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Alex Zorach

(1429 reviews)
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Premium Grade AA Jin Jun Mei Fujian Black Tea of Wu Yi Shan from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Black Tea – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

97 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 16th, 2021

I was curious to try this higher grade of a tea (the "Classic Robust Jin Jun Mei") that has become one of my favorites for daily drinking.

The dry leaf is similar but more curly and also visibly lighter in color, with a greater portion of golden tips. The aroma is very strong, initially of dried fruit and then very ...

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Jinggu Camellia Taliensis Black Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Jinggu, Yunnan, China

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 14th, 2021

I thought this was an exceptional tea, but one not particularly suited to my tastes. I still liked it a lot though. It tastes the most like a white tea of any black tea I've tried.

The dry leaf is explosively fragrant, suggesting malt, caraway, overripe fruit, and flowers. There is a lot going on in the aroma, it's ...

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Heather J.

(52 reviews)
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Yunnan Black Gold from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Simao, Yunnan, China

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 11th, 2021

This tea is soo good omg! The aroma is nice and sort of chocolatey smelling. The taste is smooth and a bit sweet. The tea is very thick bodied and it is not astringent or bitter at all.

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Alex Zorach

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Yunnan Black Gold from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Simao, Yunnan, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 10th, 2021

This was a peculiar and rather fascinating tea, a real bargain buy, and a good afternoon tea.

The leaf is very large and has an aroma that is lightly malty, but also rather herbaceous. It smells more like green teas or raw Pu-erh than is typical for a black tea. Both its appearance and aroma remind me of some of the...

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Heather J.

(52 reviews)
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Fuding White Tea Cake from Upton Tea Imports

Style: White Peony Tea – Region: Fuding, Fujian, China

97 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 4th, 2021

This tea is amazing! It has a mild chocolatey/cocoa butter flavor which is really nice. The tea is so smooth and buttery and not astringent or bitter at all!

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Tchuggin' Okie

(280 reviews)
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Murchie's Afternoon Decaf from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

74 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 3rd, 2021

As decaf teas go, this was about the best I've had. I think I've found a new beverage to chug when I get a hankerin' for black tea before bedtime. Long a big fan of their traditional Murchie's Afternoon (formerly Empress Afternoon), I got this in a variety pack and didn't even open the box for months, afraid of disa...

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Heather J.

(52 reviews)
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Assam TGFOP1 Ananda Second Flush from TeaGschwendner

Style: Assam – Region: Lakhimpur, Assam, India

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 2nd, 2021

This tea is a classic tasting black tea however it is not my favorite and it is mildly harsh (bitter) for me. It's still pretty smooth and not astringent which I like and I would drink it again if someone served it to me. It's a bit expensive though so I probably wouldn't buy it again since there's better stuff out the...

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Alex Zorach

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Assam TGFOP1 Ananda Second Flush from TeaGschwendner

Style: Assam – Region: Lakhimpur, Assam, India

83 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 2nd, 2021

This tea is named somewhat differently in the US vs Europe but I'm pretty sure it's the same. In Germany it's "Assam TGFOP1 Ananda" with "Second Flush" underneath, whereas in the US the grade is omitted in the name, but clarified in the tea's description so I'm pretty sure it's the same thing.

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Mr Bamsen

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English Breakfast Tea (Nr. 62) from Carstensens Tehandel

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

69 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 28th, 2021

One-litre pot at home, made from a mixture of fine, curly dark brown leaves of Assam and Ceylon. Pours clear lightish copper brown (against white china) with no sediment. Clear, malty aroma of Assam, with milder, leafy notes of Ceylon. Bitter, leafy flavour with some malty notes. Astringent palate with a malty aftertas...

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Java Superior Malabar (Nr. 77) from Carstensens Tehandel

Style: Black Tea – Region: West Java, Indonesia

78 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 28th, 2021

One-litre pot at home, made from fine very dark and black curved leaves, resembling Assam. Pours clear dark copper brown (against white china) with no sediment. Clear aroma of black tea, combining good features of both Assam and Yunnan scents. Bitter, leafy flavour with mild malty notes and mild spicy hints. Medium ast...

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Kenya FBOP Marinym (Nr. 76) from Carstensens Tehandel

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kenya

69 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 28th, 2021

One litre pot at home, made of tiny leaves in a variety of colours, from dark yellow, through greens and browns, to black. Pours clear lightish copper brown (against white china) with no sediment. Clear aroma of black tea - not malty but rather more like a mixture of a Darjeeling and an Oolong. Bitter, leafy flavour, w...

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Tanzania BOP CTC (Nr. 69) from Carstensens Tehandel

Style: Black Tea – Region: Tanzania

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 28th, 2021

Half-litre pot at home, made from very fine dark brown and black leaves of black tea. According to the salesman that sold the tea to me, this sort, which looks like granulate and smells like Assam, is native to Tanzania and I would like to discover more about it. Pours nearly clear copper brown (against white china) wi...

