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Style: White Peony Tea – Region: Fujian, China53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 5/10
May. 29th, 2015
The aroma of the fluffy leaves is pretty mild, you really need to sniff hard to detect much of an aroma, but when you do there are notes of cucumbers, melons, and a hint of paper and sage.Read Full Review
The taste is, well, you know, it is ok. Nothing to jump up and down about, it starts off with mild notes of cucumber and celery,...
Style: Black Tea – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 9/10
May. 15th, 2015
The aroma of the delicately curling buds is super rich, with notes of malt, and different layers of woodiness. There are hints of sweet pine sap, cedar, and a pinch of sandalwood, it is very aromatic, not as sweet as some Jin Jun Meis I have experienced, but still pretty intense. The finishing note is a whiff of molas...Read Full Review
Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: ?????67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5 Overall: 7/10
May. 13th, 2015
The aroma is pretty potent, a blend of spiciness and earthiness, warming spice notes from the ginger and fennel and lots of root-like earthiness from the roots.Read Full Review
Brace yourself people, this is a potent pile of herbs! It starts out with a potent warming kick of ginger and sweet note of fennel. This moves right along i...
Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 7/10
May. 10th, 2015
According to my notes (and my nose, since I just took a refresher sniff) this tea is a sweet citrus and eucalyptus explosion! Very sweet and refreshing notes of different citrus notes (lemon, orange, and grapefruit reign supreme) and a very cleansing note of eucalyptus. It opens the nose and lungs and allows for sneak...Read Full Review
Style: Raw / Green / Sheng Pu-erh – Region: Shuangjiang, Yunnan, China67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 7/10
May. 9th, 2015
The aroma of the rather rough and green leaves is very sharp, like wet hay and, well, fermented tea leaves, it has that distinct fermentation smell that you get off of things that have started to become great friends with the microbes that are now hanging out with them. Mix in faint notes of honey, green beans, spinach...Read Full Review
Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Yunnan, China100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 10/10
May. 8th, 2015
I am such a sucker for roasted and grainy smelling/tasting things, so this is going to be right up my alley. The aroma is is like a big bowl of cereal without the milk, like sweet roasted grain, baking bread, and honey. In fact, it honestly reminds me of Honey Nut Cheerios, a grain heavy aroma, but with a distinct hone...Read Full Review
Style: Yellow Tea – Region: Hunan, China83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 8/10
May. 8th, 2015
The aroma is mild and sweet, with notes of dried cherry and peonies (aha, so that is where the name comes from!) with a very delicate note of nasturtium and raisins, vaguely reminding me of a Darjeeling.Read Full Review
Ok, I have to say it, HOLY MOLY FLOWERS! Hehe, the taste is super flowery, with a blend of peony and honeysuckle...
Style: Darjeeling White Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India97 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 9/10
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 ...Read Full Review
Style: Da Hong Pao – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 9/10
May. 5th, 2015
This tea smells really good, in fact I will go out on a limb and say this is the sweetest Da Hong Pao I have ever sniffed! There are strong notes of rich cocoa, hovering between dark and milk chocolate, toss in the notes of baking biscuits, moderate notes of slightly fruity pipe tobacco and autumn leaves, and finish of...Read Full Review
Style: Mao Jian Green Tea – Region: Xinyang, Henan, China80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 8/10
Apr. 30th, 2015
The aroma is delightfully savory, mixing notes of sundried tomato. tomato leaves, spinach, and a bit of sauteed mushrooms. At the finish there was a tiny hint of cut grass and a surprising note of dulse.Read Full Review
The first steep keeps up the savory notes, blending sauteed mushrooms, some mild bok choy, a bit of edamame nutti...
Style: Dragon Well Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 8/10
Apr. 29th, 2015
The aroma of the little green swords is sweet, green, and nutty, just the way a good Dragon Well is supposed to smell! There are notes of sharp artichoke, fresh vegetation, sweet peony, toasted sesame seeds, a bit of green beans, and a hint of orchids. This one is surprisingly floral, but it is more like the nectar of ...Read Full Review
Style: Green Tea – Region: Jiangxi, China80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 8/10
Apr. 28th, 2015
The aroma of the tea (which is also known as Clouds and Mist Tea) is a blend of nutty and vegetal, it has a bit of spinach, some toasted sesame, a distinct yet mild roasted peanut note, a sharp note of artichoke, and a finish of raw asparagus. It smells super green, and very fresh, like a pile of vegetables right out o...Read Full Review
Style: Amber Oolong – Region: Nantou, Taiwan83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 9/10
Apr. 23rd, 2015
So, the aroma, well...it smells really good! I am getting notes of toasted peanuts, sesame seeds, pie crust...and is that marzipan? After sniffing a bit more, yep, that is definitely marzipan!Read Full Review
OMG, HOW!!! This tea taste exactly like peach cobbler with an oat crust and caramelized sugar, that is just uncanny! I kinda...
