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Alex Zorach

(1339 reviews)
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Chilarai Assam Spring Organic Factory Black from TEAORB

Style: Assam – Region: Dhubri, Assam, India

82 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 15th, 2018

This tea had some strange and different subtleties, but was mellow overall. Thank you to TEAORB for the sample!

The leaf is beautiful, very delicate, wiry black leaves with a hint of golden tips. It is fragile and brittle, and breaks easily. TEAORB describes its aroma as that of "pine". It doesn't quite smell lik...

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ConradKay

(19 reviews)
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Black Tea from Lipton Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

20 / 100 Aroma: 1/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 14th, 2018

I had this at my hotel years back, and I still remember spitting out the disgrace of a "tea".

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Irish Breakfast from Adagio Teas

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: Blend

84 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 11th, 2018

This tea has a very nice blend of maltiness and citrus at an extremely good value!

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Difflugia

(55 reviews)
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Iced Classic Black Tea (Loose) from Pure Leaf

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kenya

72 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 11th, 2018

I'd never tasted Kenyan tea that wasn't part of a blend from multiple sources, so I bought a jar of the Pure Leaf. Even though this tea is labelled for use as iced tea, I'm drinking it hot (four minutes in boiling water). This is still the only tea solely from Kenya that I've tried, so I don't know how much of the flav...

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ConradKay

(19 reviews)
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White Symphony from Adagio Teas

Style: White Peony Tea – Region: ?????

74 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 11th, 2018

This tea is very similar to the white peony, so if you like that I'd give this a try.
The flavor is what you'd expect, somewhat fruity and sweet with this white tea aftertaste that seems consistent in every white I try. I can steep this twice and it doesn't seem like too great of a value.

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Golden Flower from Adagio Teas

Style: Golden Osmanthus – Region: Anxi, Fujian, China

91 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 11th, 2018

This is my absolute favorite go-to green oolong tea. The aroma is pleasant and not very strong. But the aroma is the least of my worries when buying tea. The flavor is amazing, and I have trouble describing it. It lasts me 4 western style infusions and is an amazing value at 2.5 cents per cup when buying in pounds(or 1...

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Black Dragon Pearls from Adagio Teas

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Yunnan, China

79 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 11th, 2018

Overall, this is a very decent tea.
The smell is very nice but is just like a typical black tea.
The flavor is very nice and is almost like a less malty Irish breakfast tea with cocoa notes. The tea is naturally sweet and also very smooth and creamy. I re-steep this tea 4 times(western brewing) using less than 3 gra...

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Sleeping Dragon from Adagio Teas

Style: Green Tea – Region: Fujian, China

40 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 11th, 2018

Overall this was not a great tea at all. I used no sugar and steeped for just above 2 minutes at 170 degrees. Although I fiddled the temperature around with no success.
The tea smells nice and is almost fruity.
Everything comes crashing down in the flavor though. It tastes like I took old vegetable broth and poured i...

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oregongamer

(3 reviews)
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Prince of Wales (Loose) from Twinings

Style: Black Tea – Region: China

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

Less tannic and lighter than English Breakfast blends, this tea is my go-to for afternoon sipping. A quintessential Chinese offering and packed in a tin.

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Pure Assam Leaf Tea from Taylors of Harrogate

Style: Black Tea – Region: Assam, India

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 10th, 2018

A second-flush season black tea, this comes from the Brahmaputra valley. Light liquor with a moderate aroma and flavor. I found this tea to be a little too subtle and shy.

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Tchuggin' Okie

(121 reviews)
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Japanese Green Tea from Kirkland Signature / Costco

Style: Green Tea – Region: Japan

72 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 8th, 2018

Surprisingly, this is one of the better bagged green teas I've had. A store brand for Costco, it's not expensive; so I assigned a good "value" rating despite receiving it at no extra cost in a package of teas provided by lodging.

Bags are individually plastic-wrapped. Upon ripping one open, an unmistakable matcha...

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Alex Zorach

(1339 reviews)
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Assam Leaf Tea - Doomur Dullung from Taylors of Harrogate

Style: Assam – Region: Sivasagar, Assam, India

81 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 7th, 2018

I found this expired tea tin, never opened and safely sealed, in a small import store when I was home over break. Knowing how well Assam teas can keep, I was curious to try it, and I was pleasantly surprised to find this tea much more aromatic than I would expect for something harvested around 4 years ago.

