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Trailesque

(117 reviews)

Balasun Estate Second Flush Darjeeling TGBOP1 from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

35 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 1/5
Aug. 28th, 2022

This presents a very pleasant aroma but very little flavor. It is a mild, bland Darjeeling that should have been offered at a low price.

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Upton China Yunnan FBOP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: China

35 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 24th, 2022

This has a pleasant woodlands aroma, but the flavor is dull and finishes on a bitter note. It is selling for a rock bottom price. You could do worse than this.

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Plowboy

(23 reviews)

Imperial Keemun from Foojoy

Style: Keemun – Region: ?????

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 7th, 2022

This is a very nice tea. Small black leaves with some gold strands. It brews up light color, brown/black, very clear. It has a nice peppery taste with a decent caffeine kick. Very nice in the afternoon.

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JGS1122

(104 reviews)
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Ceylon Blackwood Estate Organic Black Tea from Simpson & Vail

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

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 1st, 2022

The aroma has a light sweetness. The taste has a slight sweet honey like flavor, that lingers on the tongue. The liquor (5 mins) is a appealing golden/honey. I would say this a solid all day tea.

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China Black Organic (Yunnan) Black Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

45 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
May. 10th, 2022

Mild all around. Aroma is a weak Yunnan. Flavor is a mediocre Yunnan, with a slight burnt after taste. Liquor brews (5min) to a deep brown. Not impressed.

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Tchuggin' Okie

(328 reviews)
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Irish Breakfast (Loose) from Twinings

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: Blend

59 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 27th, 2022

The version I'm rating is from the "American" tin (packed in Greensboro, NC, but presumably shipped over in bulk to parse out for that purpose). It doesn't look appreciably different from the photo I uploaded off Twinings' website.

Dry aroma was surprisingly weak for an Irish Breakfast blend, but pleasant to the e...

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Difflugia

(167 reviews)
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Decaf from Barry's Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

69 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 8th, 2022

This is another box of tea from iherb.com. I'd about given up on finding a decent decaf black tea, but I had a discount and so the price was right.

These are the loose, tagless tea bags typical of Ireland and the UK, containing 3g of tea each. The dry tea smells surprisingly strong for a decaf, but as others have no...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(328 reviews)
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Balmoral Blend Tea Bags from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

84 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 7th, 2022

This Ceylon/Assam blend is yet another in a long line of Murchie's teas paying tribute to British royalty in some way. According to the website: "Murchie's Balmoral Blend Tea was originally blended for York House School—a private school for girls which has been an institution in Vancouver for over 75 years. This b...

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Difflugia

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Barry's Irish Breakfast from Barry's Tea

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

74 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 27th, 2022

When I ordered some herbs from iHerb.com, they had better prices for Barry's teas than I can get locally, so I bought a few varieties to try and this is one of them. My box says "Irish Breakfast," so that's where I'm putting the review, but it's otherwise the same green box as the "Original Blend" and I suspect they're...

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English Breakfast from The Tao of Tea

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

65 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 25th, 2022

When first opening the tin, the tea smells earthy and dusty, very much like an inexpensive Yunnan black tea. The leaves are quite large for loose leaf tea at this price, but there are more than a few twig fragments among the leaves. This also matches my experience with inexpensive Yunnan black tea.

While brewing, th...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(328 reviews)
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Decaf from Barry's Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

65 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 17th, 2022

My samples of Barry's Decaf came from a motel where the "regular" tea was Lipton. As such, I haven't tried the normal, caffeinated breed of this tea yet for comparison's sake. Both there and at home, I tried it before bedtime, as the website advocated (but without knowing of said suggestion yet).

Dry-bag aroma wa...

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JGS1122

(104 reviews)

Rwandan Rukeri from Harney and Sons

Style: Black Tea – Region: Rwanda

75 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 24th, 2022

This tea has a nice aroma, a mild earthiness with some fruit. The liquor is a medium brown (5min). The good with a smoky after taste. This tea would take milk or cream well.

