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Tangerine Blossom Red from Shang Tea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Fujian, China

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 15th, 2015

The aroma of the leaves is nothing short of decadent, it blends rich cocoa, roasted peanut, and a tiny dried cherry note with intense heady tangerine blossoms. Me being me, I have spent a lot of time sniffing citrus flowers, tangerine flowers are one of my favorite because they are so heady, blending citrus notes with ...

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Earl of Bengal Tea from Teatulia

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Bangladesh

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 2nd, 2015

Next up on the tasting adventure is Earl of Bengal, a blend of Bergamot and Black Tea, I made this when resident Earl aficionado was home, so he got to help me taste, and by help I mean he split the cup with me. The aroma of the teabag is pretty much all citrus all the time, the sharp slightly lemony aroma of the Berga...

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French Vanilla Bean from The Persimmon Tree

Style: Vanilla Black Tea – Region: Blend

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

So, how does this tea smell? Good, like really good, like a vanilla bean and almond infused biscotti dipped in chocolate with a touch of coconut sitting next to a steaming cup of rich, malty, black tea. Sniffing this tea makes me feel under-dressed and lacking elegance, clearly I should be wearing something pretty whil...

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Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish Black Tea from 52 Teas

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: India

67 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 13th, 2014

The aroma is really sweet, it smells just like one of those vending machine danishes (I don't think I have ever had any other kind of danish actually) there is intense blueberry notes with a hint of cream cheese and a touch of yeastiness like pastry. Add a touch of malty tea and it reminds me of drinking tea and having...

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Organic Fashionista Blend from FashionistaTea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 2nd, 2014

The aroma is creamy sweet and floral, with notes of vanilla and cocoa, with roses, lavender, and a hint of oranges and malt. It is super rich and sweet, bordering on decadent.

It starts out with vanilla and roses, then moves to lavender and chocolate, with a finish of brisk oak wood and oranges. None of the notes c...

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S'mores! from Whispering Pines

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

97 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 23rd, 2014

The dry leaves smell like an autumn evening sitting next to a crackling fire while eating s'mores! There are notes of smoke, cinnamon, marshmallow sweetness, and a finish of rich cocoa. The leaves smell quite rich and not overwhelmingly sweet, just the way I like my desserts!

OMG guys, this tea is too good! It hits ...

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Earl Grey from JusTea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Kenya

60 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 4th, 2014

Woo! That Earl packs a punch! Very strong bergamot and what seems like a mild note of lemons hiding under the bergamot. Not an unpleasant potency, it would be perfect as a wake up aroma. I often amuse myself by comparing a good Earl Grey to Victorian smelling salts, it would make a better fainting remedy I think! The a...

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Red Queen Cupcake from Butiki Teas

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 1st, 2014

The aroma reminds me of truffles (the chocolate, not the mushroom...I know, weird for me to not be talking about mushrooms) rich chocolate and strawberry truffles with a sprinkling of espresso, it pulls to mind a very specific truffle a friend of mine made, they were quite decadent. The aroma is intensely sweet, perfec...

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Peach Apple Crisp from The Persimmon Tree

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: ?????

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 29th, 2014

The aroma smells pretty varied, there are notes of roses, delicate peaches and apples, a touch of citrus, a bit of woody rooibis, a tiny bit of tart hibiscus, and lastly a sweet malty and caramel finish. It does not really smell like a crisp, but it does smell sweet and fruity, so I enjoy sniffing it.

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Golden Orchid from Whispering Pines

Style: Vanilla Black Tea – Region: Blend

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 16th, 2014

The aroma is so intensely rich and so incredibly sweet, it is a blend of sweet vanilla (real vanilla, not vanilla extract smell) with a warm cocoa, a touch of honey, a pinch of cream, and a finish of sweet dried cherries. I admit when I first sniffed this teas I just kinda sat there in awe, I do not say this very often...

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Lady Earl Grey Black from Simple Loose Leaf

Style: Blue Flower Earl Grey – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 7th, 2014

The aroma is very much so creamy sweet vanilla, bright bergamot, and malty black tea. Not very complex, but still very nice to sniff.

The taste is not bad! It starts out brisk and lemony, just a touch of bitter like lemon pith, this very quickly passes. Afterwards we get a nice, creamy vanilla and malt taste, it is...

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Tamarind Pop from Butiki Teas

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Nepal

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 22nd, 2014

The aroma is leafy, like fresh vegetation, this fades to vanilla sweetness and a nutty tone. At the end of the sniff the aroma is sweet and a touch floral. I do not smell much in the way of tamarind, but it has been a long time since I sniffed any.

Tasting this tea gave me a bit of a surprise, because it reminds me ...

