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Alex Zorach

(1437 reviews)
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Dimbula BOP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Matale, Sri Lanka (Dimbula)

37 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 1/5
Jan. 7th, 2010

In contrast to Upton's broken-leaf teas from Darjeeling and other Himalayan regions, I am continuously disappointed by Upton's broken-leaf Ceylons, and this one continues the pattern.

Brewed as recommended, this tea is undrinkably strong. I recommend using less leaf and a much shorter steeping time. Even then, it'...

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Steinthal Estate TGBOP First Flush (DJ-25) Organic from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Darjeeling First Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 5th, 2010

Disappointing for a first flush and even among broken-leaf Darjeelings. There's a heaviness to the flavor, even though it is smooth. I'm detecting neither the "fresh floral note" nor the "hint of citrus".

I'm not sure what to recommend with the brewing; if you go longer this tea becomes heavy, although not too bit...

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jennesq

(1 review)
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English Breakfast from Stash Tea

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 4th, 2010

my everyday tea; reminds me of mornings i spent in london!

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Alex Zorach

(1437 reviews)
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Tippy Assam from Williamson Tea

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

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

A bold and powerful tea but with some complexity. Fine broken leaf. Infuses quickly...I recommend one and a half minutes, and using less than a teaspoon of leaves. However, if you enjoy a stronger cup, this tea does not get as astringent as you might expect if you brew it longer.

Aroma malty, slightly more vegeta...

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Golden Wire - GopalDhara from Fresh Darjeeling Tea

Style: Darjeeling Autumnal Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 2nd, 2010

Like the other teas I've tried from Fresh Darjeeling tea, this is totally unlike any other black tea I've ever tried.

Aroma very complex...malty, and much more vegetal than most black teas, and with some savory qualities, a hint of smokiness. Reminds me of a tippy assam more than any other Darjeeling I've tried. I...

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Malaika Estate OP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kenya

83 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 26th, 2009

Dark but surprisingly smooth cup...not much bitterness and astringency, and clean aftertaste. The aroma is complex and interesting but very hard to put into words...slightly more vegetal than typical for a black tea. It's hard for me to know exactly what to compare it to...it tastes more like a Yunnan black tea than ...

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Barnesbeg Estate FTGFOP1 First Flush (DJ-6) from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Darjeeling First Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 23rd, 2009

This tea has a much greener character, to the point it's barely recognizable as a "black tea", except for some lingering tones in the aftertaste. The cup is a gold color like a darker green tea or lighter oolong. Clean, fresh, a bit mild...I can see what Upton says about the notes of citrus and mint.

Extremely rea...

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Organic China Lapsang Souchong from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: China

50 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 20th, 2009

It's hard for me to evaluate this tea because I am not much of a fan of Lapsang Souchong...but this is among the smoothest of the ones I've tried so far. Perhaps I'd develop a taste for it if I drank it more often.

Very strong smoky aroma, more like a sausage or fireplace than a tea. Flavor is extremely smooth and...

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Erin a.

(2 reviews)
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English Breakfast from Stash Tea

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

67 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 20th, 2009

Great for any time of the day. Rich tasting. Not the biggest fan of the aroma

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Alex Zorach

(1437 reviews)
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Temi Estate TGBOP (SK-10) from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Sikkim, India

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 16th, 2009

Mellow, muted, greener in character for a black tea, but bland. Similar to TD06, Upton's broken-leaf Darjeeling blend, but I don't like it as much; it's less floral and the aroma is weaker overall. I recommend steeping 3 minutes or more, otherwise it's too weak. This tea can acquire some astringency, but not as much...

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Orthodox BOP Darjeeling from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 15th, 2009

This is a very mellow tea...aromatic and gentle, somewhat muted. Only a faint suggestion of the fresh herbaceous tones that some Darjeelings have. The aroma is floral and fairly complex, and the cup is light in color and quality, much more like an oolong than a typical black tea. Almost no bitterness, but some astri...

