor and complex aroma! Probably my favorite roasted twig tea (i.e. not roasted leaf tea) that I have ever had.

I tend to always like hojicha, but this was one of the more interesting batches I've tried in a while.

This one is a roasted kukicha (twig tea) and the roast look...

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Kasper

(5 reviews)
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Smooth Black Currant from Pickwick Tea

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 25th, 2018

Aroma is black currant and black tea. Flavor is light sweet and medium bitter. Dry finish. It smells better than it tastes.

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Chai Latte Karamel from Fredsted

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Blend

84 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 25th, 2018

Aroma is heavy caramel, milk and a little tea. Flavor is very sweet. Sweet finish. I love caramel.

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Forest Fruit from Pickwick Tea

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

65 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 24th, 2018

Aroma is black tea, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. Flavor is medium sweet and light bitter. Light dry finish.

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