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Tchuggin' Okie

(211 reviews)
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Darjeeling Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

71 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 18th, 2019

We first found this in an estate-sale pantry. Then my wife bought another box, because she enjoyed it as a morning and midday tea, when she didn't want something quite as potent as her favorite Assam or Irish breakfast blends. Loath to pilfer her teas and disharmonize domestic tranquility, I've just had a couple bags...

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Ultra Select Green Tea from Cain's

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 15th, 2019

First off, thanks for the props on the backstory of this tea, Alex. It's a fascinating look into how brands bounce hither and yon. Somehow, someone under the Farmer Brothers umbrella still is making Cain's teas, and the ones I've had aren't duplicates of the corresponding Farmer Brothers products so far.

One suc...

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Brytta Sóþword

(312 reviews)

Pure Green Matcha Green Tea Blend from Salada

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

64 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
May. 4th, 2019

This combination of matcha and green tea was fairly non-descript. It wasn’t offensive, but it didn’t do much for me. Overbrewing does turn it a bit bitter, so be sure not to leave the bag in excessively. I still have more of the box, so I may update this entry if my opinion changes after a few tries.

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JGS1122

(65 reviews)
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Assam Nokhroy Estate Black Tea (STGSOP1) from Simpson & Vail

Style: Assam – Region: Tinsukia, Assam, India

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 28th, 2019

It was a bit of challenge to describe the aroma. I finally decided on 'sweet pine'. There is a 'wood' aroma with a definite 'sweet' under tone. The liquor is a deep amber color, malty. I'm not catching any 'peppery' after taste. A decent Assam. Good price for a good tea.

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Tchuggin' Okie

(211 reviews)
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Decaf White Tea from Celestial Seasonings

Style: White Tea – Region: ?????

46 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 14th, 2019

Estate sales can be an unconventional way to try new teas upon which one normally wouldn't gamble the full cost of purchase. In this case, the tea apparently has been retired, and can't be bought anymore, but was shrink-wrapped in the box (never opened) and still in fresh condition. [I got it as part of a larger grab...

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Brytta Sóþword

(312 reviews)
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Matcha Green Tea from Lipton Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

71 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 13th, 2019

This is the second tea I’ve tried that mixes a green tea with matcha powder in a teabag. It wasn’t bad! I enjoyed my second test more than my first. Like the Celestial Seasonings offering that mixes green tea with matcha powder, this tea is better than the average bagged cheap green tea I’ve tried, as it increase...

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Green Tea Matcha from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 7th, 2019

I’ve decided to try a few blends of matcha with other green tea and started with this brand. Given that I’ve never been overwhelmingly impressed with Celestial Seasonings, it was better than expected!

Though it cannot take the place of an actual matcha craving, the addition of matcha added a bit of sweetness and...

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Plowboy

(21 reviews)

Royal Lapsang Souchong Organic from Bird Pick

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: Fujian, China

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 6th, 2019

Found this in a Chinese market at the mall in Arcadia, CA. They had a huge selection of teas. I picked up a couple of ounces of this. It was priced at $30 per pound.

It is a very dark tea, black actually, and it has a heavy, smoky smell. However, after brewing the flavor is not as intense as you would expect. The br...

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Derick

(9 reviews)
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English Breakfast from Harney and Sons

Style: English Breakfast – Region: China

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 4th, 2019

This is an excellent breakfast tea. I find a bit of sugar and milk really brings out the mellowness.

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Special English Breakfast from Harney and Sons

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 4th, 2019

I really like this tea. It doesn't overpower with a single flavor, indicative of a good blend.

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Difflugia

(125 reviews)
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Darjeeling (Loose) from Twinings

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

57 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Apr. 4th, 2019

At first glance, the tea looks odd for Twinings. Twinings's loose teas are usually broken leaf, but the pieces are much larger and appear to be better quality than what goes into the teabags. The Darjeeling is different. The loose tea pieces are tiny and uniform and look exactly like what goes into the teabags. Like mo...

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Dutusa

(6 reviews)
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Large Leaf Special Tea from Impra Tea

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

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 2nd, 2019

You can taste the quality of this delicious tea. Very good black Ceylon tea.

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Bokaba

(2 reviews)
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Kalami Assam Indian Tea from Ahmad Tea

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 30th, 2019

Ahmad Tea provides some of the best values in entry-level loose leaf tea out there.

