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Alex Zorach

(1339 reviews)
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Chilarai Assam Spring Organic Factory Black from TEAORB

Style: Assam – Region: Dhubri, Assam, India

82 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 15th, 2018

This tea had some strange and different subtleties, but was mellow overall. Thank you to TEAORB for the sample!

The leaf is beautiful, very delicate, wiry black leaves with a hint of golden tips. It is fragile and brittle, and breaks easily. TEAORB describes its aroma as that of "pine". It doesn't quite smell lik...

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ConradKay

(19 reviews)
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Black Tea from Lipton Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

20 / 100 Aroma: 1/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 14th, 2018

I had this at my hotel years back, and I still remember spitting out the disgrace of a "tea".

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Irish Breakfast from Adagio Teas

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: Blend

84 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 11th, 2018

This tea has a very nice blend of maltiness and citrus at an extremely good value!

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Difflugia

(55 reviews)
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Iced Classic Black Tea (Loose) from Pure Leaf

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kenya

72 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 11th, 2018

I'd never tasted Kenyan tea that wasn't part of a blend from multiple sources, so I bought a jar of the Pure Leaf. Even though this tea is labelled for use as iced tea, I'm drinking it hot (four minutes in boiling water). This is still the only tea solely from Kenya that I've tried, so I don't know how much of the flav...

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ConradKay

(19 reviews)
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Black Dragon Pearls from Adagio Teas

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Yunnan, China

79 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 11th, 2018

Overall, this is a very decent tea.
The smell is very nice but is just like a typical black tea.
The flavor is very nice and is almost like a less malty Irish breakfast tea with cocoa notes. The tea is naturally sweet and also very smooth and creamy. I re-steep this tea 4 times(western brewing) using less than 3 gra...

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oregongamer

(3 reviews)
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Prince of Wales (Loose) from Twinings

Style: Black Tea – Region: China

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 10th, 2018

Less tannic and lighter than English Breakfast blends, this tea is my go-to for afternoon sipping. A quintessential Chinese offering and packed in a tin.

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Pure Assam Leaf Tea from Taylors of Harrogate

Style: Black Tea – Region: Assam, India

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 10th, 2018

A second-flush season black tea, this comes from the Brahmaputra valley. Light liquor with a moderate aroma and flavor. I found this tea to be a little too subtle and shy.

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Alex Zorach

(1339 reviews)
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Assam Leaf Tea - Doomur Dullung from Taylors of Harrogate

Style: Assam – Region: Sivasagar, Assam, India

81 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 7th, 2018

I found this expired tea tin, never opened and safely sealed, in a small import store when I was home over break. Knowing how well Assam teas can keep, I was curious to try it, and I was pleasantly surprised to find this tea much more aromatic than I would expect for something harvested around 4 years ago.

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Tchuggin' Okie

(121 reviews)
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Pineapple Waikiki Black Tea from Hawaiian Islands Tea Company

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

64 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 7th, 2018

Being a fan of pineapple as a taste, and seeing that this offering was reasonably inexpensive (for Hawaii anyway) at the Wal Mart in Kona, I figured to give it a try. While not bad, each step of the process disappointed me a bit more, leaving an impression less favorable than the potential.

Each tea bag in a standa...

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Teuvo

(57 reviews)
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Black Mao Feng from Simon LĂ©velt

Style: Keemun Mao Feng – Region: Xiuning, Anhui, China

56 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 4th, 2018

Based on my experiences with black gunpowder, I was not surprised that this doesn't taste like Mao Feng at all. It's more like other Chinese black teas I've had. It's got just a tiny little bit of sweetness but it's hardly there. It's pleasantly almost-bitter (but I did make it pretty strong).
Resteeps quite decently...

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Difflugia

(55 reviews)
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Organic Black Tea from Equal Exchange

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 1st, 2018

The dry tea in the bags is finely chopped and smells strong and malty, like most grocery store Assam blends.

I steeped it for four minutes in boiling water and the brewed tea is more complex than I expected. The strong malt flavor has chocolate and molasses notes that set it apart from other Assam blends. It's moder...

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J. stahl

(1 review)
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English Breakfast from Benner Tea Co

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

75 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 31st, 2017

Compared to another tea at twice the price same brew time, same water amount and same cup style. Was hard to tell them apart. For the price and ease of purchase worth the money for an everyday cup.

