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Jin Jun Mei from Teasenz

Style: Black Tea – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
May. 15th, 2015

The aroma of the delicately curling buds is super rich, with notes of malt, and different layers of woodiness. There are hints of sweet pine sap, cedar, and a pinch of sandalwood, it is very aromatic, not as sweet as some Jin Jun Meis I have experienced, but still pretty intense. The finishing note is a whiff of molas...

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Ceylon Golden Tips Black Tea from What-Cha

Style: Black Tea – Region: Sri Lanka / Ceylon

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 12th, 2015

The aroma of the fuzzy leaves is iconically a Ceylon, it is brisk and bright, but it also has notes of oak wood, roasted peanuts, distant flowers, malt, and fruit. The fruit notes are muscatel and cherry, in fact, this tea reminds me of a three way dance between an Assam, Ceylon, and Darjeeling, how fascinating! The ar...

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Nepal 2nd Flush 2014 Golden Tips Black Tea from What-Cha

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nepal

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 28th, 2015

The aroma rich, a touch on the sweet side, but more rich than sweet. The notes are primarily roasted peanuts, malt, and a touch of sweet potatoes and stewed fruit. At the end there is the most delicate note of rose and pepper, I run into pepper quite often, but the notes of rose were a pleasant surprise.

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Castleton Moonlight Darjeeling Black Tea First Flush from Golden Tips

Style: Darjeeling First Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 9th, 2015

The aroma of the dry leaves is, as expected, quite delicious to the nose, there is a strong muscatel presence, blending fresh juicy grapes and a hint of the more honey sweet raisins. Also fresh hay, a touch of peppery nasturtium leaves, and a bit of freshly crushed parsley at the finish giving the tea a neat herbaceous...

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Darjeeling 1st Flush 2014 Gopaldhara SFTGFOP1 Black Tea from What-Cha

Style: Darjeeling First Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 17th, 2014

So, the aroma of this tea is so light and so sweet, it just kinda lays on my nose like a silken scarf. It is a blend of muscatel (specifically very fresh scuppernongs and muscadines) honey, wildflowers, and a tiny touch of pepper at the finish. It reminds me of nasturtiums and growing things and the more milder aspects...

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Darjeeling Autumn Flush 2013 Jungpana Black Tea from What-Cha

Style: Darjeeling Autumnal Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 23rd, 2014

The aroma of the dry leaves is sweet and muscatel, it reminds me a little of white wine and scuppernongs, with a rich undertone of sweet potatoes and roasted peanuts. I think spending time in the South is having an effect on my nose, those are such Southern foods! Regardless of my nose's current influence, the smells i...

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Mountain Organic Indonesian Black from Tea at Sea

Style: Black Tea – Region: West Java, Indonesia

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 20th, 2014

The aroma of this tea is sweet and malty, there are notes of berries and raisins with a hint of roasted peanuts at the finish. I shan't deny it, the dry leaves smell quite yummy, but I do love my sweet black teas.

After that especially enjoyable sniffing, it is time for tasting! The first sip is very sweet and quite...

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Jinggu Golden Strand Pure Bud Yunnan Black Tea - Spring 2014 from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 3rd, 2014

The aroma is...well, it is awesome, there are notes of dried cherries and apricots, with more subtle notes of sweet potatoes, roasted peanuts, and lastly a tiny hint of cream. It is very much so iconic for a Yunnan black tea, at least for me it is, it has all the notes I expect when sniffing a fuzzy gold tea, but with ...

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Mount Kenya Estate from JusTea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kenya

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 4th, 2014

What a pleasant smelling tea! The aroma is a wonderful mix of earthy and malty with a slight note of nuttiness. It is a very clean, pure tea smell which I think would be great to drink on its own but also a perfect base for blends.

! I love this tea, it is a perfect blend of maltiness, richness, earthiness and sweet...

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Honey Black Tea from Green Terrace Teas

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 20th, 2014

The aroma of these long, curly, leaves is indeed quite sweet and very rich! There are notes of honey, beet root, roasted peanuts, tobacco, and a touch of roses. I am not sure I have ever sniffed a dry leaf that was so complex and had all the aromas work together in harmony.

First steeping, well, that is certainly de...

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Yi Fu Chun from Yezi Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Fujian, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 28th, 2014

Oh my that is a pleasant and heavy aroma, it seems the leaves collected the dense and heavy feeling of fog rather than the wispy one. There are notes of oak wood, molasses, cocoa, and a touch of smoke. It is intense, not sweet, but more like a rich molasses cookie and cocoa powder.

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Yunnan Noir from Adagio Teas

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 14th, 2014

The aroma of the dry tea is rich and quite sweet, with notes of cocoa, roasted peanuts, yams, honey, and a delicate finish of dried cherry. It is nothing short of mouthwatering, but I do have a great love for this kind of tea.

The first steeping is light, a creamy blend of sweet cocoa, roasted peanuts and a rich aft...