Style: Hojicha – Region: Shizuoka, Japan73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 7/10
Apr. 16th, 2015
The aroma of this tea is fairly mild, on the lightly toasted spectrum of Houjicha, blending a faint sweetness with autumn leaves and a touch of loam. Towards the finish there is a blend of nutty and toasted seaweed, giving it a savory, umami finish.Read Full Review
The taste starts a touch smoky and very umami, with strong toasted ...
Style: Green Tea – Region: Yunnan, China80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 8/10
Apr. 16th, 2015
So, this tea cracks me up, because on first examination, it smells like bacon! Ok, not really, but the blend of smokiness, leather, and sauteed mushrooms oddly reminds me of bacon, this tea is all about the savory, toss in some cooked spinach and a camphorous undertone and you have a green tea that has the essence of Y...Read Full Review
Style: Hojicha – Region: Japan90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 9/10
Apr. 14th, 2015
So, does it smell toasty? Yes, yes it does, it is like a campfire with notes of marshmallow, toasted bread, toasted corn, loam, and a slight umami note from the toasted rice. Yes, it is rather fascinating, the black rice is not as sweet as the rice you get in the usual genmaicha, it has a savory note more similar to B...Read Full Review
Style: Green Tea – Region: South Korea93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 9/10
Apr. 8th, 2015
The aroma is, omg it is so good, there are notes of toasted sesame, tahini, toasted corn, a touch of creaminess, a tiny bit of toasted nori, and lastly a bright green 'tea' note. See, here is where it gets hard, that last note, it smells like the very distilled essence of the idea of green tea!Read Full Review
Yes, that favorite sn...
Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: India70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 7/10
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.Read Full Review
The taste of this tea can be summed up i...
Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 9/10
Mar. 17th, 2015
The aroma of the tightly curled leaves is, as expected, delightfully pleasant, with notes of sweet honey and toasted sesame seeds, there are also notes of spicebush, chestnut, and a gentle orchid note. This is a lightly roasted oolong so it still has the floral notes along with the sweetness that roasting brings out, T...Read Full Review
Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Fujian, China100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 10/10
Mar. 15th, 2015
The aroma of the leaves is nothing short of decadent, it blends rich cocoa, roasted peanut, and a tiny dried cherry note with intense heady tangerine blossoms. Me being me, I have spent a lot of time sniffing citrus flowers, tangerine flowers are one of my favorite because they are so heady, blending citrus notes with ...Read Full Review
Style: Raw / Green / Sheng Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 8/10
Mar. 13th, 2015
The aroma of the dry leaves is pretty subtle, with notes of green bamboo leaves, freshly mown grass, cut hay, and a finish of camphor. I do love those camphor notes in tea, especially in the summer where it acts as a coolant.Read Full Review
The tea starts out a little bitter and then boom immediately sweet with a surprisingly smoo...
Style: Ripened (Shou) Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 8/10
Mar. 13th, 2015
This tea comes from the mountains of Menghai and sits right in the middle of tea grading (seventh grade has the biggest leaves and first is the smallest) this means it is right in the middle of sweetness and woodiness. So the aroma certainly can back that up, blending woodiness and earthiness with a touch of sweet. Thi...Read Full Review
Style: Raw / Green / Sheng Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 9/10
Mar. 13th, 2015
Its fairly faint aroma is a blend of sweetness and green, like fresh cut grass and honey, with a tiny hint of smoke. The faintness of the aroma did not worry me like it would with some teas, those crazy compressed to the point of being like a brick teas tend to have a faint aroma, at least the ones I have experienced.Read Full Review
Style: Green Tea – Region: Nilgiri, India70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 7/10
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.Read Full Review
The taste is unique, like a blend of a first flush Darje...
Style: Pouchong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa50 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5 Overall: 5/10
Mar. 8th, 2015
The aroma is intensely floral, hello notes of hyacinth, orchids, and a mellow finish of chestnuts. It is like flower nectar and mild, sweet, nuts, the aroma overall is fairly mild while also being heady.Read Full Review
First steep starts out pretty mild, and finishes pretty mild, it is a super mellow tea without much of a presence...
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