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JGS1122

(69 reviews)
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Golden Tip Yunnan from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

93 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 5th, 2010

I really enjoy this Yunnan. Great aroma. Excellent flavor. I make a large pot and keep it in a thermos and sip all day. I never add milk or sugar, but it might be a bit "strong" alone for some tastes.

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Jenna T. Drinker

(33 reviews)
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Lapsang Souchong from Lupicia

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: Fujian, China

93 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 1st, 2010

I love Lapsang Souchong and Lupicia don't do it any harm! A wonderful smokey aroma and rich flavor without any sour aftertaste. Really satisfying overall, and good with milk too!

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Bethany

(12 reviews)
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Lapsang Souchong from Peet's Coffee and Tea (Peets)

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: China

63 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
May. 20th, 2010

This tea has an inviting campfire-smoke aroma, but tastes very, very smoky, almost meaty, to the exclusion of the basic tea flavor. If you're looking for a less intense smoky flavor, try the Scottish Breakfast (still a little strong for me) or the Russian Caravan (which I love).

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English Breakfast from Harney and Sons

Style: English Breakfast – Region: China

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 16th, 2010

Confusingly, the Harney & Sons website says this stuff is 100% Keemun, while the canister implies it's a blend of Keemun and other unnamed black teas. It tastes like Keemun, though, a little smoky, with that vaguely graphite-y aroma. It's pretty smooth, easy to drink without any accoutrements, and has a good, strong, b...

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Russian Caravan from Peet's Coffee and Tea (Peets)

Style: Russian Caravan – Region: China

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
May. 14th, 2010

This has a nice smoky flavor, but not too smoky - I can't handle full-strength Lapsang Souchong or even Scottish Breakfast, but this one is blended with other teas in a proportion that I find quite drinkable. (I think it's something like 1/4 Lapsang Souchong, but I don't remember for sure.) It's a great rainy-day tea, ...

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synth

(31 reviews)
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Golden Monkey Paw from California Tea House

Style: Golden Monkey – Region: Fujian, China

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Apr. 30th, 2010

note: this is the first golden monkey tea i've tried.

aroma and flavor: rich, nutty, woody.

this is quality, but i think there are cheaper and tastier teas out there.

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Yunnan Golden Buds from California Tea House

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Apr. 30th, 2010

note: this is the only yunnan golden tea i've tried

aroma:
dry leaves: mellow
liquor: warm, round, mellow

flavor: mellow and yet not weak. full. somewhat malty. very agreeable.

one of my favorite teas. somewhat pricey.

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Gigasaurus Rex

(2 reviews)
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China Keemun First Grade from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Keemun – Region: China

83 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 30th, 2010

My scores for this tea may run a little high because this is my favorite tea. I enjoy trying all types and grades of tea, but I always buy this tea with every order.

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synth

(31 reviews)
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Organic Lapsang Souchong from California Tea House

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 29th, 2010

note: this is the only lapsang souchong i've tried.

very powerful in both flavor and aroma. a very smokey smell. many people i've offered it to told me it smells like a camp fire. i definitely smell the terpenes (chemicals from the pine wood).

i am a big fan of this tea, but it is definitely not for everyone. ...

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emma

(12 reviews)
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Golden Monkey Black Tea from Teavana

Style: Golden Monkey – Region: Fujian, China

67 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 23rd, 2010

I was disappointed with this tea, it seems sour tasting to me even when I brew it right.

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Kathy

(5 reviews)
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Organic China Keemun OP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Keemun – Region: Anhui, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 22nd, 2010

Very pleasant and stands up to milk and sugar.

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It's All About The Leaf

(3 reviews)
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Yunnan Noir from Adagio Teas

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 22nd, 2010

Let me start by saying, I am not a coffee drinker. For me, the tea I choose to drink throughout the day will be dependent on my mood. This tea would be one that I would use to start my day, as I think it has the ability to give you that initial morning burst that many people claim to get from that first pot of java....

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Linda Martin

(50 reviews)
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Prince of Wales from Twinings

Style: Black Tea – Region: China

93 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 12th, 2010

One of my favorites!

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Alex Zorach

(1408 reviews)
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Prince of Wales from Twinings

Style: Black Tea – Region: China

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 22nd, 2010

Fairly light overall, especially compared to Twinings' other black teas. There's some complexity in the aroma, in my opinion, more than their other black teas with the exception of their Ceylon (my favorite). Smooth...less astringency or bitterness. I find you can steep this one a little longer without it becoming t...

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herbalista

(1 review)
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Lapsang Souchong Black Dragon from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: China

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 9th, 2010

This is one of my favorite teas. It stands head and shoulders above most other Lapsangs, almost poetical in the achievement of its goals. Not to be missed!

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Alex Zorach

(1408 reviews)
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Organic China Lapsang Souchong from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: China

50 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 20th, 2009

It's hard for me to evaluate this tea because I am not much of a fan of Lapsang Souchong...but this is among the smoothest of the ones I've tried so far. Perhaps I'd develop a taste for it if I drank it more often.

Very strong smoky aroma, more like a sausage or fireplace than a tea. Flavor is extremely smooth and...

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Yankees251

(1 review)
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Black Dragon Pearls from Adagio Teas

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Yunnan, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 4th, 2009

Great everyday black tea, malty, chocolate, substantial.

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Malfist

(1 review)
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Prince of Wales from Twinings

Style: Black Tea – Region: China

63 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 4th, 2009

This is one of my favorites for dinner. I brew it lightly, if it's brewed too strongly you don't get all the flavors. Probably one of the best, mass produced american teas. Hard to find in most stores, comes in both teabag variety and loose leaf. I prefer the loose leaf.

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julie

(1 review)
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Yunnan Gold (Golden Yunnan) from Adagio Teas

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

97 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 4th, 2009

my favorite tea. smells delicious, tastes delicious. still palatable after over brewing. simply the best.

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George N

(2 reviews)
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Golden Monkey Black Tea from Teavana

Style: Golden Monkey – Region: Fujian, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 4th, 2009

Overall a smooth cup, with a refreshing aroma. Good as a morning or afternoon tea.

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Alex Zorach

(1408 reviews)
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China Breakfast from Rishi Tea

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Yunnan, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 3rd, 2009

Wow. I love the aroma of this tea...it is much more vegetal than most black teas, clean and fresh, and yet warm too. Smooth and yet relatively full-bodied, but thin relative to some breakfast teas. No astringency.

I do notice the peppery tones characteristic of a dian hong. The aroma is pleasingly complex. Ther...

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China Black Tea from Foojoy

Style: Black Tea – Region: China

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 14th, 2009

Given that this was a teabag tea, made out of fannings, and the individual teabags weren't even sealed in paper, this tea was remarkably fresh and complex.

The tea brews a dark reddish brown. The flavor is mellow and the aroma earthy; it reminds me a lot of a keemun. There's a little bitterness and some astringenc...

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Organic China Congou Hong Tao #1 from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Keemun – Region: China

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 4th, 2009

Interesting and atypical among black teas: more mellow and earthy. The leaves have an aroma very similar to the brewed tea.

When brewed as instructed, the tea is is a dark brown with a slight greenish hue, and less opaque than some black teas. I like to brew it with slightly more leaves than recommended, which yie...

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