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Kyaukme Black Tea - CTC from Shan Valley

Style: Black Tea – Region: Burma (Myanmar)

77 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 3rd, 2014

This tea smells really good! There are strong notes of malt, molasses, peanuts, honey and a touch of cherries at the finish. It is so rich and intense, this is a tea I would describe as heavy and bold, not so much light and brisk, it is not a 'wake you up' aroma, but more of a 'sensual lounge in a comfy chair' aroma.
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Organic Makaibari Darjeeling from Della Terra Teas

Style: Darjeeling Autumnal Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 29th, 2014

The aroma is sweet and muscatel, with a bit of a sharp leafy aroma, similar to that of grape leaves and oak wood. It is mild and pleasant, an enjoyable sniff that is reminiscent of nature and plants and a slight sweet finish of raisins.

The taste of this tea is deliciously mild and muscatel with notes of freshly mow...

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Yunnan Breakfast Black from Simple Loose Leaf

Style: Black Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 6th, 2014

he aroma of the dry leaves is a mix of pine resin, pepper, stewed cherries, and an aged oak cask. It smells like fruit, scotch, and smoke-less Lapsang Souchong. What an unusual tea!

This tea is brisk and strong! Breakfast blend is a perfect description because I am certainly awake now. The taste is a blend of molass...

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Lapsang Souchong Smoky Black Tea (Yan Xun Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong) from TeaVivre

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 1st, 2014

The aroma is very much so a pine smoke heavy black tea, lots of pine smoke goodness and a rich malt. There are also notes of molasses and roasted peanuts which blends really well with the pine resin and smoke.

The first steep is quite smooth and very light. The taste is subtly sweet with notes of pine sap and sweet ...

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Just Awesome Assam from Just.Organic.Tea

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 17th, 2014

The aroma of the tea is malty and bright with a bit of a roasted peanut finish. It is a fairly mild Assam, but it is a nice aroma, even if I wish it was a bit stronger.

My cup of tea is brisk, malty, and nicely bright. Just the perfect pick-me-up for people, like me, who really need a boost in the morning. The more...

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French Breakfast from Golden Moon Tea

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

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 27th, 2014

The aroma of this tea is bright, bold, and malty with a hint of pecans and dried leaves. Very much a standard black tea indeed!

This tea has a nice mild briskness, just enough to wake you up but not too much, no need to worry about your moth turning inside out. There is a bold malty and oak wood taste that fades to ...

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Baker Street Afternoon Blend from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Russian Caravan – Region: Blend

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 21st, 2014

Sniffing the dry leaves transport me to a Victorian gentleman's library, blending pipe smoke, polished wood, and a comfy leather chair. It is super evocative! There are also faint flora and muscatel notes, the aroma of the blend is quite delicious.

he taste is rich, smoky and muscatel with a tiny hint of cherry with...

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Red Jade Tea from Eco-Cha

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 20th, 2014

The aroma of the curly long leaves is nothing short of complex, blending rich cocoa, roasted peanuts, cloves, a bit of barley, and a woody quality. The aroma is more savory than sweet, in fact it is all savory instead of sweet, with a strong and heavy presence. This is a tea that will be noticed!

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Jin Jun Mei Black Tea from Yezi Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Fujian, China

97 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 12th, 2014

The aroma of the dry leaves is sharply sweet and a bit fruity, specifically a bit muscatel, there are strong notes of cocoa, caramelized sugar, orchids, and oak wood. It is a rich and bright aroma that wafts from the leaves, and certainly quite sweet. I would say that the aroma is one of the more sweeter Chinese black ...

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Superfine Tan Yang Gong Fu Black Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Black Tea – Region: Fujian, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 12th, 2014

The aroma is very fruity, strong notes of juicy plums with a side of roasted peanuts and a faint malt at the finish. I really want to make sure everyone knows this tea is very fruity, almost surprisingly so! It does not smell at all like a flavored tea, but like someone placed a plate of sliced plums right next to the ...

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Greenfield Estate Ceylon Black Tea from Arbor Teas

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

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 29th, 2014

The aroma is exceptionally sweet and fruity, blending notes of fresh grapes, scuppernongs, and a hint of fresh figs. There is also a very mild note of roses and malt, giving this tea a delightfully complex aroma. This might be the best smelling Black Ceylon that I have had the pleasure of sniffing.

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Black Tea - CTC from Shan Valley

Style: Black Tea – Region: Burma (Myanmar)

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 21st, 2014

The aroma of the tea is quite rich and invigorating, blending strong sweet malty notes with rich nuttiness. It reminds me a bit of the aroma of a strongly nutty coffee, or even one of those fancy coffee tea blends that I have tried once or twice. There is a finishing aroma of roasted peanuts. The aroma of this tea cert...

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Oothu Black Tea from Just.Organic.Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Tamil Nadu, India

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 9th, 2014

The aroma of the tea is quite sweet, blending notes of molasses and baking bread with a slight undertone of roasted peanuts. It is rich and warming, just what one expects from a black tea.

The taste is surprisingly sweet and creamy, it manages to be fairly smooth while also being brisk and a touch astringent. The ta...

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