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Lark

(1 review)
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Keemun Black Tea from Little Red Cup

Style: Keemun – Region: Wuyuan, Jiangxi, China

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 10th, 2012

I love this tea, but I it's not a plain old black tea. It's incredibly smoky, and a little goes a long way. It's great in the morning but even better as a pick me up in the afternoon.

Not your normal black tea! Try it.

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Alex Zorach

(1408 reviews)
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Premium Keemun Hao Ya Black Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Keemun Hao Ya B – Region: Qimen, Anhui, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 24th, 2012

I was surprised to find that I strongly preferred the slightly less expensive Keemun Grade 1 from TeaVivre to this offering. While this was a very good tea, it did not wow me as being outstanding, or even higher quality than a typical Keemun. It was just different. I was surprised at the strength of the cup, the dar...

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Kelsey

(142 reviews)
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Bailin Gongfu Black Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Black Tea – Region: Fujian, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 23rd, 2012

I'm always complaining about black teas have a strong bitter taste so I really liked that this tea was smooth and mild. I never understood how a tea could be "bready" but this tea really does smell like bread! I really enjoyed drinking it and would recommend it to anyone who thinks Black Tea is too strong.

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Alex Zorach

(1408 reviews)
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Bailin Gongfu Black Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Black Tea – Region: Fujian, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 23rd, 2012

I really like this one, especially after drinking it on multiple occasions.

This black (red) tea was only vaguely similar to others from China that I've tried; it was quite different from anything I have tried yet. Its aroma was more like Yunnan teas than anything else, but much milder and smoother, and with a very...

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Kelsey

(142 reviews)
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Prince of Wales from Twinings

Style: Black Tea – Region: China

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 20th, 2012

I always enjoy a cup of black tea with no sweetener or cream, but I often find that it leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. I didn't have that problem with this tea, although it was strong. I definitely would like to add this tea to my stand-by tea list, along with Earl Grey. My only dislike is that I've heard Twining...

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Alex Zorach

(1408 reviews)
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Keemun Black Tea – Grade 1 from TeaVivre

Style: Keemun – Region: Qimen, Anhui, China

94 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 19th, 2012

I liked this tea right from the start, but the more I drank this tea, the more it has grown on me. Very full-bodied, intense flavor, smooth. Fruity, with a fair amount of smokiness. Relatively little leaf is needed for a bold-flavored cup. Surprisingly, I like this a lot better than the Keemun Hao Ya from the same ...

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Sylvia

(214 reviews)
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Keemun Mao Feng Black Tea from Life in Teacup

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

67 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Apr. 17th, 2012

This tea is okay. I don't like the flavor that much. It reminds me of flake cereal. It didn't seem very strong when I first tasted it, but I brewed it a long time. Now that I'm noticing the flavor more, it seems stronger. I added cream and sugar.

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Alex Zorach

(1408 reviews)
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Keemun Mao Feng Black Tea from Life in Teacup

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

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 17th, 2012

Dry leaf is strongly aromatic, with a slight smokiness and a strong dried fruit quality. Surprisingly little leaf is needed to brew a flavorful cup. I find it hard to gauge the amount of leaf necessary, because the thin, wiry leaf occupies a lot of space, but also expands greatly upon brewing.

The brewed cup has a...

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Sylvia

(214 reviews)
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Keemun Black Tea – Grade 1 from TeaVivre

Style: Keemun – Region: Qimen, Anhui, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 15th, 2012

This tea is pretty good. I added cream and sugar.

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Alex Zorach

(1408 reviews)
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Organic Yunnan Select Dao Ming from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Yunnan, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 8th, 2012

Complex and smooth, a bit on the weaker side though. Dry leaf has a strong aroma, characteristic of Yunnan red teas.

Aroma is complex. Moderately smoky, resembling tobacco smoke and smoky green teas (like gunpowder) more than most smoky black teas, also moderately fruity, almost like a Keemun. Flavor unusually sm...

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MantraTea

(15 reviews)
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Red Peony from ITO EN

Style: Black Tea – Region: Anhui, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 29th, 2012

Similar to Red Peony - I just had an Invoice from Gopaldhara and Rohini Tea estates and I had an opportunity to taste the hand made Peony Rosette. Indeed very special mystical and mesmerizing mouth lingering taste as we go along from first cup to second cup. This is one of my favorite tea, The tea is medium bodied and ...

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Lupiressmoon

(22 reviews)
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Fujian Baroque from Adagio Teas

Style: Black Tea – Region: Fujian, China

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 23rd, 2011

A good black blend with potent wake-up appeal. Had a strange taste I have trouble identifying, a natural sweetness, and a nice smooth strength. Tea had a decent energy kick to it as I felt rejuvenated drinking it rather than relaxed, which is a good thing depending on the moment. Although the tea is enjoyable, not sure...

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Alex Zorach

(1408 reviews)
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Chinese Breakfast™ - Yunnan Black Tea from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Yunnan, China

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 28th, 2011

A classic Yunnan black tea, unusually smooth for a tea bag. Aroma is complex, with hints of cocoa, wood, and fruit. Peppery finish, characteristic of Yunnan teas.

