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Tchuggin' Okie

(265 reviews)
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English Tea No. 1 (teabags) from Ahmad Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

71 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 18th, 2020

My wife loved this tea when trying a sampler, and ordered a bunch of it. It has become her daily go-to tea for most of this year. To see what all the fuss was about, I finally decided to raid her cache thereof, and try some.

On the very first one of the cups I've had so far, the inner seam of the bag split open whi...

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JGS1122

(75 reviews)

China Golden Monkey Black Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: China

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
May. 13th, 2020

Mild flowery aroma. The liquor has a nice amber color. Vert smooth flavor with a subtle honey after taste.

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Trailesque

(81 reviews)

Somerset Estate BOP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Sri Lanka / Ceylon

50 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 4/5
May. 4th, 2020

An unspectacular but good enough Ceylon tea. The aroma has a hint of freshly baked muffins to it. A 3 minute steep (which is what the directions called for) results in a bland but perfectly drinkable beverage.

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Difflugia

(147 reviews)
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Assam Tea Bags from Taylors of Harrogate

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

68 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 4th, 2020

The dry tea has almost no odor at all. The teabag smells slightly woody, which could either be from the tea or the paper. The tea looks to be CTC pellets that were ground up further. I wonder if the "Pure Assam" that this tea seems to have replaced was orthodox tea and that's the difference.

This tea smells tannic a...

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English Breakfast Tea Bags from Taylors of Harrogate

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

72 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 4th, 2020

Each bag contains 2.5g of what looks like ground up CTC pellets. There's very little scent from the dry tea. It smells faintly woody, like a new newspaper.

This tea brews up dark. Before I've finished pouring the water, the tea is already darker than most black teas end up. By the time brewing's done, it's a deep br...

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Ceylon Orange Pekoe from Twinings

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Matale, Sri Lanka (Dimbula)

64 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
May. 1st, 2020

Dry, this tea smells vaguely of cocoa and molasses. It's understated, but pleasant. While brewing, the aroma is of light brown sugar, but not heavy. The cocoa from earlier is still there, but less pronounced than I expected based on the initial aroma and experience with other Sri Lankan teas. There's a faint note of ra...

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JGS1122

(75 reviews)

Kenya FOP from Chado Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kenya

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 24th, 2020

A mild earthy aroma. Taste is mild with a slight woodsy after taste. Nice dark brown liquor. Very pleasant over all. This is a tea for anytime of the day sipping.

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Boston Tea Party from Chado Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Sri Lanka / Ceylon

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 23rd, 2020

This tea has a pleasant mild earthiness. The liquor is a dark brown color. Mild flavor, with a subtle sweet/honey after taste. Certainly worth a try. I will purchase this tea again in the future.

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Trailesque

(81 reviews)
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Java Blend (Java BOP) from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Indonesia

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 22nd, 2020

This is certainly a robust-tasting tea. It has some iron-like tannins and malty, smoky notes. The second infusion was a bit of a letdown - it had already lost a fair amount of its flavor by then. This was not super thrilling, but it was well worth the rock-bottom price.

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Kandy OP from Upton Tea Imports

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

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 21st, 2020

You simply can't go wrong with this tea. The average tea drinker who buys bags of Lipton or Tetley would probably agree, because this is like a premium version of those products. This is smooth and pleasant, but not lacking in flavor. It contains dashes of caramel, fruit, steely tannins and a fresh, leafy aroma. It...

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Mr Bamsen

(65 reviews)
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Laos Wild Phongsali (No. 585) from TeaGschwendner

Style: Black Tea – Region: Laos

92 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 4th, 2020

Half-litre pot at home, made from curly sticks of dried leaves, varying in length from 1 to 1.5 inch. Pours neatly clear dark copper brown (against white china) with no sediment. Clear aroma of black tea with mild notes of fruit and hints of herbs. Mild, bitterish flavour of black tea, with round fruity hints and herba...

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JGS1122

(75 reviews)
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Original Blend Russian Caravan from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Russian Caravan – Region: Blend

55 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 28th, 2020

The aroma is very mild. Liquor has an amber appearance. Flavor is mild. I'm a bit underwhelmed by this tea. I was expecting it to be stronger on all front. I will not bother with this particular blend again.

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Argentin

(8 reviews)
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Irish Breakfast from Fortnum & Mason

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: Blend

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 12th, 2020

Having never had Irish Breakfast tea before I was a bit taken aback when I opened the container to not find tea leaves, but little pellets like the low cost tea my brother buys! Having imported it all the way here I was really disappointed until I brewed some and discovered it makes the best milk tea ever.

This i...

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Royal Blend from Fortnum & Mason

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 11th, 2020

A rather strong and sharp tea that suits milk tea very well. I tend to mix this with other teas to make their flavor more mild. It’s my go to if I just want rich delicious milk tea with honey.

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Mr Bamsen

(65 reviews)
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Malawi TGFOP Balaka (Nr. 71) from Carstensens Tehandel

Style: Assam – Region: Malawi

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 4th, 2020

Half-litre pot at home. Pours nearly clear copper brown with no sediment. Clear aroma of black tea leaves, with very subtle hints of orange. Bitterish flavour of pure black tea, with very mild floral hints. Complex and lingering palate, both creamy and slightly astringent, with mild acidic hints. A smooth drink, best e...

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Difflugia

(147 reviews)
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Decaffeinated Breakfast Tea Bags from Taylors of Harrogate

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

51 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 2nd, 2020

Dry, this tea smells like a Lipton teabag, which is potentially promising. I've yet to find a decaffeinated black tea that actually tastes like tea.

After adding water, a hint of earthiness comes through. The dominant aroma is the same wet paper smell that I now realize is a hallmark of decaffeinated black tea. The ...

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Black Tea from Touch Organic

Style: Black Tea – Region: China

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 2nd, 2020

According to the box, this tea is from "Southeastern China." Fujian, maybe? The dry tea is in unbleached, individually wrapped (but not sealed) teabags. It's finely chopped and smells earthy and dusty, kind of like old books.

I'll point out first that preparing normally (one teabag in eight ounces of boiling water f...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(265 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

(75 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

(38 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

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

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

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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weezywitasneezy

(4 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

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 21st, 2020

Ordered a Fujiian Black Tea sampler pack from Yunnan Sourcing and this was my second favorite. Nice and light with a good 2-3 re-steeps coming out of it. The rest of the sampler were richer more malty and coffee like tea's while this one was the lightest. Not a roasted or rich flavor but something easy to drink. Has a ...

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Mr Bamsen

(65 reviews)
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Nepal FTGFOP Rarity Second Flush (No. 363) from TeaGschwendner

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nepal

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 17th, 2020

Half-litre pot at home. Pours clear dark amber with no sediment. Clear aroma of pure black tea, with very mild hints of orange. Delicate flavour of fine tea leaves, with barely discernible touches of bark. Bitter, slightly astringent palate with a gentle, slightly acidic aftertaste. Clean and of very fine quality, tast...

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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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Mr Bamsen

(65 reviews)
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Colombia El Chocó from TeaGschwendner

Style: Black Tea – Region: Colombia

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 12th, 2020

Half-litre pot at home. Pours nearly clear dark amber with no sediment. Clear aroma of black tea, with some spicy hints to it. Pure flavour of Assam tea with mild peppery hints and barely discernible notes of cocoa beans. Clean palate, with qqmildly rough hints and tannin touches. A clean and well-balanced drink, made ...

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