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Trailesque

(121 reviews)
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Oolong Se Chung from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Se Chung Oolong – Region: China

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 17th, 2023

This is a nice, mellow oolong, and comes in at a very attractive price. There is nothing attention-grabbing about it; it is just a good tea. The aroma hints at woodlands and hay, and the flavor offers more of the same, with a dash of minerally tannins and vegetal notes. It is fairly light on the palate, and goes dow...

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Alex Zorach

(1447 reviews)
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Assamica Black Tea from Mei Zi Qing Village from Yunnan Sourcing

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

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 8th, 2023

I tried this tea right when I ordered it, but did not like it. It had few objectionable qualities, and was actually quite smooth, but simply seemed a little boring. However, I set it in my cupboard for quite some time and sure enough, it has started tasting more interesting after about a year and a half. Still, it is n...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(340 reviews)
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Royal English Breakfast from Harney and Sons

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 1st, 2023

As with their "Green Tea with Coconut & Ginger", I got this at a last-day estate sale for a quarter (proportionate fraction of a bulk pantry buy). Not per bag, but for the entire tin! That's the best value I've had for a good tea. However, you probably can't match that. So how costly is it, for real? A peek at the...

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Heather J.

(73 reviews)
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Organic Wuyuan Black from Little Red Cup

Style: Black Tea – Region: Wuyuan, Jiangxi, China

81 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 1st, 2023

This tea is really aromatic and smells toasty and bready. It tastes how it smells however it’s just a bit too astringent for my taste but it definitely isn’t the worst and overall it’s a high quality tea, I’m just personally sensitive to astringency.

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Alex Zorach

(1447 reviews)
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Organic Wuyuan Black from Little Red Cup

Style: Black Tea – Region: Wuyuan, Jiangxi, China

92 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 1st, 2023

This is my first black tea that I've ever tried from Wuyuan county; prior to this I have only had green teas, which I've tended to like.

The dry leaf has a fine texture and looks slightly greyish with reddish highlights. It has a pleasing aroma that strongly resembles the lighter examples of Keemun, but is rather di...

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Heather J.

(73 reviews)
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Japanese Black Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: Japan

98 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 1st, 2023

This is a really wonderful tea! It’s not astringent or bitter at all but it’s still thick bodied and flavorful! It’s a black tea but it has notes of green tea flavor! It even has a subtle toasty grain flavor which is suggestive of genmaicha. I love it!

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Alex Zorach

(1447 reviews)
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Colombian Leafy Black Organic Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: Colombia

95 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 30th, 2022

I've tried what I'm pretty sure is this same exact grade of tea from the same garden, but sold by Upton Tea Imports, a while back, and I loved it. I loved it this time too!

The brewed cup has a strong and complex aroma. It has a moderate toastiness to it, with notes of cocoa and strong notes of wintergreen, which I ...

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Heather J.

(73 reviews)
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Colombian Leafy Black Organic Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: Colombia

88 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 30th, 2022

This tea is really good and tastes deep and roasty. It’s thick bodied and not too astringent. I like it a lot and it’s classic tasting but it’s also not super interesting. It’s good if you need just a regular black tea in the morning!

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Vietnam Ha Giang Black from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: Ha Giang

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 30th, 2022

The aroma is really nice with notes of dried fruit. The taste is pretty nice too and it has very little astringency which is how I like it, however there is a bit of bitterness and the tea is also slightly watery and not as thick bodied as I’d like. Even with all those criticisms though, it’s still a perfectly plea...

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Alex Zorach

(1447 reviews)
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Rwanda OPA Rukeri from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: Rwanda

96 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 18th, 2022

Simply exceptional! This is one of the teas that I think is much better than its commercial description suggests! This is the second tea I've tried from Rukeri estate; the first was a BOP grade from Upton Imports. This tea was similar and I loved both.

The dry leaf is finely broken, much more so than I expect for th...

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Heather J.

(73 reviews)
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Rwanda OPA Rukeri from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: Rwanda

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 18th, 2022

Pretty good tea! The aroma wasn’t super strong but it was nice and kinda reminded me of raisins. The taste was really flavorful right from the start with fruity and floral notes, however it did taste slightly soapy to me. Overall though it wasn’t too bitter or astringent and the taste was very interesting and uniqu...

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Trailesque

(121 reviews)
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Organic English Breakfast Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

75 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 13th, 2022

This is a perfectly nice, reasonably priced English breakfast tea, offered at a good price too. The Assam and Ceylon teas blend together well, and create a mellow flavor with a dash of butterscotch. I had this with plant milk; English breakfast teas are meant to be served with a little milk.

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Heather J.

(73 reviews)
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Assam - Harmutty Estate Black Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Assam – Region: Lakhimpur, Assam, India

79 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 11th, 2022

Really nice cup of tea! It was thick bodied and the flavor was rich and sweet. I didn’t notice much of an aroma however, but I could be having sinus issues now. I’ll come back and update my review if I notice more of an aroma later! But either way it still is a rly nice tea!

