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Member since Jan. 26th, 2013. Reviewed 5 teas.

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Houjicha Green Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Hojicha – Region: Japan

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 28th, 2013

I've never had Houjicha before, so I don't have a baseline to compare to. But, I really enjoyed this tea. A mild, smokey sweet flavor unlike any other style of green tea.

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English Breakfast Black Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

67 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 28th, 2013

A good choice if you are looking for an English Breakfast tea and it's organic & fair trade to boot. It has a bold and distinct flavor -- for an English Breakfast -- but is not overpowering. Goes quite well with a lump of sugar and a spot of milk. Cheers.

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Cinnamon Black Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

40 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Feb. 23rd, 2013

Cinnamon. Does anything smell so good as a freshly made cinnamon roll? No, of course not. Surely the combination of cinnamon with black tea would go equally well, right? Alas, the aroma of the dry leaves smells like, well, a stick of cinnamon. The leaves look fairly generic too -- a typical black tea blend. The a...

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Vanilla Bean Black Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Vanilla Black Tea – Region: Blend

63 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 17th, 2013

The dry leaves have a distinct aroma similar to vanilla extract, as would be expected but also an underlying chocolate aroma that sneaks in later. The teas leaves are small and have a very dark brown color.

After brewing, I couldn't really detect the vanilla aroma in the leaves. Instead, they gave off an earthy sc...

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Masala Chai Black Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Blend

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 4th, 2013

My favorite masala tea so far. The aromas are very pleasant; cinnamon, ginger and cloves predominate. The brew is mild with just a little astringency. Addition of some honey and milk make for a very smooth cuppa to start the morning off.

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