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Alex Zorach

(1251 reviews)
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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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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.
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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

(1251 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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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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eatonet

(1 review)
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Emperor's Clouds and Mist Green Tea from Teavana

Style: Green Tea – Region: China

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 9/10
Dec. 29th, 2016

This is a very nice tea. The trick is to rein in it's flavor, because it is VERY strong.

I typically brew half the amount of leaf I would normally. Cast iron, 1.5 - 2 minutes. Keep water cooler (75-80*C).

1st steep: Vegetal and grassy with a hint of sweetness and a touch of smokiness. An intense freshness.

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Monk

(17 reviews)
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Big Red Robe from Music City Tea

Style: Da Hong Pao – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 9/10
Dec. 22nd, 2016

Yet another tea from this company that I've been ordering lately. Originally, I received a free sample of their Big Red Robe along with a few gaiwans I ordered from them. Since then I've been buying this tea regularly.

As I understand it, this is one of the "house teas" that comes from the owner's tea farming vil...

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Bai Lin Gong Fu Organic from Music City Tea

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

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 8/10
Dec. 19th, 2016

So ever since a local shop stopped carrying my favorite teas I haven't really purchased much black tea lately.
I've been impressed with this company's teas so far, and went ahead and added this one to a recent order.

The aroma of the dry, thin, slightly curly leaves is very nice...caramel and maybe a little fresh ...

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Alex Zorach

(1251 reviews)
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Magnolia Oolong from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Flavored Oolong – Region: China

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 8/10
Dec. 19th, 2016

This was an interesting tea; I love scented oolongs, and I love trying floral-scented teas other than the usual jasmine, so I jumped on the opportunity to try this one when I saw my parents had ordered some.

The dry leaf is surprisingly dark, looking like a darker-roast oolong, but upon opening the tin there was a s...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(58 reviews)
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Oriental Treasure Green Tea from Bentley's Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: China

50 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 5/10
Dec. 1st, 2016

An unopened and sealed box of 20 bags was available at an estate sale, so I grabbed it with no particular expectations. It delivered no particular impression, so I guess you can say expectations were met! :-)

The tea tasted like a fairly standard-order green tea, neither bad nor excellent in any given way. It is...

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Stack Overload

(6 reviews)
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White Peony from Jasmine Pearl Tea Company

Style: White Peony Tea – Region: China

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 9/10
Nov. 22nd, 2016

I picked this up at a Whole Foods in Portland and it is an instant favorite!

The aroma is delightful, this tea is why air freshener and candle companies sell fragrances called "White Peony"

This tea has a fabulous light floral flavor with a mild honeysuckle sweetness. I like to give it a nice long steep to draw o...

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JGS1122

(48 reviews)
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Golden Yunnan Black Tea (Sachets) from Mark T. Wendell

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 10/10
Nov. 18th, 2016

Strong flavor and aroma. Delightful Yunnan. I bought these for dining out. When I go out for breakfast, I take some of these along. I enjoy this tea and find it much more flavorful than the national brand the restaurant offers.

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Stack Overload

(6 reviews)
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Emperor's Puerh - Black Tea from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Pu-erh Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

67 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 5/10
Nov. 18th, 2016

I haven't yet tried too many pu-ehrs, but I'm starting to think they are not for me. This one has both a rich aroma and flavor of loam and crab cakes. If you are into that sort of thing, this tea is probably amazing, but not how I prefer my tea to taste. It's like I made a nice earthy tea, but used the same water I had...

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Green Ginger from Tazo Tea

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: China

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 5/10
Nov. 17th, 2016

This tea is pretty middle of the road. It is pretty weak unless you really give it a long steep. Even then the green tea is pretty modest in flavor but the punchy ginger comes out with a spicy ginger bite finish that I really enjoy after a meal. I do however try to go with other ginger teas as I try to stick to organic...

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ollie

(4 reviews)
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Emperor's Clouds and Mist Green Tea from Teavana

Style: Green Tea – Region: China

63 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 6/10
Nov. 16th, 2016

The best Starbucks has to offer anyway, my go to tea. A little honey helps to smooth out some of the bitter taste.

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Alex Zorach

(1251 reviews)
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Hairy Crab Oolong Loose Tea from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Hairy Crab Oolong – Region: China

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 8/10
Nov. 16th, 2016

I thought this was a delightful tea. I have tried a Mao Xie before, and loved it, but it was an unbranded type that someone brought me back from China so I was not able to review it. This one was a lot like I remember it: pungent and a bit edgy and odd, but in a way that I liked.

The dry leaf has an aroma that is ...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(58 reviews)
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White Tea (White Peony Tea) from Triple Leaf Tea

Style: White Peony Tea – Region: Fujian, China

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 6/10
Oct. 20th, 2016

This tea came from an estate sale (good places to find teas you haven't tried before, really cheap!), in its originally wrapped box.

You know, it's pathetic what some of these highly paid marketing consultants can concoct. I reviewed a loose-leaf Basilur floral tea whose packaging blatantly pandered to romantical...

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Virginia Mastromarino

(6 reviews)
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bingdao laozhai huangpian sheng ancient tea tree pu-erh 2014 from WymmTea

Style: Raw / Green / Sheng Pu-erh – Region: Shuangjiang, Yunnan, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 7/10
Oct. 3rd, 2016

This tea has a nice dusty flavor. It's a little weak for my taste, but if I brew it for long enough it's good. I added cream and sugar.

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Jasmine Pearls from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Jasmine Pearls – Region: Fujian, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 8/10
Oct. 3rd, 2016

I like this style of tea. I think it's a good combination between aroma and flavor.

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b22johansen

(44 reviews)
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Tangerine Peel White Tea from TeaVivre

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

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 8/10
Sep. 7th, 2016

My first tasting of this tea was in my gaiwan with about 3 grams of tea and 2 grams of tangerine peel. I did a 5 second rinse then 3 infusions. The aroma was sweet and citrusy to begin with. The taste was light, oily, buttery, and smooth with slight orange/tangerine flavors. The second and third infusions became sweete...

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Wuyi Gongfu Black from Verdant Tea

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

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 7/10
Aug. 31st, 2016

This is a hard tea to review. I greatly enjoyed drinking it, but was not overwhelmed with uniqueness of any kind. Rather, it was simply enjoyable. The flavor has hints of caramel, honey, and sweetness with a slight astringency. The cup is very smooth. I would recommend as a black tea, but it is nothing unique, albeit v...

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spaflam

(162 reviews)
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Organic Pinhead Gunpowder Green Tea from Stash Tea

Style: Gunpowder Green Tea – Region: Jiangxi, China

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 7/10
Aug. 17th, 2016

I am a big fan of pinhead gunpowder (Green) tea - and it is fun to watch it steep/brew as all the little balls unfurl. This one by Stash is moderately priced. Pinhead is never (or not that I have seen) sold in bags/sachets as you need it loos to watch it work its magic.

I drink this neat - (Hot) or possibly with a...

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Silver Needle from ITO EN

Style: Silver Needle – Region: Fujian, China

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 6/10
Aug. 12th, 2016

If you like white teas (so pale - must steep longer.) this is a safe choice and has not only a light grassy note but I got "flowers" - or maybe even honey if that's not reaching too far.

I let it steep forever - over 5 minutes and it was still so pale, but it is, after all, a white tea.

Rich in antioxidants. Lik...

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JGS1122

(48 reviews)
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ZYO7: Black Snail from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: China

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 6/10
Jul. 25th, 2016

Dry, this tea has a very subtle aroma. The liquor is amber colored. Overall, a bit milder than I expected from previous black snail.

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