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Mythical Green from teakruthi

Style: Green Tea – Region: Uva, Sri Lanka

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 8/10
Feb. 22nd, 2017

I like this tea. :-) Its flavor reminds me of green teas I had while living in Japan. The tea doesn't go bitter too easily, and it does a great job infusing multiple times. I've gotten four decent cups out of a teaspoon worth of dry leaf. This is no doubt partly due to their being curled. The leaves expand quite a bit.

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Ceylon Ivory from teakruthi

Style: White Tea – Region: Matara, Sri Lanka

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 9/10
Feb. 12th, 2017

This is one of the best pure white teas I've tried. It's flavor is pleasant and smooth and it resteeps very well. However, to get the best flavor, make just enough for one cup at a time. I have a kettle that can keep tea warm up to an hour. As with so many white teas, it's best not to use this feature in this case. Reh...

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Divine Highlands from teakruthi

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 8/10
Feb. 4th, 2017

I agree with Alex that it has flavors reminiscent of a Darjeeling -- a smooth black tea with slightly raisin-like notes. It would make a very interesting basis for sweet tea (brewed strong with plenty of sugar, then chilled with ice) as made in the southeastern U.S. I found that brewing the tea a bit strong didn't hurt...

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Rainforest Indulgence from teakruthi

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Matara, Sri Lanka

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 9/10
Jan. 29th, 2017

This tea is strong but smooth -- a nice choice for a breakfast cup. The caffeine gives a boost without a buzz. I tried this tea plain first. The flavor is robust and pleasant, with an accent similar to malt. The leaves have been cut very small and fairly round, enabling a quick infusion.

I also tried it with honey a...

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Silver Rain White Tea Full Leaf from Republic of Tea

Style: Silver Needle – Region: China

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 6/10
Jan. 29th, 2017

I think I let this steep a little too long, or perhaps the barista used too hot of water, because there was a light almost-bitterness to this tea for me. It's not bad, but I have a hard time finding white teas that I really like. Also, I think I felt a slight tickle or ache at the back of my throat in response to this ...

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Southern Malt from teakruthi

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Matara, Sri Lanka

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 8/10
Jan. 27th, 2017

I enjoyed this smooth, versatile tea. Malt is in both the aroma and the flavor and works well with the black tea flavor. There is no bitterness and it's pleasant for multiple cups. I tried it on its own, with honey, and with a warmed mixture of honey and milk. It works well to warm them in the microwave for 45 seconds ...

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White Peony (Pai Mu Tan) from Adagio Teas

Style: White Peony Tea – Region: Fujian, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 8/10
Jan. 23rd, 2017

This tea exhibits a pure, delicate flavor -- essentially what every white tea is described as by the company that sells it. It has no bitterness and a smooth flavor. When in the mood for a straightforward, pure tea that isn't grassy, this is a nice choice.

To prepare this tea, I used the Chinese method I was shown a...

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Hoji-cha, Roasted Green Tea (Loose) from Yamamotoyama

Style: Hojicha – Region: Japan

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 9/10
Mar. 24th, 2016

This was surprisingly good. The flavor had a nice soothing aroma and taste in a "ah, this is the kind of food adults like" sort of way. It strikes me as a particularly good tea for certain brisk days.

The fact that I like it and that I got a decent size bag of loose leaf for about two and a half dollars makes it one...

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Jade Cloud (aka Green Jade) from Rishi Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: Hubei, China

70 / 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).

Certainly worth giving a try. I always like the quality of Rishi teas.

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Emperor's Clouds and Mist Green Tea from Teavana

Style: Green Tea – Region: China

80 / 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...

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Darjeeling from Two Leaves Tea

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 2/5 Overall: 8/10
Jun. 9th, 2015

In my opinion, among the best offerings by Two Leaves Tea. This is a very well done Darjeeling. A bit pricy for bagged tea, but worth it when you're in the mood to splurge. It doesn't need a long steep, either. Mmmmmm. It's really hitting the spot tonight.

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Pure Green Tea (Original) from Ahmad Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: China

47 / 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.