I recommend a longer steeping time (5+ min). This tea is not as aromatic as a loose-leaf Yunnan, and its flavor is mild so you can steep it for a long ...

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E. Alex Gerster

(66 reviews)
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Ancient Gold Organic Black Tea from Samovar Tea Lounge

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 15th, 2011

Jingmai Mountain produces some amazing teas, and this one from Samovar is no exception. They are right on the money when they describe the taste and aroma as: "Deep and malty with hints of baked, bittersweet chocolate and raisin sugar. Lightly roasted body with a slightly sweet finish."

Optimal brewing is with sprin...

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Ryan Burress

(1 review)
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Hao Ya A from Harney and Sons

Style: Keemun Hao Ya A – Region: Anhui, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 12th, 2011

This tea has a nice, dark color and a crisp, smoky aroma. The flavor is not bitter, not too dry and not very smoky at all, as I thought it would be from the aroma and my experience with other Keemun teas. It is even less smoky than its nearly as delicious sibling, Hao Ya “B”. It has a very clean, crisp, fresh tast...

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Sylvia

(214 reviews)
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Organic English Breakfast from Harney and Sons

Style: English Breakfast – Region: China

50 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Sep. 17th, 2011

This tea is pretty good. I like that it's strong enough and not bitter, but it has a weird aroma. I added cream and sugar.

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Alex Zorach

(1408 reviews)
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Organic English Breakfast from Harney and Sons

Style: English Breakfast – Region: China

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Sep. 13th, 2011

This tea was interesting to me as it is pure Keemun, and not a blend of different teas, or predominately Ceylon possibly with some Assam, the way a lot of English breakfast blends nowadays are. I don't know much about the history of tea so I can't say much about the authenticity of this tea.

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Yunnan Gold (Golden Yunnan) from Adagio Teas

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 12th, 2011

This tea is mostly golden buds, and it is very similar to the other tea I've sampled that looks most similar to it in appearance, which was Life in Teacup's Yunnan Golden Bud. Smooth and peppery. Compared to that tea, this one has a softer peppery quality. Both teas are slightly Keemun-like.

Requires a long brewi...

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marlena

(75 reviews)
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Bohea Imperial Organic from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Bohea – Region: Fujian, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 25th, 2011

The leaves are small and tightly twisted/rolled and give off quite a smokey aroma, which dissapates as the tea brews. It does so even more in the taste, which is fairly light, smooth, creamy and just a wee bit smokey. There are hints of cocoa and roasted vegetables. It really is an excellent tea, but on the expensiv...

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Alex Zorach

(1408 reviews)
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Sichuan Zao Bei Jian from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Zao Bei Jian – Region: Sichuan, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 30th, 2011

My first tea from Sichuan.

Surprisingly strong aroma like concord grapes, very different from the lighter muscatel aroma of Darjeeling or Bai Hao oolong. Smoky and woody tones in the aroma. Smooth, with a slightly dusty finish, and a hint of some floral nuances.

A very interesting tea and a very smooth tea. Fu...

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E. Alex Gerster

(66 reviews)
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Ancient Golden Yunnan from Rishi Tea

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 20th, 2011

This has become one of the staples in my cupboard over the past year. It is one of those highly adaptable teas that seems to appeal equally to friends who are tea purists, and those who just want a "good cuppa' tea" as well.

Bold, smooth, slight malty flavor with a lingering caramel aftertaste. A very nice balance...

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Alex Zorach

(1408 reviews)
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Ying Ming Yunnan from Imperial Tea Garden

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Yunnan, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 11th, 2011

This is a classic, high-quality Yunnan red. Dry leaf contains some golden tips, more than the picture on the website suggests.

Rich, malty, and with the characteristic aroma of Yunnan black teas. Fruity tones. Very full-bodied and rich, but smooth. Pleasing and not too tannic, much smoother than typical among te...

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teckdeck2008

(2 reviews)
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Chinese Breakfast™ - Yunnan Black Tea from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Yunnan, China

73 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 24th, 2011

Color: dark brown with hints of amber; has a heavy viscosity and a good bit of cloudiness
Nose: nuts and green spice herbs with a touch of top soil
Taste: hint of walnut but otherwise very generic on the front end, no flavors stick out; again the walnut and not much else on the midpallete, it feels like its leading t...

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chailover2011

(3 reviews)
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Golden Monkey Black Tea from Teavana

Style: Golden Monkey – Region: Fujian, China

33 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 1/5
Jun. 18th, 2011

Big disappointment! This tea has zero flavor. I'm a fan of strong black teas. Usually buy my tea in India and bring it back. This chinese tea smelled quite good in the shop, but the flavor is nil. Won't buy this again. Flat, boring, nothing.

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Alex Zorach

(1408 reviews)
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Hubei Province Keemun Ji Hong from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Keemun – Region: Hubei, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 12th, 2011

The second Hubei Keemun I've tried, and it is immediately recognizable as a Hubei Keemun: the same aroma of chicken soup, the earthy and fruity Keemun tones weaker and taking a back burner, and a slight usually edginess not present in Anhui Keemuns.

Flavor is overall very sweet, there are even some tones of honey in...

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