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Tchuggin' Okie

(91 reviews)
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English Breakfast from Trader Joe's

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 17th, 2017

With few exceptions (see my review of Ginger Turmeric herbal...blecch), TJs consistently offers a surprisingly high-quality selection of store-brand teas—better so far in my experience than any other grocery chain, and than a nontrivial number of name-brand bagged teas. This one fits the bill. Of course it's not to...

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Brytta Sóþword

(292 reviews)

Lapsong Souchong from Tea & Absinthe

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: ?????

92 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 12th, 2017

This tea is really quite impressive. Whether dry or brewed, its aroma and its flavor both remind me of smokiness from some sort of aromatic wood used for barbecuing -- though it is not "barbecue" flavored. Perhaps it reminds me of camping mixed with a cigarette smoke that somehow isn't gross?

The smokiness is very p...

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Heather J.

(4 reviews)
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English Breakfast from Benner Tea Co

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

30 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 11th, 2017

This tea isn't super great, but it's definitely not the worst thing. The price is pretty good, $1.20 for a box of 20 bags. However, there are teas that are the same price but are much better quality.

The flavor was decent for the first couple of sips, it had a sort of floral taste. Quickly though, my mouth began to ...

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Difflugia

(47 reviews)
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Decaf Black Tea from Lipton Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

45 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 8th, 2017

The dry teabags have some tea aroma, which is a step up from many decaffeinated black teas. It's earthy, but not strong and reminds me of stale cocoa.

The brewing tea smells almost roasted and smoky and again reminds me of weak cocoa. There's also a hint of cooking noodles. The aroma is OK, but it still isn't quite ...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(91 reviews)
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English Breakfast (Loose) from Twinings

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

42 / 100 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 8th, 2017

Twinings teas in general consistently fail to impress me, though before this, I mostly had tried a few of their bagged offerings. A box of this was available at an estate sale, really cheap, so I figured to give it a run. While it's better than their bagged teas, and not a bad tea at all, I'm still no fan.

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Difflugia

(47 reviews)
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Taj Mahal (Loose) from Brooke Bond

Style: Black Tea – Region: Assam, India

65 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 4th, 2017

I bought this box of tea in an Indian conveniece store, but the box says that it's marketed by Unilever Canada.

The dry tea smells just like powdered barley malt. It's very sweet with a hint of bittersweet molasses.

The aroma of the brewing tea is rich, but mild. It lacks much of the tannic sharpness of other Ass...

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Organic Breakfast from Mighty Leaf Tea

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

55 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Sep. 2nd, 2017

I've recently started looking for Fair Trade Certified teas, so I decided to try a box of Mighty Leaf tea.

My first impression is that the tea is lower quality than the packaging and price would indicate. The box says that the sachets contain "whole leaf tea," but the tea in the sachets is in quite small pieces, not...

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Yorkshire Gold from Yorkshire Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

50 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 1st, 2017

The dry tea is CTC tea that has been ground up further, almost to dust. It smells earthy and vegetal.

The scent of the brewing tea is oaky, but mild. The flavor is stronger than the aroma would indicate, but is still quite mellow. The tea has nice body, but the flavors are muted. It's not particularly bitter or astr...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(91 reviews)
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All Natural Tea (Orange Pekoe & Pekoe Tea) from Red Diamond

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

55 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 29th, 2017

Maybe my tea-sniffing nose is busted. Perhaps the neural algorithm that processes tea odor has a few lines of code missing, or the broadband line from nose to brain is a tad noisy and leaky. See, most true teas (camellia) don't smell much like they taste to me, or even much like tea a lot of the time, or they have no...

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Alex Zorach

(1313 reviews)
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Assam Orange Pekoe from Quik Tea

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

75 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 28th, 2017

An unusually good CTC tea. I picked this up at the Newark, DE farmer's market, in their Indian section, and it was quite a find.

The leaf, which consists of large pellets (noticeably bigger than most grades of CTC tea) is aromatic but doesn't have the best smell. It smells fresh and clean, but leads me to expect a...

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Difflugia

(47 reviews)
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Assam Tea from Frontier

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

72 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 28th, 2017

The dry tea is very aromatic and smells of raisins and cherries, being much fruitier than other Assams that I've tried. The brewing tea smells of malt and oak leaves, but has a lighter aroma than I was expecting from the dry tea

Four minutes in boiling water resulted in a very strong, rich cup of tea with balanced b...

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Ceylon Black Tea (Orange Pekoe) High Grown from Frontier

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

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 26th, 2017

I found this tea in the bulk section of a health food store. I've never tried Frontier tea, mostly because I don't trust bulk jars. The jar lids were tight and the teas smelled fresh, though, so I bought an ounce each of several to try. Based on this first sample, I'll likely be buying more.

