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Tchuggin' Okie

(260 reviews)
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English Breakfast from Lipton Tea

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

54 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 11th, 2020

I bring news! Whether it's good news or not is up to the reader. This tea, as a brand with the same name, is not retired after all, as of Feb. 2020. Instead, it has found its way to the food-service division of Unilever, Lipton's corporate overlord. I'll upload a photo of its newest packaging separately. I was abl...

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JGS1122

(71 reviews)
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Hu-Kwa Tea from Mark T. Wendell

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 8th, 2020

As expected the aroma is similar to a pine forest on fire, or a freshly paved road. For those new to lapsing souchong, it might be a bit intimidating. Those who are adverse to trying because of the aroma are missing out on a wonderful cup of tea. The liquor is a deep amber color. The flavor is nice. Once brewed, the bu...

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Gray

(28 reviews)
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Organic Darjeeling from Harney and Sons

Style: Darjeeling Second Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

0 / 100 Aroma: 1/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 1/5
Feb. 7th, 2020

I suspected something was wrong with the quality (or lack thereof) of this tea when I opened up the tin and there was no scent. (Side note: The best by date isn't for about 2 years, so that's not the issue.) Some teas have a very, very light scent, though. So, I tried to suspend judgment and brewed a cup as the packagi...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(260 reviews)
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Organic Autumn Harvest Black Tea from Trader Joe's

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

69 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 6th, 2020

This is not to be confused with the apparently much-better-known Trader Joe's "Harvest Blend" herbal tea, which is a completely different product. Instead, this black tea came in a 10-bag sealed wrapper, tucked into one of four squares of a wooden gift box. The outside paper wrapper of the gift box describes all four...

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Alex Zorach

(1410 reviews)
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Gold Leaf Tea from Akbar

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

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 15th, 2020

I was astonished by this tea's quality as well as value for its price. One of my friends recently bought this from a Russian market, and he had only recently opened the container so it was very fresh.

The dry leaf though is explosively aromatic. This is by far the most aromatic Ceylon black tea I've ever found in th...

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Trailesque

(76 reviews)

Upton South Street Breakfast Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

65 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 6th, 2020

This is a new entry in Upton's growing list of breakfast blends; it was created as on of their 30th anniversary specials. It is not as robust or malty as some breakfast blends, but not extra mild either - it falls somewhere in the middle. This has a little nip to it. The price is a little high.

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C.T.C. Irish Breakfast Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: Assam, India

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 30th, 2019

A blend of Assam teas that turns out to be smooth and flavorful, and offered at an excellent price by Upton. It has been one of their top sellers, for a long time, and it is not hard to see why. This does not have the rough edges or iron notes that some breakfast teas have. It is earthy, nutty, and not a challenge t...

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Gray

(28 reviews)

Organic Jinhao Golden Tip Black Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Black Tea – Region: Guangxi, China

89 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 23rd, 2019

I love this tea. I don't often purchase larger quantities of tea without trying it first, but this was on sale around Thanksgiving and I decided to give 50g a try. The leaves were nice and large. I wasn't surprised when I saw that this came from a Bai Hao tree, as the large leaves reminded me a bit of TeaVivre's Bai Ha...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(260 reviews)
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Storm Watcher from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

81 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 17th, 2019

Being in Oklahoma, the name of this seasonal tea intrigued me a lot, even though the storms inspiring it are cold, wet wintertime blasts on the British Columbia coast, instead of southern Plains severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. Then again, that makes sense. What would tornado tea be, and would it even matter? The...

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Alex Zorach

(1410 reviews)
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Nan Nuo Mountain Assamica Varietal Black Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

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

97 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 16th, 2019

This was another delightful tea. Of all the teas I've tried recently, it was most similar to the Big Snow Mountain of Mengku. It also reminded me a lot of some artisanal Assam teas I tried a while back from TeaOrb, a company that sells teas from regions of Assam that don't typically reach the western market.

The dry...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(260 reviews)
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English Breakfast from Revolution Tea

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 2nd, 2019

The next entry from a Revolution variety pack delivered one of the strangest experiences I've had with a tea. Sniffing the dry bag (pyramid sachet) rendered an unmistakably familiar aroma that took me many tries to recall its specific origin. "Sniff, sniff, sniff...I know this...sniff, sniff, sniff...where have I sme...

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Yorkshire Tea Traditional from Yorkshire Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

64 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 1st, 2019

Yorkshire is a basic, moderately strong, reasonably tasty, unassuming black-tea blend—nothing special, but still just bold enough to sneak into the upper 40th percentile of bagged black teas I've had.

The dry-bag aroma and in-cup smell and taste can be described the same way: plain, short on standout notes or c...

