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Plowboy

(23 reviews)

Imperial Keemun from Foojoy

Style: Keemun – Region: ?????

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 7th, 2022

This is a very nice tea. Small black leaves with some gold strands. It brews up light color, brown/black, very clear. It has a nice peppery taste with a decent caffeine kick. Very nice in the afternoon.

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JGS1122

(104 reviews)
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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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Difflugia

(167 reviews)
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Aoyanagi Green from Ujinotsuyu

Style: Bancha – Region: Japan

47 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Jun. 1st, 2022

The 200g package is heavy, sealed plastic. It's not resealable, so have another airtight container to put it into after opening.

The dry tea is bright green and broken into medium-small pieces. The initial aroma is strong and grassy.

The directions say to use 3g of tea per 100ml, boiling water, and to steep for 3...

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Decaffeinated Green Tea from Lipton Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

48 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
May. 25th, 2022

I bought this as a box of 40 tea bags. Inside were two sealed Mylar sleeves of otherwise unwrapped tea bags. I opened the first sleeve and transferred the tea bags to an airtight container.

The dry tea smells faintly of green tea. Brewing, it has a kind of strange, savory smell, like potato soup, but with a vegetal ...

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Decaf Green Tea from Triple Leaf Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: China

63 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
May. 25th, 2022

The tea bags are wrapped in paper inside a cellophane-sealed cardboard box. After opening the package, I put them into an airtight container.

The dry tea has a faint, grassy smell. The brewing tea smells quite a bit fresher than I expected. It's vegetal, slightly tannic and recognizably green tea.

For a decaf gre...

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JGS1122

(104 reviews)

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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Tchuggin' Okie

(324 reviews)
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CBC Radio Blend Tea Bags from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Green and Black Tea Blend – Region: Blend

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

This tea was blended originally in 1996 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, though I don't think CBC markets it directly. Murchie's website touts, "choice Ceylon and China black teas, Jasmine and other green teas with a touch of citrus".

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Irish Breakfast (Loose) from Twinings

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: Blend

59 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 27th, 2022

The version I'm rating is from the "American" tin (packed in Greensboro, NC, but presumably shipped over in bulk to parse out for that purpose). It doesn't look appreciably different from the photo I uploaded off Twinings' website.

Dry aroma was surprisingly weak for an Irish Breakfast blend, but pleasant to the e...

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Difflugia

(167 reviews)
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Decaf from Barry's Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

69 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 8th, 2022

This is another box of tea from iherb.com. I'd about given up on finding a decent decaf black tea, but I had a discount and so the price was right.

These are the loose, tagless tea bags typical of Ireland and the UK, containing 3g of tea each. The dry tea smells surprisingly strong for a decaf, but as others have no...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(324 reviews)
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Balmoral Blend Tea Bags from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

84 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 7th, 2022

This Ceylon/Assam blend is yet another in a long line of Murchie's teas paying tribute to British royalty in some way. According to the website: "Murchie's Balmoral Blend Tea was originally blended for York House School—a private school for girls which has been an institution in Vancouver for over 75 years. This b...

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Difflugia

(167 reviews)
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Barry's Irish Breakfast from Barry's Tea

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

74 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 27th, 2022

When I ordered some herbs from iHerb.com, they had better prices for Barry's teas than I can get locally, so I bought a few varieties to try and this is one of them. My box says "Irish Breakfast," so that's where I'm putting the review, but it's otherwise the same green box as the "Original Blend" and I suspect they're...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(324 reviews)
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No. 22 Blend Tea Bags from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Green and Black Tea Blend – Region: Blend

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 23rd, 2022

Murchie's promotes this as a more robustly flavored version of their No. 10 Blend, which I reviewed very favorably in 2019, and I agree. So I'll give it a few more points. The component teas are:
GREEN: Jasmine and gunpowder
BLACK: Keemun and Ceylon, with some bergamot.

No. 22 Blend is yet another in a growing...

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Difflugia

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Aged Puerh Tea Brick from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Pu-erh Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

53 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 17th, 2022

I recently ordered some tea and bulk herbs from iherb.com. This Numi pu erh brick was novel enough that I couldn't pass it up. I'll say up front that I'm not a huge fan of shou pu erh, but I've tried enough varieties at varying price points and even found some that I enjoy that I should at least be able to tell what I'...

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English Breakfast from The Tao of Tea

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

65 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 25th, 2022

When first opening the tin, the tea smells earthy and dusty, very much like an inexpensive Yunnan black tea. The leaves are quite large for loose leaf tea at this price, but there are more than a few twig fragments among the leaves. This also matches my experience with inexpensive Yunnan black tea.

While brewing, th...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(324 reviews)
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Decaf from Barry's Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

65 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 17th, 2022

My samples of Barry's Decaf came from a motel where the "regular" tea was Lipton. As such, I haven't tried the normal, caffeinated breed of this tea yet for comparison's sake. Both there and at home, I tried it before bedtime, as the website advocated (but without knowing of said suggestion yet).

Dry-bag aroma wa...

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Pure Green Tea (100% Green tea) from Salada

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

64 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 12th, 2022

As with many inexpensive, bagged green teas, this didn't offer much dry-bag or in-cup aroma, but what there was had a pleasantly grassy to vegetal characteristic that carried over somewhat to the taste, which was quite mild with hints of celery. In that sense, if Salada removed the last "a" from their name, it wouldn'...

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JGS1122

(104 reviews)

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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Trailesque

(114 reviews)

Upton Mist Valley Estate Second Flush from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nepal

55 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 12th, 2022

This is for the 2020 vintage. For some reason, for me at least, when it comes to teas, higher prices do not necessarily mean a more satisfying tea. Usually it means more subtle nuances of flavor and aroma. This moderately expensive tea is an example of what I mean. It is fairly mild and there are some light, nippy ...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(324 reviews)
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Decaffeinated Black Tea from Great Value

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

18 / 100 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 1/5
Jan. 1st, 2022

Brought home from a low-grade motel somewhere in southwestern New Mexico, this tea wasn't high on my priority list to try. Cheap motels are that way for a reason—well, several reasons—one being those that do bother to offer tea often buy cheap tea in bulk from Wal-Mart. The nearest Wal-Mart to this place was at l...

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Trailesque

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Old South Meeting House Breakfast Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: China

70 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Dec. 27th, 2021

This was a special release from Upton, meant to be a replica of one of the teas tossed overboard during the Boston Tea Party. It is a blend of China Congou and Chinese Bohea - the latter is a new one for me. It originates in the Wuyi Mountains and may have been the first black tea sold to the British. Overall this i...

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Yunnan FOP Select from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 14th, 2021

Here is a nice Yunnan. The aroma is fresh and woodsy, like taking an April walk in a park. The flavor is smooth and mild, with a little bit of astringency on the palate. It is well worth the modest price.

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