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spaflam

(162 reviews)
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Green Tea with Lemon from Bigelow Tea

Style: Green Tea with Lemon – Region: ?????

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 4/10
Jan. 18th, 2017

Meh. Not impressed. You are better off brewing your favorite green tea and squeezing fresh lemon into it. I do not care for lemon in my green tea - unless it is iced. That said, Bigelow is inexpensive (and in my office - provided for free - in bags and K-cups) and accessible. An average, inoffensive green tea.

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Alex Zorach

(1250 reviews)
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Frontier Organic White Peony from Frontier

Style: White Peony Tea – Region: ?????

47 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5 Overall: 5/10
Jan. 17th, 2017

I was not impressed with this one. I'm not sure if it was the low quality of tea though, or if it was simply not very fresh at the store where it was sold. I wish Frontier had more of a mechanism in place for ensuring freshness in the bulk tea kiosks they have in natural food stores, because I sometimes have a proble...

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Organic Green Dragon from Mighty Leaf Tea

Style: Dragon Well Tea – Region: China

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5 Overall: 7/10
Jan. 17th, 2017

I was eager to try this because it was the only pure green tea in tea bags sold by Mighty Leaf, other than their hojicha which is roasted and does not taste at all like a green tea.

I wasn't crazy about this tea; if I had to divide all dragon wells into "good dragonwell" vs. "bad dragonwell" this one would be at the...

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Green Valley from teakruthi

Style: Green Tea – Region: Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

70 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5 Overall: 8/10
Jan. 17th, 2017

I enjoyed this tea but thought it the most overpriced of Teakruthi's offerings so far.

Dry leaf smells quite good, like a Chinese tea, a little vegetal and slightly floral, suggesting of a slight edge. It reminds me of chun mee both in smell and appearance, but is more vegetal.

I like this tea but it can get ove...

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Brytta Sóþword

(265 reviews)
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Rooibos Kalahari from Music City Tea

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 8/10
Jan. 17th, 2017

This is a solid herbal tea. I like the mix of flavors with the rooibos, though orange isn't my favorite flavor to have in a hot tea. For this reason, other flavor mixes work better for me. This is fruity, floral, sweet, and refreshing.

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Monk

(17 reviews)
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Ti Guan Yin (Iron Goddess of Mercy) from Music City Tea

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Anxi, Fujian, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 8/10
Jan. 14th, 2017

I think this is a good example of Tie Guan Yin. This one is definitely of the greener, less oxidized and less roasted variety.

The dry leaf aroma is very pleasant and "green".
When brewed the aroma is very fresh veggie-like, with notes of butter, and floral as well. Not intensely floral, but it's there.
This is...

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Alex Zorach

(1250 reviews)
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Wild Monsoon from teakruthi

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Matara, Sri Lanka

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 9/10
Jan. 12th, 2017

The dry leaf of this consists of big, dark, coarse looking leaves that are slightly curled. There is a mild toasty and chocolatey aroma. The leaf takes up a lot of space, and you need to use quite a lot by volume to get a strong enough cup.

Upon brewing, the aroma is distinct, different from other teas I've tried,...

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Brytta Sóþword

(265 reviews)
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Osmanthus Green Oolong from Music City Tea

Style: Osmanthus Tea – Region: ?????

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 9/10
Jan. 11th, 2017

This is a very nice pure tea. The osmanthus flowers are a nice complement, but it's the oolong tea that shines. Heads up: the tea expands a *lot* in water, so use a smaller scoop than normal --- maybe a half size? Also, it resteeps very well.

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Monk

(17 reviews)
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ZO10: Oolong Se Chung from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Se Chung Oolong – Region: China

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 7/10
Jan. 9th, 2017

The reviews as well as the very low price intrigued me enough to buy a large order of this tea.
I wasn't quite sure what to expect as, while mostly positive, the reviews describe a wide range of flavors.

The rolled, snail-like leaf smells toasty. For some reason I expected a much greener aroma.

I loaded up 5 gr...

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Alex Zorach

(1250 reviews)
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ZW48: Fuding White Tea Cake from Upton Tea Imports

Style: White Tea – Region: Fuding, Fujian, China

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 8/10
Jan. 9th, 2017

I tried this together with Upton's ZW42. I actually liked this one a lot, and not the other.

Brews up a dark, full-bodied cup that, like the other compressed white tea cake, is rather bitter. I find the bitterness more blunt though, whereas ZW42 has a sharp bitterness.

The aroma is strange and hard to describe....

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ZW42: White Tea Cake from Upton Tea Imports

Style: White Tea – Region: China

60 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5 Overall: 5/10
Jan. 9th, 2017

This was the first of two compressed white tea cakes from Upton that I sampled. It was interesting but I'm not sure I'd want to drink this tea regularly. This was a strong tea, unpleasantly sharp but also thin-bodied, and I think I may have brewed it too strongly, wanting a fuller-bodied tea, but by the time I had fi...

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Kagoshima (Kagoshima Sencha) from Harney and Sons

Style: Sencha – Region: Kagoshima, Japan

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 8/10
Jan. 9th, 2017

I usually think of tea as being more about the aroma than the flavor, but this tea was intensely flavorful, and I thought its flavor was what made it most interesting and enjoyable.

This tea was very similar overall to the Organic Sencha also sold by Harney & Sons. The main difference I noticed initially was that t...

