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TarHeelTea

(2 reviews)
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Dong Ding Light from Harney and Sons

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

82 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 4th, 2020

Very pale yellow liquor, delicate flavor. More aroma than taste for me. Tasty, but a bit too subtle for my old palate

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raven of the tea leaf

(1 review)
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Wuyi Organic Oolong Tea from Wegmans

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 29th, 2020

this tea tastes antique,
like beautiful wooden furniture;
carved aesthetically pleasing,
while suitably functional.

[personal preference / habit / requisite of circumstance: brewed with kosher spring water, steeped in metal basket diffuser, by ceramic mug; addition of raw sugar, directly to brew basket, pour ove...

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Trailesque

(76 reviews)
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Season's Pick Vietnam Eastern Beauty Oolong from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Oriental Beauty – Region: Vietnam

40 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 1/5
Jan. 29th, 2020

This gets some good reviews on Upton's website and sells for an above average price, but it didn't do much for me. The aroma is pleasant enough, but the flavor is bland and weak. I can't recommend this one.

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spaflam

(177 reviews)
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Japanese Sencha (Sachets) from Harney and Sons

Style: Sencha – Region: Shizuoka, Japan

71 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 23rd, 2020

I had this tea at a local restaurant (in a bag) and got 2 cups out of 1 bag - even though the restaurant offered me a second bag. It had a slight grassy note but also a pleasant roasted flavor vaguely reminiscent of a barley or genmaicha. I really enjoyed this tea - hot - no lemon - no dairy - no sweetener.

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weezywitasneezy

(4 reviews)
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Classic Bai Lin Gong Fu "Golden Monkey" Black tea of Fuding from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Golden Monkey – Region: Fuding, Fujian, China

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 21st, 2020

Ordered a Fujiian Black Tea sampler pack from Yunnan Sourcing and this was my second favorite. Nice and light with a good 2-3 re-steeps coming out of it. The rest of the sampler were richer more malty and coffee like tea's while this one was the lightest. Not a roasted or rich flavor but something easy to drink. Has a ...

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Organic Gyokuro Yamashiro from DAVIDsTEA

Style: Gyokuro – Region: Kagoshima, Japan

30 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 1/5
Jan. 21st, 2020

Looks and smells like a proper gyokuro but completely misses on flavor. Very hard to steep, needs a low temp and short time to avoid turning it into an astringent bitter mess. Does not re-steep at all, one and done. Some of the vegetal taste of a gyokuro but like an artificial version, not balanced or rich.

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Mr Bamsen

(56 reviews)
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Nepal FTGFOP Rarity Second Flush (No. 363) from TeaGschwendner

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nepal

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 17th, 2020

Half-litre pot at home. Pours clear dark amber with no sediment. Clear aroma of pure black tea, with very mild hints of orange. Delicate flavour of fine tea leaves, with barely discernible touches of bark. Bitter, slightly astringent palate with a gentle, slightly acidic aftertaste. Clean and of very fine quality, tast...

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Alex Zorach

(1410 reviews)
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Gold Leaf Tea from Akbar

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

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 15th, 2020

I was astonished by this tea's quality as well as value for its price. One of my friends recently bought this from a Russian market, and he had only recently opened the container so it was very fresh.

The dry leaf though is explosively aromatic. This is by far the most aromatic Ceylon black tea I've ever found in th...

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Mr Bamsen

(56 reviews)
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Colombia El Chocó from TeaGschwendner

Style: Black Tea – Region: Colombia

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 12th, 2020

Half-litre pot at home. Pours nearly clear dark amber with no sediment. Clear aroma of black tea, with some spicy hints to it. Pure flavour of Assam tea with mild peppery hints and barely discernible notes of cocoa beans. Clean palate, with qqmildly rough hints and tannin touches. A clean and well-balanced drink, made ...

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Trailesque

(76 reviews)
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Upton South Street Breakfast Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

65 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 6th, 2020

This is a new entry in Upton's growing list of breakfast blends; it was created as on of their 30th anniversary specials. It is not as robust or malty as some breakfast blends, but not extra mild either - it falls somewhere in the middle. This has a little nip to it. The price is a little high.

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Oolong Standard Grade from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

70 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 2nd, 2020

A flavorful and complex oolong that is better than your average Chinese restaurant tea. This has a very nice garden/forest like aroma. The flavor is complex and leans toward the brighter, cleaner end of the oolong spectrum. The price is a little higher than I would expect for an everyday oolong, but it makes sense g...

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C.T.C. Irish Breakfast Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: Assam, India

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 30th, 2019

A blend of Assam teas that turns out to be smooth and flavorful, and offered at an excellent price by Upton. It has been one of their top sellers, for a long time, and it is not hard to see why. This does not have the rough edges or iron notes that some breakfast teas have. It is earthy, nutty, and not a challenge t...

