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JGS1122

(104 reviews)

Ceylon Orange Pekoe from Simpson & Vail

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

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 15th, 2021

The aroma is a medium woodsy. Dark, twisted leaves. The liquor, after a five minute steep, is a very dark brown. Flavor is good, with a mild spicy after taste. This tea will be added to my regular rotation. Easy to sip all day.

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China Golden Silk Black Organic Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 14th, 2021

Beautiful large leaves. The aroma is wood and spice, not pronounced. The liquor is a medium amber after a 5 minute steep. Taste is clean with a slight malt after taste. I'd say this is a good tea for sipping. For me, no sugar or milk needed.

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Alex Zorach

(1438 reviews)
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Yunnan "Black Gold Bi Luo Chun" Certified Organic Black Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

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

82 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 10th, 2021

This tea was quite singular, unlike most of the other teas from Yunnan Sourcing. I thought it was a good tea but it was a bit too much for me. It's strong, both by flavor and caffeine. I am reviewing the Spring Harvest from 2020.

This tea took up a lot less space than most all the other Yunnan Teas I've tried. The d...

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Yunnan "Assamica Gold Needle" Black Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

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

96 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 7th, 2021

This was a straightforward tea that I found easy to like; I became a fan from the first sip. It's robust, easy to brew, easy to drink, and pleasing in both flavor and aroma. Overall, it is more flavorful than aromatic though.

The dry leaf is beautiful, a very bright yellow color, not as orangeish as many of these ti...

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Jinggu "Da Jin Ya" Camellia Taliensis Black Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

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

95 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 5th, 2021

This was a really enjoyable tea that also had a lot of depth and complexity.

The dry leaf is made exclusively of luscious, thick, fuzzy buds that are kinda rolled on themselves; the picture does not really do it justice. Although it seems to be pure buds, they look a bit more mature than on some tippy teas, and they...

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Fruit Aroma Yixing Black Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Jiangsu, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 2nd, 2021

This tea heavily underwhelmed me, and particularly, it was too weak. My favorite aspect of it was the fragrance of the dry leaf, but after that, it disappointed me.

The dry leaf has an unbelievably potent and incredily pleasing aroma. To me it seems more malty than anything else, strong smells of grain and baked goo...

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Mr Bamsen

(196 reviews)
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Assam SFTGFOP Tonganagaon Øko (Nr. 1) from Carstensens Tehandel

Style: Assam – Region: Tinsukia, Assam, India

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 31st, 2021

One-litre pot at home, made from very wired, curly, longish dark brown leaves of Assam. Pours clear dark copper brown (against white china). Clear aroma of Assam leaves, with pronounced malty notes. Delicate, bitterish flavour of black tea leaves, with notes of malt and spicy touches. Mildly astringent palate with malt...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(323 reviews)
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Diamond Jubilee Tea Bags from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

87 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 27th, 2021

Another Murchie's mix marches out of the box and firmly into fond appreciation, this one in a traditional but growing group that honors assorted British royalty. The dry-bag aroma is mild but pleasant, offering an honest hint at the smooth and bold flavor to come. This blend tastes, has in-cup aroma and smells in the...

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Heather J.

(61 reviews)
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Kenya GFOP Milima from TeaGschwendner

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kericho, Kenya

50 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Aug. 22nd, 2021

I’m not too crazy about this tea… I wouldn’t drink it again unless someone served it to me. It has a weak aroma and the flavor is too bitter for me, it also has a somewhat “damp basement” flavor. It’s not the worst tea ever and it definitely is still edible but I wouldn’t go out of my way to drink this ag...

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JGS1122

(104 reviews)

Organic Purple Bamboo Black Tea from Mark T. Wendell

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

75 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 10th, 2021

The aroma has a slight sweet earthiness. The liquor is a medium amber. The flavor is nice, clean with no after taste. I will purchase this tea again.

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Tchuggin' Okie

(323 reviews)
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Scottish Breakfast Tea Bags from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Scottish Breakfast – Region: Blend

89 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 4th, 2021

Somehow, through all the teas I've chugged the last few years, Scottish Breakfast hasn't gone down the gullet yet. Why? Forgive my neglect. I've been missing out. I won't speak for other shops' renditions yet, but Murchie's has a championship-caliber blend going here.

Maybe some of it was reading that many Scott...