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Pumpkin Chai from DAVIDsTEA

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

53 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
May. 25th, 2014

The aroma of this tea is very sweet and creamy with extremely strong spices. The cinnamon and cloves really overpower the rest of the aromas, but there is a faint hint of malt, pumpkin, and caramel under the potent spices.

The initial impact of the taste is a tingly and numb feeling from the spices, it is a little o...

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Gingerbread Smoke from 52 Teas

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 24th, 2014

The aroma is more or less exactly what I expected from a tea named Gingerbread Smoke, it is quite richly smoky with warm spices and an especially strong kick of ginger. Everything about the aroma of this tea is warm, from the lingering memories of a fire to the spices, good for sniffing on a chilly evening.

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Sugar and Spice from DAVIDsTEA

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: ?????

83 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 31st, 2014

The dry leaves smell just like the carrot cake my mom would make for my birthday when I was a wee little one. The aroma is rich and sweet, blending carrots, spices, and vanilla for an added extra frosting like treat.

The taste is spicy and earthy, like an unsweetened carrot cake. The spices are subtle, no kick in th...

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Peach Apricot Essence from Just.Organic.Tea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: ?????

80 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 24th, 2014

The aroma of this tea smells JUST like peaches, not nasty fake peaches or peach candy, but the real juicy fruit. There is milder note of apricot, and a touch of lemon myrtle

The taste is initially sweet with strong notes of lemon myrtle. For those who have never had lemon myrtle it tastes like a blend of vegetation ...

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S'mores (Smores) from Della Terra Teas

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 24th, 2014

The aroma is crazy sweet, blending notes of marshmallow that fades into chocolate and lastly graham crackers and hint of malt. It certainly smells like a s'more! Once brewed the aroma becomes primarily chocolate with hints of the other aromas.

This tea was surprisingly not sweet, it had the qualities of dark chocola...

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie from Della Terra Teas

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: ?????

77 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 19th, 2014

The aroma is spot on, it smells just like an oatmeal raisin cookie! It is sweet, spicy, malty, raisiny (totally a word now), and of course has the grainy quality of oatmeal. The cinnamon is a little stronger than the particular cookies I grew up with, but I have had some that smell as strongly of cinnamon as this tea d...

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Hot Sweet Cinnamon from Art of Tea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

43 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 12th, 2014

The aroma is loaded with cinnamon and spices with a hint of liqueur. The brewed tea smells a lot like Red Hot candies, tons of sweet cinnamon with a hint of orange and black tea.

The taste is, well kinda painful. Way too much cinnamon and cloves make it bitter, artificial, and mouth numbing. The taste of the base t...

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Caramel Tea from Culinary Teas

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

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 26th, 2014

The aroma is very sweet with notes of burnt sugar and vanilla with a hint of black tea, it very much so smells like tea and candy. Once brewed the aroma becomes quite malty and rich with notes of toffee and creamy sweetness.

The taste is pretty intense tasting almost more like a caramel mochiatto than tea! Strong no...

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Toasted Marshmallow from DAVIDsTEA

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: ?????

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 10th, 2014

The aroma is sweet and spicy, notes of marshmallow, cinnamon, toffee, and malt with a strong note of allspice. Smells a bit like spiced rum. The brewed tea still smells like spiced rum with less marshmallow sweetness. The liquid is much sweeter with strong spicy notes.

The taste sweet and malty with a velvety mouthf...

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Bourbon Vanilla from Kusmi Tea

Style: Vanilla Black Tea – Region: Blend

63 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 27th, 2013

The aroma of this tea is mild with notes of vanilla, oak, and fruit. The steeped leaves lose the aroma of vanilla (it is all in the liquid) with notes of fruit and malt.

The taste is fairly mild and subtly sweet and creamy. Not an outstanding tea but a pleasant dessert or morning sip.

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Maracuja Flavored Tea from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 19th, 2013

The aroma is very sweet and fruity, specifically exotic fruits. The citrus tones make me think of dragonfruit. Once brewed the leaves become malty and the sweetness becomes more of a passion fruit aroma. There is also a hint of peach.

The taste is not as sweet as I was expecting from the aroma and I found it a bit ...

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Butterbeer from 52 Teas

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: ?????

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 3rd, 2013

Taking my fangirling out of the picture for this review, because I have a very distinct idea of what Butterbeer should taste like and I don't want that to skew things. The aroma is intensely like Rootbeer, which would be great if I liked rootbeer, which I don't. Once brewed it takes on a creamy note and a slight hint o...

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Birthday Cupcake from Della Terra Teas

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 20th, 2013

The aroma of this tea is nothing short of yummy! Bringing coconut, chocolate, and vanilla notes for a tea that smells like a German Chocolate cupcake. The brewed leaves are richer and the chocolate is more prominent. In the liquid is so similar to a cupcake that it could have fooled me!

The taste is very rich and d...

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