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Superb Black Tea - Fair Trade

5 ratings
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Brand:The Excellent Tea Company
Style:Black Tea
Product page:Superb Black Tea

This tea's info last updated: Oct. 10, 2012

Commercial Description

The Excellent Tea Company’s Superb Black Tea is a pesticide-free, Fair Trade Certified, single-estate tea bag from the Mountains of the Moon in Rwanda, East Africa, where the high altitude, clean air, and fertile volcanic soils produce exceptionally smooth and highly prized tea without the use of pesticides or artificial fertilizers.

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Reviewer pic53 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
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Upon tasting this one, it quickly reminded me of a general black tea. Not bad, but not my preferred style. I pretty quickly decided to go ahead and add creamer, as I think that improves many of the less interesting black teas, and it certainly helped here.

I can't see the prices on the website, but others have mentioned that it isn't expensive. So if you like black tea and want yours to be fair trade, this is a decently drinkable choice.
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Reviewer pic50 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
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Super small tea particles in a cheapy-bag. Smells OK - a bit earthy - and definitely a black tea. Brewed up strong - but not inky. Not nearly as tannic as, say, Lipton. Drinkable but not a fave.
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Reviewer pic67 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
(142 reviews) on

I thought this tea was a good basic black, and it is pretty inexpensive too! I drank it straight without cream or sugar and didn't find it too strong (although I do like a good cup of strong black tea so my tastes may be different from some!). I'd be more apt to keep this tea around as a basic black over Lipton, and may just do that!
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Reviewer pic67 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
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This tea isn't particularly notable to me, but it's good. There's a hint of bitterness in the aftertaste. I added cream and sugar.
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Reviewer pic57 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
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The only tea I've ever tried from Rwanda: a humble teabag with finely-broken tea fannings.

Exceptionally strong and robust: this makes some Assam tea look weak! Good with milk and one of the few teas that I actually preferred this way. Brews a very dark blackish-brown cup, opaque, almost like black coffee. Yet less edgy than an Assam...smoother, and a bit muted.

The cup has a relatively flat aroma, but upon drinking, some interesting fruity tones come out. I found this tea tasted better once it had cooled and was lukewarm.

This tea was good for such a finely-broken, low grade in a paper tea bag, but it's still not on par with the higher-grade orthodox teas that I've seen come out of some African countries, especially Kenya. I would really love to see what this estate and this region could produce if they produced whole-leaf orthodox teas which I could brew up as loose-leaf.

Quite inexpensive too, given the fair trade certification and the fact that this is from such an unusual region!
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