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Tchuggin' Okie

(386 reviews)
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Organic Nilgiri Black Tea from Trader Joe's

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nilgiri, India

65 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 26th, 2023

This was a strange black tea, in that the in-cup and dry-bag aroma differed more from the flavor than the great majority of black teas I've had. As it turns out, that's a good thing, because the aroma wasn't bad—just weak and weird. The smells were reminiscent of something I don't often associate with tea: mild ch...

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Trailesque

(150 reviews)
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Kensington Breakfast Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 25th, 2023

I am very happy with this so far. Upton has a number of good, reasonably priced breakfast blends, and this is one of them--so far, I have very positive feelings about it. The aroma is fresh and sweet, and reminds me of pipe tobacco. It is a medium-bodied blend, with a nutty, bready flavor. It is pretty smooth overa...

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Alex Zorach

(1448 reviews)
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Jinjunmei Thé Noir from D.M.D Bridge

Style: Black Tea – Region: China

78 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 27th, 2023

This was one of the better teas I've bought in-person in a long time, and was quite delicious, but was still disappointing, especially in terms of value, relative to similar teas I have bought online, particularly in that it did not resteep well.

I bought this tea at a Local Vietnamese Grocery Store. The dry leaf lo...

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JGS1122

(128 reviews)

Assam- Jalinga Estate, CTC from Simpson & Vail

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 25th, 2023

Aroma is an earthy scent, with a hint of fruit (peaches, maybe?). The liquor (5 minute steep) is a clear, dark brown, Flavor is classic Assam with a slight maltiness, very smooth. I would say this tea will be good for all day sipping. Subtle flavor.

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Assam - Doomur Dulling tea estate- CTC BPS from Simpson & Vail

Style: Assam – Region: India

75 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 22nd, 2023

The aroma has a slight fruit scent. The liquor (5 min steep) is a rich dark brown, with a slight maltiness. Solid Assam flavor, with not decreeable after taste. I would purchase again.

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Pure Gold Jin Jun Mei Black Tea of Tong Mu Guan Village from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: China

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 24th, 2023

Classic earthy Yunnan aroma, with a hint of chocolate. Liquor (5 minute steep) is a clear medium brown.Flavor is clean, with a spice/peppery after taste. Overall, enjoyable.

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Yunnan "Black Gold Bi Luo Chun" Black Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

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

95 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 23rd, 2023

The aroma reminds my of wheat toast with a slight sweetness (grapes?) in the background. The liquor is a pleasant clear brown (5 min steep). The flavor is very enjoyable, with an almost dueling after taste, peppery with a hint of sweet. I am going to enjoy this tea.

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Breakfast Blend (Morning Rise) from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 13th, 2023

I had this tea at a local restaurant with my breakfast. Very enjoyable. Steeps quickly. Nice blend flavor. Great pairing with my meal. I will order this tea every time I dine at this restaurant.

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Top of the World Nepal from The Tea Smith

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nepal

55 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 21st, 2023

The aroma, for me, reminds me of menthol. Think 'Vics vapo rub'. The medicine like aroma is unusual. The aroma is present in the liquor. The liquor (5 min steep) is a very dark brown, bordering on black. The taste is good, with a slight sweet after taste (peach, maybe). While not disappointing, it would not be my first...

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Trailesque

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Ceylon Black Organic Black Tea from Arbor Teas

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

85 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 21st, 2023

I first came across Arbor Teas here on RT, decided to give them a try, and I'm glad I did. This is a bright, drinkable Ceylon. It is cut rough, and has a fresh, smooth, lightly fruity flavor. I found it enjoyable with either milk or lemon and sugar, and I am confident it would be good on ice too. The 7 oz bags are b...

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JGS1122

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Lionorn Estate Nuwara Ealiya FBOP from Chado Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Sri Lanka / Ceylon

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 20th, 2023

This tea has a mild aroma that reminds me of an Assam. The liquor (5 min steep) produces a deep rich brown color. The flavor, matches the aroma, mild Assam like. Slight maltiness. This would a good 'sip all day' choice. Might be too mild for milk or sugar.

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Nahorhabi Estate- Second Flush Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 12th, 2023

Aroma of this tea is sweet, reminds of grapes. The liquor (5 min steep) light, clear honey color. Good Assam flavor, with a slight sweet after taste. Good tea.

