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Heather Z.

(83 reviews)
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Darjeeling (Loose) from Ahmad Tea

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

88 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 5th, 2024

This tea is really good! It has a nice bready aroma and a delicate but full bodied flavor with chocolatey hints. The only reason I'm not giving it an even higher score is that it is a bit basic, however I still love basic teas when they are really high quality and good like this one. This tea is not too astringent or b...

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Korangani Assam Breakfast Tea from TEAORB

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

86 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 31st, 2024

I really enjoy this tea a lot! The aroma is very pleasant, it kind of smells like pumpkin seeds. The taste is the best part, it is very smooth and thick bodied and not too astringent or bitter at all! It tastes like raisins and pumpkin seeds to me. It is a very comforting cup of tea. It is still being sold today and it...

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Nilgiri Korakundah Estate - Organic FOP/FBOP from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nilgiri, India

95 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 30th, 2024

I absolutely love this tea! It's full bodied and aromatic. The aroma is bready (like most black teas smell to me) but also a bit fruity like raisins, and also Indian, like cardamon or something. The tea is perfect because I'm sensitive to astringency and it isn't too astringent, but it has just enough astringency to be...

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Tchuggin' Okie

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Organic Irish Breakfast Tea from Equal Exchange

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: India

61 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 28th, 2024

My review here is decidedly mixed. Since this isn't a bad tea, folks who are interested in the fair-trade/organic aspects may find this a good alternative to the relative dearth of such certifications among Irish Breakfast bagged teas. Being less refined, more of a troglodyte, I just want tea to taste good regardless...

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Trailesque

(149 reviews)

Idulgashinna Estate Organic BOP from Upton Tea Imports

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

65 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
May. 23rd, 2024

This is pretty robust for a Ceylon tea, with some tannin bite and a woody aroma. It was quite a bit better with milk than with lemon and sugar, which surprised me. With just a little vegan milk added, it makes a very good breakfast style tea. My intention in buying this was to mix it with a Darjeeling for iced tea (...

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No. 1 Tippy Orthodox GFOP Darjeeling from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

75 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
May. 21st, 2024

I decided to try something different. Instead of getting Upton's iced tea blend (which I like a lot) that is made from Ceylons and Darjeelings, why not get some Ceylons and Darjeelings and mix them together? This way I can also get to know the individual teas. This one did not let me down. It is on the mild side, b...

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JGS1122

(128 reviews)
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China Breakfast from Rishi Tea

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Yunnan, China

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 30th, 2024

Classic Yunnan aroma, nice earthy/spice. Mild flavor, not acidic or sharp, slightly sweet after taste. Liquor (5 min steep) honey brown with a slight redness. For me, easy to sip. Overall, a good pick.

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English Breakfast from Oliver Pluff & Company

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

85 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 23rd, 2024

The aroma is very pleasant, a nice black tea with a hint of fruit (peaches). The liquor (5 min steep) is a medium brown with a bit of red. The flavor is excellent, a good strong taste, with a slight tangy after taste I would say perfect start for your morning. This tea would easily accommodate sugar or cream.

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East Indian Tea from Oliver Pluff & Company

Style: Assam – Region: India

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 12th, 2024

Nice mild Assam aroma, with a hint of spicy. The liquor (5 min steep) is brown/red. The flavor is a bit tart, with a smoky after taste. This tea would be fine with some cream or sugar. Overall an enjoyable tea.

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Yi Mei Ren Wu Liang Mountain Yunnan Black Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Black Tea – Region: Jingdong, Yunnan, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 19th, 2024

Very appealing Yunnan earthiness with some spicy undertones. The liquor (5 min steep) is a red/orange brown. The flavor is smooth, with a spice/sweet after taste. I will purchase this tea again.

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Imperial Pure Bud Yunnan Black Tea of Simao from Yunnan Sourcing

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

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 3rd, 2024

Good Yunnan aroma, nice earthiness/wood. The liquor (5min steep) is a wonderful honey. Taste is a solid Yunnan, with a slight sweetness (peach?) after taste. The leaves are black and tan. I would enjoy this tea anytime during the day.

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Imperial Gold Needle Yunnan Black Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

65 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 2nd, 2024

The aroma is a mild earthiness with a hint of classic Yunnan. The liquor (5min steep) is a nice amber. Mild flavor with no out standing notes. Enjoyable, but it would not be my first choice from this company.

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Scottish Morn from Harney and Sons

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

85 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 25th, 2024

Wonderful strong aroma, Assam and Ceylon blend offer a pleasant earthy aroma. Nice brisk tea. I buy sachets for when I have breakfast at a restaurant. This is a great tea for the first cup of the morning. I will buy this again.

