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JGS1122

(79 reviews)

St. James Estate Pekoe Ceylon from Upton Tea Imports

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

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 27th, 2020

For me this is a quintessential Ceylon. Wonderful mild earthy aroma. Liquor is a place amber. Clean taste, with a hint of fruit. Glad I have tried this. Will reorder in the future.

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Trailesque

(87 reviews)

Somerset Estate BOP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Sri Lanka / Ceylon

50 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 4/5
May. 4th, 2020

An unspectacular but good enough Ceylon tea. The aroma has a hint of freshly baked muffins to it. A 3 minute steep (which is what the directions called for) results in a bland but perfectly drinkable beverage.

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Difflugia

(150 reviews)
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Ceylon Orange Pekoe from Twinings

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Matale, Sri Lanka (Dimbula)

64 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
May. 1st, 2020

Dry, this tea smells vaguely of cocoa and molasses. It's understated, but pleasant. While brewing, the aroma is of light brown sugar, but not heavy. The cocoa from earlier is still there, but less pronounced than I expected based on the initial aroma and experience with other Sri Lankan teas. There's a faint note of ra...

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JGS1122

(79 reviews)

Boston Tea Party from Chado Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Sri Lanka / Ceylon

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 23rd, 2020

This tea has a pleasant mild earthiness. The liquor is a dark brown color. Mild flavor, with a subtle sweet/honey after taste. Certainly worth a try. I will purchase this tea again in the future.

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Trailesque

(87 reviews)
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Kandy OP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Kandy, Sri Lanka

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 21st, 2020

You simply can't go wrong with this tea. The average tea drinker who buys bags of Lipton or Tetley would probably agree, because this is like a premium version of those products. This is smooth and pleasant, but not lacking in flavor. It contains dashes of caramel, fruit, steely tannins and a fresh, leafy aroma. It...

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Alex Zorach

(1412 reviews)
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Gold Leaf Tea from Akbar

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

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 15th, 2020

I was astonished by this tea's quality as well as value for its price. One of my friends recently bought this from a Russian market, and he had only recently opened the container so it was very fresh.

The dry leaf though is explosively aromatic. This is by far the most aromatic Ceylon black tea I've ever found in th...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(273 reviews)
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Premium Leaf Tea from Dilmah

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

65 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 4th, 2019

I'm reviewing the version of their loose-leaf "Premium" that comes in a 400g resealable plastic sack, which I got new/unopened at an estate sale. The leaves are very finely chopped, small, almost granular, as if they were part of a mechanical, one-size-fits-all process for both bagged and loose-leaf offerings. The wo...

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Joe C.

(3 reviews)
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Ceylon Black Tea (Orange Pekoe) High Grown from Frontier

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

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 22nd, 2019

I am a little confused about the labeling of this tea. It says it is high grown but the tea I have had from Ceylon that is grown at 6000 feet is usually a lot lighter in color and not quite as bold in taste. This tea is fairly dark in color and very bold in flavor. It actually taste like a blended tea or a lower grown ...

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Alex Zorach

(1412 reviews)
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Ceylon, Lumbini Estate, FBOP from TeaSource

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Matara, Sri Lanka

91 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 18th, 2019

This was an exceptional tea and without a doubt one of the best Ceylons I've sampled ever. I like Ceylons, but outside of the ones from teakruthi, it's rare I find ones that stand out. This is one of them!

The leaf looks very straightforward, made of large broken pieces of wiry leaf, uniform in texture and dark gray...

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Dutusa

(6 reviews)
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Large Leaf Special Tea from Impra Tea

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

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 2nd, 2019

You can taste the quality of this delicious tea. Very good black Ceylon tea.

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Trailesque

(87 reviews)

Upton Strathdon Estate CTC BP1 from Upton Tea Imports

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

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 19th, 2019

A good Ceylon tea that is similar to mainstream teas like Tetley, only better. A bit more body and smoke to it. I hope this is offered again at some point.

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Difflugia

(150 reviews)
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Premium Full Leaf Tea from Alghazaleen Tea (Do Ghazal)

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

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 20th, 2019

I picked this up in a Middle Eastern grocery near Detroit, MI. I bought a 250g pouch of tea that turned out to be double-bagged with an outer mylar pouch and a thin plastic bag inside. The tea is quite broken and in relatively small pieces, but quite aromatic even when dry. It smells of caramel and pastry, like slightl...

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Trailesque

(87 reviews)

Frances Bissell's Special Blend from Upton Tea Imports

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

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 13th, 2019

A smooth and pleasant Ceylon. Nothing out of the ordinary to my taste but perfectly enjoyable. Good with milk or lemon & sugar.

