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JGS1122

(100 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

(107 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

(311 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

(107 reviews)
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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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JGS1122

(100 reviews)

Somerset Estate BOP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Sri Lanka / Ceylon

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

Nice mild earthy aroma. The liquor brews to a light amber (5 mins). Nice mild OP taste. Easy to sip. For me, it would be too mild for sugar or cream. Classic Ceylon.

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Trailesque

(107 reviews)
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Baker Street Afternoon Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Russian Caravan – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 1st, 2021

I have ordered this tea many times over the years, and am surprised I did not rate it yet. In the past it has been a well-priced and full-flavored tea experience, and a go-to when I wanted something malty and smoky, with a little milk and no sugar. My most recent purchase of it was less enjoyable. This time a harsh,...

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Alex Zorach

(1438 reviews)
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"Yu Luo" High Mountain Pure Bud Green Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

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

84 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 7th, 2021

Thanks Dewey for sharing this with me! This was a smooth, mellow, mild green tea that was easy to brew and enjoy.

The leaf of this smells very fresh, a sort of sweet fragrance, almost floral, typical of high-quality, tippy Chinese green teas. It's pleasant but also hard to anticipate how it is going to taste, so I w...

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Heather J.

(61 reviews)
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Yunnan "Assamica Gold Needle" Black Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

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

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

This tea is really good! It’s aromatic and bready smelling which I like. The taste is really smooth and it has a complex flavor with slight bitterness but in a good way! This is a really enjoyable tea!

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Tchuggin' Okie

(311 reviews)
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Editors' Blend Tea Bags from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

91 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 3rd, 2021

Murchie's carries so many different tea blends that it takes a long time—years, at a normal tea-drinking pace—to get around to trying most of them. I wish this one had landed on my porch sooner! This may be the richest, smoothest, fullest-bodied all-black tea blend of theirs, or anybody's for that matter, that I'...

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Heather J.

(61 reviews)
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Jinggu "Da Jin Ya" Camellia Taliensis Black Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

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

87 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 30th, 2021

This tea is pretty smooth and easy to drink, however it is a bit boring and doesn’t have a super strong aroma. I’m still giving it a highish score just because it is a comforting tea to drink and it doesn’t have any outwardly negative qualities like being too harsh or astringent.

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Bu Lang Mountain Black Tea from Menghai from Yunnan Sourcing

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

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 24th, 2021

This tea is so good!! It smells nice and has a good flavor but with none of the harshness or bitterness that tea sometimes has. It’s really smooth and bready but still interesting and fragrant

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Yunnan "Black Gold Bi Luo Chun" Black Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

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

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 26th, 2021

This tea is really good! It has a bready and raisiny aroma it tastes very smooth and somewhat chocolaty. My one complaint is that it’s very slightly astringent in the aftertaste.

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Alex Zorach

(1438 reviews)
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Yunnan "Black Gold Bi Luo Chun" Black Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

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

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 23rd, 2021

I found this a pleasant tea to drink but it was not among my favorites. It was surprisingly different from its organic counterpart. Of the two, I strongly preferred this one.

The leaf is tightly rolled and quite beautiful. Compared to the organic version of this tea, it looks a little paler in color and slightly loo...

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Heather J.

(61 reviews)
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Yunnan "Black Gold Bi Luo Chun" Certified Organic Black Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

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

95 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 19th, 2021

I love this tea! It’s very smooth and easy to drink, it’s not astringent. It has a dark toasty flavor and is very comforting to drink. It smells nice and bready too!

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JGS1122

(100 reviews)

Ceylon Orange Pekoe from Simpson & Vail

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

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 15th, 2021

The aroma is a medium woodsy. Dark, twisted leaves. The liquor, after a five minute steep, is a very dark brown. Flavor is good, with a mild spicy after taste. This tea will be added to my regular rotation. Easy to sip all day.

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China Golden Silk Black Organic Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 14th, 2021

Beautiful large leaves. The aroma is wood and spice, not pronounced. The liquor is a medium amber after a 5 minute steep. Taste is clean with a slight malt after taste. I'd say this is a good tea for sipping. For me, no sugar or milk needed.

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Tchuggin' Okie

(311 reviews)
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Anniversary Blend Tea Bags from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Green and Black Tea Blend – Region: Blend

79 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 12th, 2021

Murchie's developed this blend to commemorate their 125th anniversary (1894–2019), and I hope it sticks around.

A blind taste test might elicit a reaction like this: "Really nice black tea blend, but I can't quite place this interesting flavor it has under that." The black tea solidly dominates the green in dry-b...

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Alex Zorach

(1438 reviews)
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Yunnan "Black Gold Bi Luo Chun" Certified Organic Black Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

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

82 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 10th, 2021

This tea was quite singular, unlike most of the other teas from Yunnan Sourcing. I thought it was a good tea but it was a bit too much for me. It's strong, both by flavor and caffeine. I am reviewing the Spring Harvest from 2020.

This tea took up a lot less space than most all the other Yunnan Teas I've tried. The d...

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Yunnan "Assamica Gold Needle" Black Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

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

96 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 7th, 2021

This was a straightforward tea that I found easy to like; I became a fan from the first sip. It's robust, easy to brew, easy to drink, and pleasing in both flavor and aroma. Overall, it is more flavorful than aromatic though.

The dry leaf is beautiful, a very bright yellow color, not as orangeish as many of these ti...

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Jinggu "Da Jin Ya" Camellia Taliensis Black Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

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

95 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 5th, 2021

This was a really enjoyable tea that also had a lot of depth and complexity.

The dry leaf is made exclusively of luscious, thick, fuzzy buds that are kinda rolled on themselves; the picture does not really do it justice. Although it seems to be pure buds, they look a bit more mature than on some tippy teas, and they...

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Long Mei Yunnan Green Tea of Zhenyuan from Yunnan Sourcing

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

84 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 4th, 2021

This was a robust green tea that was challenging to brew, but rewarding when I got it right. Thank you to Dewey for sharing this one with me!

The leaf is beautiful, wiry, slightly curly, and diverse in color, from dusty dark green to silvery-gray with a yellowish tinge. It has a potent fragrance, with a hint of camp...

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