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Alex

(23 reviews)
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Chinese Oolong from Bigelow Tea

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: China

50 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
May. 7th, 2018

A dark oolong with a nutty and buttery taste. It lacks the complexity of a higher quality oolong, but it has the advantage of being cheap and available at grocery stores. I actually prefer it cold brewed, and the ease of putting two bags in a water bottle overnight to take with me the next day is the only reason I'd ge...

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House Blend Oolong from Jasmine Pearl Tea Company

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

86 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
May. 7th, 2018

This is a blend of Gui Fei and Jade oolongs, since the website doesn't make that clear. It has a very floral aroma, as expected. The first cup is clean with a honey-like sweetness, but it's more aromatic than flavorful. The second cup is more interesting: mild stone fruit notes appear, and the mouthfeel is thicker comp...

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Royal Golden Assam from Octavia Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Assam, India

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
May. 6th, 2018

While the dry leaves have a more mildly fruity generic black tea sort of smell, the brewed tea has a wonderfully sweet aroma of figs and raisins, and a similar taste. It's actually hard to taste anything else because of the strength of those notes: there's a background earthiness or something to add some substance and ...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(139 reviews)
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English Breakfast from Harney and Sons

Style: English Breakfast – Region: China

61 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
May. 6th, 2018

Sniffing the dry bag resurrected memories of high-school wood shop. At first I didn't understand why, then I realized the modest aroma has a component much like freshly sanded walnut, or basswood. That's not an unpleasant odor, just not what I expect in a tea. Perhaps a carpenter can appreciate this product better t...

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Alex

(23 reviews)
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Guizhou Twist from Adagio Teas

Style: Green Tea – Region: Guizhou, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 6th, 2018

This is an unusually fruity green tea. The dry leaves have a strong floral and stone fruit aroma. The first time I tried it I used too much tea and brewed it for too long, and the result was overly sweet and astringent. The second time I used a little less tea and brewed it for around 1:40, resulting in a more complex ...

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sjs

(4 reviews)
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Gunpowder from Adagio Teas

Style: Gunpowder Green Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 5th, 2018

Gunpowder isn’t my favorite tea, so my rating may not be entirely fair. That said, I like this tea. It’s smoky and a little vegetal. Full-bodied and smooth. I wouldn’t drink it every day, but it’s a nice change of pace. If you like strong and smoky green teas, you might like it better.

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JGS1122

(59 reviews)
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Imperial Yunnan China Black Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
May. 5th, 2018

Very pleasant 'mild' Yunnan. Attractive amber liquor, mild aroma, good taste.

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Tchuggin' Okie

(139 reviews)
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Mango Maui Black Tea from Hawaiian Islands Tea Company

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 5th, 2018

How appropriate it is that I opened this box, bought in Kailua and brought to Oklahoma, on the night after a the largest Big Island quake since the 1970s, while Kilauea's East Rift fissure belches steam, acrid fumes and fountains of lava through Leilani Estates. Would Mango Maui prove as smooth and relaxing as a seabr...

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Alex Zorach

(1366 reviews)
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Nepal Guranse Estate Organic Oolong Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Nepal

84 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
May. 3rd, 2018

A good tea that resembled Darjeeling first flush teas and probably would have convinced me it was a "black" tea if it had not been labeled as an oolong. It's more like a Himalayan black tea that had something different or unusual about it. Not what I expected; it was nothing like Chinese oolongs, nor like Darjeeling oo...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(139 reviews)
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Organic Green Tea from Revolution Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: Blend

82 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 1st, 2018

Sometimes the best teas are accidental discoveries. Aiming to gulp down some omelets at an IHOP, I saw green tea on the drink menu (uncommon for a chain!) and ordered some. To my surprise, it wasn't one of the mass-produced bagged big brands or food-service teas, but this, in a pyramid sachet, with reasonably large l...

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Speckledgiraffe

(2 reviews)
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Eight At The Fort from Harney and Sons

Style: Miscellaneous Tea-only Blend – Region: Blend

100 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 27th, 2018

From Harney's website: "A medium brown blend of the 8 different teas... This is a medium bodied tea with full bodied Assams offset by the lighter Darjeeling and Formosa Oolong." I was eager to try this tea after reading it's description so I ordered a sample, as the next available volume is an 8oz box.

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RayDThatsTea

(3 reviews)
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British Blend - Premium Black Tea from Tetley Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 26th, 2018

My favorite British Blend black tea (sorry PG Tips). A perfect tea to give you a small caffeine boost that won't keep you up all night. A strong black tea full of flavor that brews in seconds.

I'll give you my own recipe for making this tea great: Brew kettle water to 190. As water is brewing, add tea bag to the bo...

