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Member since Jul. 19th, 2017. Reviewed 14 teas.

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Organic Black Tea from Equal Exchange

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

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

Found this at the Sacramento Natural Foods Coop when looking for an alternative to the tea at my motel. I really like this tea. I brewed for 5 minutes and it has a slightly sweet flavor. I didn't detect any bitterness or astringency to it. It's very smooth. At a little more than $3 for 20 bags it seems like a good deal...

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Gunpowder Green Tea - Temple of Heaven from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Gunpowder Green Tea – Region: ?????

75 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 28th, 2017

Got this at the cafe at the St. Louis Museum of Art. Gunpowder tea in a bag seemed a little strange to me. I steeped for two minutes. It was pretty good. No qualities that jumped out at me, just a decent cup.

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English Breakfast from Mark T. Wendell

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 24th, 2017

I got a sample of this in my last order from MTW. It looks just like the photo on the web page, not CTC but not whole leaf either. Looks like it came from a teabag.

I brewed it 4 minutes using boiling water per instructions. It had a slightly muddy appearance. The main impression was astringency, that coated the ton...

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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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Green Tea from Ten Ren Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

72 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 29th, 2017

After reading the reviews here and needing more office tea, I went to a local Ten Ren store looking for Dragon Well in the tea bag. They had it in loose form only at $150 a pound. They directed me to the Asian market next door where they did have the Green Tea.

Just finished a cup and it's like what you all wrote. A...

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Ti Kuan Yin from Ten Ren Tea

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 3rd, 2017

Picked this up at an Asian market the other day and it's now my office tea. Very flavorful. No sweetness and just a mild bitterness. Quite smooth, not as "bright" as the assam I had at breakfast.

I followed the directions on the package and used boiling water and steeped 4 minutes.

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China Yunnan from Mark T. Wendell

Style: Black Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

85 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 2nd, 2017

This came in my second order from Mark T. Wendell. It looks nice in the tin, dark brown and gold mixed together. It has a pleasant faint smell. After steeping for 4 minutes it produces a deep red color. The aroma remains faint. The taste is smooth and very good with a peppery component that others have mentioned. It's ...

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Irish Breakfast from Twinings

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: ?????

63 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 28th, 2017

Been drinking this for 20-something years. Even back in my coffee drinking days, this is what was thrown in the food sack when we'd go out backpacking and climbing. Brewed with mountain stream water over a butane cooker on a cold mountain morning, this tea did the trick. It's strong with a good flavor. One of it's mai...

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Black Tea - Extra Strong - Assam from Tea India

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

65 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 28th, 2017

I found this tea at an Indian market. It cost $9 for a kilo in an airtight bag. It's a CTC tea. It has little aroma in the bag. I brewed it for 5 minutes. It came out clear and deep red. It produced a brew with slight aroma and mild flavor, just a bit of bitterness. Not a bad taste, but nothing particularly good. It wi...

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English Breakfast (Loose) from Twinings

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 26th, 2017

Other reviews of this tea seemed to be about the bagged variety, so I hope it's OK to create a new category.

This is the first loose leaf tea I ever tried, mostly because it's the only one I could find. It's about $10 for 7ozs. at Cost Plus.

It has a faint smell in the can. It has small leaves with flecks of go...

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Original (Black Tea) from Red Rose Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

50 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 19th, 2017

I've been drinking this tea since seemingly forever. Always preferred it to Lipton. Now that I'm a tea snob maybe I'll try the loose leaf version.

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Green Tea - Classic from Bigelow Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

45 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 19th, 2017

This is a tea I've been drinking after coming home from work. It's OK. Seems to have a very dark color, close to black tea. Not much flavor so I always put a spoonful of honey in this.

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Assam from Mark T. Wendell

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 19th, 2017

This is the second tea I ordered from MTW. It is not a CTC product. The aroma on opening the tin is earthy and quite pleasant. I brewed it this morning, according to the website directions, for 5 minutes. It came out a beautiful red with an aroma like, well, tea. The taste is a big improvement over the big brand teas I...

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Hu-Kwa Tea from Mark T. Wendell

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 19th, 2017

Full disclosure: I'm not really qualified to review teas, but...
I switched from coffee to tea a while back. I graduated to loose leaf not long ago. The only loose tea I could find was Twinings English Breakfast, which I enjoyed. Cruising the internet looking for a new teapot I came across Mark T. Wendell, which was a...

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