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Difflugia

(150 reviews)
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Steep English Breakfast Fair Trade Certified Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Sri Lanka / Ceylon

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

Without beating around the bush, this is a really good Sri Lankan/Ceylon tea. This seems to be one of the few brands of bagged tea that selected Sri Lankan tea for its flavors rather than for simply being "mild". This tea is remarkably similar in flavor to Ahmad and Alwazah branded Ceylon teas that are available from M...

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Alex Zorach

(1412 reviews)
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Ceylon Extra Superior from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

89 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 18th, 2018

A delightful, mellow tea that was one of the best Ceylons I've tried in a while. A subtle tea that was better for calm meditation than as a pick-me-up.

Dry leaf has a beautiful, intact shape with long, wiry leaves in a dark purple-black color. It is only mildly aromatic, smelling lightly of malt and spice with a hin...

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Alex

(45 reviews)
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Kenilworth Ceylon from Coffee and Tea Exchange

Style: Black Tea – Region: Sri Lanka / Ceylon

75 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 18th, 2018

This is what I think of as the stereotypical Ceylon: wiry leaves that brew a cup with a smooth, full body and honey and citrus notes. It's not my favorite type of the (I generally prefer Chinese tea), but this is still good.

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Lurloo Lokkintoo

(22 reviews)
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Ceylon Orange Pekoe from Twinings

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Matale, Sri Lanka (Dimbula)

70 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 29th, 2018

Good! Not particularly memorable, but good! I like the aroma! But it's just not as good as half of their other, popular black tea's.

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Difflugia

(150 reviews)
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Ceylon (Ceylon Orange Pekoe) from Ahmad Tea

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

75 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
May. 19th, 2018

A local Middle Eastern grocery store stocks several varieties of Ahmad tea, including this one.

The dry leaves are quite broken, with medium-small pieces. The aroma of the leaves is malty, but not particularly strong. Once the tea starts brewing, though, the aroma greatly intensifies. It's not as complex as some oth...

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Alex Zorach

(1412 reviews)
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Pure Ceylon Tea (FBOPF "SP") from Alghazaleen Tea (Do Ghazal)

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

89 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 7th, 2018

Wow, this tea offers the most exceptional value of any tea I've ever tried. It was $6.50 for a pound, yet was better than many artisan teas I've had for over 6 times the price. Similar to Ahmad Tea's Ceylon (one of my favorites), but a smidge cheaper and I think I slightly prefer this one.

The leaf consists of fai...

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JGS1122

(79 reviews)
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Somerset Estate BOP Breakfast from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 12th, 2018

A very pleasant Ceylon. Mild aroma and flavor, honey like after taste.

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Alex Zorach

(1412 reviews)
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English Breakfast - Ceylon OP from Passenger Coffee

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Kandy, Sri Lanka

82 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 10th, 2017

Another tea I ordered at Copper Cup in Lancaster, PA.

Rich and malty, full-bodied, but not overly tannic, with just the right amount of body and fruit. Aroma of malt and dried fruit. I find Kandy tends to produce teas that have a classic British character, and this tea is no exception...it tended a little more tow...

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Ceylon Kenilworth from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Kandy, Sri Lanka

84 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 1st, 2017

A rich,warming, complex black tea. I liked this a lot, although there are other black teas from Murchie's that I like more, like the Scottish Breakfast or Yunnan, in a similar or lower price range.

I have now tried at least five Ceylon teas from Kenilworth estate, all from different companies. This one tasted most ...

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Plowboy

(21 reviews)
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Cheericup Ceylon from Mark T. Wendell

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

95 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 20th, 2017

Got a sample of this online. It's a very dark brown, with some gold highlights. Brews up a clear dark red. I'm not so good at describing aroma and flavor, so I'll just say it smells and tastes like really good tea.

It's very smooth, just a hint of sweetness with no bitterness or astringency. It doesn't seem to have ...

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Difflugia

(150 reviews)
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Ceylon Black Tea (Orange Pekoe) High Grown from Frontier

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

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 26th, 2017

I found this tea in the bulk section of a health food store. I've never tried Frontier tea, mostly because I don't trust bulk jars. The jar lids were tight and the teas smelled fresh, though, so I bought an ounce each of several to try. Based on this first sample, I'll likely be buying more.

The dry tea smells stron...

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Teuvo

(63 reviews)
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Ceylon Orange Pekoe from Het Gouden Randje

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

66 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 25th, 2017

I asked the owner of Het Gouden Randje to recommend me a sweet black tea. Once it was cleared up that I wasn't interested in flavoured teas, I was offered this one, and I was charmed with the smell.

It smells warm and sweet with a hint of honey. If you don't use too much leaf, it doesn't easily get bitter even if yo...

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