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Alex Zorach

(1331 reviews)
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Bhai Bhai Assam Spring Organic Artisanal Black from TEAORB

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

89 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 19th, 2017

This tea is somewhere between exotic and bizarrre, but I really enjoyed it. Thank you TEAORB for the sample! Like a good book or song, I notice new qualities in it each time I experience it.

The dry leaf, which consists of long, intact leaves, tightly rolled, with a curly and crinkly shape, has a smoky and vegetal...

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Abhilex Assam Spring Organic Artisanal Black from TEAORB

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

91 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 13th, 2017

A mellow, earthy tea that was comforting like wrapping up in an old blanket, and reminded me of dark white teas. Drinking this it almost seems to take me back in time. I am loving sampling the black teas from TEAORB; they sent me a bunch of samples and I have been enjoying the black teas more than the greens.

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Difflugia

(51 reviews)
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Classic Black (Formerly Black Tea) from Choice Organic Teas

Style: Black Tea – Region: Tamil Nadu, India

65 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 13th, 2017

The bags are individually wrapped, but in paper envelopes. The dry tea smells nice, but like a generic grocery store Assam.

The tea picks up a little personality when the water is added, though. It's not as bitter as I expected and it's quite a bit sweeter than I expected. The tea is mild, yet flavorful. It almost t...

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Alex Zorach

(1331 reviews)
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English Breakfast - Ceylon OP from Passenger Coffee

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Kandy, Sri Lanka

82 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 10th, 2017

Another tea I ordered at Copper Cup in Lancaster, PA.

Rich and malty, full-bodied, but not overly tannic, with just the right amount of body and fruit. Aroma of malt and dried fruit. I find Kandy tends to produce teas that have a classic British character, and this tea is no exception...it tended a little more tow...

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Zaroni Assam Spring Natural Artisanal Black from TEAORB

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

94 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 9th, 2017

I thought this a top-quality tea, and both interesting and easy to enjoy. It was one of many samples TEAORB sent me and may be my favorite yet. It's naturally sweet, very fruity, soft and warm.

The leaf of this tea is long, wiry, wholly intact, and has more of a golden-orange color than any of the other samples fr...

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Wekhaj Assam Summer Organic Artisanal Black from TEAORB

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

92 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 6th, 2017

This is a prototypical high-grade Assam. Really good and exactly what I expect out of an Assam. Strong and deep, but easy to drink and enjoyable through every sip. Contrasting with TEAORB's other samples, which have been exotic and unpredictable at times, this is a more traditional tea that I think a wide range of p...

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Kamata Assam Spring Organic Artisanal Black from TEAORB

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 2nd, 2017

This tea was remarkable, resembling some Chinese teas such as Keemun and Yunnan, more than other Assams. I've never tried another Assam like this!

Dry leaf is very dark in color, somewhat broken but very curly where intact. It smells pleasing and complex: lightly smoky, like a lot of Chinese black teas, somewhat m...

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Ceylon Kenilworth from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Kandy, Sri Lanka

84 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 1st, 2017

A rich,warming, complex black tea. I liked this a lot, although there are other black teas from Murchie's that I like more, like the Scottish Breakfast or Yunnan, in a similar or lower price range.

I have now tried at least five Ceylon teas from Kenilworth estate, all from different companies. This one tasted most ...

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Teuvo

(53 reviews)
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Turkije (z) from De Theefabriek

Style: Black Tea – Region: Turkey

56 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 31st, 2017

This is interesting. This tea, which shouldn't be flavoured in any way, smells and tastes like forest fruit flavoured black tea. Here I was worried that I'd kept it too close to a package of lapsang souchong - the outside of this bag smells like smoke now and it isn't airtight - but I don't really taste any smokiness.
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Cissy

(11 reviews)
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Lapsang Souchong from Harney and Sons

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 30th, 2017

Lapsang Souchong is not a tea for everybody, and this one is especially strong and smoky, a great beverage for a gloomy winter afternoon. You can almost feel woodsmoke in it. It's too aggressive for me to enjoy very often -- I have to be in a mood for it. But I could imagine a bit of it blended with another tamer bl...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(115 reviews)
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Breakfast Blend (Morning Rise) from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

62 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 29th, 2017

Count me in the upper-middle on this oneā€”not quite as impressed as Alex (probably due to my lesser ability to detect subtleties) but certainly not as disappointed as some of the other reviewers further down the list either. It was good, and I'd drink more, for sure...just not for the price, when comparable bagged te...

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Heather J.

(5 reviews)
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Scottish Breakfast from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Scottish Breakfast – Region: Blend

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 29th, 2017

This tea is very good for a typical black tea. At around 20 cents per cup, it is a pretty decent value. It is very thick bodied and strong and it's a great tea to start my morning off with! It is also really interesting because, although its very similar to an english breakfast tea, it's slightly smokier and has a grea...

