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JGS1122

(64 reviews)
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Fujian Black Snail from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Fujian, China

55 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 2nd, 2018

The aroma has a mild earthiness. The liquor is a light amber color. Mild taste that would be overwhelmed by milk or sugar.

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Heather J.

(28 reviews)
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Organic English Breakfast from Harney and Sons

Style: English Breakfast – Region: China

69 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Nov. 29th, 2018

For an English breakfast tea I think this one is pretty good! I’m picky about black teas in general because I don’t like when they are too astringent or bitter. This tea isn’t too astringent at all though! However it was a little bitter, but overall it tasted pretty decent. The aroma is good and mild and smells l...

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Alex Zorach

(1387 reviews)
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Special Golden Black Tea from Socra Tea Detroit

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

82 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 27th, 2018

This was a smooth, naturally sweet tea (even with no sweetener added) that had a pleasing and somewhat complex aroma.

We ordered four teas (two true teas and two Rooibos) at Socra Tea during our recent visit to Detroit, and this was the tea that jumped out and left the biggest impression on me.

Very smooth flavor...

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Da Hu Sai Village Wild Arbor Black Tea of Yunnan Spring 2018 from Yunnan Sourcing

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

92 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 8th, 2018

This is one of those really dangerous teas...very caffeinated but incredibly mild and smooth tasting, so it is very easy to brew it too strongly and get uncomfortably wired.

Dry leaf has a potent and very pleasing aroma: strongly malty with cocoa notes, and a faint hint of smoke and vegetal notes. Contrasting with t...

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Jingmai Mountain Wild Arbor Black Tea of Spring 2018 from Yunnan Sourcing

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

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 5th, 2018

Wow! Exceptional!!!

I've tried a lot of teas from Yunnan Sourcing over the years but have never ordered nor have I reviewed any of them; they were always just served to me by others, often aged Pu-erhs. I finally ordered some of my own and I am super impressed with every one. This is my favorite one of the batch.

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Alex

(45 reviews)
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Imperial Keemun Mao Feng Secret Garden from Culinary Teas

Style: Keemun Mao Feng – Region: China

88 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 30th, 2018

Finally, a good Keemun! The dry tea has an aroma of aged wood, with a smoky scent that's more like the smokiness of a smoked cheese than the harsh smokiness of lower quality Keemun. I brewed it in a French press with water that hadn't reached boiling yet. The brewed tea has a similar aroma to the dry leaves, but this a...

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Ancient Yunnan from Octavia Tea

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 9th, 2018

This is a very enjoyable tea. The twisted, tippy leaves have an aroma of raisins, wood, cocoa, and malt. When I added water I was initially disappointed to see that the leaves were broken, as I've paid less for full leaf Yunnan. Fortunately, the taste doesn't seem to suffer from this fact, with no bitterness and only a...

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Lapsang Souchong Wild Black Tea (Ye Sheng Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong) from TeaVivre

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

84 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 7th, 2018

This is a weird tea. The dry leaves smell like chocolate and flowers, but as soon as water is added it smells like baked potatoes. It takes a while to brew: I usually end up brewing it for 6-7 minutes the first time and even longer for the next two infusions for a total of three cups.

The flavor is somewhat unusual...

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Yunnan Gongfu Fragrant from TeaVivre

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

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 4th, 2018

It took me a few tries to get something I liked out of this tea, but I'm really enjoying it now. It seems to turn out best steeped for around 3 minutes with water just below boiling. The aroma is mostly floral and malty, with some dried fruit and a slight scent of potatoes in the background. The flavor is slightly malt...

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Infra

(6 reviews)
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Lapsang Souchong from Harney and Sons

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

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
May. 16th, 2018

I am a bit of a connoisseur of Lapsang Souchong. I have tried them from many different brands, and I think that the H&S offering of it is by far the best. The smokiness of it is beyond fantastic and I think that it's just amazing.

As a previous reviewer said, Lapsang Souchong isn't really a tea for everyone - it sme...

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English Breakfast from Harney and Sons

Style: English Breakfast – Region: China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
May. 11th, 2018

Like the tin says, it's definitely entirely comprised of nothing but Keemun, with the vegetal, almost barnyard-esque notes of the tea shining through. Probably why it's normally mixed in a typical English Breakfast. It does, however, smell delicious - like any good black tea, it's got that heady aroma of caffeine yet t...

