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Reviews of Teas & Herbal Teas from China
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Style: Miscellaneous Blend – Region: China67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5 Overall: 7/10
Oct. 16th, 2015
Overpriced, but quite tasty. I'm enjoying this more than I do many flavored white teas. I can detect the tea without a problem, in contrast to the previous reviewers who felt the fruitiness to be overpowering. It held up to a second steeping well, though dust collected at the bottom of the cup.Read Full Review
Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: China80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 8/10
Aug. 17th, 2015
Pretty good! I got this at a Starbucks and had them add sugar and cream (well, half and half). It worked really well together and provided a nice caffeine jolt. If let steep too long it develops not so much a bitterness as a sharpness, so I'd keep it to only a couple of minutes. The second cup was also solid, though a...Read Full Review
Style: Green Tea – Region: Hubei, China70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 7/10
Jul. 14th, 2015
Not bad, but a bit astringent (almost bitter) to my taste. It has a refreshing quality, too. This tea reminds me a lot of the teas I drank while living in Japan (though it's a Chinese tea).Read Full Review
Certainly worth giving a try. I always like the quality of Rishi teas.
Style: Green Tea – Region: China80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 8/10
Jul. 1st, 2015
A nice green tea! It has a quality that is both vegetable and not-quite-baked. I'm not entirely sure how to describe this. It tastes similar to teas that I had while in Japan, and which I enjoyed very much there. It seems to have cause a slight tickle in my throat the way that some green teas can. I still need to figur...Read Full Review
Style: Fruit Green Tea – Region: China37 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5 Overall: 3/10
Jun. 12th, 2015
Meh. To me, the orange flavor wasn't enough to compete with the bitter tea. I'm not particularly into in orange alone as a flavoring, anyway. I saw fannings at the bottom which I suspect were increasing the bitterness over time. Adding honey helped, but overall this tea simply isn't worth the price.Read Full Review
Style: Flavored Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 10/10
Jun. 2nd, 2015
Ooooh, now this I like! This is my favorite flavored pu-erh by a lot. The tea is present, but not fishy. The fruity and nutty flavours blend perfectly with the chocolate bits, creating a complex and pleasing aroma and flavor. There is no bitterness, even after 5 minutes at boiling. Wonderful tea!Read Full Review
I also tried this t...
Style: Fruit White Tea – Region: Fujian, China80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 8/10
May. 31st, 2015
The aroma of the dry leaf is wonderful if intensely floral and fruity are what you like. Love it.Read Full Review
The white tea comes out much more stongly in the taste than in the scent. For my palate, the flavors blend pretty well -- though I'd be fine with even more blueberry flavor. Leaving the tea on a warmer improves it and d...
Style: Fruit Green Tea – Region: China70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 7/10
Apr. 25th, 2015
I taste the apricot much more strongly than the green tea, though the green tea does give it body. It could use a little something (like coconut) to add sweetness and complexity, but it's very good. The aroma of apricot is strong and delicious. Read Full Review
Style: Green Tea – Region: China47 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 5/10
Apr. 9th, 2015
Meh. Generic fanning green tea. Not too bad if you include honey, but it can still go bitter. If you have nothing else it's not the worst, but I wouldn't buy it again.Read Full Review
Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: China50 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 5/10
Apr. 8th, 2015
The scent and flavor of jasmine is strong, and if you add honey that definitely improves this tea. However, as it cools it goes bitter (even with the bag taken out), and without the honey it's very meh. Not an impressive tea, but probably not the worst jasmine green tea in a bag. Worth trying if jasmine is something yo...Read Full Review
Style: Dragon Well Tea – Region: China87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 8/10
Mar. 7th, 2015
After trying it again, I'm redoing my original review of this tea.Read Full Review
This is a very nice Dragon Well. Excellent price for the quality and, so long as you don't let it oversteep, it makes several excellent cups.
This tea infuses quite slowly and tends to look pale. The taste is there, though. Waiting for some steam ...
Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: China73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 7/10
Feb. 10th, 2015
Not a bad tea. Not bitter at all. The strongest aroma and flavor by far is the honey, which is strong but doesn't come off as fake. I think I catch a hint of the ginseng, but it's hard to detect. The green tea provides more body than flavor. Read Full Review
Since the tea is in fannings (as are all the Republic of Tea bags), it def...
