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Tchuggin' Okie

(83 reviews)
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Special Blend from S&D Coffee & Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

34 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 20th, 2017

Here's another hotel/motel-offered tea that one may be tempted to try for breakfast when staying at lodging, and/or buy online through S&D's rather limited retail section. I've found that the quality of hybrid food-service/limited-retail teas, in general, varies wildly from very good to certifiably wretched. Okay, it...

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D. Gray

(14 reviews)
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Scottish Breakfast Leaf Tea from Taylors of Harrogate

Style: Scottish Breakfast – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 20th, 2017

The aroma of this was unique. It was much smoother than other black teas I've tried (including English and Irish Breakfast teas). The flavor was pretty good, though it really seems to want for milk, cream, or non-dairy milk, as it seemed to be missing something to drink it alone. There was only a bit of bitterness and ...

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Plowboy

(4 reviews)
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Original (Black Tea) from Red Rose Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

50 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 19th, 2017

I've been drinking this tea since seemingly forever. Always preferred it to Lipton. Now that I'm a tea snob maybe I'll try the loose leaf version.

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Assam from Mark T. Wendell

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 19th, 2017

This is the second tea I ordered from MTW. It is not a CTC product. The aroma on opening the tin is earthy and quite pleasant. I brewed it this morning, according to the website directions, for 5 minutes. It came out a beautiful red with an aroma like, well, tea. The taste is a big improvement over the big brand teas I...

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Hu-Kwa Tea from Mark T. Wendell

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 19th, 2017

Full disclosure: I'm not really qualified to review teas, but...
I switched from coffee to tea a while back. I graduated to loose leaf not long ago. The only loose tea I could find was Twinings English Breakfast, which I enjoyed. Cruising the internet looking for a new teapot I came across Mark T. Wendell, which was a...

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Heather J.

(1 review)
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Keemun Full Leaf Tea from Foojoy

Style: Keemun – Region: Anhui, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 16th, 2017

For such a cheap tea it's really good, it's very aromatic and flavorful. It's very interesting and has a lot of character. The smell is kind of a weird burnt smokey smell which I actually really enjoy, and the taste is consistent with that smell. The taste is very smokey and warm and thick so it's a very comforting tea...

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JGS1122

(53 reviews)
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English Breakfast from Mark T. Wendell

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 16th, 2017

Has a full, rich aroma. Good amber color. Nice, rich flavor. All the flavor of a full leaf with the convenience of a tea bag. I take this along to my favor breakfast place, I enjoy this more than the Lipton the restaurant serves.

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Teuvo

(31 reviews)
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Golden Lapsang Souchong from Simon Lévelt

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: China

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 11th, 2017

This is the reason I've never really tasted "smokiness" (supposedly present in gunpowder and young hyson) in teas that aren't actually smoked. Lapsang souchong was the first loose-leaf tea I ever drank - in fact, curiosity about this smoked tea I'd heard about is what drove me to try loose-leaf tea. (This is not that f...

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mama love

(1 review)
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Orange Pekoe & Pekoe Cut Black Tea from Rituals

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

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

I absolutely love this tea and can not find it to buy anywhere. We go to a local diner where they carry this and I can buy a box from them, but it is an inconvenience some times. I would love to be able to buy this. I live in New England in the state of New Hampshire. If I can purchase this somewhere, I would love ...

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Teuvo

(31 reviews)
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Ceylon Orange Pekoe from Het Gouden Randje

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

66 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 25th, 2017

I asked the owner of Het Gouden Randje to recommend me a sweet black tea. Once it was cleared up that I wasn't interested in flavoured teas, I was offered this one, and I was charmed with the smell.

It smells warm and sweet with a hint of honey. If you don't use too much leaf, it doesn't easily get bitter even if yo...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(83 reviews)
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100% Natural Tea Bags from Clover Valley

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 23rd, 2017

Perhaps this surprisingly high rating (for a very, very cheap tea) arises from the psychology of low expectations. I had seen a 100-count box of Clover Valley for sale at Dollar General for less than $2.50 (including tax)—slightly more than two cents per bag. Not wanting to buy a hundred bags, in case this tea suck...

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Teuvo

(31 reviews)
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Nepal Tippy Orange Pekoe from Simon Lévelt

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nepal

62 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 21st, 2017

The dry leaves look green, orange and black, and the used leaves a really soft greenish orange. The liquid is much lighter than most other black teas I have.
This tea is extremely smooth and soft and tastes kind of earthy. It doesn't easily get bitter.

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Marcus

(3 reviews)
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English Breakfast from Twinings

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

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 20th, 2017

After having originally drank the earl grey from Twinnings for a couple weeks, I decided I wanted to try some of their other types, and I had been drinking this one ever since. I'd arguably say that this tea is not quite as powerful as the earl grey, but it's smoother, and doesn't have any overpowering aftertaste. The ...

