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Heather Z.

(83 reviews)
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Rwanda OPA Rukeri from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: Rwanda

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 18th, 2022

Pretty good tea! The aroma wasn’t super strong but it was nice and kinda reminded me of raisins. The taste was really flavorful right from the start with fruity and floral notes, however it did taste slightly soapy to me. Overall though it wasn’t too bitter or astringent and the taste was very interesting and uniqu...

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Trailesque

(150 reviews)
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Organic English Breakfast Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

75 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 13th, 2022

This is a perfectly nice, reasonably priced English breakfast tea, offered at a good price too. The Assam and Ceylon teas blend together well, and create a mellow flavor with a dash of butterscotch. I had this with plant milk; English breakfast teas are meant to be served with a little milk.

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Heather Z.

(83 reviews)
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Assam - Harmutty Estate Black Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Assam – Region: Lakhimpur, Assam, India

79 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 11th, 2022

Really nice cup of tea! It was thick bodied and the flavor was rich and sweet. I didn’t notice much of an aroma however, but I could be having sinus issues now. I’ll come back and update my review if I notice more of an aroma later! But either way it still is a rly nice tea!

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Alex Zorach

(1448 reviews)
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Tanzania Luponde Black Organic Tea FOP from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: Tanzania

81 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 4th, 2022

This was one of the higher-quality teas I've tried from Tanzania, pleasing to drink, unique and interesting, also extraordinarily value-priced.

The dry leaf has a pleasant and potent aroma, malty and with a hint of caraway and fruity notes. The leaf is on the intact / whole side of what I would expect for the FOP gr...

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Heather Z.

(83 reviews)
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Tanzania Luponde Black Organic Tea FOP from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: Tanzania

75 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 4th, 2022

This tea has a lovely floral and slightly bready taste and aroma that I really love! It has no issues with astringency and it is only slightly bitter, but in a good way. It’s medium bodied and overall a very decent cup of tea!

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Assam - Itakhooli Estate from Simpson & Vail

Style: Assam – Region: Tinsukia, Assam, India

75 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 3rd, 2022

Aroma is not too strong but it does smell nice and interesting too! It actually has notes of raspberry in the aroma and taste and it’s rly unique and good! Otherwise it just tastes like a very classic assam tea, there is no objectionable astringentness or bitterness.

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Alex Zorach

(1448 reviews)
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Assam - Itakhooli Estate from Simpson & Vail

Style: Assam – Region: Tinsukia, Assam, India

79 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 24th, 2022

This was a rather strong, but high-quality Assam sold for an exceptionally good price.

The dry leaf has a potent aroma, spicy and fruity. I already notice the raspberry notes even in the dry leaf. But the aroma somehow betrays a slight harshness: I can tell this is going to be a tea with a bit of an edge, even befor...

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Georgian BOP from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: Georgia

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 20th, 2022

I have been wanting to try a tea from Georgia for a long time; the past few times I've gotten teas from Simpson & Vail, this tea has not been available, so I was excited to see it come back into their catalogue.

This tea was also really fascinating, very different from other black teas I've tried, even different fro...

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Heather Z.

(83 reviews)
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Georgian BOP from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: Georgia

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 20th, 2022

I love this tea!! The aroma is wonderful and unique, I don’t know exactly how to describe it but it smells bready with floral notes. The taste is also amazing and weirdly it has notes of citrus peel which I really like! (This tea is not a blend, just black tea, so there’s not actual citrus in it). It also tastes li...

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Assam - Dikom Estate, GTGFOP1, Black Indian Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Assam – Region: Dibrugarh, Assam, India

82 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 19th, 2022

The aroma of this tea is wonderful and bready and the aroma doesn’t wear off as you drink it. The taste is very smooth and honestly very “normal.” I like this tea because it is not astringent and it makes me feel good after drinking it (some teas don’t fully agree with me). For how normal this tea is though, it...

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Alex Zorach

(1448 reviews)
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Japanese Black Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: Japan

97 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 18th, 2022

I was really impressed by this tea. I found it delightful, and also easy to brew and easy to drink. Smooth, aromatic, and pleasing in flavor. I've only ever tried one other black tea from Japan, but this one was by far the better of the two, and ranks among the top-tier black teas I've sampled from any region.

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Assam - Dikom Estate, GTGFOP1, Black Indian Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Assam – Region: Dibrugarh, Assam, India

84 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 18th, 2022

This was a smoother, higher-grade Assam that had a much lighter character than is typical for an Assam.

