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Cissy

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Member since Dec. 23rd, 2009. Reviewed 13 teas.

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Korangani Assam Breakfast Tea from TEAORB

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

85 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 9th, 2018

One of my favorite breakfast assams, robust and energizing. I brewed it for about 5 minutes, and then was even able to resteep it. It's hearty but fragrant although I can't pinpoint the specific aromas. You feel the tannins but they aren't harsh. A great tea to get you out of bed on a cold morning.

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Saimo Assam Spring Organic Artisanal Black from TEAORB

Style: Assam – Region: Tinsukia, Assam, India

65 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 5th, 2018

I like this full-bodied tea, with its earthy, almost oakey aroma, for breakfast on cold mornings. If you like good, robust Assams, this is a great choice for you.

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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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Earl Grey Cream Loose Tea from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Earl Grey Cream – Region: Blend

75 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 30th, 2017

This was my first experience with an Earl Grey cream, and I had a hard time discerning the various blended flavors besides bergamot. For example, the vanilla doesn't jump out at you; instead it turns the traditional Earl Grey taste toward something a bit more toasty or woody. I had worried that it might be cloying, b...

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Fahari Ya Kenya Tea from Ketepa (Kenya Tea Packers)

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kenya

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 1st, 2017

I've found this tea one of the best for a predictable, every day tea with a robust aroma and good taste. When brewed strong, it packs a nice punch for cold winter mornings. Because it's so fine, though, it'll clog up screen strainer infusers and is best used with a paper tea filter or a coarser metal infuser. The pric...

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Scottish Breakfast from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Scottish Breakfast – Region: Blend

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 1st, 2017

One of my favorite teas. Great in the morning. It has peaty, slightly smokey overtones, reminiscent of a good Scotch. Moderately priced if you're looking for something special and a little bit different from other breakfast teas. I drink it with a little milk but it's good just plain black as well.

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Altınbaş Çayi (Altinbas Cayi) from Caykur (Çaykur)

Style: Black Tea – Region: Turkey

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 1st, 2017

This is a great, inexpensive, hearty tea. I like it in the morning because it brews fairly strong. However, the taste is more subtle than you'd expect, sort of herbal with almost floral overtones. Definitely a great tea to have on hand.

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Russian Caravan from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Russian Caravan – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 26th, 2013

This Russian Caravan is a good choice for people who want smokiness without the full intensity of a Lapsang. It's a good winter morning tea. However, its lack of subtlety caused me to tire of it, and I've taken a break from it for about a year. But it's worth coming back to.

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Cardamon Tea (Cardamom Tea, Loose) from Ahmad Tea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 26th, 2013

One of my very favorite teas, robust, hearty, with a subtle cardamom flavor that is not overwhelming. I like this tea brewed strong in the morning but occasionally drink it in mid-afternoon as well. It makes a nice gift as well, since many people haven't tried it.

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Earl of Bengal Tea from Teatulia

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Bangladesh

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 26th, 2010

I don't find much difference among the various serious Earl Greys (I'm dismissing some of the really cheap ones with a fake taste), maybe because the bergamot gives them all a distinctive flavor. This one is a pleasant, reasonably aromatic version. Generally, I prefer a stronger, darker tea, but this would be good for...

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Tension Tamer® from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

70 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
May. 17th, 2010

This is one of my favorite of the Celestial Seasonings brand, lacking the tartness of the zingers and the weird aftertastes of some of the ginsengs. The taste is simple and a bit bland, suggestive of camomile. I prefer it with a little more mint and often add a sprig of fresh mint in the summer or a sprinkle of dried i...

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Orange Mint Tulsi Tea from Organic India

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 19th, 2010

Though not a big fan of herb teas, I love this tea. It has a lot of taste, the mix of mint, orange, and tulsi familiar enough (Constant Comment meets peppermint?) yet different from the everyday (the exotic impact of tulsi). I use one bag for two cups after lunch. It provides a robust and interesting finish to the meal...

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Dragon Well (Anhui) from Rishi Tea

Style: Dragon Well (Long Jing) – Region: Anhui, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 23rd, 2009

I loved this tea although I'm not usually crazy about green. It avoided the planty, health-food associations I usually make with green teas. Instead, there was a lovely, rather robust fragrance, almost floral. This is probably the one green that I will stock in my tea cupboard.

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