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Trailesque

(15 reviews)
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Black Label Breakfast Fannings from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

55 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 22nd, 2018

Mine was called Breakfast Blend (not Breakfast Fannings.) This is light and bland for a breakfast tea, with some metallic tannins and a cereal-like taste. The price is certainly low enough, but it is nothing special.

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Alex Zorach

(1361 reviews)
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British Blend - Premium Black Tea from Tetley Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

24 / 100 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 1/5
Apr. 22nd, 2018

I was not impressed with this. I think I prefer Lipton even, and that says a lot because I am not exactly a fan of Lipton or any of these mass-produced, low-quality tea bags.

Thank you to my friend Sarah for letting me try this!

Weak aroma, only slightly malty, but there's a hint of a sort of unpleasant, fishy ar...

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Sarah Sampson

(1 review)
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PG Tips Decaf from PG Tips

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

20 / 100 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 2/5
Apr. 19th, 2018

This tea has recently changed both it's box, the amount contained and the tea blend, as it has added a flavouring, although it does not say what..
It now has only 70 bags instead of 80. The tea itself does not taste as strong as it did and there is a faint whiff of Bergamot. PG Tips have said they have discontinued th...

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Gray

(4 reviews)
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Liu Bao Tea Cake 100g from Three Cranes and Six Forts

Style: Dark Tea – Region: Guangxi, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 18th, 2018

Temperature: 100ÂșC
Amount of tea: 8g
Amount of water: 110ml
Brewing times: 5-10s rinse, 15s, 15s...

My first experience with this tea wasn't good. The taste was off and the effect it had on me was bad. I notified the seller I bought it from and got a replacement. While the experience with the replacement was bet...

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Alex Zorach

(1361 reviews)
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Assam Nokhroy Estate Black Tea (STGSOP1) from Simpson & Vail

Style: Assam – Region: Tinsukia, Assam, India

91 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 17th, 2018

This was a wonderfully smooth-flavored Assam, yet with good strength and complexity, and a great price. Thank you to Simpson & Vail for this sample!

Dry leaf, which is fine, curly, and has a moderate amount of golden tip, has an interesting aroma, initially there's a slight burned quality, suggestive of candle wax, ...

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Speckledgiraffe

(1 review)
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Formosa Oolong from Harney and Sons

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

70 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 17th, 2018

1st steep - 212F and approximately 4 min : 1.5 t or 1 heaping teaspoon : 12oz water

I was a bit concerned at first because the box aroma has a strong syrupy cherry amaretto smell to it. But once brewed, this tea has a mellow but present good black tea smell, and maybe a little nutty towards the end. There was no tra...

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Alex Zorach

(1361 reviews)
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Rukeri Estate Rwanda BOP Organic from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Rwanda

96 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 16th, 2018

This was a remarkably good tea for a low price: a strong black tea that was still quite smooth and had great aromatic complexity and depth. One of the best broken-leaf teas I've ever tried.

The dry leaf smells amazing! It's a sort of sweet bready smell with toasty notes and a hint of wintergreen. It made me excited...

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China Special Snow Dragon Green Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Green Tea – Region: Fuding, Fujian, China

76 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 14th, 2018

A pleasant green tea with a smooth, mild flavor that tasted a lot better when brewed more strongly. Easy to drink and I'd imagine this would appeal to a broad audience, with perhaps an exception for people who think green tea is bland or weak, because this was on the milder side.

Thank you to Simpson & Vail for the ...

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Trailesque

(15 reviews)
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Bancha First Grade Organic from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Bancha – Region: Japan

55 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Apr. 13th, 2018

I have purchased this a number of times, and the quality varies from year to year. This 2018 batch is not the best, but it is still a pleasant green tea, with a light vegetal flavor. The price has steadily increased over the years.

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Alex Zorach

(1361 reviews)
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Marangi Estate TGFOP1 from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Golaghat, Assam, India

75 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 12th, 2018

A subdued but rather strange Assam tea, muted in flavor and with a few off qualities.

This tea was kind of fascinating to review because I just tried a tea of a higher grade, from the same estate, from a different company, Simpson & Vail. I was surprised at how different the teas were. The difference of adding that ...

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China Cangyuan Yunnan Organic Black Tea from Simpson & Vail

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

99 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 11th, 2018

This was an exceptional tea and one of my favorite that I've sampled in a very long time. It was somewhat like other Yunnan teas but had unique lemony notes. Thank you to Simpson & Vail for the sample! I'm excited because this one sparked me adding a new sub-region to RateTea, it's the first tea we've listed from Cang...