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Alex Zorach

(1331 reviews)
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Kingly Assam Summer Natural Factory Black from TEAORB

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

78 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 27th, 2017

An unusually soft, muted black tea that did not resemble many other Assams I had tried; dark in color and very gentle.

This is the first black tea I tried from TEAORB, which recently sent me a ton of samples. I was curious to try this tea, as it is described as "mellow", a descriptor rarely applied to Assam teas. ...

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Plowboy

(12 reviews)
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English Breakfast from Mark T. Wendell

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 24th, 2017

I got a sample of this in my last order from MTW. It looks just like the photo on the web page, not CTC but not whole leaf either. Looks like it came from a teabag.

I brewed it 4 minutes using boiling water per instructions. It had a slightly muddy appearance. The main impression was astringency, that coated the ton...

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Alex Zorach

(1331 reviews)
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Yunnan Loose Tea from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Yunnan, China

88 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 19th, 2017

This was one of the most classic examples of a Dian Hong or black tea from Yunnan, that I have tried in a long time.

The dry leaf is rich in golden tips, looking a little more greenish and silvery than in the company's picture. It smells mild but very pleasant and complex, with smoky and fruity notes typical of a Y...

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Teuvo

(53 reviews)
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Black Gunpowder (z) from De Theefabriek

Style: Black Gunpowder – Region: Fujian, China

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 19th, 2017

The dry leaves are a lovely dull brown colour. I just really like the look of them.

I'm having slightly mixed feelings. It is flowery as advertised, but it's also a bit "dull" in a way that cheap teabags often are. Maybe I used too much tea or let it steep for too long. Or maybe too many leaves and not steeped long ...

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Alex Zorach

(1331 reviews)
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Keemun Extra Choice from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Keemun – Region: China

66 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Oct. 17th, 2017

A very subdued tea. This one was pleasant, but disappointed me, given how much I normally tend to like Keemun.

Dry leaf smells pleasant and mild, a little fresher and cooler-smelling than I normally expect for Keemun.

Brews a rich, dark cup with a mellow flavor and a distinctly caramelly aroma. A little fresher,...

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Karen Hong

(2 reviews)
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Pure Darjeeling from Wedgwood

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 17th, 2017

I remember vividly the impression of black tea I first tried at my host family's home in England where I had studied English for several months. It was one rainy morning in the last flight of April in 2014 and I have since been a tea enthusiast. I still don't know what sort of tea that was - it might be English breakfa...

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Prince of Wales (Loose) from Twinings

Style: Black Tea – Region: China

60 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 12th, 2017

I felt at the first sip of this tea like swallowing a gulf of bonfire smoke, or, say, some embers (for its slightly-sweet finish). When I have a one-hundred-gram tin of Prince of Wales, a cuppa at afternoon tea time would bring me a shot in the arm in my dull everyday routines as if to go camping on a weekend and have ...

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decadeoftea

(3 reviews)
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Imperial Pure Bud Yunnan Black Tea of Simao from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

95 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 10th, 2017

I have had this tea in 2016 and now this year. It has a strong aroma with hints of sugar. It also has a sweet flavor and great mouthfeel.

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Tchuggin' Okie

(115 reviews)
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English Breakfast from Twinings

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

47 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 9th, 2017

The golden tag accompanying the bag says, "Over 300 years of experience." To adapt something an old professor of mine used to say: "Experience is only an advantage if you learn and improve. If you stay the same, you might as well have one year of experience repeated 300 times." Given the unimpressive character of t...

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BuggaBoo

(4 reviews)
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Yixing Dragon Mountain Black from Caina Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Jiangsu, China

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 5th, 2017

Dragon Mountain Yixing is now my favorite black tea. The flavor is amazing, it's hard for me to describe other than it's just so good. Caina says to steep this you need 1tbsp for about 40 seconds, for cup of course. They also say you can re-steep the leaves about 6 times. Much to my surprise, you can actually re-steep ...

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Sylvia

(214 reviews)
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Organic Tanzania Single Estate Blend Black Tea from Red Rose Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Tanzania

65 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 25th, 2017

This tea seems decent. The aroma is musky and somewhat smoky. It tastes a bit bitter, and similar to other cheap black teas. I wouldn't choose it over other black teas, but I wouldn't mind drinking more of it. I added cream and sugar.

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

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

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 24th, 2017

I like this tea. It's rich, strong, and not too bitter. I added cream and sugar. I probably wouldn't buy it myself because it has a lot of plastic packaging.

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Plowboy

(12 reviews)
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Cheericup Ceylon from Mark T. Wendell

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

95 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 20th, 2017

Got a sample of this online. It's a very dark brown, with some gold highlights. Brews up a clear dark red. I'm not so good at describing aroma and flavor, so I'll just say it smells and tastes like really good tea.

It's very smooth, just a hint of sweetness with no bitterness or astringency. It doesn't seem to have ...

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