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Black Fairy from Music City Tea

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

93 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 9/10
Jan. 25th, 2017

In my latest black tea frenzy, I decided to give this one a try since it seems pretty unique.
It is apparently a black (more fully oxidized) version of the Water Fairy oolong, which interested me.
I've seen that various companies offer black tea versions of oolongs such as Tie Guan Yin and even Alishan tea.
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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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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.

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High Mountain Taiwan Alishan from Music City Tea

Style: High Mountain Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 8/10
Dec. 24th, 2016

One of the 3 or 4 high mountain Taiwan oolongs that Music City offers. The company pretty much uses the same description for each of them, so I think a little more detail would be nice.
I usually get my green oolongs from Upton, but am always on the lookout for light oolongs from other companies so gave this one a ...

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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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Gui Fei Oolong from Music City Tea

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

97 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 9/10
Dec. 22nd, 2016

I am still fairly new to oolongs. Wow there is such variety, hard to pronounce names, entire worlds of flavor and aroma...I doubt I could explore them all in one lifetime :)

I had never heard of Gui Fei oolong. There doesn't seem to be a lot of information about this oolong, unless it's perhaps known by other name...

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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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TT57: Formosa Amber Oolong Select from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Amber Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

93 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 9/10
Dec. 11th, 2016

At first I didn't like this tea. The aroma was delicious honey, but I found the bitter earthiness in the flavor a bit off putting.

However, I tried it again the next day and used a smaller amount of tea...about 5 grams brewed in a 4 ounce gaiwan. I got 7 infusions.
This time the honey came out more in the flav...

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TJ34: Organic KuKi Cha Green Kamakura from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Kukicha – Region: Japan

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 7/10
Nov. 23rd, 2016

I just received a package of this Kukicha today, and immediately decided to give it a go.

Lately I've been brewing in a pseudo-gong fu style...using a lidded tasting set as my gaiwan (actually works quite well). But I recently ordered a couple of gaiwans that should be here soon.
Steeped 2 teaspoons in 4 ounces o...

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White Tea - Ceylon Silver Tips from Dilmah

Style: White Tea – Region: Sri Lanka / Ceylon

83 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 8/10
Nov. 18th, 2016

Wow, the aroma of this white tea is amazing. Like a combination of herbs and fruit...or fruity herbs :)
The pyramid sachets contain whole long buds, and the aroma before steeping is almost as good as the fully brewed cup.

The flavor is the best of any white tea I've tried...though I haven't tried that many due to ...

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Houjicha Tea from Mood & Mind

Style: Hojicha – Region: ?????

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 8/10
Nov. 18th, 2016

I love the quality of the wellness products available at Mood & Mind.
So a while back when I found that they offered a few teas, I immediately ordered their Houjicha.

I was not disappointed. Roasted leaves and twigs smell subtle but also rich.
Brews up a nice brown color with flavors that remind me of Autumn. ...

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Sencha Green Tea from Dilmah

Style: Sencha – Region: ?????

63 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 7/10
Aug. 29th, 2015

I actually like this one. Extremely mild and brews up rather pale...but the flavor is perfect for a Sri Lankan interpretation of Sencha.
I do not know the region/province this one was grown in, but unless stated otherwise on their packaging...Dilmah packages only Ceylon (ie the country/origin of Sri Lanka) teas.
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Green Tea from Twinings

Style: Sencha – Region: ?????

37 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5 Overall: 4/10
Aug. 27th, 2015

This green tea is somewhat interesting in both good and bad ways. The flavor reminds me of a Sencha, sort of...but considerably more "dirty" and "fishy" and "harshly herbal" than the better varieties of that style. Astringency reminds me of certain black teas when even slightly over steeped.

When I do drink it (...

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Gunpowder Green Tea - Temple of Heaven from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Gunpowder Green Tea – Region: ?????

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 8/10
Aug. 26th, 2015

This has been my go-to, everyday green tea for a while now. Not as good as others I've tried, but I always keep it on hand since it is readily available at the local grocery store.

On the box it is mentioned that this tea is sourced from a fair trade garden in China, so it does appear to be a genuine Chinese gunp...

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Green Tea - Classic from Bigelow Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

40 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 4/10
Aug. 26th, 2015

As many others have said, it's not really a bad green tea. It's just so mediocre in every respect.
If I only had this tea and no other, I would certainly drink it though...it is tea after all :)

I steeped it for 2 1/2 minutes.

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Nilagama Single Estate from Dilmah

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Sri Lanka / Ceylon

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 8/10
Aug. 26th, 2015

This was my first venture into "low elevation" Ceylon tea.
Produces a deep ruby liquor, with a very rounded and balanced flavor with light but noticeable "cocoa" in the aroma and taste. Not even remotely bitter. Balanced is a good word for this strong (caffeine-wise) single estate black tea.

Over steeping (4 ...

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