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Season's Pick Assam GFOP Organic from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 25th, 2024

The aroma is nice, but mild, it has the earthy with hint od spice that is expected from a Assam. The liquor (5min steep) is a pleasant deep brown. The flavor is very mild with no after taste. Certainly, a decent all day sipping tea, with nothing remarkable about the tase.

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Season's Pick Golden Monkey ZY104K from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 24th, 2024

The aroma is earthy with a some notes of honey. The liquor is a deep brown/amber (5min steep). Bold flavor, with a bit of tartness. Slight smoky after taste. Good choice.

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Tchuggin' Okie

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Festive Breakfast (Teabags) from Whittard of Chelsea

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

74 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 4th, 2024

Whittard has a single-sourced English Breakfast by name (from West Java), and an entirely different tea more of the traditional EB style—this one—composed of Ceylon and Kenya teas. Unlike the named EB, I couldn't find Festive Breakfast on Whittard's website, but instead, got it as part of a gift assortment.

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Trailesque

(149 reviews)

Gorkha Estate Himalayan Bliss from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nepal

70 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 4th, 2024

This is a smooth, mild tea - but not lacking in flavor. It seems similar to a good quality Darjeeling or a Ceylon. A little overpriced imo, but good.

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Tchuggin' Okie

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English Breakfast (Teabags) from Whittard of Chelsea

Style: English Breakfast – Region: West Java, Indonesia

77 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 24th, 2023

Given how unimpressed I've been with most of Whittard's offerings so far, this was a pleasant surprise. English Breakfast is their advertised "No. 01" mainstay tea since the Victorian era, at least in loose-leaf form, so presumably the bagged version shouldn't be terribly different.

Though not very strong, the dry...

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Darjeeling (Teabags) from Whittard of Chelsea

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

69 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 3rd, 2023

The photo is from Whittard's website where (as of this writing) 50 round, stringless bags sell for USD $9.50, not too bad for what I presume to be a decent-quality Darjeeling. [They also sell loose-leaf Darjeeling.] Mine came from a 5-bag sampler pack, each bag being of the fold-over type stapled to a string and tag....

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Trailesque

(149 reviews)
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Colombian Breakfast Blend Organic from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Colombia

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 9th, 2023

I was not expecting much, since I had tried another Colombian tea from Upton that was not good at all, but this was a pleasant surprise. The flavor is complex and plays around on the palate, with notes of fresh bread and malty tannins. The price is right too - I would get this again. I had this breakfast tea style, ...

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Lapsang Souchong Black Dragon from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 31st, 2023

This has a lot of woodsmoke/cigar tobacco in the aroma and the flavor. There is a something else in there too, some woody and savory notes, enough so that I began to wonder if I was drinking some kind of sausage beverage and not a tea (lol). But this black dragon is all about the smoke, which is something that I enjoy...

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Darjeeling FTGFOP1 Premium Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

60 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 28th, 2023

This is a light and easy Darjeeling which tastes fine, but is a little lacking in body and flavor. It blends well with milk or lemon. The lightly sweet, earthy aroma of the tea leaves is its best point. Despite the impressive name, this is a pretty ordinary tea, and sells for an average price.

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Tchuggin' Okie

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Organic Nilgiri Black Tea from Trader Joe's

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nilgiri, India

65 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 26th, 2023

This was a strange black tea, in that the in-cup and dry-bag aroma differed more from the flavor than the great majority of black teas I've had. As it turns out, that's a good thing, because the aroma wasn't bad—just weak and weird. The smells were reminiscent of something I don't often associate with tea: mild ch...

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Trailesque

(149 reviews)
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Kensington Breakfast Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 25th, 2023

I am very happy with this so far. Upton has a number of good, reasonably priced breakfast blends, and this is one of them--so far, I have very positive feelings about it. The aroma is fresh and sweet, and reminds me of pipe tobacco. It is a medium-bodied blend, with a nutty, bready flavor. It is pretty smooth overa...

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Alex Zorach

(1448 reviews)
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Jinjunmei Thé Noir from D.M.D Bridge

Style: Black Tea – Region: China

78 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 27th, 2023

This was one of the better teas I've bought in-person in a long time, and was quite delicious, but was still disappointing, especially in terms of value, relative to similar teas I have bought online, particularly in that it did not resteep well.

I bought this tea at a Local Vietnamese Grocery Store. The dry leaf lo...

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