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White Peony (Pai Mu Tan) from Adagio Teas

Style: White Peony Tea – Region: Fujian, China

53 / 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.

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,...

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Jin Jun Mei from Teasenz

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

87 / 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...

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bingdao laozhai huangpian sheng ancient tea tree pu-erh 2014 from WymmTea

Style: Raw / Green / Sheng Pu-erh – Region: Shuangjiang, Yunnan, China

67 / 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...

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Yellow Mudan from Jasmine Pearl Tea Company

Style: Yellow Tea – Region: Hunan, China

83 / 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.

Ok, I have to say it, HOLY MOLY FLOWERS! Hehe, the taste is super flowery, with a blend of peony and honeysuckle...

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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 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 ...

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Red Robe Da Hong Pao from Teasenz

Style: Da Hong Pao – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

93 / 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...

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Xin Yang Mao Jian Green Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Mao Jian Green Tea – Region: Xinyang, Henan, China

80 / 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.

The first steep keeps up the savory notes, blending sauteed mushrooms, some mild bok choy, a bit of edamame nutti...

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Premium grade Dragon Well Green Tea (Long Jing) from TeaVivre

Style: Dragon Well Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

83 / 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 ...

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Lu Shan Yun Wu Green Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Green Tea – Region: Jiangxi, China

80 / 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...

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Taiwan Amber Oolong from What-Cha

Style: Amber Oolong – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

83 / 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!

OMG, HOW!!! This tea taste exactly like peach cobbler with an oat crust and caramelized sugar, that is just uncanny! I kinda...

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Houjicha Gold (roasted Bancha) from Den's Tea

Style: Hojicha – Region: Shizuoka, Japan

73 / 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.

The taste starts a touch smoky and very umami, with strong toasted ...

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Yunnan Graceful Purple 'Zi Juan' Purple Varietal Green Tea from What-Cha

Style: Green Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

80 / 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...

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Kuromaicha from M&K's Tea Company

Style: Hojicha – Region: Japan

90 / 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...

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Korea Dong Cheon Daejak 2013 Sparrow's Tongue 'Jakseol' Green Tea from What-Cha

Style: Green Tea – Region: South Korea

93 / 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!

Yes, that favorite sn...

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Dong Ding Oolong from Tea Ave

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

83 / 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...

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Mangnuo "Cane Tea" Raw Pu-erh From Ancient Tea Tree 2014 Early Spring from WymmTea

Style: Raw / Green / Sheng Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

73 / 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.

The tea starts out a little bitter and then boom immediately sweet with a surprisingly smoo...

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Menghai Shou (Cooked) Pu-erh In Third Grade 2008 from WymmTea

Style: Ripened (Shou) Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

80 / 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...

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laohuangpian sheng (raw) pu-erh from ancient tea tree 2014 spring from WymmTea

Style: Raw / Green / Sheng Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

80 / 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.
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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 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.

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

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Pouchong from Adagio Teas

Style: Pouchong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

50 / 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.

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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Guevera Shu from Life in Teacup

Style: Ripened (Shou) Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 8/10
Mar. 4th, 2015

So, how does this one smell, that is the important question! Pretty good actually, it is rich and earthy with the expected notes of loam (erring on the side of pine forest loam this time) clean soil, and some mineral notes as well. As a fun little surprise the finishing note is molasses, giving a bit of sweetness at t...

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Kenya Hand Rolled Purple Varietal Oolong Tea from What-Cha

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Kenya

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 7/10
Mar. 4th, 2015

The aroma of these dark twisty leaves is earthy and sweet, very sweet actually, blending notes of loam and mineral with plums, raisins, and honey. I will admit the earthy notes and sweet fruity notes mixing together are a little odd, though not unpleasant, my nose finds you intriguing oh great dark elf tea.

The fir...

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Malawi 2014 Leafy Dark Tea from What-Cha

Style: Ripened (Shou) Pu-erh – Region: Malawi

97 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 10/10
Feb. 25th, 2015

The aroma of this tea actually, no lies, made me cry a little, ok I like Sheng I really do, but my heart will always belong to Shou, and the reason why is because it smells like a forest floor after a summer rain, it has the smell of wet wood, mushrooms, loam, that delightful steamy aroma that a forest gets on a hot d...

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Anhui Emerald Seed from Adagio Teas

Style: Lu An Melon Seed – Region: Anhui, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 9/10
Feb. 20th, 2015

The aroma of the leaves is a delicate blend of green beans and sesame seeds with a touch of spicebush flowers and hyacinth. There is also a tiny hint of chestnut at the finish, the aroma notes are not the strongest, but they are pleasant in their delicateness.

The taste is refreshing, it starts with a blend of melo...

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Ceylon Golden Tips Black Tea from What-Cha

Style: Black Tea – Region: Sri Lanka / Ceylon

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 6/10
Feb. 12th, 2015

The aroma of the fuzzy leaves is iconically a Ceylon, it is brisk and bright, but it also has notes of oak wood, roasted peanuts, distant flowers, malt, and fruit. The fruit notes are muscatel and cherry, in fact, this tea reminds me of a three way dance between an Assam, Ceylon, and Darjeeling, how fascinating! The ar...

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