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Style: Dragon Well Tea – Region: China67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
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.Read Full Review
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...
Style: White Tea – Region: Fuding, Fujian, China73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 9th, 2017
I tried this together with Upton's ZW42. I actually liked this one a lot, and not the other.Read Full Review
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....
Style: White Tea – Region: China60 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
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...Read Full Review
Style: Flavored Oolong – Region: China83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
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.Read Full Review
The dry leaf is surprisingly dark, looking like a darker-roast oolong, but upon opening the tin there was a s...
Style: Hairy Crab Oolong – Region: China87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
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.Read Full Review
The dry leaf has an aroma that is ...
Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 16th, 2016
A lovely tea, mellow, and complex, among my favorite Lapsang Souchongs ever sampled. Thank you again to TeaVivre for the sample! This is a traditional Chinese lapsang souchong, it lacks the strong smoky aroma that the more widely-known style of tea popular in the West has. Compared to other traditional Lapsang Souch...Read Full Review
Style: Black Tea – Region: Fujian, China43 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Jun. 13th, 2016
This was the most disappointing pure tea I've ever tried from Harney & Sons.Read Full Review
Dry leaf not very aromatic, but the aroma is pleasant. The leaf is pretty, with fine wiry pieces, fairly finely broken...the faint aroma suggests spice and dried fruit, like fig or date.
The brewed cup is surprisingly lacking in aroma. ...
Style: Dragon Well Tea – Region: China83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
May. 28th, 2016
I loved this, it's a strong tea, nutty and toasty, but with deep vegetal undertones. I did not tire of drinking it and I could imagine happily drinking this every day.Read Full Review
The dry leaf has a potent aroma that evolves quite a lot as I smell it. It starts off a bit in-your-face, and I found myself slightly taken aback b...
Style: Keemun Hao Ya A – Region: Anhui, China98 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 22nd, 2016
I have had a lot of Keemun, but never before sampled Hao Ya A. The overall experience of drinking this tea was somewhat different from what I expected. It's similar, but recognizably different from the Hao Ya B, and I'm not convinced that I like it better. I like both, and this one is not that much more expensive (s...Read Full Review
Style: Keemun Hao Ya B – Region: China98 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 22nd, 2016
I thought this was an exceptional tea and was my favorite traditional Keemun ever sapmled.Read Full Review
Dry leaf is fine and dark in color, pleasantly aromatic, and the aroma is quite complex, it suggests fruit, spice, and dried flowers, a little like potpourri, with vegetal and chocolatey notes. The smell reminds me of Christm...
Style: Keemun Mao Feng – Region: Qimen, Anhui, China90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 12th, 2016
I loved this tea. It reminded me a lot of the Spring Keemun from Andrews & Dunham, both in the smell and taste, and the appearance of the leaf.Read Full Review
Mild but pleasant smell to the dry leaf, which looks very curly in shape, little snail-like curls a lot like bi luo chun. Smells sweeter than other Keemun Mao Feng, but st...
Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 8th, 2016
This tea is really strange. I enjoy it most when I don't think of it as a black tea, and I still don't know exactly how I feel about it. I disagree with Harney's assertion that this is "vigorously assertive": to me it lacks the strength and punch of a black tea, and in many respects is more like an oolong or even a m...Read Full Review
Style: Golden Monkey – Region: Fujian, China93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 24th, 2016
Truly superb! I haven't tried that many Golden Monkey teas, but after brewing this one multiple times, I think it is my favorite. Its leaf is packed with flavor and, although it had the smoothness of other golden monkey teas, I found it had a strength that was lacking from other examples of this style that I had tried...Read Full Review
Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 16th, 2016
I thought this an excellent tea and it is definitely among my favorite Dian Hong or Yunnan Red (black teas) that I've ever sampled. It's one of many samples I recently ordered from Harney & Sons.Read Full Review
I chose this for a very cold morning, because I find Yunnan teas to often have a powerful warming quality, and I found i...
Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: China63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 26th, 2016
This tea had a pleasant aroma, slightly fruity and slightly perfumey, with a good balance of the beas tea and flavoring. Piquant: bold and edgy, both in flavor and aroma, but pleasantly so. Quite bitter, and with a light astringency in the finish. Potent.Read Full Review
A typical Earl Grey of good (but not amazing) quality. Noth...
Style: Oolong Tea – Region: China67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 20th, 2015
I used to drink Dynasty's tea bags regularly, around 2002-2005, before I got into loose-leaf tea. They're pretty good, and they were my fall-back when I was unable to find Ten Ren's (my favorite oolong in a tea bag, but not widely available).Read Full Review
This tea is only mildly aromatic, and it has a smooth, well-balanced flav...
Style: Black Tea – Region: Hunan, China100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 13th, 2015
Wow, this is a truly exceptional tea.Read Full Review
The dry leaf looks and smells intricate and beautiful: the appearance is fine, wiry leaves with a dusty appearance, a mix of gold and rich brown, and the aroma is very intense, strongly malty, like rye malt, with hints of spice, and the suggestion of sweetness. There's a strong...
Style: White Peony Tea – Region: China33 / 100 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 1/5
Dec. 7th, 2015
This is a late review that I somehow forgot to post; the company is now closed, and the tea wasn't my favorite, but why not share?Read Full Review
Another dud, the second one in a batch of teas that I've otherwise thought offered solid quality and excellent value.
The dry leaf looks unusually wiry for a white peony or bai mu dan...
Style: Black Tea – Region: China37 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 1/5
Nov. 29th, 2015
I brewed this tea multiple times and it consistently disappointed me.Read Full Review
The dry leaf of this tea, which is quite broken, had a weak aroma that reminded me of a fresh loaf of rye bread at a mediocre deli.
When water hit the leaves, the aroma developed into an array of light smokiness, deep vegetal notes, and fruitin...
Style: Green Tea – Region: China77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 11th, 2015
An inexpensive tea of surprisingly good quality.Read Full Review
Dry leaf smells wonderful, suggesting fresh and savory qualities of some higher-grade green teas, but also reminding me a lot of raw Pu-erh.
Upon brewing though, there's not as much aroma in the cup as the dry leaf suggests. The brewed cup is light in color and bo...
Style: Jasmine Pearls – Region: Fuding, Fujian, China80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 1st, 2015
This is my favorite jasmine pearls tea that I've ever sampled.Read Full Review
I tried this tea months ago and began writing a review but I realized that I never finished and posted it! Apologies to TeaVivre for the oversight. I had one packet left, so I brewed it up and the tea was as I had remembered it. I was surprised at how...
Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: China60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 31st, 2015
A very bold, strong-flavored Jasmine that is easy to oversteep.Read Full Review
Thank you to RosaMoon for this one, picked up in a shop in Louisville, KY.
Dry leaf is quite aromatic, and unusually dark in color...looks almost as dark as black tea.
Aromatic but not overwhelming. The base tea's character comes through and it r...
Style: Keemun – Region: Anhui, China80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 18th, 2015
Served at Notting Hill coffee shop in Lewes, DE.Read Full Review
Very aromatic loose leaf, slightly smoky, typical for a Keemun of good quality.
Brews a rich, mellow cup with a rounded character and strong warming quality. Probably not the best tea for a hot summer day like today, but I was in the mood for it and it was excellen...
Style: Jasmine Pearls – Region: Fujian, China67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Apr. 29th, 2015
A decent Jasmine tea, which I think is on the expensive side.Read Full Review
Dry leaf has a very intense aroma, with a strongly floral jasmine scent, and also strongly fruity, with a minty note.
The Meaning of Tea recommended a heaping teaspoon, but I sensed that this tea would be strong for my tastes, so I went easy, using a t...
Style: Golden Monkey – Region: Yunnan, China37 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 1/5
Mar. 23rd, 2015
This was the worst example of Golden Monkey that I've tried, and the worst example of any golden Chinese black tea. I thought it quite awful and I poured it out without drinking much of it.Read Full Review
The dry leaf is beautiful, and has a very intense aroma of cooked fruit, like raspberry jam. The leaf has a slight dusty qual...
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