The dry leaf is pretty aesthetically pleasing, it actually looks much nicer than the picture S&V provided on their website: lots of tip, which looks more pale and less golden than some. Its aroma is rather fruity ...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(386 reviews)
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Platinum Jubilee Tea Bags from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

71 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 13th, 2022

While still good, this was the least desirable of the Murchie's "Jubilee" line I've tried so far. Blended this year (2022) in honor of the late Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee, it contains a mix of Darjeeling, Assam, Yunnan and Keemun. Given the strong history this company has with teas of those origins individual...

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JGS1122

(128 reviews)
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Upton South Street Breakfast Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 19th, 2022

Aroma is medium, reminds me of a Keemun. Liquor steeps (5 minutes) to a deep brown.Good taste with a slight tangy after taste with some floral hints. I would buy this tea again.

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Mr Bamsen

(217 reviews)
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Vietnam Kim Tuyen Organic (No. 874) from TeaGschwendner

Style: Black Tea – Region: Vietnam

78 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 17th, 2022

One-litre pot at home, made from small, sapphire grey and dark brown curly organic leaves. Pours clear dark copper brown (against white china) with no sediment. Deep aroma of leaves, with pronounced malty touches. Bitter, but not aggressive, flavour of black tea leaves, with malty notes and spicy hints. Astringent pala...

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English Breakfast Tea from TeaGschwendner

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

69 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 17th, 2022

One-litre pot at home, made from a mixture of leaves of various broken black teas. Pours clear dark brown (against white china) with no sediment. Clear aroma of leaves, with malty and slightly spicy touches. Bitter, leafy and malty flavour of black tea, most probably including some varieties of Assam and Ceylon. Astrin...

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Assam FBOP Sepon (Nr. 4) from Carstensens Tehandel

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

72 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 17th, 2022

One-litre pot at home, made from tiny dark brown leaves and golden tips of Assam tea. Pours clear dark copper brown (against white china) with no sediment. Clear, leafy aroma with pronounced malty notes. Bitter but not aggressive, leafy flavour, with distinct malty notes. Moderately astringent palate with a leafy and m...

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Assam Khongea FTGFBOP (Nr. 3) from Carstensens Tehandel

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 17th, 2022

One-litre pot at home, made from small, wiry black and brown loose leaves of Assam. Pours nearly clear dark copper brown (against white china) with no sediment. Clear aroma of black tea leaves, with malty touches. Bitter, leafy flavour with spicy notes and malty touches. Astringent palate with spicy and leafy aftertast...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(386 reviews)
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English Breakfast Black Tea from Rituals

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

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 17th, 2022

Not great, but decent and tolerable: that's how I'll characterize this blend. In my relatively limited experience, many food-service black teas (including English Breakfasts) taste rather flat, hollow, sometimes excessively bitter, or often weak, as if they've either been allowed to sit out in the open for 20 years, ...

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Trailesque

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Balasun Estate Second Flush Darjeeling TGBOP1 from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

35 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 1/5
Aug. 28th, 2022

This presents a very pleasant aroma but very little flavor. It is a mild, bland Darjeeling that should have been offered at a low price.

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Upton China Yunnan FBOP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: China

35 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 24th, 2022

This has a pleasant woodlands aroma, but the flavor is dull and finishes on a bitter note. It is selling for a rock bottom price. You could do worse than this.

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Plowboy

(24 reviews)

Imperial Keemun from Foojoy

Style: Keemun – Region: ?????

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 7th, 2022

This is a very nice tea. Small black leaves with some gold strands. It brews up light color, brown/black, very clear. It has a nice peppery taste with a decent caffeine kick. Very nice in the afternoon.

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JGS1122

(128 reviews)
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Ceylon Blackwood Estate Organic Black Tea from Simpson & Vail

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

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 1st, 2022

The aroma has a light sweetness. The taste has a slight sweet honey like flavor, that lingers on the tongue. The liquor (5 mins) is a appealing golden/honey. I would say this a solid all day tea.

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China Black Organic (Yunnan) Black Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

45 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
May. 10th, 2022

Mild all around. Aroma is a weak Yunnan. Flavor is a mediocre Yunnan, with a slight burnt after taste. Liquor brews (5min) to a deep brown. Not impressed.

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Tchuggin' Okie

(386 reviews)
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Irish Breakfast (Loose) from Twinings

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: Blend

59 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 27th, 2022

The version I'm rating is from the "American" tin (packed in Greensboro, NC, but presumably shipped over in bulk to parse out for that purpose). It doesn't look appreciably different from the photo I uploaded off Twinings' website.

Dry aroma was surprisingly weak for an Irish Breakfast blend, but pleasant to the e...

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