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Southern Malt from teakruthi

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Matara, Sri Lanka

93 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 10/10
Jan. 9th, 2017

The first tea I tried from Teakruthi was excellent and enjoyable, but didn't wow me. This one immediately stood out, from before the first sip, or even just smelling the brewed cup.

The dry leaf has a smell that strongly suggests a savory stew. It's malty with a hint of smoke and spice.

When brewed, wow. This ...

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Brytta Sóþword

(265 reviews)
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Joy Tea from Music City Tea

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: ?????

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 9/10
Jan. 8th, 2017

This is an excellent floral-flavored green tea. The flavors blend beautifully and smoothly. For my second cup, I added a bit of honey, which managed to enhance the flavor without dominating it. Wonderfully sweet!

If you like floral teas (such as jasmine green teas), this is definitely one to try. Lavender and rose a...

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Black Ginger Tea from Music City Tea

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

73 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 7/10
Jan. 7th, 2017

This is a solid black tea. People who enjoy lightly flavored, high quality black teas should like this one. The ginger is quite subtle -- the tea aroma and flavor dominate -- but the ginger came through more for the second cup. The tea makes multiple infusions quite nicely.

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Alex Zorach

(1250 reviews)
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Royal Midlands from teakruthi

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Kandy, Sri Lanka

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 2/5 Overall: 9/10
Jan. 5th, 2017

I went to try this tea first because I got the sense that it seemed the most "classic Ceylon" of Teakruthi's offerings, and it definitely delivered the character I expected. This is a little less like the types of Ceylons served in British traditions though, and more like the type of tea I find consumed in the middle-...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(58 reviews)
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Spring Jasmine Green Tea (Organic) from China Mist

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: ?????

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 6/10
Jan. 5th, 2017

This is a reasonably good green tea, but the jasmine is about the weakest I've smelled or tasted in anything advertised as a "Jasmine" tea. Jasmine seems to be an afterthought or distant background in both the smell and the taste. I won't recommend against this product if you do prefer just a *hint* of jasmine in an ...

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Brytta Sóþword

(265 reviews)
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White Peach Tea from Music City Tea

Style: Flavored White Tea – Region: ?????

97 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 10/10
Jan. 4th, 2017

I *really* love this tea. It's rare I find a flavored white tea that I enjoy, but this one is simply great. The tea is smooth and soothing, the peach flavor tastes natural and nuanced, and they blend together seamlessly. The leaves are high quality, too.

I tried this tea and several others in the store before I boug...

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E.Ryan

(1 review)
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Green Label Tea (Tanzania) from Green Label Tea (Tanzania)

Style: Black Tea – Region: Tanzania

90 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 10/10
Jan. 4th, 2017

My son visited Tanzania ,and brought back the Green Label Tea for me because he knows I'm an avid tea drinking. It's the best tea I've ever tried. I live in the NYC area and am now searching for a local vendor.

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Monk

(17 reviews)
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ZO79: Zhang Ping Shui Hsian Oolong from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Shui Hsien Oolong – Region: Zhangping, Fujian, China

43 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 2/5 Overall: 3/10
Jan. 3rd, 2017

This one is actually currently available.
I ordered 2 15g samples about a month ago. The fact I still have some left is a clue as to what I think about it :)

I admit to buying this because it's a unique brick oolong. I also figured that given the high price it should be good.
I've since learned that price is not...

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Jin Xuan Milk Oolong from Music City Tea

Style: Milky Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

50 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 5/10
Jan. 2nd, 2017

My first "milky" oolong. Hmmm...
The aroma of the dry, dark, greenish-brown balls is overpoweringly sweet. I was shocked at how much it smells like caramel popcorn, with a creamy milk-like background. Quite bizarre, and smells more like something I'd eat rather than drink.

There's a lot of controversy with Milk ...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(58 reviews)
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Chamomile Egyptian Golden Sun Presented by Wolfgang Puck from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Chamomile Tea – Region: Egypt

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 7/10
Jan. 1st, 2017

I obtained this product, with what may be the longest name I've seen for a tea, from a hotel room. For now it appears to be available just as a food-service product. As chamomile teas go, this is decidedly above average--smooth, sweet, rich in flavor, deep-golden in color, and a nice concoction to close the day. No ...

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julia

(1 review)
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Yerba Maté Chocolatté from Guayaki

Style: Flavored Yerba Maté – Region: ?????

93 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 9/10
Jan. 1st, 2017

love this tea, but can't get it any longer. website said they stopped making it. if this is so, I really wish the company would rethink that and bring it back!

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Bailz

(1 review)
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Wild Orange Blossom Herbal Tea from Teavana

Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: Blend

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 8/10
Jan. 1st, 2017

Very nice tea. Fruit forward in the aroma and flavor but a floral note lingers. I added a spoon of rock sugar to bring out some of the nuance. Certainly not inexpensive as a teavana product but I'd recommend.

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Tchuggin' Okie

(58 reviews)
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Vanilla Chai Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Vanilla Chai – Region: ?????

73 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 7/10
Dec. 30th, 2016

One of the things I enjoy with either newly attempted teas, or favorite and familiar ones, is to breathe deeply from the freshly opened packaging and take in the scent of the dried tea. Since this concoction is labeled as vanilla with chai, I had a very well-defined, preconceived notion of how this would smell. Not e...

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