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Trailesque

(15 reviews)
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Season's Pick Assam GFOP Organic from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 6th, 2018

Nutty and flavorful, but still pleasantly smooth. A good Assam imo.

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JGS1122

(58 reviews)
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Darjeeling from Mark T. Wendell

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

65 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 6th, 2018

Mild aroma and flavor. Nice amber liquor. Subtle after taste.

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Trailesque

(15 reviews)
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Daisajan Estate TGFOP1 from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Tinsukia, Assam, India

65 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 4th, 2018

A fairly mild and smooth Assam, with noticeable iron-like tannin notes.

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Hattialli Estate GTGFOP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Dibrugarh, Assam, India

55 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 3rd, 2018

Fairly bland and inoffensive, with a cereal-like flavor. Not bad.

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Doomni Estate FTGFOP1 Cl from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Baksa, Assam, India

55 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 2nd, 2018

Mine was called Doomni Estate Black Tea, but it has the same number as what is on here. A smooth, lightly nutty Assam. Good.

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Seasons Pick Green Snail from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Green Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

65 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 30th, 2018

The flavor is lightly smoky and mossy, with some tannins. Good.

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Alex Zorach

(1361 reviews)
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Assam Marangi Estate Black Tea (FTGFOP1) from Simpson & Vail

Style: Assam – Region: Golaghat, Assam, India

88 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 27th, 2018

This tea had a sublime combination of smoothness and depth characteristic of top-quality teas. The flavor was exceptional but the aroma a little weak and less interesting. Thank you to Simpson & Vail for the sample!

Very curly-looking leaf, beautiful, with a very large portion of orange tips (more than in the compa...

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Organic Tippy Colombian Black Tea (T2) from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: Colombia

97 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 26th, 2018

This was a light tea with a strong savory flavor, that tasted distinctly like lobster!

Another sample from Simpson & Vail, thank you! I've been loving all the black teas I've tried from the Bitaco estate in Colombia, and this is another one. They are all excellent! I'm glad to see this garden and its teas taking o...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(133 reviews)
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English Teatime from Bigelow Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

61 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 24th, 2018

Trying this tea 24 hours after "English Breakfast" and under nearly identical circumstances, I had a hard time telling the difference between the two. This one left less of an aftertaste (strength, and for sure duration) but was a little more bitter. Since the aftertaste of the other tea wasn't bad, the "more bitter"...

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TarHeelTea

(1 review)
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Wuyi Mountain Big Red Robe from Verdant Tea

Style: Da Hong Pao – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 23rd, 2018

I'll confess I tried this tea after being intrigued at reading the legend of the Big Red Robe. Glad I did. I wonder if a monkey really picked this?

This is my new favorite tea. It has more body and flavor than the more delicate oolong teas. I usually give it a bit more tea and a longer steep than the usual recommen...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(133 reviews)
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English Breakfast Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: English Breakfast – Region: ?????

66 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 23rd, 2018

Pulled from a hotel breakfast stash (lower-case, not the tea brand), I brought a bag home to chug in my usual well water. Dry-bag and in-cup aroma were feeble, as has been my experience with most Bigelow teas (except Constant Comment, a major favorite). The brew got dark fairly quickly, tasting pleasant enough, rather...

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Alex Zorach

(1361 reviews)
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Vietnam Ha Giang Black from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: Ha Giang

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 22nd, 2018

A very pleasant tea that was easy to steep and easy to appreciate. Like a good Yunnan tea but a little smoother.

Thank you to Simpson & Vail for the sample!

Dry leaf smells really beautiful and kind of fascinating: malty but with strong vegetal notes. It looks and smells a lot like a Yunnan tea, which makes sense...

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Doomni Estate TGBOP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Baksa, Assam, India

92 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 19th, 2018

This is my type of Assam. An intensely strong tea with a brisk, refreshing character and a satisfying depth. Requires care in brewing though; this tea can become unpleasantly bitter and sour if steeped too long.

Dry leaf, broken but with ample golden tips, is lightly aromatic, malty, and pleasant.

Upon brewing t...

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Donyi Polo Estate SFTGFOP Tippy Cl. from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Arunachal Pradesh, India

71 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Mar. 19th, 2018

This tea threw me off because it was so radically different from what I was expecting. It's only my second tea ever from Arunachal, and I didn't know what to expect, but based on the location, I was expecting a darker, Assam-like tea, and it was instead, a light, Darjeeling-like tea. I think Upton's description is poor...

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