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Heather J.

(58 reviews)
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Classic Yixing Hong Black Tea from Jiangsu from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Black Tea – Region: Jiangsu, China

95 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 24th, 2021

This tea is great! The aroma is warm and ready and so is the taste. It is a mellow and comforting tea overall which is what I most enjoy. Its simple but well done and has no astringency. The value is great for how much I like it and how good quality it is.

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Trailesque

(99 reviews)
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Singbulli Estate Second Flush (2020 EX-38) Organic Darjeeling SFTGFOP1 (TD148) from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Darjeeling Second Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

75 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 1/5
Feb. 24th, 2021

Part of Upton's Great Tea Race Collection, this Darjeeling crosses the finish line with a fine aroma and impressive flavor. There are notes of caramel, fresh leaves, and mild tannins. It is very expensive however - it costs 3 times the price of an ordinary Darjeeling, but does not offer 3 times the quality imo. Nice...

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Alex Zorach

(1437 reviews)
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Classic Yixing Hong Black Tea from Jiangsu from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Black Tea – Region: Jiangsu, China

85 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 23rd, 2021

This is my first black tea I've ever tried from Jiangsu province; previously I have only ever had green tea. Interestingly, both this and the green teas (Bi Luo Chun and Yun Wu) have a distinctive curly shape to the leaf. Is this a local tradition? Overall, it was pleasant but somewhat uninteresting or forgettable.

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Heather J.

(58 reviews)
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Big Snow Mountain of Mengku Black Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

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

96 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 22nd, 2021

Amazing tea! It doesn't have a super strong aroma but it is really nice and soothing. The taste is warming and toasty and also a bit sweet; It's not harsh at all. It is also very thick bodied and rich! This tea is a great price too for how good quality and tasty it is.

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Alex Zorach

(1437 reviews)
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F.B.O.P. No. 1 from Alwazah Tea (Swan Brand)

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

86 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 22nd, 2021

This was another fantastic find at a local middle-eastern store. I am already a huge fan of Ahmad and Alghazaleen teas, and this was another tea in the same genre, yet with some interesting differences from those. Of those teas, this one tasted most similar to Ahmad's Ceylon OPA, but I liked it better.

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Heather J.

(58 reviews)
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Qimen Black Tea from Tea King of China (Starway)

Style: Keemun – Region: Qimen, Anhui, China

84 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 21st, 2021

Wonderful example of a Keemun tea! Keemun isn't my favorite type of tea which is why I rated it a bit lower but out of all the ones I've tried this one is my favorite. The aroma is nice and complex and the taste is smooth. The value is amazing too, its really cheap!

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F.B.O.P. No. 1 from Alwazah Tea (Swan Brand)

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

93 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 21st, 2021

This is a wonderful classic cup of tea to enjoy in the mornings. It is smooth and easy to drink and it is thick bodied and flavorful without being too strong. The smell is like a normal tea. The value is what does it for me and why it is such a great tea to drink every morning, it is so cheap!

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Trailesque

(99 reviews)
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Finest Russian Caravan from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Russian Caravan – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 4th, 2021

This blend of Indian, Chinese, and Taiwanese teas has a very good aroma imo - toasty and woody, with a little caramel and butterscotch. The flavor is reasonably robust but not heavy, with a dash of metallic tannins. I had it with milk, and tried it with lemon and sugar too. That also worked out well, and which is un...

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Heather J.

(58 reviews)
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Yi Mei Ren Wu Liang Mountain Yunnan Black Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Black Tea – Region: Jingdong, Yunnan, China

72 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 29th, 2021

The aroma of this tea wasn't very strong at all. The taste was smooth but there wasn't really much else interesting about it. Still, it's an easy to drink agreeable tea.

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Premium Qimen Black Tea of Huangshan from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Keemun Mao Feng – Region: Huangshan, Anhui, China

85 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 28th, 2021

The aroma is just a classic bready black tea smell which is very nice however it lacks complexity and was very one-noted. The taste on the other hand was incredibly smooth and was one of the least astringent teas I've ever had (which is a good thing for me). The taste wasn't extremely complex but the flavors it did hav...

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Plowboy

(22 reviews)
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Scottish Breakfast from Mark T. Wendell

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

85 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 20th, 2021

This tea does not have a strong aroma either in the can or in the cup. Not very malty in flavor, and just ever so slightly astringent. It brews up nice and clear with a very clean taste. Its a nice cup in the morning, but does not have the kick of an Assam tea.

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Tchuggin' Okie

(297 reviews)
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Prince Charles Blend Tea Bags from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 14th, 2021

Prince Charles isn't among most heavily advertised teas in the large assortment Murchie's carries, but maybe it should be. It was, according to the website, "originally blended in 1981 to commemorate the Royal Wedding of Charles and Diana." Good thing this tea long outlasted that marriage!

The dry bag gave a sharp...

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JGS1122

(94 reviews)
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Mangalam Estate 2020 Assam FOP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Sivasagar, Assam, India

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

Nice Assam aroma. Dark honey colored liquor. Excellent Assam taste, clean with a slightly sweet after taste.

