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Michael W

(5 reviews)
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Select Yunnan Black from Imperial Tea Court

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Yunnan, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 22nd, 2019

The aroma of this tea is clean and straightforward, with a slight pungency that perks you up. The taste is simple, mellow, and lightly sweet. It's a great tea to drink slowly, savoring the richness with every sip. The liquor is fairly dark but that doesn't really detract from the taste.

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English Breakfast (Black Tea Signature Collection) from Wissotzky

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

55 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 21st, 2019

This has a pleasant, earthy aroma that fades too quickly once you drink it. I was let down by the fairly bland taste. It's labeled as a blend of Ceylon and Indian teas; the Ceylon taste comes through the strongest and there isn't much to it past that.

It's acceptable with some additions, but I doubt I'd get it agai...

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Difflugia

(128 reviews)
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Oi Ocha Koiaji Dark Green Tea from ITO EN

Style: Green Tea – Region: Japan

76 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 21st, 2019

The dry tea is tiny, broken pieces, almost like fannings. I assume it's a lower grade, "everyday" tea. I use a metal tea ball with a tight mesh to brew loose tea and there's a ton of sediment at the bottom of my cup, which is distracting and a bit off-putting.

Brewing, the tea smells like seaweed with underripe appl...

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Trailesque

(62 reviews)

China Silver Needle from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Silver Needle – Region: China

35 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Mar. 19th, 2019

This is a nice tea to look at, but the flavor is weak and bland. A little nutty taste. No plans to get more of this.

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Panyang Congou Select from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Panyang Congou – Region: Fujian, China

75 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 19th, 2019

I had one called China Panyang Congou from Upton, which is also currently unavailable. I'm guessing this is the same thing. It is very enjoyable and tastes different from most of the teas I can think of. There is a pronounced barley/pumpernickel flavor. I've been brewing beer lately and this reminded me of the taste...

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Mist Forest Naturally Flavored Colombian Green Tea from Upton Tea Imports

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

65 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Mar. 19th, 2019

Colombian green tea with pear guava and soursop, and apparently some added flavor. Very floral, sweet, and fruity - almost candy-like. This would be nice in the summertime, but I probably won't get it again because of the price.

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Upton Gunpowder Green Peppermint from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: ?????

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 19th, 2019

Very good. The gunpowder tea is a touch smoky and that helps it mix well with the mint.

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Upton Natural Bergamot Earl Grey from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: ?????

65 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 19th, 2019

More floral and perfumey than a typical EG. It is not Upton's best but it is a worthwhile tea.

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Upton Strathdon Estate CTC BP1 from Upton Tea Imports

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

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 19th, 2019

A good Ceylon tea that is similar to mainstream teas like Tetley, only better. A bit more body and smoke to it. I hope this is offered again at some point.

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Richmond Park Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 19th, 2019

A good all-purpose, pretty mellow black tea. This blend of Keemun, Ceylon, and Darjeeling is a notch above supermarket teas.

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East Frisian BOP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: East Frisian Tea (Ostfriesentee) – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 19th, 2019

A smooth and enjoyable tea. Not as hearty as claimed, but it is not wimpy either. Good with milk or with lemon and sugar. Worth the bargain price.

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TB05: Mincing Lane Breakfast Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 19th, 2019

I usually enjoy Upton's British style tea blends and this is no exception. The mix of malty Assam with a lightly smoky Yunnan makes a super all-around tea. It is good with milk, or in a masala chai, and lemon and sugar, while eccentric, also works.

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Derick

(9 reviews)
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Breakfast Blend (Morning Rise) from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

95 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 19th, 2019

It's a very good tea without anything that makes it stand out. Just a well balanced blend.

I would like to try this loose-leaf.

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Scottish Breakfast from Adagio Teas

Style: Scottish Breakfast – Region: Blend

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 19th, 2019

My favorite breakfast tea. Less earthy than Adagio's English Breakfast tea, and smoother. Sadly, a little bit costly.

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English Breakfast from Adagio Teas

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Anhui, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 19th, 2019

A bit earthy for my taste. I prefer a lighter breakfast tea, but this is still well worth the brew, especially with milk and sugar.

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Assam Melody from Adagio Teas

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 19th, 2019

One of my favorite non-blended teas, the base tea for breakfast teas (in my opinion.)

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Black Dragon Pearls from Adagio Teas

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Yunnan, China

85 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 19th, 2019

Kind of like a breakfast tea with a hint of cocoa flavor

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Golden Monkey from Adagio Teas

Style: Golden Monkey – Region: Fujian, China

85 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 19th, 2019

An excellent tea, with good balance between the flavors and aromas. A bit on the pricey side.

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Irish Breakfast from Adagio Teas

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: Blend

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 19th, 2019

Nice mild brew that reminds me of the breakfast tea on the train between Edinburgh and London

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Difflugia

(128 reviews)
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Green Tea with Mint from Bigelow Tea

Style: Green Tea with Mint – Region: ?????

40 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Mar. 19th, 2019

The green tea smells stronger than it tastes. There's nothing offensive about it, but neither is it satisfying. I rather suspect that Bigelow's green teas are blended for those that drink green tea for purported health benefits rather than the flavor. It's mild and not bitter, but it lacks any brightness or vegetal com...

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Sweet Dreams Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

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

53 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 14th, 2019

I've had a few knockoffs of this lately, so I figured I'd review the real thing. Sweet Dreams is basically chamomile tea for people that don't like chamomile. When dry, the dominant aroma is spearmint. After steeping, it's a subdued mintiness with a bit of cinnamon and citrus.

The flavor complements the aroma and se...

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Rosehip, Hibiscus & Cherry from Ahmad Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 13th, 2019

Rosehip and hibiscus is my favorite herbal combination, so when I decided to try Ahmad's herbal teas, this was a natural for me.

The dry tea smells like cherry juice and sawdust. Brewed, the cherry is still prominent, but the rosehips and hibiscus add to the aroma. The cherry flavor adds too much sweetness to the fl...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(217 reviews)
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Organic Green Tea from Uncle Lee's Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: Fujian, China

62 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 13th, 2019

This is a very slightly above-average, but not outstanding, bagged green tea available at a price that's hard to top for a non-store brand (about $8 for a 100-count box online, or at stores such as Wal-Mart). Fortunately, I procured a fairly new, sealed 100-ct box at an estate sale for a buck, so *my* value was unrepr...

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Difflugia

(128 reviews)
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Darjeeling Tea from Tradition

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

88 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 12th, 2019

The oversized bags contain nearly 3g of medium-sized (for loose leaf tea) broken leaf pieces. It's definitely not a typical Darjeeling, though. Most Darjeelings are less oxidized than other black teas and tend to have more vegetal or floral aroma notes. This one's different. There's no green apparent on the leaves and ...

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Chamomile from Benner Tea Co

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

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 11th, 2019

This is ALDI's recreation of Bigelow Sweet Dreams. The balance is a bit different, but the same flavors are there.

The profile is chamomile and mint. The dominant mint is spearmint rather than peppermint and there's a little bit of sourness from the hibiscus. The menthol coolness appears in the finish along with som...

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