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Alex Zorach

(1429 reviews)
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Irish Breakfast from Frontier

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: India

81 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 21st, 2021

This tea was spot-on in terms of style for Irish Breakfast, and one of the better examples of it at that.

The leaf is broken but the pieces of leaf are still recognizable as such, especially after steeping. The dry leaf has a pleasant aroma that suggests a strong, fresh tea. It infuses fairly quickly to produce a po...

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2016 Yunnan Sourcing "Red Monkey" Raw Pu-erh Tea Mini Cake from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Raw (Sheng) Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

82 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 20th, 2021

I ordered two of these in 2018 as it sounded from the description as the sort of thing I would like. I broke off a tiny piece initially, and as I expected it was a bit strong for my taste. I was surprised though at how quickly this one mellowed out.

Now, about 5 years from harvest, I broke off a bit again and it's s...

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Heather J.

(52 reviews)
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2016 Yunnan Sourcing "Red Monkey" Raw Pu-erh Tea Mini Cake from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Raw (Sheng) Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

94 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 20th, 2021

This pu-erh tea is wonderful! It has this rich vegetabley taste and it is thick bodied, almost like vegetable soup stock. Its really smooth and has no bitterness to it, its really enjoyable!

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Alex Zorach

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Kumaon Black Tea from Frontier

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kumaon, India

79 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 14th, 2021

I've been curious about teas from the Kumaon region of India for some time, but had yet to get my hands on one until now. What a surprise when the local food co-op got this in stock in their display of Frontier's bulk teas and spices!

The leaf is very fine, and strongly aromatic. The still-rather-intact leaf is tiny...

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Heather J.

(52 reviews)
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Kumaon Black Tea from Frontier

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kumaon, India

86 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 14th, 2021

This tea is definitely very unique but super tasty. It kind of tastes like dried fruit and it’s a little spicy but not super harsh or anything. If you’re looking for an interesting yet tasty tea that’s different from your average breakfast tea, try this!

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High Mountain "Tu Cha" Black Tea from Wu Yi Mountains from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Black Tea – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

99 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 11th, 2021

This tea was amazing! The aroma was really strong and had a nice toasty smell to it. This tea is thick-bodied and the flavor was malty, toasty and complex. This is a great value tea as well, I will definitely be drinking it again.

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Tchuggin' Okie

(280 reviews)
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Canada 150 Blend Tea Bags from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Miscellaneous Tea-only Blend – Region: Blend

74 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 11th, 2021

Here's a new blend style for me: green, black and oolong. As the name indicates, Murchie's first produced this to commemorate Canada's 150th anniversary, and it apparently gained enough of a following to keep going as a sale offering. Fittingly, it also is faintly maple flavored—much less so than any of Murchie's ...

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Heather J.

(52 reviews)
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Yunnan Yue Guang Bai Air-Dried White Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Moonlight White – Region: Jinggu, Yunnan, China

98 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 10th, 2021

This tea is great! It tastes vegetabally in a good way and it has a nice fragrant aroma. It is not bitter or astringent at all. It is also a great price for how high quality and delicious it is!

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Alex Zorach

(1429 reviews)
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Yunnan Yue Guang Bai Air-Dried White Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Moonlight White – Region: Jinggu, Yunnan, China

85 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 8th, 2021

This is only the second Moonlight White tea I've ever tried; the first was from Life in Teacup. I've had this tea for nearly two years from its harvest date, but am only reviewing it now, so I've seen how it ages slightly. It seemed to change character much more quickly than a pu-erh.

The leaf is striking and unique...

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Heather J.

(52 reviews)
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Classic Laoshan Black Tea from Shandong from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Black Tea – Region: Shandong, China

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 7th, 2021

This tea is very aromatic, flavorful, and unique! It tastes very malty and roasty almost as if there was toasted grains in the tea, even though it is just a pure black tea. The taste is very complex and interesting and the tea is not astringent or bitter at all! This definitely gets a 100% in my book.

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Traditional Process Dian Hong Black Tea of Feng Qing from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Fengqing, Yunnan, China

88 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 6th, 2021

The aroma is nice and bready although it's not very strong. The taste is good and classic for a regular high quality black tea. For me it's just a bit astringent but if that doesn't bother you then this tea would be perfect!

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Classic Robust Jin Jun Mei Black Tea of Fujian from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Black Tea – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

85 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 5th, 2021

The aroma of this tea is amazing and complex! The reason I only give it an 85 is because the taste is just a bit harsh for me, it's just slightly bitter and astringent. Overall it's not so bad though and if you aren't as sensitive to astringency as me you'd probably absolutely love this tea! Besides the issues with mil...

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Alex Zorach

(1429 reviews)
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Classic Robust Jin Jun Mei Black Tea of Fujian from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Black Tea – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

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

I seriously can't get enough of this tea. This is not only my favorite of the teas I've bought from Yunnan Sourcing from provinces other than Yunnan, it is among my favorite teas of all time.

The leaf is beautiful, a thin, wiry mix of golden-orange and dark brown. It's not explosively aromatic, but when I really sti...

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