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Season's Pick Golden Monkey ZY104K from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 24th, 2024

The aroma is earthy with a some notes of honey. The liquor is a deep brown/amber (5min steep). Bold flavor, with a bit of tartness. Slight smoky after taste. Good choice.

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Assam- Jalinga Estate, CTC from Simpson & Vail

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 25th, 2023

Aroma is an earthy scent, with a hint of fruit (peaches, maybe?). The liquor (5 minute steep) is a clear, dark brown, Flavor is classic Assam with a slight maltiness, very smooth. I would say this tea will be good for all day sipping. Subtle flavor.

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Assam - Doomur Dulling tea estate- CTC BPS from Simpson & Vail

Style: Assam – Region: India

75 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 22nd, 2023

The aroma has a slight fruit scent. The liquor (5 min steep) is a rich dark brown, with a slight maltiness. Solid Assam flavor, with not decreeable after taste. I would purchase again.

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Pure Gold Jin Jun Mei Black Tea of Tong Mu Guan Village from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: China

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 24th, 2023

Classic earthy Yunnan aroma, with a hint of chocolate. Liquor (5 minute steep) is a clear medium brown.Flavor is clean, with a spice/peppery after taste. Overall, enjoyable.

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Yunnan "Black Gold Bi Luo Chun" Black Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

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

95 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 23rd, 2023

The aroma reminds my of wheat toast with a slight sweetness (grapes?) in the background. The liquor is a pleasant clear brown (5 min steep). The flavor is very enjoyable, with an almost dueling after taste, peppery with a hint of sweet. I am going to enjoy this tea.

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Breakfast Blend (Morning Rise) from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 13th, 2023

I had this tea at a local restaurant with my breakfast. Very enjoyable. Steeps quickly. Nice blend flavor. Great pairing with my meal. I will order this tea every time I dine at this restaurant.

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Top of the World Nepal from The Tea Smith

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nepal

55 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 21st, 2023

The aroma, for me, reminds me of menthol. Think 'Vics vapo rub'. The medicine like aroma is unusual. The aroma is present in the liquor. The liquor (5 min steep) is a very dark brown, bordering on black. The taste is good, with a slight sweet after taste (peach, maybe). While not disappointing, it would not be my first...

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Lionorn Estate Nuwara Ealiya FBOP from Chado Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Sri Lanka / Ceylon

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 20th, 2023

This tea has a mild aroma that reminds me of an Assam. The liquor (5 min steep) produces a deep rich brown color. The flavor, matches the aroma, mild Assam like. Slight maltiness. This would a good 'sip all day' choice. Might be too mild for milk or sugar.

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Nahorhabi Estate- Second Flush Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 12th, 2023

Aroma of this tea is sweet, reminds of grapes. The liquor (5 min steep) light, clear honey color. Good Assam flavor, with a slight sweet after taste. Good tea.

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Wu Liang Hong Mao Feng Yunnan Black Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

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

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 8th, 2023

Spring 2022. "Classic" Yunnan aroma. mild, nothing distinctive. Liquor (5 min steep, using the Breville tea machine) is a nice brown with a slight gold tinge. Tasty, great for sipping. PS: The leaves are long. I might have used less tea than actually needed for a full 6 cup pot. Next pot I will crush the leaves into sm...

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Assam CTC BOP Estate Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 23rd, 2023

Solid Assam, good aroma with the expected earthiness, maybe a slight of chocolate. The liquor (5 min steep) is a dark brown. A nice 'clear' Assam taste, with absolutely no after taste.

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River Shannon Breakfast Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: Blend

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 22nd, 2023

Nice aroma, with a mild earthy scent. The liquor (5 min steep) is a dark brown. Good flavor, easy to sip all day long. Nice blend.

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Yunnan FOB Select ZY30H from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 21st, 2023

Classic Yunnan aroma with a solid earthiness and a hint of spice. The liquor (5 min steep) is a medium amber brown. Good taste, with a subtle hint of spice. This is a great tea for an all sipping experience.

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Upton South Street Breakfast Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 19th, 2022

Aroma is medium, reminds me of a Keemun. Liquor steeps (5 minutes) to a deep brown.Good taste with a slight tangy after taste with some floral hints. I would buy this tea again.

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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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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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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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Ceylon Orange Pekoe from Simpson & Vail

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

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 15th, 2021

The aroma is a medium woodsy. Dark, twisted leaves. The liquor, after a five minute steep, is a very dark brown. Flavor is good, with a mild spicy after taste. This tea will be added to my regular rotation. Easy to sip all day.

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China Golden Silk Black Organic Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: Anhui, China

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 14th, 2021

Beautiful large leaves. The aroma is wood and spice, not pronounced. The liquor is a medium amber after a 5 minute steep. Taste is clean with a slight malt after taste. I'd say this is a good tea for sipping. For me, no sugar or milk needed.

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Organic Purple Bamboo Black Tea from Mark T. Wendell

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

75 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 10th, 2021

The aroma has a slight sweet earthiness. The liquor is a medium amber. The flavor is nice, clean with no after taste. I will purchase this tea again.

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Sessa Estate Winey Assam from Chado Tea

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 28th, 2021

The aroma is nice, with a subtle sweetness, earning the 'winey' designation. The liquor brewed (five minutes) to a dark brown. Solid Assam taste with a slight tangy after taste that stays on the tongue. This tea might pair well with milk or sugar.

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