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Smithy

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Member since Mar. 8th, 2013. Reviewed 14 teas.

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Ceylon (Ceylon Orange Pekoe) from Ahmad Tea

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

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 4th, 2014

I've got a soft spot for this offering from Ahmad after stumbling across it when I was living in northern Norway and was hankering after a good brew. This is a very good example of Ceylonese tea, typical bright colour, moderate maltiness and very refreshing. To me it's a lovely summer tea and well worth having in the p...

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Choc Chip Chai from T2 Tea

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Blend

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 4th, 2014

Chai tea is a bit hit and miss with me, and I have to be in the right mood for it but this interesting tea from Australian tea house T2 is magnificent. Traditional chai spices combine with cacao bean pieces to create a very moreish brew with spicy/chocolately/nutty notes. An absolute winner!

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English Breakfast from Dilmah

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Sri Lanka / Ceylon

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 4th, 2014

From the Dimbula area of Sri Lanka, this is one of Dilmah's best offerings, many times better than their standard English Breakfast tea and one of the best bag teas I've tasted. Very flavoursome, malty and a splendid example of the style. Now my preferred teabag of choice.

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Assam TGFOPS - Nonaipara from T2 Tea

Style: Assam – Region: Udalguri, Assam, India

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 21st, 2013

A very good, solid Assam. Wonderful aroma when brewed. Not the biggest flavoured nor the most malty Assam I have tried although it does have huge amounts of tannins. An enjoyable brew.

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Dimakusi Assam BOP from The Tea Centre

Style: Assam – Region: Udalguri, Assam, India

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 30th, 2013

This is quite simply, ambrosia. A truly sublime tea.

Without doubt, not just the best black tea I have tasted but the best tea itself, and the closest I have come yet to that Holy Grail of the perfect cup of tea. Lovely aroma and the flavour is perfectly balanced, strong, yet smooth, typical Assam maltiness but no b...

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Choysa Tea from Choysa Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

63 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 10th, 2013

Along with Bell, the other traditional New Zealand tea and found in many households and places of work throughout the Land of the Long White Cloud. A blend which produces a standard British style brew which can be enjoyed anytime of the day. As is to be expected the loose leaf is markedly superior to the bags.

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PG Tips Pyramid bags from PG Tips

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 10th, 2013

Good old PG Tips, an oldie but a goodie. There's nothing flowery and wishy-washy about this "builders brew". This is everything you would expect from a stereotypical British cuppa. Very quick brewing, good malty aroma and a pleasant flavour. Best brewed in a mug and enjoyed with the biscuit tin beside you.

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Black Tea from Lipton Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

27 / 100 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 9th, 2013

This is an absolute shocker and I'm quite sure one of the reasons tea has never taken off in the States and on the continent. Probably the most widdly tasting tea widely available. You could get exactly the same effect by throwing the grass clippings from your lawnmower into a bucket of water.

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English Breakfast from Twinings

Style: English Breakfast – Region: ?????

50 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 9th, 2013

To be honest this really doesn't do a lot for me and sadly it's the usual offering in cafes and teashops here if you ask for an English Breakfast. Never brews up strong enough for my tastes, and it's a fairly insipid flavour. To be honest, It won't offend but it's not going to blow your socks off and wow you either. I ...

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Original / Classic from Bell

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 9th, 2013

Firstly I make no apologies for my review of this tea as to be honest nostalgia and rose tinted glasses no doubt colour it. Being a Kiwi, Bell tea holds a special place in my memory, and it was the usual tea brewed up for breakfast, morning and afternoon teas, and whenever a cuppa was required. Saying that it really is...

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Scottish Breakfast Tea Bags from Taylors of Harrogate

Style: Scottish Breakfast – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 9th, 2013

There's nothing subtle about this. Taylor's Scottish Breakfast is a stonkingly big, powerful brew which packs a wallop. An Assam and African blend, the malty Assam is right at the forefront and the African side of things is probably Kenyan, so the whole blend is a very malty affair. It also has a sizeable caffeine hit,...

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Earl Grey from Dilmah

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 9th, 2013

To be honest, I'm not a huge Earl Grey drinker, but rather enjoy the odd cup during the hotter months. Dilmah's take on this famous tea is very good. The black Ceylon base is perfect, using its characteristic refreshing notes to mingle with the citrus, bergamot flavouring. Lovely aroma and a nice, clean refreshing tast...

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Premium Leaf Tea from Dilmah

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

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 9th, 2013

Dilmah, in their marketing, make a lot of noise about the freshness of their teas due to packaging within days of picking, and with their standard "Premium" offering it really does have a freshness distinct from most of the other big producers. The Premium in truth is an Orange Pekoe and exhibits that wonder deep orang...

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Royal Blend from Fortnum & Mason

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

57 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Mar. 8th, 2013

Good, traditional British blend with malty Assam and Ceylonese Pekoe. Best suited as a breakfast or morning tea. The refreshing Pekoe plesantly lifts the punchier Assam making an enjoyable brew. Nice aroma but a touch on the pricey side.

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