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Organic Ho-ji Cha Kamakura from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Hojicha – Region: Kanagawa, Japan

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 30th, 2019

This is a very nice hojicha. It is pleasantly roasty, but there is some complexity (dashes of soy sauce and caramel) and the underlying bancha comes thru well. The aroma is woody and fresh.

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Mr Bamsen

(56 reviews)
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English Breakfast from Twinings

Style: English Breakfast – Region: ?????

65 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 30th, 2019

Cup at home. Pours nearly clear light copper brown with no sediment. Clear but mild aroma of black tea, with very mild hints of caramel. Smooth but bitter flavour of black tea, ending on a dryish note. This is my staple black tea, which I drink several times a day when I don't have the time to enjoy more sophisticated ...

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Gray

(32 reviews)
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Organic Jinhao Golden Tip Black Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Black Tea – Region: Longlin, Guangxi, China

89 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 23rd, 2019

I love this tea. I don't often purchase larger quantities of tea without trying it first, but this was on sale around Thanksgiving and I decided to give 50g a try. The leaves were nice and large. I wasn't surprised when I saw that this came from a Bai Hao tree, as the large leaves reminded me a bit of TeaVivre's Bai Ha...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(262 reviews)
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Storm Watcher from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

81 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 17th, 2019

Being in Oklahoma, the name of this seasonal tea intrigued me a lot, even though the storms inspiring it are cold, wet wintertime blasts on the British Columbia coast, instead of southern Plains severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. Then again, that makes sense. What would tornado tea be, and would it even matter? The...

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Alex Zorach

(1410 reviews)
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Nan Nuo Mountain Assamica Varietal Black Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

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

97 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 16th, 2019

This was another delightful tea. Of all the teas I've tried recently, it was most similar to the Big Snow Mountain of Mengku. It also reminded me a lot of some artisanal Assam teas I tried a while back from TeaOrb, a company that sells teas from regions of Assam that don't typically reach the western market.

The dry...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(262 reviews)
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English Breakfast from Revolution Tea

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 2nd, 2019

The next entry from a Revolution variety pack delivered one of the strangest experiences I've had with a tea. Sniffing the dry bag (pyramid sachet) rendered an unmistakably familiar aroma that took me many tries to recall its specific origin. "Sniff, sniff, sniff...I know this...sniff, sniff, sniff...where have I sme...

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Yorkshire Tea Traditional from Yorkshire Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

64 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 1st, 2019

Yorkshire is a basic, moderately strong, reasonably tasty, unassuming black-tea blend—nothing special, but still just bold enough to sneak into the upper 40th percentile of bagged black teas I've had.

The dry-bag aroma and in-cup smell and taste can be described the same way: plain, short on standout notes or c...

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JGS1122

(72 reviews)
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Colombian Breakfast Blend Organic from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Colombia

50 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 25th, 2019

This tea has a very mild earthy aroma. The liquor is a pale amber. A tea that is 'light' on flavor, with no after taste. I was hesitant to try this just because it is from a non traditional growing area. I am underwhelmed with this tea. It might serve as a 'base' for blending or adding a flavor. Adding sugar or milk wo...

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Black Label Breakfast Fannings from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 24th, 2019

This tea has an 'earthy woodsy' aroma. Fannings grade so it is a powder, a pound filled the large storage canister to the top. The liquor is a nice medium brown. Good flavor with no after taste. I will buy this tea again.

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Kenya OP Malaika Black Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kenya

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 22nd, 2019

This tea has a mild earthy smell with a hint of chocolate. The liquor is a medium to dark amber color. I get a lingering hint of sweetness, similar to honey. Though I never add anything to my tea, I think lemon would pair very well with this tea. I was unsure about buying this. My previous encounters with African teas ...

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Difflugia

(143 reviews)
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Afternoon Darjeeling Tea Bags from Taylors of Harrogate

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

64 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 21st, 2019

The dry tea is chopped up quite fine. It looks like a typical Darjeeling, having a range of colors from light green to a dark brown, indicating a range of oxidations. Taylor's puts 2.5 grams of tea in their bags, splitting the difference between the typical American 2 grams and the 3 grams of many English bagged teas.
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Gray

(32 reviews)

Lapsang Souchong Smoky Black Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: Fujian, China

75 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 12th, 2019

I'm not much of a fan of smoky teas. It's really a matter of personal history. It takes me back to a house filled with fire smoke or cigarette smoke, and my frantically opening windows, choking just to breathe. Now, somehow, this tea managed to clear that all away and elicit only my positive memories of smoke -- clean,...

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Alex Zorach

(1410 reviews)
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High Mountain Red Ai Lao Mountain Black Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Black Tea – Region: Simao, Yunnan, China

86 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 4th, 2019

I was eager to try this tea based on its description. I love big-leafed black teas from Taiwan and also love Taiwanese oolongs, as well as Yunnan red teas, and this tea seemed to have something in common with all of these. It wasn't really like I expected though; it was quite good, but in a different way. It was my lea...

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