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Alex

(45 reviews)
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Keemun Concerto from Adagio Teas

Style: Keemun Mao Feng – Region: Anhui, China

60 / 100 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 7th, 2018

I'm having a hard time rating this tea. It smelled pretty bad to me, like burnt pine. I guess that's the smokiness. The flavor was nicely earthy and slightly chocolaty with the occasional subtle fruit note. I enjoyed the flavor, but hated the aroma. I always knew it was done brewing and would taste the way I liked it w...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(184 reviews)
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English Breakfast from Harney and Sons

Style: English Breakfast – Region: China

61 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
May. 6th, 2018

Sniffing the dry bag resurrected memories of high-school wood shop. At first I didn't understand why, then I realized the modest aroma has a component much like freshly sanded walnut, or basswood. That's not an unpleasant odor, just not what I expect in a tea. Perhaps a carpenter can appreciate this product better t...

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JGS1122

(64 reviews)
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Imperial Yunnan China Black Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
May. 5th, 2018

Very pleasant 'mild' Yunnan. Attractive amber liquor, mild aroma, good taste.

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Alex Zorach

(1387 reviews)
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China Cangyuan Yunnan Organic Black Tea from Simpson & Vail

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

99 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 11th, 2018

This was an exceptional tea and one of my favorite that I've sampled in a very long time. It was somewhat like other Yunnan teas but had unique lemony notes. Thank you to Simpson & Vail for the sample! I'm excited because this one sparked me adding a new sub-region to RateTea, it's the first tea we've listed from Cang...

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ConradKay

(31 reviews)
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Golden Monkey Black Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Golden Monkey – Region: Fujian, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 11th, 2018

Very nice tea! Tastes almost exactly like the wild lapsang souchong to me but is a bit fruitier! I will definitely be getting some more on Amazon soon!

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Lapsang Souchong Wild Black Tea (Ye Sheng Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong) from TeaVivre

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

86 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 10th, 2018

Very nice tea! It has a strong chocolate taste/aroma and also has some sweet potato hints as well. Pretty good tea for the price also.

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Black Dragon Pearls from Adagio Teas

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Yunnan, China

79 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 11th, 2018

Overall, this is a very decent tea.
The smell is very nice but is just like a typical black tea.
The flavor is very nice and is almost like a less malty Irish breakfast tea with cocoa notes. The tea is naturally sweet and also very smooth and creamy. I re-steep this tea 4 times(western brewing) using less than 3 gra...

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oregongamer

(4 reviews)
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Prince of Wales (Loose) from Twinings

Style: Black Tea – Region: China

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 10th, 2018

Less tannic and lighter than English Breakfast blends, this tea is my go-to for afternoon sipping. A quintessential Chinese offering and packed in a tin.

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Teuvo

(63 reviews)
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Black Mao Feng from Simon Lévelt

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

56 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 4th, 2018

Based on my experiences with black gunpowder, I was not surprised that this doesn't taste like Mao Feng at all. It's more like other Chinese black teas I've had. It's got just a tiny little bit of sweetness but it's hardly there. It's pleasantly almost-bitter (but I did make it pretty strong).
Resteeps quite decently...

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JGS1122

(64 reviews)
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Yunnan Black Gold from Yunnan Sourcing

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

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 13th, 2017

Great Yunnan scent. Large leaves. Nice honey colored liquor. Taste is good, a bit mild. I'm sure this will be a great 'all day' tea. Might be a bit mild for milk or cream. Minor problem with I needed to purchase 10 packets to get the full amount I wanted.

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Cissy

(13 reviews)
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Lapsang Souchong from Harney and Sons

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

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 30th, 2017

Lapsang Souchong is not a tea for everybody, and this one is especially strong and smoky, a great beverage for a gloomy winter afternoon. You can almost feel woodsmoke in it. It's too aggressive for me to enjoy very often -- I have to be in a mood for it. But I could imagine a bit of it blended with another tamer bl...

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Alex Zorach

(1387 reviews)
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Yunnan Loose Tea from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Yunnan, China

88 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 19th, 2017

This was one of the most classic examples of a Dian Hong or black tea from Yunnan, that I have tried in a long time.

The dry leaf is rich in golden tips, looking a little more greenish and silvery than in the company's picture. It smells mild but very pleasant and complex, with smoky and fruity notes typical of a Y...

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Teuvo

(63 reviews)
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Black Gunpowder (z) from De Theefabriek

Style: Black Gunpowder – Region: Fujian, China

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 19th, 2017

The dry leaves are a lovely dull brown colour. I just really like the look of them.

I'm having slightly mixed feelings. It is flowery as advertised, but it's also a bit "dull" in a way that cheap teabags often are. Maybe I used too much tea or let it steep for too long. Or maybe too many leaves and not steeped long ...

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Alex Zorach

(1387 reviews)
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Keemun Extra Choice from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Keemun – Region: China

66 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Oct. 17th, 2017

A very subdued tea. This one was pleasant, but disappointed me, given how much I normally tend to like Keemun.

Dry leaf smells pleasant and mild, a little fresher and cooler-smelling than I normally expect for Keemun.

Brews a rich, dark cup with a mellow flavor and a distinctly caramelly aroma. A little fresher,...

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