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Irish Breakfast from Frontier

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: India

81 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 21st, 2021

This tea was spot-on in terms of style for Irish Breakfast, and one of the better examples of it at that.

The leaf is broken but the pieces of leaf are still recognizable as such, especially after steeping. The dry leaf has a pleasant aroma that suggests a strong, fresh tea. It infuses fairly quickly to produce a po...

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Kumaon Black Tea from Frontier

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kumaon, India

79 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 14th, 2021

I've been curious about teas from the Kumaon region of India for some time, but had yet to get my hands on one until now. What a surprise when the local food co-op got this in stock in their display of Frontier's bulk teas and spices!

The leaf is very fine, and strongly aromatic. The still-rather-intact leaf is tiny...

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Frontier Organic White Peony from Frontier

Style: White Peony Tea – Region: ?????

47 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 17th, 2017

I was not impressed with this one. I'm not sure if it was the low quality of tea though, or if it was simply not very fresh at the store where it was sold. I wish Frontier had more of a mechanism in place for ensuring freshness in the bulk tea kiosks they have in natural food stores, because I sometimes have a proble...

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Se Chung Special Oolong from Frontier

Style: Se Chung Oolong – Region: ?????

47 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 1/5
Dec. 7th, 2015

A mediocre tea, disappointing among Se Chung oolongs, a fairly broad group of oolongs that I tend to enjoy a lot.

Dry leaf looks unusual for Se Chung oolongs, the leaves are mostly in long, twisted shapes like Wuyi oolongs, unlike the tightly-rolled shapes of Tie Guan Yin and other Anxi oolongs. The leaf is fairly ...

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China Black (Orange Pekoe) Organic from Frontier

Style: Black Tea – Region: China

37 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 1/5
Nov. 29th, 2015

I brewed this tea multiple times and it consistently disappointed me.

The dry leaf of this tea, which is quite broken, had a weak aroma that reminded me of a fresh loaf of rye bread at a mediocre deli.

When water hit the leaves, the aroma developed into an array of light smokiness, deep vegetal notes, and fruitin...

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Ceylon Black Tea (Orange Pekoe) High Grown from Frontier

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

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 17th, 2015

My favorite tea from Frontier yet, I thought this a top-quality black tea and one of the better Ceylons I've sampled from any company.

The dry leaf is quite beautiful, and has a mild but pleasant aroma of malt and spice that is lighter and cooler than most malty teas.

Upon brewing, the aroma becomes a bit dusty, ...

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Bulk Jasmine Tea, Organic, Fair Trade from Frontier

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: China

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 13th, 2014

A jasmine tea with a bold green tea flavor and relatively subtle jasmine fragrance. Very different in character from most jasmine teas, but enjoyable.

Leaf is pretty finely broken, grayish green, and slightly curved, looking a lot like lower grades of chun mee.

The aroma of the brewed cup has only a modest jasmi...

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Lemon Verbena Cut & Sifted from Frontier

Style: Lemon Verbena – Region: Paraguay

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 12th, 2014

I like lemon verbena very much, and I find it a pleasant change of pace from other lemon-scented herbal teas. This batch was unusually bold in flavor, but its aroma was similar to other lemon verbena: lemony without being overwhelmingly so.

Aroma suggests lemon, gingerbread, and is also mildly vegetal and herbaceou...

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Bulk Lemon Balm, Cut & Sifted, Organic from Frontier

Style: Lemon Balm – Region: United States of America

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 25th, 2013

I'm used to drinking iced herbal tea brewed from fresh lemon balm, or from my own dried batches of the herb, which I dry in whole-leaf form. This herb was pretty finely broken, and had a pretty different flavor and aroma.

The aroma is only very mildly lemony, much less so than my own batches of the herb, but it's v...

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Chai Tea from Frontier

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: ?????

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
May. 12th, 2013

A very peppery, spicy chai that with a surprisingly mild base tea.

The leaf is very finely broken, which made me afraid that this one would be too strong, but I find the black tea used as the base is very mild. I don't know where it's from, but it reminds me of some of the milder high-grown Ceylon teas.

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English Breakfast Tea from Frontier

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 5th, 2013

This tea was very fresh when I picked it up. Dry leaf is largeish pieces of broken orthodox tea, with a pleasant aroma, typical of black tea but with hints of cinnamon and wintergreen, a good sign!

Brews a very dark color. Very aromatic, and with a very smooth flavor! Only slightly malty, balanced with fruity qua...

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Bancha Tea from Frontier

Style: Bancha – Region: ?????

63 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 11th, 2013

A drinkable and inexpensive green tea with a mild flavor. I tried this shortly after Wegmans' bancha; the leaf of this tea is more intact, but the dry leaf is not particularly aromatic. I prefer Wegmans' offering even though it is more broken.

Brews a golden color cup with a lot of dust at the bottom. Mild aroma....

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Indian White Tea from Frontier

Style: White Tea – Region: Kerala, India

60 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 27th, 2013

Dry leaf is beautiful, but not very aromatic. Looks like a bai mu dan (white peony) by leaf shape and size, but a shou mei by the darker leaf color.

Upon brewing, there's a fleeting suggestion of lemon in the aroma, but when I drink it, the flavor and aroma are subdued. Aroma is mostly of caramel and autumn leaves...

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Earl Grey Tea from Frontier

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 17th, 2013

An Earl Grey with a classic flavor profile, but on the weak side. I see on Frontier's new website that this tea uses the Irish Breakfast Tea as a base, probably a good choice because a strong base tea is needed to hold its own against the bergamot flavoring.

Dry leaf is finely broken, and has a classic Earl Grey fl...

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Hibiscus Flowers, Cut & Sifted, Organic from Frontier

Style: Hibiscus Tea – Region: ?????

63 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 18th, 2012

I tend to not like hibiscus tea hot, but I do enjoy it as an iced drink on very hot days. To this end I like to brew it very weakly. It can be quite refreshing, if you want a fruit-like drink that does not contain any sugar or sweetness.

I thought this particular batch was quite good, and very reasonably priced fo...

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Rooibos Tea from Frontier

Style: Rooibos – Region: South Africa

67 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 24th, 2012

A strong, Assam-like rooibos, if that's possible. Dry leaf is pleasingly aromatic.

Aroma is rather strong, earthy, and woody, and considerably more peppery and spicy than I am used to for rooibos, less fruity. Rather heavy and thick. Not exactly bitter, but seems to have more bite than a typical rooibos. This is...

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Assam Tea from Frontier

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

70 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 23rd, 2012

A classic Assam: no particularly outstanding qualities, yet a solid tea and pleasing to drink, especially for people who like strong, dark teas.

Strong, malty, with some fruity qualities. Some astringency and bitterness but less than a typical Assam. In spite of being orthodox tea of a decent grade, the leaf infus...

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Darjeeling Tea from Frontier

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 23rd, 2012

This tea was stored in glass jars in a co-op. I have no idea how fresh it was; the dry leaf smelled fresh and pleasing, but the brewed cup was slightly disappointing. The storage conditions were not optimal, and there was no date, so it could have been that this was just a bit old.

Dry leaf is pleasingly aromatic,...

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