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Member since Jan. 15th, 2014. Reviewed 275 teas.
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Style: Hojicha – Region: Japan90 / 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.Read Full Review
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...
Style: Green Tea – Region: Hubei, China70 / 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).Read Full Review
Certainly worth giving a try. I always like the quality of Rishi teas.
Style: Green Tea – Region: China80 / 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...Read Full Review
Style: Green Tea – Region: China47 / 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.Read Full Review
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...Read Full Review
Style: Dragon Well Tea – Region: China87 / 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.Read Full Review
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 ...
Style: Matcha – Region: Japan70 / 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. Read Full Review
Style: Matcha – Region: Japan70 / 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...Read Full Review
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.Read Full Review
The color is brightly green, and there is a surprisingly ...
Style: Dragon Well Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China60 / 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.Read Full Review
Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????43 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 4/10
Nov. 10th, 2014
Unfortunately, the first disappointing tea I've had from Numi. It tastes generic and bland. I haven't tried many decaffeinated teas so I don't know how this compares, but I'm quite unimpressed. Meh.Read Full Review
Style: Guricha – Region: China67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5 Overall: 7/10
Sep. 30th, 2014
I actually found this tea to be refreshing and clean. It's simple, but not in a way that's bitter or at all unpleasant. I brewed it a short time at 175 °F and was pleasantly surprised by how very drinkable it is. The aroma is very light and the infusion is a pale green. Its a bit plain by itself, so I recommend drinki...Read Full Review
Style: Sencha – Region: Japan57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 5/10
Sep. 30th, 2014
I found this at $5.75 for a 7 ounce bag, making it some of the cheapest loose leaf tea I've ever found. Excellent value!Read Full Review
That said, unfortunately, the tea goes bitter far too easily. The leaves are cut very small, allowing it to diffuse quickly. At the bottom of my cup are dark green fannings that couldn't be strain...
Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 6/10
Sep. 22nd, 2014
Given that this is an extremely affordable green tea, I really wish I liked it more. I really enjoy matcha, but this mixture with regular green tea is a bit bitter. It's best to keep it to a short steeping and then add cream and sugar. Though I will point out that the second and third cup actually had fewer problems th...Read Full Review
Style: Dragon Well Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China83 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 9/10
Sep. 14th, 2014
I really enjoyed this fresh, smooth tea. Interestingly, I found it quite easy to brew at work, where the hot, filtered water is at a set temperature. I'm still playing around with preparing it at home. Regardless, it has proven a solid, calming cup whether alone or with food.Read Full Review
Update: After trying this at home and at...
Style: Dragon Well Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 8/10
Sep. 10th, 2014
I could definitely taste a little chestnut and a little grassiness in the flavor and was delighted by the leaves. Shortly after I first brewed this, I noticed a light astringency or bitterness in the aftertaste. As I drank, this finish became smoother and more muted. The same thing happened with the second cup. I belie...Read Full Review
Style: Green Tea – Region: Jiangxi, China97 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 10/10
Sep. 7th, 2014
Extremely satisfying tea! I really like this one. The dry leaf had a wonderful, unique aroma that made me very excited to try the tea. Once brewed, it has a light herbal/spicy flavor that I find extremely pleasing and that is well balanced with the tea flavor. It's a comforting drink that I could imagine myself drinkin...Read Full Review
Style: Guricha – Region: Saga, Japan87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 9/10
Sep. 4th, 2014
Very good tea. It has a slightly nutty, very vegetal scent and taste, which I love. The dry aroma is pungent and pleasant in the same way as the brewed tea. It tastes somewhere between a gyokuro and China Green Tips, by Tazo (if I'm remembering those flavors accurately). It hasn't caused me any throat irritation the wa...Read Full Review
Style: Sencha – Region: Kumamoto, Japan83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 8/10
Aug. 22nd, 2014
Very solid, smooth tea! The vegetal scent and flavor reminded me of tea in Japan, and I appreciated the bright green tint of the water. I've enjoyed a few cups of it already, but want to brew it again tomorrow, then give a fuller review once I've really had time to sit down and enjoy it.Read Full Review
Update: A nice sitting down,...
Style: Sencha – Region: Japan87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 9/10
Aug. 9th, 2014
Excellent sencha! This tastes exactly like the tea I had while living in Japan. Pleasantly grassy, smoothly savory with a light sweetness. Goes great with food too. Simply great tea. Highly recommended!Read Full Review
Each bag has quite a lot of tea in it, so I definitely recommend both a relatively short steep time and repeated i...
Style: Dragon Well Tea – Region: China57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 6/10
Aug. 7th, 2014
Not a bad tea, but not as tasty or interesting as the other dragonwell tea I've tried (by Foojoy). After a short time sitting, it brews up to a similar dark yellow/ginger color. There is a light smokiness and sometimes seems to be a hint of bitterness, but said bitterness isn't off putting. You can make a second cup, b...Read Full Review
Style: Gyokuro – Region: Japan87 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 10/10
Aug. 3rd, 2014
This is only the second gyokuro tea I've tried. Its flavor is exactly the way I remember Teavana's, making both of these excellent--but Arbor's far less expensive. So glad I was able to try this one!Read Full Review
The flavor is complex, balanced, and delicious. It naturally tastes a bit sweet so that adding any sweetener would be...
Style: Dragon Well Tea – Region: China70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 8/10
Jul. 28th, 2014
This is the first dragon well tea I've tried and, based on my experience, I really must try more. There is an undertone of baked flavor, but I like it and think it compliments the tea well. It adds complexity without becoming dominant.Read Full Review
I brewed this at 175 °F for 3 minutes. Interestingly, the appearance changed not...
Style: Green Tea – Region: Brazil53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 5/10
Jul. 26th, 2014
I would agree with others that it's a little grassy and bitter. It's drinkable, but not a favorite. It has a slightly baked aroma that isn't for me. It reminds me a little of teas make with rice. Inside the bag the pieces are very small, like dust.Read Full Review
Style: Gunpowder Green Tea – Region: China83 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 9/10
Jun. 18th, 2014
The scent is very muted, but once you take a sip the flavor is pleasant and of good strength. It's definitely got a vegetal, almost savory feel to it, yet it isn't bitter at all. I like the taste and think it would pair it well with meals. It's quite good on its own, too. I haven't tried too many Chinese teas, but gunp...Read Full Review
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