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Alex Zorach

(1437 reviews)
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English Breakfast Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

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

57 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
May. 2nd, 2010

In my opinion, this is the best straight black tea from Bigelow and it really stands out among the rest of their offerings. It's a fairly powerful black tea, but it also has some complexity in the aroma...some of the tones suggest that there's a bit of Darjeeling mixed in with whatever else is this blend.

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synth

(31 reviews)
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Darjeeling 2nd Flush Muscatel from Rishi Tea

Style: Darjeeling Second Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Apr. 30th, 2010

aroma:
dry leaves: prominent grape muscatel note. floral. somewhat sweet.
liquor: sweet, floral, hint of muscatel.

flavor: sweet, floral, hint of muscatel. has some bitterness and astringency. slightly acidic. very tasty.

in the semi-near future, i'll have several darjeelings to sample. after i become mor...

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PG Tips Pyramid bags from PG Tips

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 30th, 2010

oh man, i have a special spot in my heart for this tea. i regularly drink it with milk at my british friend's house... a cup of that and a few "digestive biscuits" is a treat. a nice, smooth tea, assuming you don't steep it for too long. definitely has lots of bitter tannins. a protein source like milk is very effe...

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Organic Darjeeling from California Tea House

Style: Darjeeling Second Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

57 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 30th, 2010

aroma:
dry leaves: spicy. just a hint of fruity muscatel.
liquor: rich, faintly sweet

flavor: somewhat bitter, slightly astringent, very faintly sweet and fruity.

while this is a good tea, it's nothing special.

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Golden Monkey Paw from California Tea House

Style: Golden Monkey – Region: Fujian, China

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Apr. 30th, 2010

note: this is the first golden monkey tea i've tried.

aroma and flavor: rich, nutty, woody.

this is quality, but i think there are cheaper and tastier teas out there.

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Yunnan Golden Buds from California Tea House

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Apr. 30th, 2010

note: this is the only yunnan golden tea i've tried

aroma:
dry leaves: mellow
liquor: warm, round, mellow

flavor: mellow and yet not weak. full. somewhat malty. very agreeable.

one of my favorite teas. somewhat pricey.

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Gigasaurus Rex

(2 reviews)
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Kenilworth Estate OP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Kandy, Sri Lanka

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 30th, 2010

The aroma of this tea is wonderful. And the flavor is very clean and brisk, just not the most complex.

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China Keemun First Grade from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Keemun – Region: China

83 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 30th, 2010

My scores for this tea may run a little high because this is my favorite tea. I enjoy trying all types and grades of tea, but I always buy this tea with every order.

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synth

(31 reviews)
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Organic Lapsang Souchong from California Tea House

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 29th, 2010

note: this is the only lapsang souchong i've tried.

very powerful in both flavor and aroma. a very smokey smell. many people i've offered it to told me it smells like a camp fire. i definitely smell the terpenes (chemicals from the pine wood).

i am a big fan of this tea, but it is definitely not for everyone. ...

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Alex Zorach

(1437 reviews)
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Koslanda Estate OP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Uva, Sri Lanka

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 26th, 2010

Upton suggests that this tea has "raisin like nuances" and I'd go even father and be more direct: it smells and tastes a like raisins, and leaves an aftertaste of raisins! Smooth but without being weak. A fair amount of the rice-like quality that I find in many Ceylon teas, and almost a hint of wintergreen. Medium-b...

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Pure Ceylon Tea from New English Teas

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

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 24th, 2010

After being highly disappointed by the English Afternoon Tea of the same brand, this was a pleasant surprise. Again, very fine dust/fannings in the teabag, so I wasn't expecting much.

When I brewed the tea though I tasted an astonishingly complex, gentle Ceylon with a distinct high-grown character reminiscent of te...

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emma

(12 reviews)
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Golden Monkey Black Tea from Teavana

Style: Golden Monkey – Region: Fujian, China

67 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 23rd, 2010

I was disappointed with this tea, it seems sour tasting to me even when I brew it right.

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Kathy

(5 reviews)
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Organic China Keemun OP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Keemun – Region: Anhui, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 22nd, 2010

Very pleasant and stands up to milk and sugar.

