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Difflugia

(143 reviews)
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Black Tea from Touch Organic

Style: Black Tea – Region: China

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 2nd, 2020

According to the box, this tea is from "Southeastern China." Fujian, maybe? The dry tea is in unbleached, individually wrapped (but not sealed) teabags. It's finely chopped and smells earthy and dusty, kind of like old books.

I'll point out first that preparing normally (one teabag in eight ounces of boiling water f...

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Mr Bamsen

(57 reviews)
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Pu Erh 15 Års Lagret (Nr. 914) from Carstensens Tehandel

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

65 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 1st, 2020

Half-litre pot at home, brewed from a tuocha, i.e. a pill of compressed fermented leaves. Pours nearly clear fudge brown with negligible brownish sediment. Clear aroma of tea leaves, with mild notes of fermentation. Bitter, but not aggressive, flavour of black tea, with leafy notes and barely discernible touches of fer...

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Herbata Warta Poznania from Five O'Clock

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 1st, 2020

Half-litre pot at home. Pours nearly clear chestnut brown with no sediment. Clear aroma of almonds and nuts, with touches of vanilla, black tea and orange peel. Bitterish flavour of Assam tea, with clear notes of vanilla and almonds and touches of nuts and orange peel. Smooth palate with mildly acidic hints of orange p...

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Magiczna Zima from Five O'Clock

Style: Fruit White Tea – Region: Blend

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 1st, 2020

Half-litre pot at home. Pours clear light straw with no sediment. Clear aroma of ginseng, vanilla, orange and white tea leaves. Delicate but distinct flavour of white tea, sunflower and ginseng, with touches of vanilla and hints orange. Slightly rough palate with ginseng notes. Carefully crafted and well-balanced. The ...

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Sov Godt (Nr. 260) from Carstensens Tehandel

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: ?????

70 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 1st, 2020

Half-litre pot at home. Pours nearly clear fudge brown with no sediment. Complex aroma of valeriana, aniseed, peppermint and fennel. Herbal flavour of mint and valeriana, with notes of aniseed and fennel and touches of cummin and rosemary. Clean palate, with notes of mint and aniseed. It is a purifying and tranquilisin...

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Hvid Mango Te (Nr. 448) from Carstensens Tehandel

Style: Flavored White Tea – Region: Blend

95 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 1st, 2020

Half-litre pot at home. Pours clear light straw with no sediment. Clear aroma of mango, with notes of white tea leaves and mild touches of spice. Sweet-sourish flavour of ripe mango, with mild bitter notes of white tea lives and a tiny hint of some herbal spice. Smooth palate, with lingering white tea notes. This tea i...

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Difflugia

(143 reviews)
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Lemon & Orange Tea Bags from Taylors of Harrogate

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

48 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Feb. 28th, 2020

The tea in the bags is in small enough pieces that it's difficult to tell if it started out orthodox or CTC, but I think it's orthodox. It smells pleasently lemon-orange, but no tea shines through yet. After adding the water, the tea smells like fresh orange pulp. The tea itself is muted with the barest hint of malt ri...

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Gray

(32 reviews)
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Plantation Peach Loose Tea from Charleston Tea Plantation (American Classic Tea)

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: United States of America

72 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 27th, 2020

This is the first time I've ever had a tea from the U.S., and it's the first time I've ever had a fruit-flavored black tea. (I typically either go for fruity herbal teas or black teas without flavoring.)

My first impression was actually with the tin. It's a very nice tin. I was expecting something like this when ord...

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Difflugia

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White Tea from Touch Organic

Style: White Tea – Region: China

69 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 27th, 2020

Though flavorful for white tea in a teabag, this is still a delicate tea. The dry teabags have a nice scent that smells dry and vegetal, like straw with a hint of dry grass or hay. The description on the box implies (but doesn't explicitly say) that this is white peony, being made up of both leaves and unopened buds. T...

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Passionfruit White Tea from Touch Organic

Style: Fruit White Tea – Region: China

65 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 26th, 2020

I don't normally buy flavored white teas because the flavorings tend to overpower the tea, but I really like passionfruit and decided to give this one a try. Unfortunately, this tea was no exception. The flavor of this tea is straight-up passionfruit. That said, this tea is really tasty. The passionfruit flavor is stro...

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Mr Bamsen

(57 reviews)
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White Tea Elderflower (No. 1042) from TeaGschwendner

Style: Flavored White Tea – Region: Blend

72 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 21st, 2020

Half-litre pot at home, made from South Indian white tea leaves and elderflower blossom. Pours clear lightish amber with no sediment. Clear aroma of white tea leaves, with notes of elderflower. Ditto flavour. Mildly astringent palate with an aftertaste of white tea and smooth touches of elderflower. A well-balanced, mi...

