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Decaf Black Tea from Lipton Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

45 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 8th, 2017

The dry teabags have some tea aroma, which is a step up from many decaffeinated black teas. It's earthy, but not strong and reminds me of stale cocoa.

The brewing tea smells almost roasted and smoky and again reminds me of weak cocoa. There's also a hint of cooking noodles. The aroma is OK, but it still isn't quite ...

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Taj Mahal (Loose) from Brooke Bond

Style: Black Tea – Region: Assam, India

65 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 4th, 2017

I bought this box of tea in an Indian conveniece store, but the box says that it's marketed by Unilever Canada.

The dry tea smells just like powdered barley malt. It's very sweet with a hint of bittersweet molasses.

The aroma of the brewing tea is rich, but mild. It lacks much of the tannic sharpness of other Ass...

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Organic Breakfast from Mighty Leaf Tea

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

55 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Sep. 2nd, 2017

I've recently started looking for Fair Trade Certified teas, so I decided to try a box of Mighty Leaf tea.

My first impression is that the tea is lower quality than the packaging and price would indicate. The box says that the sachets contain "whole leaf tea," but the tea in the sachets is in quite small pieces, not...

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Yorkshire Gold from Yorkshire Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

50 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 1st, 2017

The dry tea is CTC tea that has been ground up further, almost to dust. It smells earthy and vegetal.

The scent of the brewing tea is oaky, but mild. The flavor is stronger than the aroma would indicate, but is still quite mellow. The tea has nice body, but the flavors are muted. It's not particularly bitter or astr...

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Milk Oolong Full-Leaf from Republic of Tea

Style: Milky Oolong – Region: Fujian, China

0 / 100 Aroma: 1/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 1/5
Aug. 29th, 2017

This tea is a lie. It's mediocre oolong that's been sprayed with caramel apple flavoring. Republic of Tea isn't always the highest quality, but I at least expected them to be honest. The can gives no indication that it's flavored and the website positively claims that it isn't. At first I doubted my own senses, but I w...

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Lemon Lift® Decaffeinated Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: ?????

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 28th, 2017

The dry teabag smells mostly of cinnamon. There's a hint of citrus, but not near what I was expecting from the name.

Adding the hot water releases a distinct and pleasant lemon scent, but cinnamon is still the dominant aroma.

The taste is yet different. It definitely tastes of lemon oil or peel and is much strong...

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Assam Tea from Frontier

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

72 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 28th, 2017

The dry tea is very aromatic and smells of raisins and cherries, being much fruitier than other Assams that I've tried. The brewing tea smells of malt and oak leaves, but has a lighter aroma than I was expecting from the dry tea

Four minutes in boiling water resulted in a very strong, rich cup of tea with balanced b...

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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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Organic Oolong Tea from Wei-Chuan

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: ?????

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 22nd, 2017

The oversized teabags are individually sealed in mylar and smell fresh when opened. The dry tea leaves are a little more broken than I would expect from high-quality tea. The dominant aroma is of the roast and is nice, but generic.

The roast is also the dominant flavor as is normal for darker oolongs, but I am pleas...

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Ginseng Oolong from Ten Fu's Tea

Style: Ginseng Oolong Tea – Region: China

85 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 19th, 2017

Before discussing the tea, I want to mention a little about the branding and packaging. First, the "Ten Fu's" font and graphics look like they're intentionally similar to Ten Ren's trademark logo, but Ten Fu's and Ten Ren are different companies. Second, cans of Ten Fu's tea include a Taiwan logo on the can, which many...

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Organic Black Tea from Golden Sail Brand

Style: Black Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

75 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 16th, 2017

The teabags in the box are standard style bags filled with 2g of fannings and sealed in clear plastic. Opening the pouch releases a dry, earthy, leafy aroma. Adding hot water intensifies the aroma and adds a note of sweetness that wasn't present in the dry leaves.

Because the tea in the bags is cut so fine, it steep...

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Darjeeling from Twinings

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 15th, 2017

The tea has a weak aroma, both before and after steeping. It has a vegetal smell without much complexity, like cut grass or sugarcane. The aroma has a sweetness to it, but again, not as complex as other Darjeeling blends.

The flavor is more complex than I expected based on both the aroma and experience with Twinings...

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French Vanilla Decaffeinated Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Vanilla Black Tea – Region: ?????

30 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 3/5
May. 9th, 2017

Opening the foil pouch releases the scent of vanilla and cream, like custard or eggnog. Adding the water makes the aroma overpowering. This is decaf, so there is probably little tea aroma. Even if there were any, though, it would be completely masked by the flavoring.