The dry tea smells stron...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(91 reviews)
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Orange Pekoe & Pekoe Cut Black Tea from Rituals

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

56 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 25th, 2017

One of the minor mysterious adventures of getting last-minute, dirt-cheap, cut-rate, online deals on resort hotels (as I did one stormy evening in Sedona, AZ) is to sample new teas otherwise not often consumed. Sedona has decent water, but I also brought a bag home to try (apples-to-apples comparison).

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Black Tea from Farmer Brothers

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

62 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 24th, 2017

I found a bag of this food-service/wholesale product at a motel in southern Utah, and decided to take it home for this review given the poor water quality in that town. I'm glad, because my preconceived notion about the weakness and unoriginality of food-service teas—especially considering the plainness and dated st...

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WarrenTheTeaGuy

(3 reviews)
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Assam from Two Leaves Tea

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 15th, 2017

I'm kind of surprised the reviews are not better. I absolutely love this tea. The price is high $8 for 15 bags but I still buy it and consider it a luxury. For a commercially produced, ready-to-go tea bag, I think it's a great choice.

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Black Tea from Lipton Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

25 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 15th, 2017

It's cheap. On the spectrum of teas Lipton would be near the bottom. It is almost undrinkable. I wouldn't drink it for free.

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American Classic Tea from Charleston Tea Plantation (American Classic Tea)

Style: Black Tea – Region: South Carolina, United States

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 15th, 2017

I have been to the plantation which is a great experience. This is a very very good tea. Top notch. It tastes great all by itself without any sweetener or milk. I normally use both but it says a lot when a tea can be enjoyed on its own.

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JGS1122

(54 reviews)

Yunnan Black Dragon Pearls, ZY75 from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 12th, 2017

Nice amber colored liquor. Subtle aroma and flavor. The 'pearls' open up during steeping. Would not be my first choice if I wanted a 'strong' Yunnan. Very enjoyable.

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Heather J.

(4 reviews)
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Colombian Black Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: Colombia

95 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 6th, 2017

This tea smells floral and fruity. The taste is light and not very astringent but it has a subtle and pleasant bitterness to it. Even though it's lighter bodied, I felt full after drinking it. It's a very satisfying tea and worth the money. Also, this tea is unusually good when you re-steep it, it still maintains much ...

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Pheebee

(1 review)
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English Breakfast Black Tea from Rituals

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

75 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 4th, 2017

Okay this is a first time tea review. My husband brought a couple of Rituals English Breakfast teabags home from a trip. I opened the first teabag and was pleasantly surprised--I had expected something pretty nasty. But I enjoyed it. Right now I am using the second teabag. Knowing that it's not available in stores make...

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Teuvo

(48 reviews)
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Yunnan Flowery Orange Pekoe from Simon Lévelt

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Yunnan, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 4th, 2017

This tea smells similar to Simon Lévelt's Ruhuna Orange Pekoe. The leaves are more colourful, with many golden tones, but the aroma has a similar strong dried fruit quality. However, I don't think I'd describe it as plums, exactly. Raisins come to mind, or rather, a kind of spicy raisin cake.

The liqueur tastes ver...

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Plowboy

(10 reviews)
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China Yunnan from Mark T. Wendell

Style: Black Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

85 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 2nd, 2017

This came in my second order from Mark T. Wendell. It looks nice in the tin, dark brown and gold mixed together. It has a pleasant faint smell. After steeping for 4 minutes it produces a deep red color. The aroma remains faint. The taste is smooth and very good with a peppery component that others have mentioned. It's ...

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Irish Breakfast from Twinings

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: ?????

63 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 28th, 2017

Been drinking this for 20-something years. Even back in my coffee drinking days, this is what was thrown in the food sack when we'd go out backpacking and climbing. Brewed with mountain stream water over a butane cooker on a cold mountain morning, this tea did the trick. It's strong with a good flavor. One of it's mai...

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Assam from Tea India

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

65 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 28th, 2017

I found this tea at an Indian market. It cost $9 for a kilo in an airtight bag. It's a CTC tea. It has little aroma in the bag. I brewed it for 5 minutes. It came out clear and deep red. It produced a brew with slight aroma and mild flavor, just a bit of bitterness. Not a bad taste, but nothing particularly good. It wi...

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Alex Zorach

(1313 reviews)
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English Breakfast (Loose) from Twinings

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

62 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Jul. 26th, 2017

The commercial description of this tea is pretty grandiose...it makes it sound like a masterpiece of blending, and I would say it's not.

To me, this is a classic but somewhat run-of-the-mill blend that is enjoyable but stands out in no way. I would not describe it as complex, although it's a good bit more complex, ...

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