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Trailesque

(76 reviews)

Powerhouse from SerendipiTea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 19th, 2020

This is an organic fruit and spice tisane that is made with apricot, apple, raspberry, orange peel, spearmint, hibiscus, turmeric, black pepper, and rosehips, plus some (organic) apple, raspberry, and orange flavoring. So quite a blend! It is not a typical tart and fruity hibiscus plus fruit flavor mix. The apricot ...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(262 reviews)
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Enticing Chai (Spiced Chai Flavored Black Tea) from Lipton Tea

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

57 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 18th, 2020

In an apparent ode to Back to the Future, Lipton, or at least its corporate boss Unilever, is again referring to this simply as, "Spiced Chai", as of Feb. 2020. Whether this is a renaming of their chai just for food-service purposes, or for keeps across the brand, remains to be seen. I uploaded a photo of the latest ...

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Organic Darjeeling Green Tea from Trader Joe's

Style: Darjeeling Green Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

43 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 17th, 2020

Similarly to my review of TJ's Darjeeling white tea, I hope this isn't very representative of Darjeeling greens; for it lacks aroma and flavor. The dry-bag aroma is basically nil, with the in-cup scent only very faint. Only the wet bag has something resembling a smell I would associate with green tea, and it's still ...

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Trailesque

(76 reviews)

Golden Milk Mix from SerendipiTea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

70 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 17th, 2020

This is an interesting blend of spices that is designed to be infused with milk. I make mine with non-dairy milk, and that may have affected the flavor some. The result is a very hot and spicy tea. Black pepper and chili pepper are the 2 main ingredients, bolstered by some ginger, coconut, cinnamon, and turmeric. I...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(262 reviews)
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Orange Herbal Tea from Lipton Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

71 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 15th, 2020

Here's another Lipton brand that has been "unretired" as of Feb. 2020. It is available under different-looking packaging in several online stores, as well as via Unilever's food-service page (where I got the photo to be uploaded shortly). Now that I've tried a few of these Lipton herbal and flavored black teas from a...

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Trailesque

(76 reviews)
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Koh Samet Sun from SerendipiTea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 14th, 2020

This is a simple but charming tisane, made entirely of organic ginger, lemongrass, and orange peel. It is naturally very sweet, and even a teaspoon of honey or sugar makes it taste very sugary. The lemongrass dominates, with the orange and ginger playing supporting roles. I have to take a couple of points off for th...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(262 reviews)
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Organic Sencha Tea from Trader Joe's

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

74 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 14th, 2020

Despite having a wide spectrum of experiences with TJ's teas (from excellent to revolting...but mostly good), I somehow thought this would be a cheap knockoff and not very high quality. Somewhat surprisingly, while not the best bagged green I've had (that would be an unbranded tea my daughter brought back from Japan)...

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Gray

(32 reviews)
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Earl Grey Loose Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

95 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 13th, 2020

This is the first time I'm trying Bigelow Earl Grey in loose form. I've purchased the teabags in the past, but from other experiences, I know that the loose tea and teabags don't always have the same taste.

My first impression was that, compared to other black earl grey teas I've gotten in tins, this variety has muc...

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pocketroid

(1 review)
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Organic Decaf Sencha Green Tea Bag from Yamamotoyama

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

50 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Feb. 12th, 2020

Standard decaf green tea. I would not distinguish this as a special "sencha" one might look for. I was hoping Yamamotoyama's decaf sencha would taste like sencha, but it just tastes like standard chinese decaf bulk cheap teabag tea. The taste of every decaf green tea I have tried is the same. The process of de-caffeina...

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Gray

(32 reviews)
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Hot Brandy 2016 from white2tea

Style: Black and White Blend – Region: ?????

45 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Feb. 11th, 2020

I commend White2Tea for the attempt at combining white tea with black tea in a cake like this. It was an interesting experiment. But, while the taste really isn't bad, the effect it has on me is very uncomfortable. That also hasn't changed over the years (I've had this cake for a while and have been aging it and period...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(262 reviews)
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English Breakfast from Lipton Tea

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

54 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 11th, 2020

I bring news! Whether it's good news or not is up to the reader. This tea, as a brand with the same name, is not retired after all, as of Feb. 2020. Instead, it has found its way to the food-service division of Unilever, Lipton's corporate overlord. I'll upload a photo of its newest packaging separately. I was abl...

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Organic Spring Blossom White Tea from Trader Joe's

Style: White Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

41 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Feb. 10th, 2020

This was my first Darjeeling white tea, and it's about as impressive as sitting through an hour-long staff meeting with a well-advertised, nicely dressed, but ultimately monotonic guest speaker droning on about an uninteresting subject.

At first, I was intrigued. The best part of the experience was the dry-bag ar...

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Gray

(32 reviews)
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Nightlife 2017 from white2tea

Style: Moonlight White – Region: ?????

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 9th, 2020

I wasn't feeling well lately. I think I may have caught the flu, which has been going around. I tried a remedy of tea and herbs that often helps me, but it wore of quickly. So, I felt the urge to try some of this white tea, because I remember something I was told by someone regarding white tea being considered medicine...

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JGS1122

(72 reviews)
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Hu-Kwa Tea from Mark T. Wendell

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 8th, 2020

As expected the aroma is similar to a pine forest on fire, or a freshly paved road. For those new to lapsing souchong, it might be a bit intimidating. Those who are adverse to trying because of the aroma are missing out on a wonderful cup of tea. The liquor is a deep amber color. The flavor is nice. Once brewed, the bu...

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