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Ian Hemingway

(10 reviews)
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Awake English Breakfast Filterbag from Tazo Tea

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 17th, 2017

Not a bad tea at all. I usually double bag it though since I like my tea strong and plentiful. I've had a lot of this as my old work used to stock it and I was never disappointed per se, but always wished it was a little better.

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Irish Breakfast from DAVIDsTEA

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 17th, 2017

This tea is OK. It's like the dregs of the English Breakfast tea though. Smaller cut, like the English tea was shaken and this is what fell out. You might be disappointed if you like the English, but I'm sure this is very good if you prefer Irish Breakfast.

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English Breakfast (Loose) from Twinings

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

40 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Dec. 17th, 2017

Overpriced for what you get. I like the tin though. This is a utility tea; it'll wake you up without being unpleasant tasting.

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English Breakfast from DAVIDsTEA

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 17th, 2017

Good tea. This is what breakfast tea should taste like. A bit pricey, but not a deal breaker.

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English Breakfast Tea from Tetley Tea

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

55 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 17th, 2017

This is my baseline tea. Very serviceable, at CAD$5 for 60 bags it's a good value.

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JGS1122

(55 reviews)
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Yunnan Black Gold from Yunnan Sourcing

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

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 13th, 2017

Great Yunnan scent. Large leaves. Nice honey colored liquor. Taste is good, a bit mild. I'm sure this will be a great 'all day' tea. Might be a bit mild for milk or cream. Minor problem with I needed to purchase 10 packets to get the full amount I wanted.

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Alex Zorach

(1339 reviews)
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Disha Assam Summer Organic Factory Black from TEAORB

Style: Assam – Region: Dibrugarh, Assam, India

84 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 9th, 2017

A relatively smooth black tea that I thought tasted better when brewed more strongly. One of the many samples TEAORB sent me, thank you!

Dry leaf, dark in appearance, slightly broken, with a gently curved shape, smells mild, pleasant but uninteresting: fruity and a little bit dusty.

The brewed cup smells sweet, ...

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Heather J.

(8 reviews)
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Disha Assam Summer Organic Factory Black from TEAORB

Style: Assam – Region: Dibrugarh, Assam, India

83 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 9th, 2017

This tea tastes sort of bready and soapy at the same time, but in a good way. It's not too strong and not too astringent, which is good. It's a nice tea to have with bland foods because stronger foods would overpower the flavor of the tea. Overall this was a pretty decent tea, however, there are much cheaper tea that I...

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Alex Zorach

(1339 reviews)
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Girindra Assam Spring Organic Factory Black from TEAORB

Style: Assam – Region: Bongaigaon, Assam, India

89 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 5th, 2017

Of all the black teas I've ever sampled, this one surprised me the most on the second steep. The first cup was very good but not particularly remarkable, but the second one, wow, it had an explosion of floral aroma that made it smell almost as if it had been scented with jasmine.

The dry leaf looks long, wiry, and ...

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Plowboy

(15 reviews)
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Organic Black Tea from Equal Exchange

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

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

Found this at the Sacramento Natural Foods Coop when looking for an alternative to the tea at my motel. I really like this tea. I brewed for 5 minutes and it has a slightly sweet flavor. I didn't detect any bitterness or astringency to it. It's very smooth. At a little more than $3 for 20 bags it seems like a good deal...

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Alex Zorach

(1339 reviews)
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Saimo Assam Spring Organic Artisanal Black from TEAORB

Style: Assam – Region: Tinsukia, Assam, India

84 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 27th, 2017

A soft tea that was less interesting than most of the other black teas TEAORB has sent me, but still very pleasant to drink. Reminds me a lot of hot chocolate; something I'd drink later in the afternoon.

The dry leaf of this tea is very dark, thick, and wiry, and noticeably more broken than many of the other large-...

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English Breakfast from The Tao of Tea

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

72 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 22nd, 2017

This tea smelled fantastic, but it was disappointing when I actually brewed it. It also didn't seem to match the commercial description or my expectations for an English Breakfast blend.

The dry leaf has a fresh, light fruity aroma, smelling very sweet and bright. The fruitiness is more like fresh grapes than drie...

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Bhai Bhai Assam Spring Organic Artisanal Black from TEAORB

Style: Assam – Region: Bongaigaon, 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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