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marlena

(75 reviews)
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Honey n' Cream (???) from Assam Tea Company

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 26th, 2010

Yum, what a nice tea. Be sure to brew for just 3 minutes. It is very smooth, with hints of nuts and fruit, along with a good bit of sweetness. There's a little bite at the end to ground it. Very good tea

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Darjeeling Vidyaranya Black Tea from Teavana

Style: Darjeeling First Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

40 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Oct. 26th, 2010

You need to treat this one as a green and only brew it for 2 minutes. I was not impressed with it hot, but as a cold-brewed tea in the fridge for 5 hours, it was lovely, with a full mouth feel and a somewhat nutty, malty flavor. Still, nothing distict about it and I won't get it again. I find many first flush Darjee...

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The Lazy Literatus

(6 reviews)
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Giddapahar Musk (DJ 29) 2009 from Thunderbolt Tea

Style: Darjeeling Second Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

93 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 21st, 2010

Dear...God. Probably one of the best black teas I've ever had the pleasure to stick my tongue in. It embodies everything a Darjeeling should.

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Alex Zorach

(1411 reviews)
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Golden Chai™ - Spiced Assam Black Tea from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Assam, India

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 18th, 2010

Surprisingly weak given that this contains Assam black tea as the main ingredient. I brewed this in a small 6 oz. cup, for 3 minutes, with boiling water, and it still came out fairly weak (and a golden color, not a rich brown color like most black teas). My impression is either that less tea was used, or that a gentl...

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Anne

(34 reviews)
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Chai Classic (Formerly Organic Tazo Chai) from Tazo Tea

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Assam, India

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 9th, 2010

A strong, workmanlike chai. Ginger leads, which I enjoy. Nice body to the remaining flavors, which are assertive yet nicely blended. Good value.

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Alex Zorach

(1411 reviews)
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Makaibari Estate Darjeeling 1st Flush Black Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Darjeeling First Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 26th, 2010

I never cease to be amazed by what comes out of Makaibari estate.

The dry brownish leaves with a few greener leaves mixed in turn noticeably greener upon brewing--most of them become the color of a green tea, with a few olive-colored ones mixed in. The cup is a deep golden hue, no darker than some green teas.

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Sephy

(4 reviews)
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Mtn High Chai from Two Leaves and a Bud

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Assam, India

93 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 18th, 2010

This is a delightful chai, perfect for waking up too late for breakfast tea, but still too early for afternoon tea. It is not dominated by cinnamon, which is a nice change.

It suggests steeping for 3 minutes, but the longer it steeps the richer the flavor gets (it's been in my cup for the past 30 minutes). I'm si...

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Antony

(1 review)
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Afternoon Blend Black Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Black Tea – Region: India

67 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 16th, 2010

This is a pleasantly malty tea, mild without being too weak and strong without being too astringent. This is one of the few teas that can be served black or with cream and sugar without drastically weakening its flavor. This tea goes well with pastries or a light lunch.

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Megan E

(6 reviews)
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Holy Basil Purple Leaf from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Tulsi / Holy Basil – Region: India

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 28th, 2010

For me, this tea has been an acquired taste. Now, however, it is a favorite. Something about it is very calming - now it is my go-to bedtime tea.

The tea is sweet and spicy, and just the tiniest bit heavy.

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Sir William of the Leaf

(10 reviews)
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Makaibari Estate Darjeeling 1st Flush Black Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Darjeeling First Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 16th, 2010

For someone who does not enjoy first flush darjeeling teas, this was very impressive! On the company description it tells about a punchy astringency, but I did not find it in the brew, which is one of the attributes I loved! For a Darjeeling fan, I think it offers something new. For a person just delving into the world...

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Alex Zorach

(1411 reviews)
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Darjeeling Choice Teabags from Peet's Coffee and Tea (Peets)

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 16th, 2010

I tried this in a Peet's in the Philadelphia airport. I let it brew 2 minutes. Peet's said they normally include two teabags but I only used one and saved the other for later--and I'm glad because this tea would have been far too strong.

This is unusually strong for a Darjeeling, but this could just be due to a ge...

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Melissa Wrzesniewsky

(12 reviews)
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Banaspaty Bliss Tea from LeafSpa

Style: Assam – Region: Karbi Anglong, Assam, India

80 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 29th, 2010

Mmm! What wonderful tea. I really enjoyed the complexity of the honey tones, the tobacco notes as well as some forest flavors. A great tea!