The flavoring has a rich sweetness to it, but th...

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British Blend - Premium Black Tea from Tetley Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
May. 6th, 2017

Cutting open a dry teabag, the tea is small pieces of CTC pellets. It smells nice, but generic; the aroma is oak leaves and malt without much complexity.

Adding the water brings out the Assam in the blend. The sour, malty aroma is quite rich. The first taste of the tea is a surprise in that teas that smell like the ...

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British Blend - Premium Black Tea - Decaffeinated from Tetley Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

47 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 4/5
May. 5th, 2017

There's no aroma at all from the dry tea. Upon opening the box for the first time, there's a paper smell that is probably from the teabag material itself.

Tastes like stale, weak tea, but even so, is one of the best decaf blacks.

There's no bitterness or astringency, but there's a little sour vegetal flavor on th...

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Black Cherry Berry Herb Tea from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: ?????

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 30th, 2017

I'm a big fan of fruit punch flavors and decided to try this tea based on the other reviews. I wasn't disappointed. While slightly heavy on the cherries (which is to be expected, after all), it really does have a fruit punch flavor.

Aside from the tartness of the hibiscus, the flavor really doesn't reflect the named...

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Orange & Spice Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: ?????

50 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 30th, 2017

I recently tried some decaf Constant Comment and liked the orange and spice blend, so I tried this. This blend is, in a word, disappointing. Orange & Spice is much heavier on the cinnamon and while I can taste the clove if I look for it, it's very much a background flavor. I don't smell or taste the orange at all. This...

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Earl Grey Tea from Tradition

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: ?????

85 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 28th, 2017

The oversized teabags contain tea that is quite broken, but still much larger than fannings. It smells strongly of bergamot.

After brewing, the aroma is a nice balance of citrus and an earthy and malty tea. The package doesn't say where the black tea is sourced. It tastes Chinese to me, but the only unflavored black...

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Constant Comment Decaffeinated from Bigelow Tea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 27th, 2017

The teabags smell really nice to me. The heaviest components are orange and clove. Adding water intensifies the aroma and brings out hints of cinnamon and sweet spice (cardamom? nutmeg?) in the background. The orange and spice overpower any recognizable tea aroma.

The flavor is dominated by clove with a taste that r...

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Jasmine Decaf Green Tea from Triple Leaf Tea

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: ?????

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 26th, 2017

The teabags smell quite strongly of jasmine, so I only steeped this one two minutes since Jasmine can get bitter.

The brewing tea smells like jasmine, but the background aroma is sort of fishy, almost like some kinds of pu-erh. This tea tastes pretty much like most inexpensive jasmine tea. The jasmine flavor is nice...

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Organic Decaf Sencha Green Tea Bag from Yamamotoyama

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

65 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 24th, 2017

This decaf certainly smells delicious. The dry teabag smells just like a sencha should. It's fresh, grassy, and a little seaweed. The tea is fine fannings, almost dust.

The tea steeps a bright green. The aroma, though a bit muted, is vegetal, like raw green beans.

The first taste is a strong, but pleasant bittern...

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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
Apr. 24th, 2017

I bought a box of teabags at the same time as a tin of loose tea to see how different they are. The answer is not much.

The box contains twenty individually sealed, standard, flat teabags. The dry tea is chopped up as fannings and has a fainter aroma than I get when sniffing a tin of loose tea, but once it starts br...

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English Breakfast from Harney and Sons

Style: English Breakfast – Region: China

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 22nd, 2017

I saw some Harney & Sons teas in a health food store and remembered that they got high reviews here, so I decided to try some. I got a tin of loose leaf English Breakfast and a box of tea bags. The box of teabags says that the blend is 100% Keemun, but the tin just says "blended black tea". I wasn't sure that they were...

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Iced Tea Blend from Tetley Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

75 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 21st, 2017

I found this tea at the Dollar Tree, so I decided to try it. Inside the box are 12 large, round, unwrapped tea bags. The total weight of the tea is 84g, so each bag contains 7g, or enough for 2-3 cups of tea. Though the tea is intended to be made into iced tea, I'm drinking it hot.

I cut open one of the bags to look...

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Premium Green Decaf Tea from Stash Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

80 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 18th, 2017

The freshly-opened teabag has a strong smell when dry, which is unusual for a decaf. Even though it isn't particularly complex, the aroma is fresh and grassy.

The tea brews into a dark amber-green and smells very vegetal, like freshly harvested asparagus. Both color and aroma remind me of the "special gunpowder" gre...

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