Their Kalami Assam beautifully exemplifies all that we adore about Assam teas. The leaf aroma is malty, earthy, and slightly vegetal.

I used 1 tsp per cup infused for about 4 minutes. Brew is richly brown and copper in the cup. ...

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Michael W

(5 reviews)
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Royal Blend from Fortnum & Mason

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 27th, 2019

This has a smooth, rich flavor, although with a touch of sharpness (short steeping time is better). It practically begs to have milk added, which I don't typically do. Taken black, I find it a little lacking in sweetness. The aroma comes more from the Ceylon and is pleasantly nutty, while the Assam ensures a malty fini...

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Difflugia

(125 reviews)
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Black Tea from Farmer Brothers

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

71 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 27th, 2019

I was surprised off the bat by the unexpected aroma from the brewing tea. Instead of an Assam or Ceylon blend, it smells like inexpensive Yunnan teabags like Foojoy. It's smoky, earthy and woodsy.

The flavor reinforces my guess that this blend is predominantly Chinese. Astringent without bitterness, this tea tastes ...

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Michael W

(5 reviews)
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English Breakfast from Stash Tea

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

56 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 24th, 2019

The most notable aspect of the flavor is that it's tannic, although not overly so. Still, it lacks much else to recommend it. I'd rather it had a bit more citrus to balance it, but there's just not a lot to it.

This strikes me as a tea perhaps intended for coffee drinkers looking to switch it up. It's also mild en...

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Select Yunnan Black from Imperial Tea Court

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Yunnan, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 22nd, 2019

The aroma of this tea is clean and straightforward, with a slight pungency that perks you up. The taste is simple, mellow, and lightly sweet. It's a great tea to drink slowly, savoring the richness with every sip. The liquor is fairly dark but that doesn't really detract from the taste.

Although at the lowest end of...

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English Breakfast (Black Tea Signature Collection) from Wissotzky

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

55 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 21st, 2019

This has a pleasant, earthy aroma that fades too quickly once you drink it. I was let down by the fairly bland taste. It's labeled as a blend of Ceylon and Indian teas; the Ceylon taste comes through the strongest and there isn't much to it past that.

It's acceptable with some additions, but I doubt I'd get it agai...

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Difflugia

(125 reviews)
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Oi Ocha Koiaji Dark Green Tea from ITO EN

Style: Green Tea – Region: Japan

76 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 21st, 2019

The dry tea is tiny, broken pieces, almost like fannings. I assume it's a lower grade, "everyday" tea. I use a metal tea ball with a tight mesh to brew loose tea and there's a ton of sediment at the bottom of my cup, which is distracting and a bit off-putting.

Brewing, the tea smells like seaweed with underripe appl...

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Trailesque

(62 reviews)

China Silver Needle from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Silver Needle – Region: China

35 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Mar. 19th, 2019

This is a nice tea to look at, but the flavor is weak and bland. A little nutty taste. No plans to get more of this.

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Panyang Congou Select from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Panyang Congou – Region: Fujian, China

75 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 19th, 2019

I had one called China Panyang Congou from Upton, which is also currently unavailable. I'm guessing this is the same thing. It is very enjoyable and tastes different from most of the teas I can think of. There is a pronounced barley/pumpernickel flavor. I've been brewing beer lately and this reminded me of the taste...

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Upton Strathdon Estate CTC BP1 from Upton Tea Imports

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

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 19th, 2019

A good Ceylon tea that is similar to mainstream teas like Tetley, only better. A bit more body and smoke to it. I hope this is offered again at some point.

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Richmond Park Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 19th, 2019

A good all-purpose, pretty mellow black tea. This blend of Keemun, Ceylon, and Darjeeling is a notch above supermarket teas.

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East Frisian BOP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: East Frisian Tea (Ostfriesentee) – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 19th, 2019

A smooth and enjoyable tea. Not as hearty as claimed, but it is not wimpy either. Good with milk or with lemon and sugar. Worth the bargain price.

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TB05: Mincing Lane Breakfast Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 19th, 2019

I usually enjoy Upton's British style tea blends and this is no exception. The mix of malty Assam with a lightly smoky Yunnan makes a super all-around tea. It is good with milk, or in a masala chai, and lemon and sugar, while eccentric, also works.

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