Black Tea

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Brand:Farmer Brothers
Style:Black Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:?????
Loose/teabag:Teabag
Product page:Black Tea

This tea's info last updated: Dec. 12, 2017

Commercial Description

Smooth and mellow, a traditional black tea blend.

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Reviewer pic71 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
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I was surprised off the bat by the unexpected aroma from the brewing tea. Instead of an Assam or Ceylon blend, it smells like inexpensive Yunnan teabags like Foojoy. It's smoky, earthy and woodsy.

The flavor reinforces my guess that this blend is predominantly Chinese. Astringent without bitterness, this tea tastes of oak leaves and mild smoke. It's not malty or sweet at all. It has a lingering finish that accentuates the astringency. The flavors fade toward walnuts, pecan skins and cherry bark. This tea's much more flavorful than I expected.

This is really good for food service tea. Most cheap tea is a blend of low quality Assam and Ceylon that toes the line between too bitter and flavorless. This tea is refreshingly different. It lacks the complexity and richness of good Chinese black teas, but it's flavorful and pleasant to drink. I like it.
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Reviewer pic33 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 1/5
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A very strong black tea that didn't have much going for it other than its strength.

Served at the Gander's Family Restaurant in Luna Pier, MI (super cheap diner with pretty good but very basic diner food! I recommend it more than this tea!) Tea isn't usually the strong suits of these types of restaurants, but I do think they could have done a bit better. If I'm paying over a dollar for a cup of tea, at least serve something as good as Twinings, Bigelow, or any number of other brands. Ideally, I'd like a high-quality black tea like the sorts I like to drink.

This was a low-quality, basic black tea that I'd put in the same category as Lipton, Tetley, and other inexpensive brands.

Flavor is very strong, but aroma is weak. This tea was much stronger in flavor and fuller-bodied than any of its mainstream competitors. But I found it a bit harsh. I like to drink my tea plain: no milk, sugar, lemon, or anything added, but this tea was a bit harsh like this. It may taste better with milk. I found that even alongside an omelet and pancakes, it was too harsh for me.

I'm glad I got to try it though!
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Reviewer pic62 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
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I found a bag of this food-service/wholesale product at a motel in southern Utah, and decided to take it home for this review given the poor water quality in that town. I'm glad, because my preconceived notion about the weakness and unoriginality of food-service teas—especially considering the plainness and dated style of packaging—was busted wide open by a surprisingly strong brew.

The smell wasn't promising: almost no scent on the dry bag, and a musty, faintly algal or fishy odor when wet. But the color got very deep and pitch-dark, fast, before I finished pouring the hot water. The bag has lots of fairly finely ground tea leaves in it, and maximizes the output quickly. In fact (though I did not), one probably could brew up a couple cups from one bag—quite uncommon for teas of this nature, in my relatively limited experience.

The base flavor was rather straightforward, nothing outstanding or extraordinary in and of itself, except that it was remarkably strong and thick! This tea tasted stronger than any other food-service or store-brand tea I've tried to date, and right up there with some loose-leaf black blends that aren't flavored. Farmer Brothers doesn't dilute their tea or cut corners on density, that's for sure. You probably will get a good caffeine jolt from it too, if you are sensitive to such things (unlike me). If you want nuanced flavor, this isn't for you. If you want a slap-in-the-face strong, unpretentious tea to hit the road by, this will suffice.
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