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Darjeeling First Flush 2014 Kanchan View White Tea from What-Cha

Style: Darjeeling White Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

97 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 6th, 2015

The aroma of the leaves is nothing short of bright and brisk! Like someone mixed up grapefruit peel, orange blossoms, wildflower honey, and lilies with a green broken vegetation undertone. It is really quite aromatic, and honestly kinda reminds me of my favorite soaps...not that this smells at all soapy, I just have a ...

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Rose Herb Green Tea from Golden Tips

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: India

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 7th, 2015

I can pick up notes of roses, grass, licorice, bay, tulsi, mysterious sharp spices, pepper, anise, fennel, so many layers and herbs! It is a plethora of plant and spice notes that manage to not be a cacophony or smell like a nasty medicinal brew, which is always a good sign.

The taste of this tea can be summed up i...

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Avaata Supreme Nilgiri Green Tea First Flush (Organic) from Golden Tips

Style: Green Tea – Region: Nilgiri, India

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 10th, 2015

The aroma of the rather large, pale, leaves is a bit light at first, but some good snuffling brings out the notes of fresh cut vegetation, baking bread, lima beans and green beans. This is another one of those teas that makes me hungry while sniffing it again.

The taste is unique, like a blend of a first flush Darje...

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Castleton Moonlight Darjeeling Black Tea First Flush from Golden Tips

Style: Darjeeling First Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 9th, 2015

The aroma of the dry leaves is, as expected, quite delicious to the nose, there is a strong muscatel presence, blending fresh juicy grapes and a hint of the more honey sweet raisins. Also fresh hay, a touch of peppery nasturtium leaves, and a bit of freshly crushed parsley at the finish giving the tea a neat herbaceous...

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Darjeeling 1st Flush 2014 Gopaldhara SFTGFOP1 Black Tea from What-Cha

Style: Darjeeling First Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 17th, 2014

So, the aroma of this tea is so light and so sweet, it just kinda lays on my nose like a silken scarf. It is a blend of muscatel (specifically very fresh scuppernongs and muscadines) honey, wildflowers, and a tiny touch of pepper at the finish. It reminds me of nasturtiums and growing things and the more milder aspects...

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Darjeeling 2nd Flush 2014 Jungpana AV2 Yellow Tea from What-Cha

Style: Yellow Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

97 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 10th, 2014

This tea's aroma is pleasantly transportive, not that I can really figure out where it takes my mind, but I can say it is somewhere deep in my memories and very comforting, it makes me wistful. Emotional impact aside, the notes are peppery, distant blooming flowers, sweet muscadines, and a tiny touch of sweet, warm hay...

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Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish Black Tea from 52 Teas

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: India

67 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 13th, 2014

The aroma is really sweet, it smells just like one of those vending machine danishes (I don't think I have ever had any other kind of danish actually) there is intense blueberry notes with a hint of cream cheese and a touch of yeastiness like pastry. Add a touch of malty tea and it reminds me of drinking tea and having...

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Citrus & Ginkgo Organic Green Tea from Good Life Tea

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: India

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 27th, 2014

The aroma of this tea is pretty potently citrus, lots and lots of lemon! Luckily it is not a fake lemon aroma, it smells much like I just stuck my nose inside a crate full of fresh lemons along with the aroma of crushed lemon leaves. There is just a tiny hint of herbal notes and a delicate note of vegetation.

The ta...

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Darjeeling Autumn Flush 2013 Jungpana Black Tea from What-Cha

Style: Darjeeling Autumnal Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 23rd, 2014

The aroma of the dry leaves is sweet and muscatel, it reminds me a little of white wine and scuppernongs, with a rich undertone of sweet potatoes and roasted peanuts. I think spending time in the South is having an effect on my nose, those are such Southern foods! Regardless of my nose's current influence, the smells i...

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Desi Masala Chai from Tea People

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Assam, India

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 5th, 2014

The aroma of the tea is expectantly spicy, deliciously so, I would go as far as mouth-wateringly so, but it is no secret that I go gaga for spices. The Assam is rich and malty with notes of molasses as well, it is quite sweet, also the spices are strong but well balanced. None of this cinnamon elbowing its way to the f...

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Organic Makaibari Darjeeling from Della Terra Teas

Style: Darjeeling Autumnal Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 29th, 2014

The aroma is sweet and muscatel, with a bit of a sharp leafy aroma, similar to that of grape leaves and oak wood. It is mild and pleasant, an enjoyable sniff that is reminiscent of nature and plants and a slight sweet finish of raisins.

The taste of this tea is deliciously mild and muscatel with notes of freshly mow...

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Just Pure Green from Just.Organic.Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: India

50 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
May. 24th, 2014

The aroma of this tea is very faint, the leaves have a slightly vegetal and leafy aroma and that is all. What little aroma there is in the leaves is certainly a classic green tea.

The taste of the tea is probably the most 'green' green tea I have ever had. That probably needs some explanation, when I say it tastes l...

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Just Awesome Assam from Just.Organic.Tea

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 17th, 2014

The aroma of the tea is malty and bright with a bit of a roasted peanut finish. It is a fairly mild Assam, but it is a nice aroma, even if I wish it was a bit stronger.

My cup of tea is brisk, malty, and nicely bright. Just the perfect pick-me-up for people, like me, who really need a boost in the morning. The more...

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Oothu Black Tea from Just.Organic.Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Tamil Nadu, India

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 9th, 2014

The aroma of the tea is quite sweet, blending notes of molasses and baking bread with a slight undertone of roasted peanuts. It is rich and warming, just what one expects from a black tea.

The taste is surprisingly sweet and creamy, it manages to be fairly smooth while also being brisk and a touch astringent. The ta...

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Assam from Two Leaves Tea

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 17th, 2013

The aroma is lovely, you can certainly tell it is an Assam from the first sniff! Rich and malty. I was however, surprised by the amount of dust in the tea wrapper and then in my tea, I have not run into that before with this company's Assam.

The taste is quite good! Malty, rich, subtly sweet, and not at all bitter....

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Mtn High Chai from Two Leaves Tea

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Assam, India

60 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 20th, 2013

The aroma of this tea is delightful! The smell is sweet and spicy, very rich with lots of clove.

Sadly the aroma and the taste did not match, I found the tea underwhelming. Still a nice clove taste but really that is it. I am sadly disappointed.

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Darjeeling (teabag) from Ahmad Tea

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

53 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 12th, 2013

The aroma is sweet, it is hard to describe it as anything other than that, it is sweet and very pleasant.

I am beginning to think I am not a fan of Darjeeling unless it is in a blend, because this is the second Darjeeling I have had and not been fond of.

The taste was tart, bitter and a little muddied. I am wil...

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