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Trailesque

(31 reviews)

Season's Pick Halmari Estate BP Assam from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 21st, 2019

Solid Assam, with a woody flavor and some ironic tannins, but still smooth. Certainly worth the bargain price.

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Assam Leaf Tea (Halmari Estate) from Taylors of Harrogate

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 21st, 2019

Thanks to Greg and Inge for this Christmas gift. A malty and complex Assam that feels very nice on the palate. This went very nicely with soy milk, which is not what always happens when I add soy milk. A treat for sure.

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spaflam

(173 reviews)
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Darjeeling Estate Organic Black Tea from Wegmans

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

56 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 21st, 2019

Kind of expensive - and it is NOT a first flush (light/sweet) Darjeeling - but it is good. Not a holy grail but a decent variety for Darjeeling - and I love Wegman's, so there's that. Twinings bagged Darjeeling (likely Autumnal Flush) is darker but smoother. This one (Wegman's Darjeeling) comes loose and brews up fu...

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Darjeeling from Twinings

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

79 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 21st, 2019

Cheap Darjeeling? How is this possible? I am a first flush Darjeeling kinda gal and Twinings actual makes a (definitely not first flush, but good enough)bagged Darjeeling that is CHEAP and easy to find. AI can't even believe my office is stocking this - and a also Irish and English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Orange & Spi...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(191 reviews)
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Devonshire English Breakfast from Celestial Seasonings

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

76 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 20th, 2019

"Devonshire" has one of the most full-bodied dry-bag aromas I've gotten from a breakfast tea, and unusually, it nearly matches the flavor for intensity. I detected virtually no difference between dry-bag scent, in-cup scent, and taste, the latter likewise being straightforwardly well-constructed within a nice, dark br...

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Difflugia

(99 reviews)
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Breakfast Blend (Morning Rise) from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 19th, 2019

Smells earthy, like a pu-erh, or one of the less sweet Yunnan blacks.

Numi's website says that this tea contains Keemun and that's the first impression I get from the flavor; it's full of dark molasses and and prunes or raisins with a bit of cocoa. The finish is dryer, and the earthiness I noticed in the aroma linge...

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Lurloo Lokkintoo

(17 reviews)
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English Classic Cold Brewed Iced Tea from Twinings

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

70 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 18th, 2019

When I was in England... the English gifted me with this tea. They said to me, "Here. Our tea of England. Drink it, and become English." And that I did... The truth is, this tea carries some spiritual essence of England within it's leaves. I don't know if England intentionally grows spiritual tree's in their lands, but...

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Prince of Wales from Twinings

Style: Black Tea – Region: China

25 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 18th, 2019

I'm no big fan of this tea. This tea is not for me..... Anywho! I don't know what I was expecting. The taste of a prince, the taste of a wale... It did not taste like either. Trust me, I know.

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Trailesque

(31 reviews)

Himalayan Bliss SFTGFOP1 CL from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

55 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 18th, 2019

(Retired) An interesting tea that is good with just a little sugar and it can take milk as well. Lemon is doable too but not the best. There is a light prunelike sweetness that comes thru in the moderately robust flavor.

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Darjeeling-Ceylon Iced Tea Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 18th, 2019

For a budget priced tea, I am very happy with this. Reasonably robust and flavorful, this shines on ice but is good hot too. Blends well with citrus and sugar. This is also an excellent choice for Indian masala chai. A very versatile and well priced tea. I've ordered it several times now.

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Tchuggin' Okie

(191 reviews)
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English Breakfast from Vermont Artisan Coffee & Tea Co

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Nilgiri, India

64 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 15th, 2019

For a simple tea, this has to have the most convoluted backstory for any I've tried. First, the tea itself: it had remarkably weak dry-bag and wet-bag aromas for what seem to be a high-quality, single-estate tea, though in-cup, the smell was richer and fairly basic. The flavor wasn't particularly strong or bold, but ...

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Alex Zorach

(1394 reviews)
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Oaklands Full Assam from Harney and Sons

Style: Assam – Region: Dibrugarh, Assam, India

93 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 14th, 2019

Somehow I let this sample that I bought slip through the cracks and only am trying it now. Unfortunately, it's no longer for sale. A shame, because I thought it outstanding!

The dry leaf is quite beautiful, short, curly leaves with lots of golden tips, and has a complex and fascinating fragrance, sort of fruity, a r...

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Golden Monkey from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Golden Monkey – Region: Yunnan, China

86 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 10th, 2019

This tea was more pleasant than interesting. I liked it a lot, but found it hard to write as much about it. I also thought it was slightly overpriced.

