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Alex Zorach

(1402 reviews)
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China Black Special from TeaSource

Style: Black Tea – Region: Guangxi, China

93 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 21st, 2019

TeaSource describes this tea as unusual, and I agree, and not just how it looks, and its origin (only my second tea I've ever tried from Guangxi) but also its flavor and aroma! I really loved this one and I found it easy to drink and enjoy.

The leaf is only lightly aromatic but the smell is very pleasant.

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Yunnan FOP from TeaSource

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Yunnan, China

81 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 19th, 2019

One of the most interesting teas I've tried in a while!

The dry leaf, which is quite aesthetic looking, smells very unusual and different. The aroma is strong, quite smoky and also herbaceous, with hints of malt and cocoa. It also reminds me a little bit of the smell of an ashtray though, and also of the "new car" s...

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Hu Hong Mao Feng from TeaSource

Style: Black Tea – Region: Hunan, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 17th, 2019

I ordered this exquisite tea from TeaSource with my first order, and it was both interesting and impressive.

The dry leaf is beautiful, curly and somewhat wiry. It is intensely aromatic and the aroma is beautiful: strongly malty, more like rye than other grains, with a nutty quality a little like peanut butter, but ...

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Plowboy

(21 reviews)

Royal Lapsang Souchong Organic from Bird Pick

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: Fujian, China

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 6th, 2019

Found this in a Chinese market at the mall in Arcadia, CA. They had a huge selection of teas. I picked up a couple of ounces of this. It was priced at $30 per pound.

It is a very dark tea, black actually, and it has a heavy, smoky smell. However, after brewing the flavor is not as intense as you would expect. The br...

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Derick

(9 reviews)
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English Breakfast from Harney and Sons

Style: English Breakfast – Region: China

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 4th, 2019

This is an excellent breakfast tea. I find a bit of sugar and milk really brings out the mellowness.

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Michael W

(5 reviews)
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Select Yunnan Black from Imperial Tea Court

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Yunnan, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 22nd, 2019

The aroma of this tea is clean and straightforward, with a slight pungency that perks you up. The taste is simple, mellow, and lightly sweet. It's a great tea to drink slowly, savoring the richness with every sip. The liquor is fairly dark but that doesn't really detract from the taste.

Although at the lowest end of...

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Trailesque

(62 reviews)

China Silver Needle from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Silver Needle – Region: China

35 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Mar. 19th, 2019

This is a nice tea to look at, but the flavor is weak and bland. A little nutty taste. No plans to get more of this.

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Panyang Congou Select from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Panyang Congou – Region: Fujian, China

75 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 19th, 2019

I had one called China Panyang Congou from Upton, which is also currently unavailable. I'm guessing this is the same thing. It is very enjoyable and tastes different from most of the teas I can think of. There is a pronounced barley/pumpernickel flavor. I've been brewing beer lately and this reminded me of the taste...

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Derick

(9 reviews)
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English Breakfast from Adagio Teas

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Anhui, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 19th, 2019

A bit earthy for my taste. I prefer a lighter breakfast tea, but this is still well worth the brew, especially with milk and sugar.

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Black Dragon Pearls from Adagio Teas

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Yunnan, China

85 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 19th, 2019

Kind of like a breakfast tea with a hint of cocoa flavor

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Golden Monkey from Adagio Teas

Style: Golden Monkey – Region: Fujian, China

85 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 19th, 2019

An excellent tea, with good balance between the flavors and aromas. A bit on the pricey side.

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Tchuggin' Okie

(217 reviews)
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Organic Green Tea from Uncle Lee's Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: Fujian, China

62 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 13th, 2019

This is a very slightly above-average, but not outstanding, bagged green tea available at a price that's hard to top for a non-store brand (about $8 for a 100-count box online, or at stores such as Wal-Mart). Fortunately, I procured a fairly new, sealed 100-ct box at an estate sale for a buck, so *my* value was unrepr...

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Trailesque

(62 reviews)
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Osmanthus Oolong Se Chung from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Osmanthus Tea – Region: China

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 13th, 2019

A pleasant cup - the floral notes blend well with the tea. Oolong and flowers makes for an odd but effective combination.

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China Keemun First Grade from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Keemun – Region: China

65 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 13th, 2019

This is a pretty mellow but still flavorful Chinese black tea. A little nutty and smoky, and offered at a good price.

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Organic Gunpowder from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Gunpowder Green Tea – Region: China

40 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Feb. 13th, 2019

Fairly bland Chinese dark green tea. Being organic is not always enough, apparently.

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China Congou Panyang (Panyong) from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Panyang Congou – Region: China

75 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 13th, 2019

Didnt like this at first but it has grown on me. It is best warm-hot not piping hot - that allows the full nuanced flavor to come out. Earthy with a little citrus.

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Difflugia

(128 reviews)
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Organic Black Tea from Prince of Peace

Style: Black Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

61 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 1st, 2019

I found this box of tea at a natural health store on my lunch hour. Most places that carry Prince of Peace tea don't carry black tea, so I grabbed them. The 100 tea bags are individually wrapped in paper, so I transferred them to an airtight container after removing the plastic seal from the box.

The unbleached pape...

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Trailesque

(62 reviews)
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Special Grade Temple of Heaven Gunpowder Green from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Gunpowder Green Tea – Region: China

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 23rd, 2019

A good inexpensive Chinese green. Fairly sharp and peppery on the palate. The earthy, leafy aroma is quite nice. You could certainly do worse at this price.

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Lapsang Souchong Imperial from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: China

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 22nd, 2019

This is a perfectly good Lapsang Souchong. Smoky and lightly bitter, but not harsh. Slightly aromatic finish.

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Lurloo Lokkintoo

(21 reviews)
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Prince of Wales from Twinings

Style: Black Tea – Region: China

25 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 18th, 2019

I'm no big fan of this tea. This tea is not for me..... Anywho! I don't know what I was expecting. The taste of a prince, the taste of a wale... It did not taste like either. Trust me, I know.

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Trailesque

(62 reviews)
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Tie-Guan-Yin Oolong First Grade from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: China

50 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 18th, 2019

An earthy oolong that is good for multiple infusions.

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China Jasmine Da Zhang Select Organic from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: China

35 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 18th, 2019

An attractive tea with a nice scent but it lacks jasmine flavor. I have had other jasmines from UT that I liked more.

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Alex Zorach

(1402 reviews)
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Golden Monkey from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Golden Monkey – Region: Yunnan, China

86 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 10th, 2019

This tea was more pleasant than interesting. I liked it a lot, but found it hard to write as much about it. I also thought it was slightly overpriced.

Dry leaf is very pretty (like many of Murchie's teas, their photo doesn't do it justice, so I took one of my own), with bright golden-orange tips against a dark backg...

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Olseniteachem

(5 reviews)
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Jasmine Pearls from The Tao of Tea

Style: Jasmine Pearls – Region: Hunan, China

82 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 3rd, 2019

Lovely jasmine pearl tea. The hand rolled pearls open gently as it brews. The taste is delicate—not as grassy or as floral as a few of the other jasmine greens out there. Nice tea that is smooth and easily drinkable.

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Tchuggin' Okie

(217 reviews)
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Blood Pressure from Triple Leaf Tea

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: China

37 / 100 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 1st, 2019

Seeing the questionable claims made by some wellness-tea makers, including this one on its site, raises my blood pressure. That rather opposes the stated intent of this tea! Fortunately that effect is temporary. It's wise to heed the last part of RateTea's description of Triple Leaf: "Some of this company's product...

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