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JGS1122

(71 reviews)

TSA6: Organic Coloumbian Breakfast from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Colombia

50 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 25th, 2019

This tea has a very mild earthy aroma. The liquor is a pale amber. A tea that is 'light' on flavor, with no after taste. I was hesitant to try this just because it is from a non traditional growing area. I am underwhelmed with this tea. It might serve as a 'base' for blending or adding a flavor. Adding sugar or milk wo...

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Black Label Breakfast Fannings from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 24th, 2019

This tea has an 'earthy woodsy' aroma. Fannings grade so it is a powder, a pound filled the large storage canister to the top. The liquor is a nice medium brown. Good flavor with no after taste. I will buy this tea again.

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Kenya OP Malaika Black Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kenya

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 22nd, 2019

This tea has a mild earthy smell with a hint of chocolate. The liquor is a medium to dark amber color. I get a lingering hint of sweetness, similar to honey. Though I never add anything to my tea, I think lemon would pair very well with this tea. I was unsure about buying this. My previous encounters with African teas ...

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Difflugia

(138 reviews)
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Afternoon Darjeeling Tea Bags from Taylors of Harrogate

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

64 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 21st, 2019

The dry tea is chopped up quite fine. It looks like a typical Darjeeling, having a range of colors from light green to a dark brown, indicating a range of oxidations. Taylor's puts 2.5 grams of tea in their bags, splitting the difference between the typical American 2 grams and the 3 grams of many English bagged teas.
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Gray

(28 reviews)

Lapsang Souchong Smoky Black Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: Fujian, China

75 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 12th, 2019

I'm not much of a fan of smoky teas. It's really a matter of personal history. It takes me back to a house filled with fire smoke or cigarette smoke, and my frantically opening windows, choking just to breathe. Now, somehow, this tea managed to clear that all away and elicit only my positive memories of smoke -- clean,...

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Alex Zorach

(1410 reviews)
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High Mountain Red Ai Lao Mountain Black Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

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

86 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 4th, 2019

I was eager to try this tea based on its description. I love big-leafed black teas from Taiwan and also love Taiwanese oolongs, as well as Yunnan red teas, and this tea seemed to have something in common with all of these. It wasn't really like I expected though; it was quite good, but in a different way. It was my lea...

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Traditional Process Dian Hong Black Tea of Feng Qing from Yunnan Sourcing

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

95 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 28th, 2019

A delightful and robust tea that I could happily drink day after day, and that has been one of my favorite teas to start the day with lately.

I found this tea interesting to compare to the "Classic 58" which I also ordered in the same batch. It looks very different in terms of leaf appearance, but is surprisingly si...

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Wu Liang Hong Mao Feng Yunnan Black Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

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

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 27th, 2019

This is definitely my favorite tea I've ever ordered from Yunnan Sourcing, and one of the most exceptional teas I've ever tried. And this is coming from someone who usually is not a huge fan of the super-golden bud-heavy teas like this.

Opening the bag, there's an ethereal fragrance of flowers and sweet, bready malt...

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jlund

(9 reviews)
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Special Blend Fairtrade Teabags from Bewley's Coffee and Tea Company

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kenya

72 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 17th, 2019

This tea tastes similar to Yorkshire Gold; maybe a little less bold since it is fully Kenyan. It brews a color similar to English Breakfast tea and has a nice smooth flavor without much bitterness. I found it lacking a caffeine punch similar to Irish Breakfast, but it will still wake you up in the morning. It is harder...

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Original Blend from Lyons

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: Blend

78 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 17th, 2019

I'm on a quest to try all the Irish teas, and Lyon's was on the list. I hear there is a rivalry of sorts between Lyon's and Barry's and I can see why. Both are quite good and I would be happy to drink either.

Lyon's is similar to Barry's Gold blend, and I found it to be a tad smoother, and Barry's to be a little bri...

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Barry's Irish Breakfast from Barry's Tea

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

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 17th, 2019

It's been a while since I've had tea from Barry's. I've had the Gold Blend in the past and I really liked it so I figured I would try the Irish Breakfast. On the front on the box it says it's their "lightest and most refreshing blend," but I don't agree with that haha!

It brews up a nice dark color with some slight...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(260 reviews)
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English Breakfast Tea Bags from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

64 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 14th, 2019

This arrived as a member of a sampler pack that I ordered, to try some Murchie's offerings not yet chugged.

While pleasant and reasonably robust, it still is probably the mildest black tea I've tried (loose or bagged) from Murchie's, which says more about the strength of their other teas than any glaring deficienc...

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Alex Zorach

(1410 reviews)
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Classic Bai Lin Gong Fu "Golden Monkey" Black tea of Fuding from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Golden Monkey – Region: Fuding, Fujian, China

91 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 10th, 2019

This was the first tea I bought from Yunnan Sourcing that was not actually grown in Yunnan province. I was a bit reluctant to order it, but also curious, because this company has been so consistently good at everything they sell, both in terms of price and quality. This tea turned out to be a little less interesting th...

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