Dry leaf is very pretty (like many of Murchie's teas, their photo doesn't do it justice, so I took one of my own), with bright golden-orange tips against a dark backg...

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Difflugia

(99 reviews)
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Darjeeling Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

68 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 10th, 2019

The dry tea has the same basic smell of other blended Darjeelings. It's smells of dry leaves in autumn, a bit oaky and of raw pecans.

I tend to find Darjeeling teas to be somewhat more delicate than I'd prefer. This one is no exception, but I also wouldn't call it weak. It's lightly astringent with a very mild bitte...

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Steep English Breakfast Fair Trade Certified Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Sri Lanka / Ceylon

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 10th, 2019

Without beating around the bush, this is a really good Sri Lankan/Ceylon tea. This seems to be one of the few brands of bagged tea that selected Sri Lankan tea for its flavors rather than for simply being "mild". This tea is remarkably similar in flavor to Ahmad and Alwazah branded Ceylon teas that are available from M...

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Alex Zorach

(1394 reviews)
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Ancient Forest Black from Zhi Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Vietnam

84 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 2nd, 2019

This was among the most interesting teas I've tried in a long time, both aromatically and with respect to mouthfeel. It was the first pure tea I've tried from Zhi, and it may be the first tea from this company to wow me. It had an unusual character somewhere in between that of a black tea and a Pu-erh, but not like rip...

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Darjeeling Finest Blend from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

63 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 31st, 2018

This tea gets a B+ on quality and a C- on marketing and presentation. The name suggests it is a Darjeeling, but the description (and flavor) betrays that it is actually a blend of a Darjeeling and a Ceylon. I think this is a borderline shady marketing practice: Darjeeling is obviously the more prestigious name, so blen...

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Chittagong Hill Tea from TWG Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Bangladesh

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 29th, 2018

I was excited to try this! Thank you to my brother Nat for bringing this back to me from the UK. I have known of, and been wanting to try TWG Tea for some time, and I was also excited to try another tea from Bangladesh. I was not disappointed! This turned out to be a very enjoyable tea.

Dry leaf looks kind of averag...

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Assam Pure from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 20th, 2018

A rich, deep, dark Assam that was still quite smooth and able to be brewed strongly. Among my favorite teas I've sampled from Murchie's, this would be a great choice for an everyday breakfast tea.

The dry leaf of this has a mild but very pleasant smell, sort of deep, soft, a little foresty, with a hint of wintergree...

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Ceylon Extra Superior from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

89 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 18th, 2018

A delightful, mellow tea that was one of the best Ceylons I've tried in a while. A subtle tea that was better for calm meditation than as a pick-me-up.

Dry leaf has a beautiful, intact shape with long, wiry leaves in a dark purple-black color. It is only mildly aromatic, smelling lightly of malt and spice with a hin...

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Difflugia

(99 reviews)
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Assam Tea from 24 Mantra Organic

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 9th, 2018

I bought this tea as a grey market item from a nearby Indian grocery store. Lately, I've tried and enjoyed a number of teas from Indian brands and this one is no exception.

As far as appearance, the dry CTC "crumbs" are larger and slightly lighter in color than those of most other CTC teas. The brewing tea reminds m...

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JGS1122

(64 reviews)
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Fujian Black Snail from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Fujian, China

55 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 2nd, 2018

The aroma has a mild earthiness. The liquor is a light amber color. Mild taste that would be overwhelmed by milk or sugar.

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Heather J.

(30 reviews)
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Organic English Breakfast from Harney and Sons

Style: English Breakfast – Region: China

69 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Nov. 29th, 2018

For an English breakfast tea I think this one is pretty good! I’m picky about black teas in general because I don’t like when they are too astringent or bitter. This tea isn’t too astringent at all though! However it was a little bitter, but overall it tasted pretty decent. The aroma is good and mild and smells l...

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Alex Zorach

(1394 reviews)

Assam FTGFOP1 Tonganagaon from Socra Tea Detroit

Style: Assam – Region: Tinsukia, Assam, India

79 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 27th, 2018

A fairly typical Assam of slightly-above-average quality. This was one of four teas we tried on our recent visit to Socra Tea Detroit, a great cafe and tea shop that I recommend checking out if you're in the area.

I've now tried three teas from Tonganagaon estate, a tea garden in upper Assam that seems to produce sm...

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Special Golden Black Tea from Socra Tea Detroit

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

82 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 27th, 2018

This was a smooth, naturally sweet tea (even with no sweetener added) that had a pleasing and somewhat complex aroma.

We ordered four teas (two true teas and two Rooibos) at Socra Tea during our recent visit to Detroit, and this was the tea that jumped out and left the biggest impression on me.

Very smooth flavor...

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