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Alex Zorach

(1447 reviews)
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Tanzania Luponde Black Organic Tea FOP from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: Tanzania

81 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 4th, 2022

This was one of the higher-quality teas I've tried from Tanzania, pleasing to drink, unique and interesting, also extraordinarily value-priced.

The dry leaf has a pleasant and potent aroma, malty and with a hint of caraway and fruity notes. The leaf is on the intact / whole side of what I would expect for the FOP gr...

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Heather J.

(73 reviews)
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Tanzania Luponde Black Organic Tea FOP from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: Tanzania

75 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 4th, 2022

This tea has a lovely floral and slightly bready taste and aroma that I really love! It has no issues with astringency and it is only slightly bitter, but in a good way. It’s medium bodied and overall a very decent cup of tea!

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Assam - Itakhooli Estate from Simpson & Vail

Style: Assam – Region: Tinsukia, Assam, India

75 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 3rd, 2022

Aroma is not too strong but it does smell nice and interesting too! It actually has notes of raspberry in the aroma and taste and it’s rly unique and good! Otherwise it just tastes like a very classic assam tea, there is no objectionable astringentness or bitterness.

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Alex Zorach

(1447 reviews)
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Assam - Itakhooli Estate from Simpson & Vail

Style: Assam – Region: Tinsukia, Assam, India

79 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 24th, 2022

This was a rather strong, but high-quality Assam sold for an exceptionally good price.

The dry leaf has a potent aroma, spicy and fruity. I already notice the raspberry notes even in the dry leaf. But the aroma somehow betrays a slight harshness: I can tell this is going to be a tea with a bit of an edge, even befor...

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Heather J.

(73 reviews)
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Yunnan "Pine Needles" Green Tea from Mengku from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Green Tea – Region: Shuangjiang, Yunnan, China

50 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Nov. 20th, 2022

Not my favorite tea. A little bit soapy and bitter tasting and there wasn’t much interesting stuff going on to redeem it. The aroma was really weak too so overall not worth it for me. I’m giving it a 50 because it’s not that great but it’s also like not too horrible. I wouldn’t buy it again though.

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Alex Zorach

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Georgian BOP from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: Georgia

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 20th, 2022

I have been wanting to try a tea from Georgia for a long time; the past few times I've gotten teas from Simpson & Vail, this tea has not been available, so I was excited to see it come back into their catalogue.

This tea was also really fascinating, very different from other black teas I've tried, even different fro...

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Heather J.

(73 reviews)
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Georgian BOP from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: Georgia

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 20th, 2022

I love this tea!! The aroma is wonderful and unique, I don’t know exactly how to describe it but it smells bready with floral notes. The taste is also amazing and weirdly it has notes of citrus peel which I really like! (This tea is not a blend, just black tea, so there’s not actual citrus in it). It also tastes li...

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Assam - Dikom Estate, GTGFOP1, Black Indian Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Assam – Region: Dibrugarh, Assam, India

82 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 19th, 2022

The aroma of this tea is wonderful and bready and the aroma doesn’t wear off as you drink it. The taste is very smooth and honestly very “normal.” I like this tea because it is not astringent and it makes me feel good after drinking it (some teas don’t fully agree with me). For how normal this tea is though, it...

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Alex Zorach

(1447 reviews)
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Japanese Black Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: Japan

97 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 18th, 2022

I was really impressed by this tea. I found it delightful, and also easy to brew and easy to drink. Smooth, aromatic, and pleasing in flavor. I've only ever tried one other black tea from Japan, but this one was by far the better of the two, and ranks among the top-tier black teas I've sampled from any region.

The d...

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Assam - Dikom Estate, GTGFOP1, Black Indian Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Assam – Region: Dibrugarh, Assam, India

84 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 18th, 2022

This was a smoother, higher-grade Assam that had a much lighter character than is typical for an Assam.

The dry leaf is pretty aesthetically pleasing, it actually looks much nicer than the picture S&V provided on their website: lots of tip, which looks more pale and less golden than some. Its aroma is rather fruity ...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(340 reviews)
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Platinum Jubilee Tea Bags from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

71 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 13th, 2022

While still good, this was the least desirable of the Murchie's "Jubilee" line I've tried so far. Blended this year (2022) in honor of the late Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee, it contains a mix of Darjeeling, Assam, Yunnan and Keemun. Given the strong history this company has with teas of those origins individual...

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JGS1122

(105 reviews)
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Upton South Street Breakfast Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 19th, 2022

Aroma is medium, reminds me of a Keemun. Liquor steeps (5 minutes) to a deep brown.Good taste with a slight tangy after taste with some floral hints. I would buy this tea again.

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