Style: Dragon Well Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China60 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5 Overall: 6/10
Nov. 23rd, 2014
Not a bad tea, but not as impressive as other Dragonwells I've had, actually. It went bitter too easily (and the infusion was still pretty weak) and it wasn't grassy enough for my taste. Worth trying, but not quite as good as I was hoping.Read Full Review
Style: Golden Monkey – Region: Fujian, China57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5 Overall: 6/10
Nov. 23rd, 2014
Raisin-like, with a slight bitterness in the aftertaste. Not bad, but not something I'd buy for myself. Tried a free sample at the store.Read Full Review
Style: Pu-erh Tea – Region: Yunnan, China77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 8/10
Nov. 11th, 2014
I actually liked this one a bit more than the version with cardamom. It has that distinctive fish cake aroma, but not to an overwhelming degree or in an unpleasant way. I could really see enjoying this with a tasty Japanese meal, or at least with a dish of seafood.Read Full Review
I wasn't sure I'd like this one, but its simplicity...
Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Yunnan, China57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 6/10
Nov. 1st, 2014
Pleasant for a black tea, not bitter, and seems to be of good quality, but it tastes pretty ordinary to me. Black tea isn't my favorite, but I like trying them to see what I'll find. I added milk and this improved it a bit. I don't have anything negative to say about this tea, but it isn't really for me.Read Full Review
Style: White Peony Tea – Region: Fujian, China53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5 Overall: 6/10
Oct. 1st, 2014
As a pure white tea, this wasn't bad, but it wasn't a flavor to get me excited. It didn't taste bitter to me, which was a plus, but overall it was fairly nondescript. (Or maybe I'm missing nuances because I need to internalize the language of tea better?)Read Full Review
I'm not sure what else to say about it. I'm sure people who p...
Style: Guricha – Region: China67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5 Overall: 7/10
Sep. 30th, 2014
I actually found this tea to be refreshing and clean. It's simple, but not in a way that's bitter or at all unpleasant. I brewed it a short time at 175 °F and was pleasantly surprised by how very drinkable it is. The aroma is very light and the infusion is a pale green. Its a bit plain by itself, so I recommend drinki...Read Full Review
Style: Jasmine Pearls – Region: Fuding, Fujian, China73 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 8/10
Sep. 24th, 2014
Though I'm not generally big on Jasmine green teas, this one was obviously high quality. The floral aspects were heady, but pretty well balanced. I brewed the tea a little too long for the first cup, resulting in it having a slight bitterness characteristic of some Jasmine green teas. My second cup successfully avoided...Read Full Review
Style: Dragon Well Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China83 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 9/10
Sep. 14th, 2014
I really enjoyed this fresh, smooth tea. Interestingly, I found it quite easy to brew at work, where the hot, filtered water is at a set temperature. I'm still playing around with preparing it at home. Regardless, it has proven a solid, calming cup whether alone or with food.Read Full Review
Update: After trying this at home and at...
Style: Fruit Green Tea – Region: Fujian, China90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 9/10
Sep. 11th, 2014
Very fresh, fruity tea! The jasmine is muted and well blended with the tea and peach flavors. The peach is at the ideal strength--neither hidden nor overwhelming, and tasting natural rather than fake. I brewed it longer than I was expecting to because the tea seemed to be diffusing very slowly. This may have been becau...Read Full Review
Style: Dragon Well Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 8/10
Sep. 10th, 2014
I could definitely taste a little chestnut and a little grassiness in the flavor and was delighted by the leaves. Shortly after I first brewed this, I noticed a light astringency or bitterness in the aftertaste. As I drank, this finish became smoother and more muted. The same thing happened with the second cup. I belie...Read Full Review
Style: Green Tea – Region: Jiangxi, China97 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 10/10
Sep. 7th, 2014
Extremely satisfying tea! I really like this one. The dry leaf had a wonderful, unique aroma that made me very excited to try the tea. Once brewed, it has a light herbal/spicy flavor that I find extremely pleasing and that is well balanced with the tea flavor. It's a comforting drink that I could imagine myself drinkin...Read Full Review
Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: Fujian, China87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 9/10
Sep. 3rd, 2014
Excellent jasmine pearl! Very smooth. I tend to get tired of jasmine teas where the jasmine dominates too much, so I was happy that this one was well balanced. The tea I had was in a sachet rather than loose, but the sachet was very airy and was very full of tea. When I've had loose pearls like this before, I've used o...Read Full Review
Style: English Breakfast – Region: Anhui, China67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 7/10
Aug. 30th, 2014
Tried this one while on the go using a travel tea mug. I'll have to give it a proper tasting later, at home, but so far I'm pleasantly surprised! More subdued than most black teas, and not bitter at all (though I also made a point to steep it briefly).Read Full Review
Update: Okay, I got to try this again at work. It's definitely a...
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