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Organic Pure Green Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

57 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 6/10
Mar. 27th, 2015

Surprisingly, I found this one acceptably enjoyable. The tea was nothing dazzling, but it wasn't bitter (after steeping briefly) and I got two cups out of it. The second cup was weaker, but still decent. The fannings infuse quickly, so you don't need to keep the bag in for long. I found this in the cupboard of a friend...

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Bao Zhong Oolong Tea from Rishi Tea

Style: Pouchong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 9/10
Mar. 18th, 2015

Very soothing tea. This reminds me a lot of a tea I've tried before, but I honestly can't figure out which one. It tastes, perhaps, similar to a good milky oolong, even though that's a different kind?

Silky and slightly floral, no bitterness--a great tea for sipping while relaxing. I'll update the value rating afte...

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Oolong Tea (16 ct.) from Yamamotoyama

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: ?????

47 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 4/10
Mar. 8th, 2015

I remember drinking tea like this in Japan. It was never my favorite, unfortunately, but this didn't seem to be a bad sample of it. It has a sort of baked-like flavor that can be very hit or miss with me. Adding honey helped.

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Organic Dragon Well (Long Jing) from Bare Tea

Style: Dragon Well Tea – Region: China

87 / 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.

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 ...

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Matcha Green Tea from Green Foods

Style: Matcha – Region: Japan

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 6/10
Jan. 1st, 2015

Not a bad matcha. I used a little milk and think this would be even better with all milk instead out water. I like this kind of drink creamy. Also felt it needed some sweetness, so I added honey. This set of flavors blended very well. I'm looking forward to trying this tea a number of different ways.

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Premium Blend Tea from Bigelow Tea

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

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 6/10
Dec. 15th, 2014

Tastes halfway between a Darjeeling and a typical black tea. I didn't like it the first time I tried it, but this time it's quite smooth. Don't oversteep it to avoid bittterness. Slightly raisin-like.

Whole bag of fannings diffuses immediately.

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Decaf Earl Grey from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

43 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 4/10
Dec. 14th, 2014

Not bitter or otherwise bad, but not really for me. A pretty subdued Earl Grey with a light bergamot and a fairly nondescript black tea base. Preferred mine with a bit of milk. Would drink if it was the only thing available, but much better exists.

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Organic Darjeeling (Makaibari Estate) from Bare Tea

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 7/10
Dec. 11th, 2014

Quite a nice Darjeeling. It isn't as complex or raisin-like as some others, but it certainly fits in with the better-than-most-black-teas-by-a-lot crowd. Like other Darjeelings, it strikes me as a better version of Southern tea than actual Southern teas. For me, this makes an excellent everyday drinking tea. Not only i...

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Matcha Cafe Blend (Sweetened) from Bare Tea

Style: Matcha – Region: Japan

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 7/10
Dec. 11th, 2014

I loved matcha in Japan, but I really need more practice brewing it. This matcha tastes of good quality and has a proper level of sweetness (not overdone). I like it, but I need to try it more to determine how best I like it. I do know that mixing in a little milk first to make a paste before adding the hot water makes...

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Breakfast Blend (Morning Rise) from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 6/10
Dec. 3rd, 2014

I haven't tried a lot of breakfast blends and black tea isn't my favorite, so I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this one. It has a raisin-like flavor that is satisfying without being overwhelming. I drank my cup with milk and felt that it needed this. I suspect that milk and a bit of lemon juice would help it even ...

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Sencha Jade Reserve™ Green Tea from Teavana

Style: Sencha – Region: ?????

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5 Overall: 7/10
Nov. 28th, 2014

For the second time since I began recording here, I found a green tea that tastes good but that causes a tickle/tension in my throat. I won't be getting this one again, but if you've never had an (allergic?) reaction like this, then it's a good sencha to try.

The color is brightly green, and there is a surprisingly ...

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Dragonwell Green Tea from Teavana

Style: Dragon Well Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

60 / 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.

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Golden Monkey Black Tea from Teavana

Style: Golden Monkey – Region: Fujian, China

57 / 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.

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