The leaf...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(121 reviews)
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Pineapple Waikiki Black Tea from Hawaiian Islands Tea Company

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

64 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 7th, 2018

Being a fan of pineapple as a taste, and seeing that this offering was reasonably inexpensive (for Hawaii anyway) at the Wal Mart in Kona, I figured to give it a try. While not bad, each step of the process disappointed me a bit more, leaving an impression less favorable than the potential.

Each tea bag in a standa...

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Teuvo

(57 reviews)
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Black Mao Feng from Simon LĂ©velt

Style: Keemun Mao Feng – Region: Xiuning, Anhui, China

56 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 4th, 2018

Based on my experiences with black gunpowder, I was not surprised that this doesn't taste like Mao Feng at all. It's more like other Chinese black teas I've had. It's got just a tiny little bit of sweetness but it's hardly there. It's pleasantly almost-bitter (but I did make it pretty strong).
Resteeps quite decently...

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Difflugia

(55 reviews)
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Organic Black Tea from Equal Exchange

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 1st, 2018

The dry tea in the bags is finely chopped and smells strong and malty, like most grocery store Assam blends.

I steeped it for four minutes in boiling water and the brewed tea is more complex than I expected. The strong malt flavor has chocolate and molasses notes that set it apart from other Assam blends. It's moder...

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Taiwan High Mountain Green Tea from Starway

Style: Jade Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

65 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 31st, 2017

The can calls this "green tea", but it's clearly a jade oolong. It's much better quality than Starway's other oolong teas. It's mediocre compared to other Taiwanese high mountain oolongs, but they're usually much more expensive than this.

The dry tea smells fresh, mellow and pleasant. There's no hint of a roast. The...

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J. stahl

(1 review)
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English Breakfast from Benner Tea Co

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

75 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 31st, 2017

Compared to another tea at twice the price same brew time, same water amount and same cup style. Was hard to tell them apart. For the price and ease of purchase worth the money for an everyday cup.

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Alex Zorach

(1339 reviews)
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Saimo Assam Summer Organic Artisanal Oolong from TEAORB

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Tinsukia, Assam, India

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 20th, 2017

A fascinating and really enjoyable tea that was unlike any oolong I have ever tried before, but still shared some of my favorite qualities of oolongs. This tea had a soft and gentle quality, like the edge had been taken off relative to the green or black Assam teas I have been sampling recently.

I had no idea what ...

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Ian Hemingway

(10 reviews)
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Awake English Breakfast Filterbag from Tazo Tea

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 17th, 2017

Not a bad tea at all. I usually double bag it though since I like my tea strong and plentiful. I've had a lot of this as my old work used to stock it and I was never disappointed per se, but always wished it was a little better.

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Irish Breakfast from DAVIDsTEA

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 17th, 2017

This tea is OK. It's like the dregs of the English Breakfast tea though. Smaller cut, like the English tea was shaken and this is what fell out. You might be disappointed if you like the English, but I'm sure this is very good if you prefer Irish Breakfast.

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English Breakfast (Loose) from Twinings

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

40 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Dec. 17th, 2017

Overpriced for what you get. I like the tin though. This is a utility tea; it'll wake you up without being unpleasant tasting.

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English Breakfast from DAVIDsTEA

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 17th, 2017

Good tea. This is what breakfast tea should taste like. A bit pricey, but not a deal breaker.

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English Breakfast Tea from Tetley Tea

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

55 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 17th, 2017

This is my baseline tea. Very serviceable, at CAD$5 for 60 bags it's a good value.

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Teuvo

(57 reviews)
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Java Sunda Purwa (g) from De Theefabriek

Style: Gunpowder Green Tea – Region: West Java, Indonesia

48 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 16th, 2017

The first thing that struck me is that it looks and smells exactly like gunpowder tea, even though it isn't called that anywhere. It's not a problem, I even have an idea why one might not want to market gunpowder tea as gunpowder tea (if that really is what this is). The origin and a name might sound more enticing that...

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JGS1122

(55 reviews)
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Yunnan Black Gold from Yunnan Sourcing

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

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 13th, 2017

Great Yunnan scent. Large leaves. Nice honey colored liquor. Taste is good, a bit mild. I'm sure this will be a great 'all day' tea. Might be a bit mild for milk or cream. Minor problem with I needed to purchase 10 packets to get the full amount I wanted.

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