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Old South Meeting House Breakfast Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: China

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 9th, 2021

The aroma has a hint of sweetness. The liquor has a pleasing medium brown color. The flavor is mild with no strong after taste. This would a be a gentle start to your day.

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New Falcon Lanka from Upton Tea Imports

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

85 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 8th, 2021

The aroma is mild with a bit of spiciness. The liquor is a very dark brown. Strong flavor, with a smoky after taste that stays on the tongue. A good 'strong' tea.

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Brytta Sóþword

(330 reviews)
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Decaffeinated Breakfast Tea Bags from Taylors of Harrogate

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 6th, 2021

I find it a bit weird, but I often like the taste of a good decaf better than the taste of the same regularly caffeinated drink. They can have a nice savory mouthfeel without bitterness.

This decaf is solid, especially for a teabag. For those expressly wanting a non-caffeinated bag tea, this is a strong choice!

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Alex Zorach

(1437 reviews)
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Purple Needle Black Tea of Jing Mai Mountain from Yunnan Sourcing

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

94 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 5th, 2021

This tea was quite different, especially relative to other Chinese teas. I enjoyed it a lot.

The dry leaf of this is long and straight, and has a mild aroma that is unlike most Yunnan teas: mostly fruity, and smelling more like grape than anything else, with some herbaceous, skunky undertones. It is reminiscent of s...

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Brytta Sóþword

(330 reviews)
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English Breakfast Tea Bags from Taylors of Harrogate

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 29th, 2020

This tea is pretty good for a bagged tea. The flavor is strong. Just don’t oversteep it, or it will become bitter. I brewed it for four minutes and that worked well.

Also, I usually prefer my tea plain, but this one was tastier and more satisfying with a bit of milk added. I could definitely see someone using a te...

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Alex Zorach

(1437 reviews)
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Classic Laoshan Black Tea from Shandong from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Black Tea – Region: Shandong, China

88 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 27th, 2020

Wow, I've been reviewing teas for all these years and this is the first tea I've ever tried from Shandong, and I am a fan!

The leaf is tightly curled and has a dusty gray appearance, with small but somewhat thick leaves, and smells very potent: strongly malty with a hint of smoke and dark chocolate. The maltiness is...

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Bailz

(50 reviews)
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Irish Breakfast from Adagio Teas

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: Blend

78 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 26th, 2020

Prep: 8oz, sample packet, 212F, 5min

This is my first Irish breakfast tea (at least by the specific tea). This was a free sample in my most recent adagio box.

Aroma: I’ve had a few black teas from Adagio that were quite aggressive in their aromas. This is much more subtle; however, it’s very inviting. Remi...

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Mr Bamsen

(176 reviews)
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Assam Mokalbari Second Flush from TeaGschwendner

Style: Assam – Region: Dibrugarh, Assam, India

92 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 25th, 2020

Half-litre pot at home, made from a sample included in the tea company's Advent Tea Calendar (2020) and consisting of fine, wiry leaves of Assam tea in all shades of brown. Pours clear dark copper brown (against white china) with no sediment. Clear aroma of Assam leaves, quite malty but not aggressive at all. Intense, ...

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Darjeeling FTGFOP1 Mirik Valley First Flush Organic (No. 226) from TeaGschwendner

Style: Darjeeling First Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 25th, 2020

Half-litre pot at home, made from a sample included in the tea company's Advent Tea Calendar (2020) and consisting of fine Darjeeling leaves in all shades of green and some brown ones, too. Pours clear lightish amber (against white china) with no sediment. Clear aroma of Darjeeling tea leaves, leafy and a little malty....

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Alex Zorach

(1437 reviews)
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Yi Mei Ren Wu Liang Mountain Yunnan Black Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Black Tea – Region: Jingdong, Yunnan, China

72 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 23rd, 2020

This was the first tea I've tried from Yunnan Sourcing to (relatively) disappoint. Perhaps it's just not suited to my tastes, and it's not bad, but I thought it failed to live up to the high expectations I have come to develop for this company.

This tea had both a different appearance and aroma from what I am used t...

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Bailz

(50 reviews)

Coconut from Adagio Teas

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: ?????

78 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 22nd, 2020

Prep: 212F, 5min, 2tsp, 16oz

Aroma: Smelling the dry tea, there is a fairly substantial coconut flesh aroma that thankfully stays away from the artificial sun tan lotion notes that can often plague many coconut products. In the mug, the rich malty notes from the black tea are dominant with a mild creamy coconut not...

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Alex Zorach

(1437 reviews)
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Premium Qimen Black Tea of Huangshan from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Keemun Mao Feng – Region: Huangshan, Anhui, China

92 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 22nd, 2020

I continue to branch out into black teas from provinces other than Yunnan, sold by Yunnan Sourcing. This was a pleasant surprise: an exceptionally smooth tea, easy to brew and easy to drink, among the sweetest Keemuns I've tried.

The dry leaf is very fine and curly, so much it is shaped more like Bi Luo Chun than li...

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