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Red Jasmine Tea from TWG Tea

Style: Rooibos – Region: South Africa

40 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 2nd, 2022

This tea was a gift. It is not tea, but rooibos flavored with jasmine. Individual bags are sealed. The aroma is woodsy, cedar like.The flavor is difficult for me to describe, almost medicinal. The jasmine is a noticeable after taste. While I am not a fan of this particular tisane, I would be curious to try the teas the...

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Ceylon Blackwood Estate Organic Black Tea from Simpson & Vail

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

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 1st, 2022

The aroma has a light sweetness. The taste has a slight sweet honey like flavor, that lingers on the tongue. The liquor (5 mins) is a appealing golden/honey. I would say this a solid all day tea.

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China Black Organic (Yunnan) Black Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

45 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
May. 10th, 2022

Mild all around. Aroma is a weak Yunnan. Flavor is a mediocre Yunnan, with a slight burnt after taste. Liquor brews (5min) to a deep brown. Not impressed.

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Ceylon Blackwood Estate Organic Green Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Green Tea – Region: Uva, Sri Lanka

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 9th, 2022

The aroma is a mild sweet, I'm reminded of honey. The flavor is 'clean', with a slight sweet after taste that for me does not linger on the tongue. The liquor brews (5 min) to a pleasant medium brown. Very enjoyable.

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Rwandan Rukeri from Harney and Sons

Style: Black Tea – Region: Rwanda

75 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 24th, 2022

This tea has a nice aroma, a mild earthiness with some fruit. The liquor is a medium brown (5min). The good with a smoky after taste. This tea would take milk or cream well.

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Portland Breakfast No.1851 from Steven Smith Teamaker

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 16th, 2022

The aroma has a earthiness from the Pu-erh and the Keemun. The liquor is a deep brown (5min). Flavor is nice, mild, with a slight sweet after taste. Very enjoyable.

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Assam No.49 from Steven Smith Teamaker

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 13th, 2022

Great aroma, spicy and earthy. Liquor brews to a dark brown (5mins). Good flavor with just a slight malty after taste. Classic Assam.

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British Brunch No.18 from Steven Smith Teamaker

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 12th, 2022

The aroma is earthy with a slight fruitiness. The liquor brews (5min) to a deep brown color. Flavor is good, with no real highlights or after taste. Easy to sip.

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Somerset Estate BOP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Sri Lanka / Ceylon

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 9th, 2021

Nice mild earthy aroma. The liquor brews to a light amber (5 mins). Nice mild OP taste. Easy to sip. For me, it would be too mild for sugar or cream. Classic Ceylon.

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Citrus Paradisi Tea from Simpson & Vail

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

85 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 8th, 2021

The aroma of this tea is incredible. I love grapefruit so I curious to try it. I usually do not drink flavored teas. This tea is enjoyable. It brewed up to a deep amber/brown liquor (5mins). The taste is light, the citrus is there with a subtle hint of vanilla. I think it would pair well with a sweet desert (lemon cake...

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Ceylon Orange Pekoe from Simpson & Vail

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

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 15th, 2021

The aroma is a medium woodsy. Dark, twisted leaves. The liquor, after a five minute steep, is a very dark brown. Flavor is good, with a mild spicy after taste. This tea will be added to my regular rotation. Easy to sip all day.

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China Golden Silk Black Organic Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 14th, 2021

Beautiful large leaves. The aroma is wood and spice, not pronounced. The liquor is a medium amber after a 5 minute steep. Taste is clean with a slight malt after taste. I'd say this is a good tea for sipping. For me, no sugar or milk needed.

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Organic Purple Bamboo Black Tea from Mark T. Wendell

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

75 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 10th, 2021

The aroma has a slight sweet earthiness. The liquor is a medium amber. The flavor is nice, clean with no after taste. I will purchase this tea again.

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Mauritius from Chado Tea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: ?????

75 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 3rd, 2021

First I need to mention I do not venture into 'flavored' tea territory very often. The aroma (dried and brewed) is unmistakably vanilla. Pleasant and brings to mind a bowl of ice cream. The liquor is a deep dark brown (steeped five minutes). The flavor has a solid vanilla taste. I might enjoy this tea now and then, but...

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Sessa Estate Winey Assam from Chado Tea

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 28th, 2021

The aroma is nice, with a subtle sweetness, earning the 'winey' designation. The liquor brewed (five minutes) to a dark brown. Solid Assam taste with a slight tangy after taste that stays on the tongue. This tea might pair well with milk or sugar.

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Kumaon Black Tea from Chado Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: India

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 27th, 2021

Pleasant mild aroma. The liquor medium honey color. Flavor is good, this tea would probably be overwhelmed with the addition of sugar or milk. Easy to sip and enjoy.

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C.T.C. Fine Assam from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 7th, 2021

Very enjoyable. Nice aroma. The liquor is very dark. Good solid Assam flavor. Good tea at a good price.

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Lukwah Estate from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

95 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 4th, 2021

Nice Assam aroma. The liquor is a very dark brown. Clean, classic Assam taste. I will purchase this tea again.

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Singlijian Estate Assam from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

95 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
May. 28th, 2021

Wonderful aroma, with a slight sweetness. The liquor brews to a dark brown. The flavor is solid Assam, no after taste or hints of anything but tea. I will buy this again.

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Meleng Estate Assam from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
May. 26th, 2021

The aroma is classic Assam with a hint of fruit (peach for me). The liquor is a pleasant dark brown. The taste is good, with a slight sweet after taste that lingers for a moment.

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Mangalam Estate 2020 Assam FOP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Sivasagar, Assam, India

95 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 10th, 2021

Nice Assam aroma. Dark honey colored liquor. Excellent Assam taste, clean with a slightly sweet after taste.

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Old South Meeting House Breakfast Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: China

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 9th, 2021

The aroma has a hint of sweetness. The liquor has a pleasing medium brown color. The flavor is mild with no strong after taste. This would a be a gentle start to your day.

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New Falcon Lanka from Upton Tea Imports

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

85 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 8th, 2021

The aroma is mild with a bit of spiciness. The liquor is a very dark brown. Strong flavor, with a smoky after taste that stays on the tongue. A good 'strong' tea.

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Ceylon Mahagastotte Estate from Simpson & Vail

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

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 19th, 2020

This tea is mild all around. The aroma is slightly fruit. The liquor brews to a gold/amber. Flavor is a traditional Ceylon. Would probably be eclipsed by milk or sugar.

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Ceylon Idulgashinna Organic from Simpson & Vail

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

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 18th, 2020

This tea has large twisted leaves. The aroma is sweet/fruit. Liquor is a deep honey color. I brewed for 5 minutes. Has a solid Ceylon taste. Clean, with a slight nuttiness after taste.

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