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Holiday Tea - Nutcracker Sweet® from Celestial Seasonings

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

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 26th, 2018

Christmas in a cup. I look forward to this tea every holiday season! Even though there are no rules to drinking it all year long. I love the creamy vanilla taste added to a simple black tea. After brewing, I will add a splash of vanilla creamer or milk to the top. Perfect holiday tea.

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Honey Vanilla Chamomile from Celestial Seasonings

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

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 26th, 2018

Love this tea. Great price for a simple and sweet herbal tea. If you're not really a Chamomile fan or haven't tried many types of it yet, give this one a try. The honey and vanilla tone down the chamomile taste.

This is one of my go-to teas for when I have a sore throat. Right before pouring the hot water over the b...

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Trailesque

(17 reviews)
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Black Label Breakfast Fannings from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

55 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 22nd, 2018

Mine was called Breakfast Blend (not Breakfast Fannings.) This is light and bland for a breakfast tea, with some metallic tannins and a cereal-like taste. The price is certainly low enough, but it is nothing special.

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Alex Zorach

(1366 reviews)
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British Blend - Premium Black Tea from Tetley Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

24 / 100 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 1/5
Apr. 22nd, 2018

I was not impressed with this. I think I prefer Lipton even, and that says a lot because I am not exactly a fan of Lipton or any of these mass-produced, low-quality tea bags.

Thank you to my friend Sarah for letting me try this!

Weak aroma, only slightly malty, but there's a hint of a sort of unpleasant, fishy ar...

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Trailesque

(17 reviews)
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China Jasmine Green Tea from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: China

60 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 21st, 2018

Here is a mediocre jasmine tea from Upton, which does offer some better ones. The base tea is not very interesting, and the flower aspect is not the best. It is still drinkable tho, and it does smell nice. It is called "China Jasmine" on the website but the label reads "Jasmine Green Tea." Offered at a low price.

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dmsharma

(24 reviews)
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Spiced Chai from Trader Joe's

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

75 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 21st, 2018

Nice chai, although they could try it without the chicory.

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Trailesque

(17 reviews)
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Extra Bergamot English Earl Grey from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 20th, 2018

This has a little more bergamot than your average earl grey, but it is not overwhelming - it is still within the normal range for an EG. I find this to be a very good tea, nice with lemon (which is my favorite way to take EG), and possessing a pleasant aroma. It is not my favorite EG from Upton, but it is one of the ...

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Sarah Sampson

(1 review)
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PG Tips Decaf from PG Tips

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

20 / 100 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 2/5
Apr. 19th, 2018

This tea has recently changed both it's box, the amount contained and the tea blend, as it has added a flavouring, although it does not say what..
It now has only 70 bags instead of 80. The tea itself does not taste as strong as it did and there is a faint whiff of Bergamot. PG Tips have said they have discontinued th...

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Gray

(4 reviews)
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Liu Bao Tea Cake 100g from Three Cranes and Six Forts

Style: Dark Tea – Region: Guangxi, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 18th, 2018

Temperature: 100ºC
Amount of tea: 8g
Amount of water: 110ml
Brewing times: 5-10s rinse, 15s, 15s...

My first experience with this tea wasn't good. The taste was off and the effect it had on me was bad. I notified the seller I bought it from and got a replacement. While the experience with the replacement was bet...

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Alex Zorach

(1366 reviews)
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Assam Nokhroy Estate Black Tea (STGSOP1) from Simpson & Vail

Style: Assam – Region: Tinsukia, Assam, India

91 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 17th, 2018

This was a wonderfully smooth-flavored Assam, yet with good strength and complexity, and a great price. Thank you to Simpson & Vail for this sample!

Dry leaf, which is fine, curly, and has a moderate amount of golden tip, has an interesting aroma, initially there's a slight burned quality, suggestive of candle wax, ...

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Speckledgiraffe

(2 reviews)
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Formosa Oolong from Harney and Sons

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

70 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 17th, 2018

1st steep - 212F and approximately 4 min : 1.5 t or 1 heaping teaspoon : 12oz water

I was a bit concerned at first because the box aroma has a strong syrupy cherry amaretto smell to it. But once brewed, this tea has a mellow but present good black tea smell, and maybe a little nutty towards the end. There was no tra...

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Trailesque

(17 reviews)
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Gen-mai Cha from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Genmaicha – Region: Japan

65 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 16th, 2018

It is sencha with toasted brown rice - I wonder who thought that up? This provides a little heft and cracker-like flavor to this green tea. I'm rating it in 2018, but I liked it a little more in some prior years.

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Alex Zorach

(1366 reviews)
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Rukeri Estate Rwanda BOP Organic from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Rwanda

96 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 16th, 2018

This was a remarkably good tea for a low price: a strong black tea that was still quite smooth and had great aromatic complexity and depth. One of the best broken-leaf teas I've ever tried.

The dry leaf smells amazing! It's a sort of sweet bready smell with toasty notes and a hint of wintergreen. It made me excited...

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