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Russian Morning No. 24 from Kusmi Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 28th, 2010

A really fresh-tasting, strong, well-flavored blend. Not a lot of nuance, but hey, it's morning. One of their better ones.

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Russian Evening No. 50 from Kusmi Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 28th, 2010

One of the best of the Kusmi teas. Light and fragrant, well-balanced, really pleasant. It lacks the heaviness that many of their teas have, which is good in the evening. Perhaps with some cinammon toast to end the day.

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Prince Vladimir from Kusmi Tea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 28th, 2010

The essence of Russian tea. It has an incense like quality that speaks of mystery. It is somewhat heavy, but light at the same time. It just takes you to a samovar on the sideboard and glasses of tea in the afternoon.

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Genmaicha from Harney and Sons

Style: Genmaicha – Region: Japan

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 28th, 2010

I am not fond of Japanese green teas, I really prefer Chinese. However, this is really good. It is sort of nutty, roasty, toasty and altogether a good way to drink this sort of tea

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Holiday Tea (Sachets) from Harney and Sons

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

57 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 28th, 2010

When will blenders cut back on the clove in Christmas blends? There's always too much and it ruins what surely has the possibility of being a very nice tea, as Jeff has said

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Prince of Wales Tea from Culinary Teas

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

13 / 100 Aroma: 1/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 1/5
Oct. 28th, 2010

If I can get past the smell, I'll rate this. To me, it smells like cat spray. I have not tried this yet, but I will gird my loins and do so

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Trafalgar Anniversary Tea from Culinary Teas

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 28th, 2010

This has a bit of malt, a bit of astringency, maybe the barest hint of floral. It is a good tea for plain tea drinkers, but can take milk and sugar as well. The Brits are particularly good at blending teas that are always good if not full of nuance or "differentness". Most of the teas of this style I save for mornin...

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Queen Mary Tea from Culinary Teas

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 28th, 2010

Who whee, this is most definitely a breakfast tea. It is about as straigtforward an English style tea as you can get. No nuances, just good black tea, the kind you find in every English pot. I would only brew it for 3.5 - 4 minutes as it does tend to get a bit tannic. Just made for cream and sugar, if you like swee...

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Jasmine Green Tea from Boston Tea Company

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: China

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 28th, 2010

Not one of BTC's best successes. Not much aroma, not enough Jasmine taste. Just not a smooth mix.

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Kenyan Black Tea - Loose Tea from Ajiri Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kisii, Kenya

77 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 28th, 2010

This is a really, really nice tea. At first I was leery - I've had some awful stuff from Kenya, but I've also had some good. This is a good straightforward black, not many nuances, but it is fine tasting. And all the profits go to provide schools for orphans in their section of Kenya. It is CTC or fannings grade, s...

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Peach Oolong (Peachy Oolong) from Adagio Teas

Style: Flavored Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

63 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 28th, 2010

I'm giving this sort of low marks because I am not fond of flavoring every tea you can get your hands on. Most good teas have their own good flavors. That said, this was a very nice blend with a good tea base and a good flavor. But I would rather have had a peach and a cup of tea.

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Yunnan Noir from Adagio Teas

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 28th, 2010

This is a very nice tea, smooth and sweet, but with some depth to it. It is very characteristic of the Yunnans of the past few years, as it is not as deep, not as spicy nor as chocolatey as it used to was. I found you can do a second infusion if you use half the water for about 5 minutes.

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Apricot Green from Adagio Teas

Style: Fruit Green Tea – Region: China

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 28th, 2010

This is definately apricot. But just as definately green. It makes a wonderful, delicate but very refreshing ice tea. It's a great tea for sipping, too. I think Adagio did a great job with this one.

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Roastaroma® Herbal Tea from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Coffee Alternative / Substitute – Region: ?????

63 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Oct. 28th, 2010

Ok, it is NOT coffee. It is pretty good just as it is, but I have to confess I drink it more out of nostalgia than anything else and I keep it for my "no caffeine shall cross my lips" friends. It's a pleasant drink in the winter evenings.

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Lemon Zinger® Herbal Tea from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: ?????

70 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Oct. 28th, 2010

The aroma is better than the flavor, but if I do 2 teabags per cup, it suits me fine. I like the lemon without it being something acid, so I can drink it without having something to eat with it. A nice, pleasant cup

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Morning Thunder® from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Yerba Maté Black Tea – Region: ?????

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Oct. 28th, 2010

Oh yeah, those buffalo just shake the earth. Definately not for the delicate crowd. This stuff is trong and tasty and wakes you right up. Good for those days when you have brain fog. I brew it for 3-5 minutes. I usually prefer loose leaf, but I gotta admit that there are days....

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Pumpkin Spice Autumn Spiced Tea from Bigelow Tea

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

70 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Oct. 28th, 2010

I think this year's blend must be different as this year's reviews I have seen elsewhere are a lot more positive, as its mine. I found it to be well-rounded, without too much clove. The pumpkin was there and I quite liked it with cream and a bit of sugar. I brewed it for 4 minutes

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Lady Londonderry Tea from Culinary Teas

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 26th, 2010

Supposedly Princess Diana's favorite. This is a very feminine tea that you can't quite pin down. Is it floral, is it fruity, yes, it's really both. It smells divine and tastes really really good. It's not one I spend much time analysing, I just enjoy it. It is perfect for a ladies tea party and it is wonderful ice...

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Buckingham Palace Tea from Culinary Teas

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 26th, 2010

One of my all time favorites from when I first began to appreciate tea. Supposedly the Queen has this at her annual garden party, which I have been unable to attend. It really is just what it says, a blend of Earl Grey and Jasmine that works very, very well and is perfect for grand affairs, as it is smooth and delicat...

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Canadian Breakfast from Culinary Teas

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 26th, 2010

I brew this for 3.5 minutes with boiling water. It gives off an aroma of woodsiness with overtones of wheat and asparagus. This carries right on over into the taste of the brew, which is malty and woodsy with floral overtones. What a great way to wake up!

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Kenya Milima Black Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kericho, Kenya

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 26th, 2010

Dry, there is very little scent to this tea, but as it brews it smells almost like chocolate, almost like black cherries. I found it to be quite smooth, with a mild, pleasant sweet note, that ends with some briskness

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Java Malabar Plantation Black Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: West Java, Indonesia

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 26th, 2010

As it brews, this has a licorice and grilled veggie smell. It is less malty than a Ceylon and a bit tangier. There is a very nice roasted edge to it.

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Genmaicha from The Tea Spot

Style: Genmaicha – Region: Japan

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 26th, 2010

This tea was developed by the "lower" classes in Japan, to stretch out the expensive tea. I'm not usually a fan of Japanese greens,but I like this one because the toasty, popcorny, nuttiness makesa great combination with the greeniness of the tea itself. I think this is better than many I have had of genmaicha

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Earl Grey Citrus from Boston Tea Company

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 26th, 2010

I pretty much agree with Alex, but I wasn't that taken with it. I think I like my Earl as is, with the exception of S&V's Victorian Earl Grey. Surprisingly, I think this company's Earl Grey in bags is better

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Ginger Peach from The Tea Smith

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

23 / 100 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 1/5
Oct. 26th, 2010

Sadly, this was a dud from first to last. It smelled of chemicals and the taste of peaches and ginger were almost non-existent. They came out better with the addition of sugar, but on the whole, simply not worth it, as the base tea also was not very nice. It may just have been a bad batch.

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