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Season's Pick Tindharia FTGFOP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

73 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 22nd, 2010

This makes a pleasant cup, and Upton's Season's Picks are a great value.

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Original (Black Tea) from Red Rose Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

57 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 22nd, 2010

This is the bag tea I use most frequently as an alternative to Assam, Kemun, Yunnan, or Darjeeling loose leaf teas. It holds up well to milk and a bit of sugar, doesn't have the slightly fishy taste of some major commercial brands.

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It's All About The Leaf

(3 reviews)
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Yunnan Noir from Adagio Teas

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 22nd, 2010

Let me start by saying, I am not a coffee drinker. For me, the tea I choose to drink throughout the day will be dependent on my mood. This tea would be one that I would use to start my day, as I think it has the ability to give you that initial morning burst that many people claim to get from that first pot of java....

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Alex Zorach

(1437 reviews)
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English Afternoon from New English Teas

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

33 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Apr. 21st, 2010

This teabag just contained dust and fannings. It was surprisingly weak, even when I brewed it for 4 minutes with boiling water, using less than one 8-oz cup with a single teabag.

Aroma weak, nondescript. Smooth...almost no bitterness, and very little astringency. But very little flavor of any sort. Highly disapp...

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Irish Breakfast Tea Bags from Taylors of Harrogate

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 19th, 2010

This is what I'd expect from this style: a very strong black tea, bitter, full-bodied, and very malty. It isn't my favorite type of tea but for what it is, and for the fact that it's in teabags, I think it's pretty good.

This tea really works best with one teabag per cup. It's strong enough that you can brew it mo...

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Afternoon Darjeeling Tea Bags from Taylors of Harrogate

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

47 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 16th, 2010

Fruity, even for a Darjeeling, and mellow, except for some very strong objectionable qualities that emerge. There's a harshness in the aroma that I could do without...the aftertaste is also very tannic even though at first this tea tastes smooth. Astringent for a Darjeeling.

Disappointing. Definitely recognizable...

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Linda Martin

(50 reviews)
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Prince of Wales from Twinings

Style: Black Tea – Region: China

93 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 12th, 2010

One of my favorites!

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Alex Zorach

(1437 reviews)
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London Cuppa Loose Tea from The London Cuppa

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

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

Very finely broken black tea--no semblance of whole leaf left in the mix. Aroma is mostly malty with a hint of rice-like tones. Fairly tannic even if brewed weakly.

The instructions on the tin said 3-4 minutes; 4 minutes yields a very strong cup, which some people may like, but I preferred 2 or less.

Overall ch...

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English Breakfast from Darvilles of Windsor

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 3rd, 2010

This is a very strong black tea. While I tend to prefer slightly more mellow black teas, this tea is among one of the better teas of such strength that I've tried. Unusually malty for an English breakfast, and the malt is rich and fulfilling. Almost more like an Irish breakfast. Strongly bitter and strongly astring...

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English Breakfast from Hampstead Tea

Style: English Breakfast – Region: India

63 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 2nd, 2010

Aroma is rice-like, and very slightly malty, with a slight hint of smokiness, and somewhat fruity. Most of these qualities are very subtle. It's hard to say whether the aroma is balanced or muddled...it somehow straddles these two possibilities. I am not crazy about how the different aspects of the aroma blend toget...

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Greenfield Estate BOP1 from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Uva, Sri Lanka

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 25th, 2010

A solid, if somewhat generic black tea that is dark and full-bodied but tends on the mellow side of flavor.

The aroma is typical for a Ceylon black tea, and has only mild nuances of dried fruit and nut (like Upton suggests). I'm not really feeling the "citrus notes" but I do notice a sweet aftertaste. There's much...

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June

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Black Tea from Lipton Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

33 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 24th, 2010

This tea is low-grade swill. It's popular only because of advertising and price, not because of taste. It delivers an artificial, generic tea flavor. Even if someone wants an orange and black pekoe tea Red Rose, Tetley, and/or Bromley are arguably slightly better but definitely a better buy. Given a choice between ...

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