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Alex Zorach

(1410 reviews)
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Traditional Process Dian Hong Black Tea of Feng Qing from Yunnan Sourcing

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

95 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 28th, 2019

A delightful and robust tea that I could happily drink day after day, and that has been one of my favorite teas to start the day with lately.

I found this tea interesting to compare to the "Classic 58" which I also ordered in the same batch. It looks very different in terms of leaf appearance, but is surprisingly si...

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Wu Liang Hong Mao Feng Yunnan Black Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

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

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 27th, 2019

This is definitely my favorite tea I've ever ordered from Yunnan Sourcing, and one of the most exceptional teas I've ever tried. And this is coming from someone who usually is not a huge fan of the super-golden bud-heavy teas like this.

Opening the bag, there's an ethereal fragrance of flowers and sweet, bready malt...

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weezywitasneezy

(4 reviews)
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Organic Kumari Gold from The Cozy Tea Cart

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nepal

55 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 23rd, 2019

Has an almost musty earthiness to it. Would not drink it cold. Very dark aroma and flavor with a lingering undesirable aftertaste.

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Black Tea from Onomea Tea Company

Style: Black Tea – Region: Hawaii, United States

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 23rd, 2019

Coming from a tiny farm off Onomea bay in Hawaii, the salty ocean air and the clay / igneous rich soil creates a black tea that is truly unique. Very mellow with a soft brininess that invokes the imagery of a Hawaiian breeze. Perfect for serving cold or hot. No acid, tannin or darkness which I found unusual for a black...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(262 reviews)
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No. 10 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
Oct. 17th, 2019

RateTea's description of green/black blending says that it's hard to pull off successfully, due to temperature differences needed for optimal steeping of each. Partly for that reason, I haven't tried many (if any) green/black mixtures. And yet...

* Murchie's has yielded mostly very good to excellent teas in my exp...

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jlund

(9 reviews)
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Special Blend Fairtrade Teabags from Bewley's Coffee and Tea Company

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kenya

72 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 17th, 2019

This tea tastes similar to Yorkshire Gold; maybe a little less bold since it is fully Kenyan. It brews a color similar to English Breakfast tea and has a nice smooth flavor without much bitterness. I found it lacking a caffeine punch similar to Irish Breakfast, but it will still wake you up in the morning. It is harder...

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Original Blend from Lyons

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: Blend

78 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 17th, 2019

I'm on a quest to try all the Irish teas, and Lyon's was on the list. I hear there is a rivalry of sorts between Lyon's and Barry's and I can see why. Both are quite good and I would be happy to drink either.

Lyon's is similar to Barry's Gold blend, and I found it to be a tad smoother, and Barry's to be a little bri...

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Barry's Irish Breakfast from Barry's Tea

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: ?????

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 17th, 2019

It's been a while since I've had tea from Barry's. I've had the Gold Blend in the past and I really liked it so I figured I would try the Irish Breakfast. On the front on the box it says it's their "lightest and most refreshing blend," but I don't agree with that haha!

It brews up a nice dark color with some slight...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(262 reviews)
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English Breakfast Tea Bags from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

64 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 14th, 2019

This arrived as a member of a sampler pack that I ordered, to try some Murchie's offerings not yet chugged.

While pleasant and reasonably robust, it still is probably the mildest black tea I've tried (loose or bagged) from Murchie's, which says more about the strength of their other teas than any glaring deficienc...

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Alex Zorach

(1410 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

91 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 10th, 2019

This was the first tea I bought from Yunnan Sourcing that was not actually grown in Yunnan province. I was a bit reluctant to order it, but also curious, because this company has been so consistently good at everything they sell, both in terms of price and quality. This tea turned out to be a little less interesting th...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(262 reviews)
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Orange Pekoe & Pekoe Cut Black Tea from Cain's

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

55 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 9th, 2019

For background, Cain's has a similar-sounding black tea that I've seen sold in stores here in Oklahoma for many years, but haven't tried yet. It comes in large-sized bags for the purpose of brewing a couple quarts at a time to make iced tea, but I don't know if it's the same blend of pekoes as this single-serving, foo...

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Alex Zorach

(1410 reviews)
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Feng Qing "Classic 58" Dian Hong Premium Yunnan Black Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

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

89 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 4th, 2019

This is one of those teas that I love and could drink every day, but when I've served it to others, I found it doesn't appeal to as wide an audience, especially among those with Western tastes. People who like more "serious" Chinese teas like it, it but a lot of people either find it boring or are put-off by the astrin...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(262 reviews)
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Premium Leaf Tea from Dilmah

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

65 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 4th, 2019

I'm reviewing the version of their loose-leaf "Premium" that comes in a 400g resealable plastic sack, which I got new/unopened at an estate sale. The leaves are very finely chopped, small, almost granular, as if they were part of a mechanical, one-size-fits-all process for both bagged and loose-leaf offerings. The wo...

