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JGS1122

(79 reviews)
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Golden Kenya GFBOP/TGFOP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kenya

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 18th, 2020

I was surprised by this tea. Once again, I think some teas grown outside of 'traditional' can have an usual taste. I have had tea from Kenya before and it was a bit of a disappointment. This tea turned out to be a very pleasant surprise. Nice aroma, for has a very slight hint of fruit. The liquor is a beautiful deep ho...

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Trailesque

(86 reviews)
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Bond Street English Breakfast Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

65 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 28th, 2020

Here is a middle of the road English breakfast offering from Upton. It is pretty smooth, with some malty notes and tannins. It is not too heavy, nor too light. The aroma is woody and a little cardboard-like. This is meant to be served with milk, and that works nicely. I tried it with lemon also, but that brings ou...

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Mr Bamsen

(94 reviews)
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Lapsang Souchong (Nr. 20) from Wohlenberg

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: China

78 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 26th, 2020

Half-litre pot at home, made from smoked Chinese black tea leaves. Pours clear dark amber (against white china) with no sediment. Clear aroma of smoke, with notes of black tea. Bitter, leafy flavour of black tea, enhanced by pronounced smoky notes. Astringent and leafy palate, with smoky notes and malty touches in the ...

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Darjeeling No. 9 TGFOP1 Himalaya First Flush (No. 215) from TeaGschwendner

Style: Darjeeling First Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 26th, 2020

Half-litre cup at home, made from fine small green, brown and yellow leaves. Pours clear peach yellow (against white china) with no sediment. Very mild aroma of fresh leaves, much faintier than the loose leaves themselves emit. Mild, leafy but fresh and pure flavour of black tea, with floral touches. A delicate palate,...

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Friser Blanding (Nr. 42) from Wohlenberg

Style: East Frisian Tea (Ostfriesentee) – Region: India

68 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 26th, 2020

Half-litre pot at home, made from a blend of seven different strong and flavourful black teas (the company does not specify which ones, but repeats it trice in the description of the tea that the teas are strong; hm...). Pours clear copper brown (against white china) with no sediment. Clear, malty aroma of Assam, with ...

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China Yunnan Imperial (Nr. 99) from Carstensens Tehandel

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Yunnan, China

92 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 6th, 2020

Half-litre pot at home, made from loose curly dried leaves of varying colour, spanning most shades of brown and grey. Pours clear reddish copper brown (against white china) with no sediment. Clear and seductive aroma of high quality red (= black) tea leaves, with malty touches, reminiscent of the Lao Wild Phongsali or ...

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Russian Samovar Tea from TeaGschwendner

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

62 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 6th, 2020

Half-litre pot at home, made from a blend of various black teas, including Ceylon and Chinese and Indian ones. Pours clear copper brown (against white china) with no sediment. Clear leafy aroma of several types of black tea. Ditto flavour, with mild spicy smokey notes. Astringent palate of black tea. Fair price (€4.3...

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JGS1122

(79 reviews)

St. James Estate Pekoe Ceylon from Upton Tea Imports

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

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 27th, 2020

For me this is a quintessential Ceylon. Wonderful mild earthy aroma. Liquor is a place amber. Clean taste, with a hint of fruit. Glad I have tried this. Will reorder in the future.

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Tchuggin' Okie

(273 reviews)
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Rocky Mountain Blend from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

72 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 15th, 2020

Both the loose and bagged versions of this blend have gone down my gullet, and I honestly can't tell much (if any) difference, at least within a reasonably narrow batch-to-batch margin of error. That said, I'll base this review mainly on what I've got right now, which is bags from a sampler pack.

The dry-bag (and ...

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Brytta Sóþword

(321 reviews)
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English Breakfast Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

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

73 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 8th, 2020

Not bad, considering this is a teabag. It tastes like a basic but not bitter black tea, and I do notice some raisin-like notes as well. It’d be a good at-work tea.

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Mr Bamsen

(94 reviews)
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Vietnam Ban Lien Red (No. 872) from TeaGschwendner

Style: Black Tea – Region: Vietnam

88 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 24th, 2020

Half-litre pot at home, made from dark brown leaves of pure black (= red) Ban Lien tea. Pours nearly clear copper brown (against white china) with no sediment. Clear aroma of black tea, with leafy notes and mild nutty touches. Delicate, bitter, leafy flavour bordering on nutty and sweetish notes. Mildly astringent pala...

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Alex Zorach

(1412 reviews)
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Loose Leaf Breakfast Blend Black Tea from Benner Tea Co

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

72 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 16th, 2020

I was really excited to see loose-leaf tea for sale in ALDI, and I eagerly bought this. I can't remember how much it cost but I think it was around $5. I had written some time back about how frustrated I was at how bad the tea bag teas from Benner Tea Co, the ALDI generic brand, were.

ALDI consistently has high-qual...

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JGS1122

(79 reviews)
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Typhoo Tea from Typhoo

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

65 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 14th, 2020

I always buy tea bags for eating in restaurants. In the USA, Lipton is the tea offered. I have been trying different brands of bagged tea. This was my first taste of Typhoo. It has a strong taste that does not linger in your mouth. Very dark brew. Has a nice punch that will pair well with an omelette.

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Argentin

(11 reviews)
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Assam Tea from Mountain Rose Herbs

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

80 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 4th, 2020

Very good flavored assam tea. Perfect with milk.

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JGS1122

(79 reviews)

Seajuli Estate from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Assam, India

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

Pleasant and mild aroma, this tea has a nice appearance. Dark leaves with some golden tips. The liquor is dark brown with a hint of honey color. Tasty and smooth on the tongue. A nice hint of malt.

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Difflugia

(150 reviews)
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English Afternoon from New English Teas

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

35 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 1/5
Jun. 2nd, 2020

I found a novelty tin (Buckingham Palace!) of this tea and bought it on a whim. The packaging has EU-style product labeling, but the 2g (instead of typical UK 3g) teabag fill means this was either intended for sale outside the UK, they're cheaping out, or both. The teabags in this tin were collectively sealed in a myla...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(273 reviews)
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Assam Tea Bags from Taylors of Harrogate

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 2nd, 2020

Taylor's has/had a "Pure Assam". Does the absence of that adjective here make this one "impure" by default? :-)

Seriously, I don't know if "Assam Tea" is the same as "Pure Assam", repackaged and rebranded, or a parallel offering. It has been a few years since I tried and reviewed "Pure Assam", so I can't compare...

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NicholaS

(1 review)
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Hu-Kwa Tea from Mark T. Wendell

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

95 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 20th, 2020

This is an excellent tea. I am not normally a lapsang souchong enthusiast, but this one is quite compelling. Smokey, but not overpoweringly so. It's rich but mellow, with a natural sweetness. Hints of cinnamon. I have tried both the loose leaf and teabags and they are equally fine. Highly recommended.

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JGS1122

(79 reviews)
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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

(86 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

(150 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

(79 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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