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JGS1122

(104 reviews)

Sessa Estate Winey Assam from Chado Tea

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 28th, 2021

The aroma is nice, with a subtle sweetness, earning the 'winey' designation. The liquor brewed (five minutes) to a dark brown. Solid Assam taste with a slight tangy after taste that stays on the tongue. This tea might pair well with milk or sugar.

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Kumaon Black Tea from Chado Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: India

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 27th, 2021

Pleasant mild aroma. The liquor medium honey color. Flavor is good, this tea would probably be overwhelmed with the addition of sugar or milk. Easy to sip and enjoy.

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Tchuggin' Okie

(323 reviews)
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Extra Strong from Typhoo

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

81 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 29th, 2021

Typhoo hard-sells to appreciators of strong tea with what appears to be their newest offering, straightforwardly titled Extra Strong, with this verbiage on the side of the package: "The most hardcore quality teas from estates in India and Africa, wrestled from the plant and blended together. Deep. Bold. Strong. Th...

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Heather J.

(61 reviews)
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American Classic Tea (Loose) from Charleston Tea Plantation (American Classic Tea)

Style: Black Tea – Region: South Carolina, United States

98 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 19th, 2021

This is a great classic black tea! It doesn’t have a super strong aroma or any rly unique qualities but it’s just so smooth and delicious that I have to give it such a high score anyway! It tastes like what it’s evil twin Lipton tea is trying to be. It’s not bitter or astringent at all just smooth and rich! I c...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(323 reviews)
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Premium Tea Decaffeinated from Bigelow Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

46 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 13th, 2021

This tea came from a motel. That isn't surprising, considering that the Bigelow website for the product offers 48-bag boxes and cases thereof, as if targeting the food-service market. I've gotten the regular version of this (which is mediocre too) in motels as well as on airplanes.

For a decaf tea, Premium Decaf w...

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JGS1122

(104 reviews)
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C.T.C. Fine Assam from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 7th, 2021

Very enjoyable. Nice aroma. The liquor is very dark. Good solid Assam flavor. Good tea at a good price.

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Lukwah Estate from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

95 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 4th, 2021

Nice Assam aroma. The liquor is a very dark brown. Clean, classic Assam taste. I will purchase this tea again.

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Singlijian Estate Assam from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

95 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
May. 28th, 2021

Wonderful aroma, with a slight sweetness. The liquor brews to a dark brown. The flavor is solid Assam, no after taste or hints of anything but tea. I will buy this again.

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Meleng Estate Assam from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
May. 26th, 2021

The aroma is classic Assam with a hint of fruit (peach for me). The liquor is a pleasant dark brown. The taste is good, with a slight sweet after taste that lingers for a moment.

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Tchuggin' Okie

(323 reviews)
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1894 Select Orange Pekoe Tea Bags from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

84 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 26th, 2021

Imagine if Lipton black tea were actually really good, how it should taste. This is that. 1894 is one of the original Murchie's teas from nearly 130 years ago, first blended by their founder in Victorian-era Vancouver. It's a simple, straightforward, unpretentious mix of good-quality Ceylon and Assam, with both the ...

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Alex Zorach

(1438 reviews)
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Bu Lang Mountain Black Tea from Menghai from Yunnan Sourcing

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

94 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 25th, 2021

A mellow and balanced, easy-to-brew tea that had a lot of aromatic complexity, and an overall character somewhat intermediate between large-leaf Assam and Yunnan teas.

The dry leaf, which looks a little darker than in the picture from Yunnan Sourcing's website, has a wiry and kinda dusty appearance, and consists of ...

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Heather J.

(61 reviews)
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Jinggu Camellia Taliensis Black Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

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

95 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 22nd, 2021

This tea is very good! It is thick bodied and rich and the flavor is strong without being bitter or astringent. This tea has kind of a chocolatey taste which I really like!

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Alex Zorach

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Mengku Wild Arbor Assamica Black Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

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

94 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 21st, 2021

I found this to be a subdued, but intriguing tea that seemed to have a lot of depth and complexity. Although it doesn't jump out at me, I found that it seemed a little different each time I drank it.

It's also another tea that in many respects resembles some of the large-leaf Assam teas (not just Assamica cultivar, ...

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Heather J.

(61 reviews)
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Jingmai Mountain Wild Arbor Black Tea of Spring 2018 from Yunnan Sourcing

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

100 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 18th, 2021

This is a wonderful thick bodied tea! It has sort of a milk cocoa smell and it tastes a bit chocolatey as well. It has a mild sweet taste and it’s just really amazing! It is so smooth and not astringent or bitter at all

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