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Portland Breakfast No.1851 from Steven Smith Teamaker

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 16th, 2022

The aroma has a earthiness from the Pu-erh and the Keemun. The liquor is a deep brown (5min). Flavor is nice, mild, with a slight sweet after taste. Very enjoyable.

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Assam No.49 from Steven Smith Teamaker

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 13th, 2022

Great aroma, spicy and earthy. Liquor brews to a dark brown (5mins). Good flavor with just a slight malty after taste. Classic Assam.

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British Brunch No.18 from Steven Smith Teamaker

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 12th, 2022

The aroma is earthy with a slight fruitiness. The liquor brews (5min) to a deep brown color. Flavor is good, with no real highlights or after taste. Easy to sip.

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Trailesque

(117 reviews)

Upton Mist Valley Estate Second Flush from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nepal

55 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 12th, 2022

This is for the 2020 vintage. For some reason, for me at least, when it comes to teas, higher prices do not necessarily mean a more satisfying tea. Usually it means more subtle nuances of flavor and aroma. This moderately expensive tea is an example of what I mean. It is fairly mild and there are some light, nippy ...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(328 reviews)
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Decaffeinated Black Tea from Great Value

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

18 / 100 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 1/5
Jan. 1st, 2022

Brought home from a low-grade motel somewhere in southwestern New Mexico, this tea wasn't high on my priority list to try. Cheap motels are that way for a reason—well, several reasons—one being those that do bother to offer tea often buy cheap tea in bulk from Wal-Mart. The nearest Wal-Mart to this place was at l...

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Trailesque

(117 reviews)
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Old South Meeting House Breakfast Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: China

70 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Dec. 27th, 2021

This was a special release from Upton, meant to be a replica of one of the teas tossed overboard during the Boston Tea Party. It is a blend of China Congou and Chinese Bohea - the latter is a new one for me. It originates in the Wuyi Mountains and may have been the first black tea sold to the British. Overall this i...

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Yunnan FOP Select from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 14th, 2021

Here is a nice Yunnan. The aroma is fresh and woodsy, like taking an April walk in a park. The flavor is smooth and mild, with a little bit of astringency on the palate. It is well worth the modest price.

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JGS1122

(104 reviews)

Somerset Estate BOP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Sri Lanka / Ceylon

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 9th, 2021

Nice mild earthy aroma. The liquor brews to a light amber (5 mins). Nice mild OP taste. Easy to sip. For me, it would be too mild for sugar or cream. Classic Ceylon.

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Trailesque

(117 reviews)
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Baker Street Afternoon Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Russian Caravan – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 1st, 2021

I have ordered this tea many times over the years, and am surprised I did not rate it yet. In the past it has been a well-priced and full-flavored tea experience, and a go-to when I wanted something malty and smoky, with a little milk and no sugar. My most recent purchase of it was less enjoyable. This time a harsh,...

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Heather J.

(61 reviews)
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Yunnan "Assamica Gold Needle" Black Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

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

94 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 4th, 2021

This tea is really good! It’s aromatic and bready smelling which I like. The taste is really smooth and it has a complex flavor with slight bitterness but in a good way! This is a really enjoyable tea!

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Tchuggin' Okie

(328 reviews)
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Editors' Blend Tea Bags from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

91 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 3rd, 2021

Murchie's carries so many different tea blends that it takes a long time—years, at a normal tea-drinking pace—to get around to trying most of them. I wish this one had landed on my porch sooner! This may be the richest, smoothest, fullest-bodied all-black tea blend of theirs, or anybody's for that matter, that I'...

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Heather J.

(61 reviews)
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Jinggu "Da Jin Ya" Camellia Taliensis Black Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

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

87 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 30th, 2021

This tea is pretty smooth and easy to drink, however it is a bit boring and doesn’t have a super strong aroma. I’m still giving it a highish score just because it is a comforting tea to drink and it doesn’t have any outwardly negative qualities like being too harsh or astringent.

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Bu Lang Mountain Black Tea from Menghai from Yunnan Sourcing

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

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 24th, 2021

This tea is so good!! It smells nice and has a good flavor but with none of the harshness or bitterness that tea sometimes has. It’s really smooth and bready but still interesting and fragrant

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