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BillE

(7 reviews)

Pinglin Bao Zhong Rincer Wulong Tea from Camellia Sinensis Tea House

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 21st, 2019

Wiry green leaves. Prepared 7.7 g in 18 oz boiled water; brewed for 4 min. Added 3.5 oz ice. Net 2.9 g per 8 oz. Nice flavor - like a green tea, but with extra flavor notes. The tea liquor was yellow with a slight orange tinge.
My Pratt Tea Dictionary says that Bao Zhong is a very lightly oxidized wulong.

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2012 Yong De Blue Label Ripe (Shou) Pu-erh from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Pu-erh Tea – Region: Yongde, Yunnan, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 20th, 2019

Prepared tea from 8 g, coarsely ground, of a 357 g cake. Used 18 oz boiled water and brewed for 6 min; added 4 oz ice. Final = 2.9 g/8 oz. The tea had a strong earthy flavor, not acidic or astringent, and no mushroom flavor like some Pu-erhs. Very full bodied, and great taste! The tea liquor is black, which is why ...

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Taiwan Ruby 18 Black (Sun Moon Lake Black) from Floating Leaves

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

55 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 20th, 2019

Leaves are very long and wiry. Had to pick up leaves with fingers to get into tea sack. Prepared 7.6 g in 18 oz boiled water; brewed 4 min; added 3 oz ice. Final = 2.8 g per 8 oz. Strong tea flavor; slight wulong taste. I wonder if this tea is as fully oxidized as most black teas.
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Alex Zorach

(1410 reviews)
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Big Snow Mountain of Mengku Black Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

98 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 6th, 2019

I found this tea absolutely delightful. I continue to be impressed with Yunnan Sourcing, ordering one top-notch tea after another, all reasonably priced.

The dry leaf has the most amazing aroma of any tea I've sampled over the past couple years. It's both strong and complex, floral, malty, spicy, and lightly smoky a...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(262 reviews)
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English Teatime Decaffeinated from Bigelow Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

41 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 7th, 2019

Caffeine generally doesn't bother me, even before sleepytime (lower-case, not to be confused with the Celestial Seasonings brand of herbal tea). As such, I am still rather inexperienced with decaf teas, outside of 1) a couple of lame food-service brands and 2) a strongly flavored variety that I have loved dearly for a...

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Naturally Decaffeinated Tea from Cain's

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

50 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 29th, 2019

Finely chopped, decaf, food-service black teas in wax-paper wrappers don't inspire a great deal of confidence, so I guess this offering managed to exceed my low expectations.

I got a few of these as a restaurant and took one home to brew in good water, for fairness' sake, since the cafe was in a town with sketchy wa...

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Trailesque

(76 reviews)
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Ban Cha Green Tea from Hime

Style: Bancha – Region: Japan

65 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 24th, 2019

This came recommended by RT leader Alex as a good budget bancha. And the price was very reasonable, about as little as anyone could expect to pay for a decent tea. It has a pleasant, earthy aroma, but the flavor is a little insipid. I wasn't expecting perfection tho - this is a reliable everyday green tea.

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Premium China Keemun from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Keemun – Region: China

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 23rd, 2019

This is a well rounded tea - it is mellow and smooth, but has a good amount of earthy flavor too. The aroma is quite pleasant and it is offered at a good price.

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Joe C.

(3 reviews)
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Ceylon Black Tea (Orange Pekoe) High Grown from Frontier

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

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 22nd, 2019

I am a little confused about the labeling of this tea. It says it is high grown but the tea I have had from Ceylon that is grown at 6000 feet is usually a lot lighter in color and not quite as bold in taste. This tea is fairly dark in color and very bold in flavor. It actually taste like a blended tea or a lower grown ...

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Cheese

(1 review)
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Darjeeling Avongrove Second Flush Organic from TeaGschwendner

Style: Darjeeling Second Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 17th, 2019

Loved it. Smoother than a standard black darjeeling, but same iconic after taste.

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Difflugia

(143 reviews)
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English Afternoon from Twinings

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

55 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 15th, 2019

The box says that it's a blend of Keemun and Ceylon teas. There are notes of cocoa and dark bread crust and the flavor's quite complex for grocery store tea, but it's too bitter and astringent.

The tea gets better and mellows a bit as it cools. The cocoa becomes more pronounced and I can taste the sweetness from the...

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Xiaguan Te Ji Raw Pu-Erh Tuo from Xiaguan Tea Factory

Style: Raw (Sheng) Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

75 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 14th, 2019

SECOND UPDATE: I'm pretty sure now that this tuo is counterfeit and not really from the Xiaguan factory. I'd been drinking leaves from the surface, which were good, but just broke through to a second layer of chopped up leaves and twigs. I'm rather surprised at the amount of effort that went into counterfeiting a tea t...

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