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Wu Liang Hong Mao Feng Yunnan Black Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

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

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 8th, 2023

Spring 2022. "Classic" Yunnan aroma. mild, nothing distinctive. Liquor (5 min steep, using the Breville tea machine) is a nice brown with a slight gold tinge. Tasty, great for sipping. PS: The leaves are long. I might have used less tea than actually needed for a full 6 cup pot. Next pot I will crush the leaves into sm...

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Assam CTC BOP Estate Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 23rd, 2023

Solid Assam, good aroma with the expected earthiness, maybe a slight of chocolate. The liquor (5 min steep) is a dark brown. A nice 'clear' Assam taste, with absolutely no after taste.

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River Shannon Breakfast Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: Blend

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 22nd, 2023

Nice aroma, with a mild earthy scent. The liquor (5 min steep) is a dark brown. Good flavor, easy to sip all day long. Nice blend.

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Yunnan FOB Select ZY30H from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 21st, 2023

Classic Yunnan aroma with a solid earthiness and a hint of spice. The liquor (5 min steep) is a medium amber brown. Good taste, with a subtle hint of spice. This is a great tea for an all sipping experience.

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Alex Zorach

(1448 reviews)
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Assamica Black Tea from Mei Zi Qing Village from Yunnan Sourcing

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

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 8th, 2023

I tried this tea right when I ordered it, but did not like it. It had few objectionable qualities, and was actually quite smooth, but simply seemed a little boring. However, I set it in my cupboard for quite some time and sure enough, it has started tasting more interesting after about a year and a half. Still, it is n...

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Tchuggin' Okie

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Royal English Breakfast from Harney and Sons

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 1st, 2023

As with their "Green Tea with Coconut & Ginger", I got this at a last-day estate sale for a quarter (proportionate fraction of a bulk pantry buy). Not per bag, but for the entire tin! That's the best value I've had for a good tea. However, you probably can't match that. So how costly is it, for real? A peek at the...

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Heather Z.

(83 reviews)
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Organic Wuyuan Black from Little Red Cup

Style: Black Tea – Region: Wuyuan, Jiangxi, China

81 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 1st, 2023

This tea is really aromatic and smells toasty and bready. It tastes how it smells however it’s just a bit too astringent for my taste but it definitely isn’t the worst and overall it’s a high quality tea, I’m just personally sensitive to astringency.

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Alex Zorach

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Organic Wuyuan Black from Little Red Cup

Style: Black Tea – Region: Wuyuan, Jiangxi, China

92 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 1st, 2023

This is my first black tea that I've ever tried from Wuyuan county; prior to this I have only had green teas, which I've tended to like.

The dry leaf has a fine texture and looks slightly greyish with reddish highlights. It has a pleasing aroma that strongly resembles the lighter examples of Keemun, but is rather di...

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Heather Z.

(83 reviews)
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Japanese Black Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: Japan

98 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 1st, 2023

This is a really wonderful tea! It’s not astringent or bitter at all but it’s still thick bodied and flavorful! It’s a black tea but it has notes of green tea flavor! It even has a subtle toasty grain flavor which is suggestive of genmaicha. I love it!

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Alex Zorach

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Colombian Leafy Black Organic Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: Colombia

95 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 30th, 2022

I've tried what I'm pretty sure is this same exact grade of tea from the same garden, but sold by Upton Tea Imports, a while back, and I loved it. I loved it this time too!

The brewed cup has a strong and complex aroma. It has a moderate toastiness to it, with notes of cocoa and strong notes of wintergreen, which I ...

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Heather Z.

(83 reviews)
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Colombian Leafy Black Organic Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: Colombia

88 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 30th, 2022

This tea is really good and tastes deep and roasty. It’s thick bodied and not too astringent. I like it a lot and it’s classic tasting but it’s also not super interesting. It’s good if you need just a regular black tea in the morning!

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Vietnam Ha Giang Black from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: Ha Giang

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 30th, 2022

The aroma is really nice with notes of dried fruit. The taste is pretty nice too and it has very little astringency which is how I like it, however there is a bit of bitterness and the tea is also slightly watery and not as thick bodied as I’d like. Even with all those criticisms though, it’s still a perfectly plea...

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Alex Zorach

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Rwanda OPA Rukeri from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: Rwanda

96 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 18th, 2022

Simply exceptional! This is one of the teas that I think is much better than its commercial description suggests! This is the second tea I've tried from Rukeri estate; the first was a BOP grade from Upton Imports. This tea was similar and I loved both.

The dry leaf is finely broken, much more so than I expect for th...

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