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Megan E

(6 reviews)
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Darjeeling from Twinings

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

53 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 26th, 2010

This tea is fully decent - I'd say it's better than what most of Twinings puts out. That said, it's not a great tea. The smell is blah. The tea tastes great at the first sip, but then lingers with a bit of cardboard. I think a little bit of lemon or mint would fix that though.

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No.1 Tippy Orthodox GFOP Darjeeling from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 25th, 2010

This tea smells simply luscious - it's scent has a mossy, earthy quality, with some fruity hints on top. It tastes lovely iced - it starts out with a deep flavor, and then has a sweet aftertaste that lingers a bit. Even though I used a good amount of tea to brew this, the flavor is still light.

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JGS1122

(77 reviews)
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Korakundah Estate Organic FOP from Chado Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nilgiri, India

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 18th, 2010

Subtle flavor. I like it plain, great for after dinner.

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synth

(31 reviews)
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Arya Ruby (Tippy) also known as 'Moonbeam' 2009 from Thunderbolt Tea

Style: Darjeeling Second Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 13th, 2010

this seems like a well-balanced 2nd flush darjeeling. i imagine that this is basically what an archetypical 2nd flush tea should be. some muskiness, nuttiness, bitterness, and astringency. no single element is really overwhelming.
good tea

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Giddapahar Musk (DJ 29) 2009 from Thunderbolt Tea

Style: Darjeeling Second Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 13th, 2010

the dry leaves have a chocolaty and nutty aroma.
the musky flavor and aroma does come out when brewed. a somewhat nutty flavor. a fairly well balanced second-flush darjeeling at a pretty good value. i drink this one regularly.

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Risheehat SFTGFOP1 Wiry [DJ 562] 2009 from Thunderbolt Tea

Style: Darjeeling Autumnal Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 13th, 2010

very fruity indeed; it's one of the most naturally fruity teas i've tried. very pleasant flavor.
not a lot of bitterness.
definitely a tea i return to frequently.

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Goomtee FTGFOP1 Yellow Tea 2009 from Thunderbolt Tea

Style: Yellow Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

50 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 13th, 2010

the dry leaves and liquor have a rich, chocolate-like aroma.
i brewed ~10oz, 195F, 3min.
somewhat nutty flavor, but quite bitter.
not terribly impressed with this one.

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Taharka

(4 reviews)
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#209 - Lady Londonderry from Tealuxe

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: India

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 9th, 2010

An above average tea, to be sure, but nothing special here. The aroma and flavor are both what you'd expect, just well done.

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#119 - Pumpkin Spice Chai from Tealuxe

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: India

70 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 9th, 2010

The aroma is fantastic. It smells like a cool autumn night. However the flavor fails to deliver on the aroma, tasting like not much at all. Overall it's above average, due to the aroma, but there are a lot of other teas that are more worth your time.

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Alex Zorach

(1411 reviews)
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Arya Topaz - Organic Darjeeling Oolong Tea 2009 from Thunderbolt Tea

Style: Darjeeling Oolong – Region: Darjeeling, India

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
May. 28th, 2010

Thank you Synth for sending me this one, and Marlena for sending some more. =)

This tea is VERY difficult to brew well, and is affected in major ways by subtle differences in water temperature and steeping time. That said, I've tried brewing this one multiple ways and I've gotten significantly better at brewing it,...

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morning glory

(27 reviews)
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Chai from Tetley Tea

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: India

37 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
May. 25th, 2010

i didn't enjoy this at all... the smell is boring, the "spice flavors" are practically nonexistent... this tea is just plain disappointing. i used one or two tea bags and then let the canister sit in the darkest recesses of the cupboard for ages.

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Darjeeling from Twinings

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

93 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 22nd, 2010

i am just your average tea drinker, not really a connoisseur, just a chick who loves tea. this is the only darjeeling i've ever tried, but i really loved it. i remember the first cup i ever drank, it was quite an experience. i was very impressed. the flavor was so... intricate, somehow.

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Alex Zorach

(1411 reviews)
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Assam Gold Rain Black Tea from Teavana

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 2nd, 2010

The dry leaf is by far the fruitiest-smelling Assam that I have yet encountered...but upon brewing it's a little less fruity. This is a very strong tea...when brewed it's maltier than fruity, and has a fairly tannic aftertaste like Teavana describes. Bitter and somewhat astringent...I've had much smoother Assams.

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