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Noblesongster

(1 review)
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PG Tips Pyramid bags from PG Tips

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 13th, 2009

This is a smooth, full-bodied, flavorful tea. I make this tea everyday with non-dairy creamer (doesn't destroy the anti-oxidants) for my first cup of the day. I haven't had any experience of the tea getting bitter if left to steep too long but it does brew very quickly. This is the #1 tea in England and, in my opinion,...

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Alex Zorach

(1437 reviews)
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Kandy BOP from Upton Tea Imports

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

33 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 1/5
Dec. 13th, 2009

This is an insanely strong tea. I find the brewing instructions to be way off...following them it's undrinkable. I tried using about half as much leaf and brewing for 1 minute and it was about right. Steep it any longer and it becomes painfully astringent and also quite bitter.

When brewed briefly and with little...

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Uva Highlands Estate BOP from Upton Tea Imports

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

53 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 12th, 2009

Aroma strongly of wintergreen...almost unbelievable that this is just tea...it tastes almost as if wintergreen oil has been added! Outside of the surprising wintergreen aroma, this tea is dark, robust, and very full. Fairly bitter, astringent, and tannic. The rest of the aroma is typical of a Ceylon.

Like the Cey...

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Darjeeling Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

50 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 11th, 2009

Definitely recognizable as Darjeeling...fairly smooth, with only some astringency lingering towards the bottom of the cup. Weak aroma, not terribly complex, but pleasant. Much lighter than most of Bigelow's other black teas. This was enjoyable, although noticeably less so than other more pricey Darjeelings I've had ...

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btrain16

(2 reviews)
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Original (Black Tea) from Red Rose Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

67 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 8th, 2009

I've probably drank more Red Rose in my life than all other brands of tea combined. I like it best when it's been steeped for a fairly long time to get maximum tannin extraction. It's certainly never going to be known for it's aroma, but a hot cup of Red Rose will always taste like morning to me. You also have to gi...

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Alex Zorach

(1437 reviews)
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Darjeeling Highlands (Teabags) from Harney and Sons

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

67 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 7th, 2009

The teabag reads "Mellow and Light Indian Black Teas" and I agree wholeheartedly. This is very mellow, especially for a Darjeeling in a teabag...this is not the usual stuff put in teabags; it has a fair amount of first-flush character.

The aroma is complex, but could be stronger. The main downside is that this tea...

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Will

(1 review)
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Assam Gold Rain Black Tea from Teavana

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 7th, 2009

This tea has amazing subtle fruity overtones. i don't know how that can be produced by a black tea which I always thought of as strong and bitter. The fruit i think of when drinking this tea is a mirabelle, a small french apricot like fruit.

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Justin

(2 reviews)
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Lapsang Souchong from Twinings

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: ?????

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 6th, 2009

A decent lapsong souchong. Not the smokiest tea that I have ever had, but if you want a milder tea, this is a good one.

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peterozumurray

(1 review)
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Black Tea from Lipton Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

20 / 100 Aroma: 1/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 5th, 2009

Put it this way: when this is the only tea available, I think long and hard about whether I have to have a cup of tea.

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Josh

(3 reviews)
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Black Tea from Lipton Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 5th, 2009

This tea is very basic. Its flavor and aroma are flat, and it is clearly made of scrap bits of tea, but it will do in a pinch.

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Irish Breakfast from Adagio Teas

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 5th, 2009

This is a hearty great-tasting everyday tea. The aroma does not have the bouquet of more expensive teas, but the flavor is robust and delightful. If you're looking for a staple gourmet tea that you can afford to drink every morning, look no further.

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Ken M

(1 review)
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PG Tips Pyramid bags from PG Tips

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

50 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Dec. 5th, 2009

I agree with all below. If this tea steeps more than a minute or so, you end up with a very bitter brew. One of the things I like about this is that I can get 4-5 brews from one bag.

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Josh

(3 reviews)
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Assam Harmony from Adagio Teas

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

93 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 5th, 2009

This is one of the most wonderful teas I have ever tasted. It's complex, sweet, and has a hint of apricot to it. I get it with every purchase from Adagio.

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Yankees251

(1 review)
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Black Dragon Pearls from Adagio Teas

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Yunnan, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 4th, 2009

Great everyday black tea, malty, chocolate, substantial.

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