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Difflugia

(38 reviews)
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Organic Black Tea from Golden Sail Brand

Style: Black Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

75 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 16th, 2017

The teabags in the box are standard style bags filled with 2g of fannings and sealed in clear plastic. Opening the pouch releases a dry, earthy, leafy aroma. Adding hot water intensifies the aroma and adds a note of sweetness that wasn't present in the dry leaves.

Because the tea in the bags is cut so fine, it steep...

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Alex Zorach

(1311 reviews)
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Organic Assam P.F. Tea from Metropolitan Tea Company

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 15th, 2017

Served in Rock City cafe in Rockland, Maine.

This was a very dark Assam with a fairly smoky character. Aroma is strong, malty and fruity, but it is the smoky notes that make this tea stand out. The aroma is interesting and complex, a little like drinking a fine wine.

Flavor is slightly harsh, bitter and with a lo...

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Justin Walters

(8 reviews)
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English Afternoon from Twinings

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

65 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 11th, 2017

I was excited to try this tea the afternoon I purchased it. Everything was going well. The aroma was great, the color was pleasing, and I could tell off the bat that this wouldn't be a knock off of Twining's English Breakfast Tea. As I took my first sip, I Way disappointed to say in the least. the flavor was rather pep...

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Scottish Breakfast Tea Bags from Taylors of Harrogate

Style: Scottish Breakfast – Region: Blend

65 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 11th, 2017

To be honest, I didn't personally care for this tea :/ I mean this tea was a great value considering each box contains a whopping 55 bags compared to twinning's 20, but the flavor just wasn't there for me. The taste was rather bitter, but not in a strong and robust way, but almost like pool water. like chlorine. I can ...

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Prince of Wales from Twinings

Style: Black Tea – Region: China

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 11th, 2017

This tea is rather light. This tea is steeped for only 3 minuites and you can definetly taste it. I really enjoy the soft texture of this tea. It doesn't knock your socks off like Scottish or Irish tea but definetly gets the job done. A nice warm cup of Prince of wales tea warms the heart and rejuvenates the soul! A gr...

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Irish Breakfast from Twinings

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

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 11th, 2017

This tea is rather robust. It's not bitter per say, but definetly can use some milk or cream to top it all off. With out milk, this tea is rather rough and strong. Overall though, this tea is very well crafted and goes well with a blanket on a cold rainy day. Being rather caffeinated, I usually have this tea on days wh...

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English Breakfast from Twinings

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

95 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 11th, 2017

This tea is exceptional! English breakfast tea is by far my favorite tea by twining and by far my favorite tea in general! This tea goes very well with milk and creates a soft, silky and satisfying texture. This tea is not to robust nor light, it's just right. If you really want to make this tea even better, use half a...

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Teuvo

(31 reviews)
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Original English Loose Tea from Pickwick Tea

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

7 / 100 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 9th, 2017

I know I don't like English blend tea, but this tea was very cheap (regular price €1.40 for 100 g, and it was on a 35% discount) and I figured that since it's loose tea I'll have more control, and it might end up tasting decent.

Wrong.
It tastes and smells like any other cheap English blend from flat teabags: sou...

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Ruhuna Orange Pekoe from Simon Lévelt

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

65 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 7th, 2017

The dry tea leaves smell like dried plums. The tea tastes very sweet and maybe kind of spicy. If you don't use too much leaf it doesn't easily get bitter either. It's relatively cheap for a loose-leaf tea, as well. It's pretty nice as an everyday black tea, but the way it smells is the best thing about it.

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Nam Lanh OP from De Theefabriek

Style: Black Tea – Region: Vietnam

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 6th, 2017

I love this tea. It caught my eye because I'd never had Vietnamese tea before. It turned out to taste amazing. The price is quite decent, too.
I use half a teaspoonful of leaves per cup. It's a bit smokey, but not the way smoked teas are, a little sweet, a little spicy. The best word I can come up with to describe it ...

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Alex Zorach

(1311 reviews)
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Irish Breakfast from Octavia Tea

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

78 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Jun. 3rd, 2017

An okay Irish Breakfast but overpriced, on the weak side, and I think not quite at the level of Octavia's other teas. Served in Velvet Sky Cafe in Jenkintown, I love this place and miss it so much!

The leaf is not super aromatic, but the brewed cup smells pleasant and strong. Richly malty aroma, with some earthy n...

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English Breakfast Black Tea from Heavenly Tea Leaves

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Assam, India

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 24th, 2017

My roommate got a tea sampler of four teas from this company, Heavenly Tea Leaves, which I hadn't heard of before then, and let me try all the teas. I was really impressed with this one, especially with its combination of reasonable price and great quality.

Dry leaf looks mostly intact pieces of whole leaves, smell...

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