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Tchuggin' Okie

(296 reviews)
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Decaffeinated Green Tea from Great Value

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

14 / 100 Aroma: 1/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 2/5
Jun. 11th, 2021

Quite simply, this is one of the worst teas I've tried. For starters, it has no dry-bag aroma at all. I suppose that's better than a noxious smell, since it's basically the scent of the teabag itself. Then the in-cup and wet-bag scents resembled a balanced blend of very faint green tea with wet paper. Something abo...

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JGS1122

(94 reviews)
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C.T.C. Fine Assam from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 7th, 2021

Very enjoyable. Nice aroma. The liquor is very dark. Good solid Assam flavor. Good tea at a good price.

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Tchuggin' Okie

(296 reviews)
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Green Tea with Lemon from Bigelow Tea

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

58 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 7th, 2021

Back to traveling with motel stays again this year, and back to finding their teas I haven't rated yet! As always, I'll bring an extra bag home to try in my well water for consistency in rating, so that bad local water doesn't affect a tea's rating unduly.

The concept behind "Green Tea with Lemon" left me with a s...

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JGS1122

(94 reviews)

Lukwah Estate from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

95 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 4th, 2021

Nice Assam aroma. The liquor is a very dark brown. Clean, classic Assam taste. I will purchase this tea again.

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Singlijian Estate Assam from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

95 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
May. 28th, 2021

Wonderful aroma, with a slight sweetness. The liquor brews to a dark brown. The flavor is solid Assam, no after taste or hints of anything but tea. I will buy this again.

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Meleng Estate Assam from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
May. 26th, 2021

The aroma is classic Assam with a hint of fruit (peach for me). The liquor is a pleasant dark brown. The taste is good, with a slight sweet after taste that lingers for a moment.

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Tchuggin' Okie

(296 reviews)
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1894 Select Orange Pekoe Tea Bags from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

84 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 26th, 2021

Imagine if Lipton black tea were actually really good, how it should taste. This is that. 1894 is one of the original Murchie's teas from nearly 130 years ago, first blended by their founder in Victorian-era Vancouver. It's a simple, straightforward, unpretentious mix of good-quality Ceylon and Assam, with both the ...

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Alex Zorach

(1437 reviews)
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Bu Lang Mountain Black Tea from Menghai from Yunnan Sourcing

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

94 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 25th, 2021

A mellow and balanced, easy-to-brew tea that had a lot of aromatic complexity, and an overall character somewhat intermediate between large-leaf Assam and Yunnan teas.

The dry leaf, which looks a little darker than in the picture from Yunnan Sourcing's website, has a wiry and kinda dusty appearance, and consists of ...

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Heather J.

(58 reviews)
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Jinggu Camellia Taliensis Black Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

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

95 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 22nd, 2021

This tea is very good! It is thick bodied and rich and the flavor is strong without being bitter or astringent. This tea has kind of a chocolatey taste which I really like!

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Alex Zorach

(1437 reviews)
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Mengku Wild Arbor Assamica Black Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

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

94 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 21st, 2021

I found this to be a subdued, but intriguing tea that seemed to have a lot of depth and complexity. Although it doesn't jump out at me, I found that it seemed a little different each time I drank it.

It's also another tea that in many respects resembles some of the large-leaf Assam teas (not just Assamica cultivar, ...

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Trailesque

(99 reviews)

Palm Court from Harney and Sons

Style: Black and Oolong Blend – Region: Blend

50 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 4/5
May. 11th, 2021

This has a hoity-toity description, claiming that it is the "beverage of choice" at the Palm Court in New York City's Plaza Hotel. I actually went there once, several years ago, and had a cup of tea, which I don't remember as being anything special. Despite the pedigree, this is a fairly ordinary cup of tea - it is s...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(296 reviews)
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Organic Earl Grey from Trader Joe's

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
May. 5th, 2021

Several better Earl Greys exist in bags, but for the price (around $2.50/20 ct.), it's hard to beat. Dry-bag scent was firm and plain, but pleasant and strong, more so than most bagged Earl Greys. Closer inspection revealed likely why. Even though all the tea was settled at the bag's bottom, each bag itself so far h...

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Brytta Sóþword

(330 reviews)
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Ultra Spice Chai from Twinings

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

84 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 4th, 2021

The aroma is nice and spicy. I like the flavor as well. It was definitely present but not as intense as "ultra" might imply. I didn't sweeten it, but I think it could do well both sweetened or unsweetened depending on one's mood. Overall, this is a solid bagged tea!

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Tchuggin' Okie

(296 reviews)
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Library Blend Tea Bags from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Green and Black Tea Blend – Region: Blend

86 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 22nd, 2021

Murchie's touts Library Blend as the ideal tea to sip while reading a good book—hence the name. Instead I chugged three of several cups so far while watching a live-streamed volcanic eruption. Does that violate the "spirit" of the brand? ;-)

Library is a green-black mix, one of quite a large inventory of such bl...

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Heather J.

(58 reviews)
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Jingmai Mountain Wild Arbor Black Tea of Spring 2018 from Yunnan Sourcing

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

100 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 18th, 2021

This is a wonderful thick bodied tea! It has sort of a milk cocoa smell and it tastes a bit chocolatey as well. It has a mild sweet taste and it’s just really amazing! It is so smooth and not astringent or bitter at all

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Alex Zorach

(1437 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.

(58 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

(1437 reviews)
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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.

(58 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

(296 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.

(58 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

(1437 reviews)
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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

(176 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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