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D. Gray

(15 reviews)
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Zhu Xiang Ji brand Yu Lei dark tea from ESGREEN

Style: Dark Tea – Region: Hunan, China

98 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 21st, 2017

This is really amazing tea, but it's safe to say that it's nothing like any other tea I've had before.

First off, the texture is very different. I've encountered pu-erh cakes, raw and ripe, which run the gamut from relatively moist to dry. But, this was much more moist than any pu-erh I've ever had. Yet, at the same...

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Nightlife 2017 from white2tea

Style: Moonlight White – Region: ?????

75 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 20th, 2017

It's my impression that this is very heavily caffeinated. I know that there's this mistaken impression that white teas contain almost no caffeine, but this just isn't true. Not only is there an article with citations here on RateTea which says that isn't true, there is an article on the Oregon State University site, wh...

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Ted W

(2 reviews)
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Zen Filterbags from Tazo Tea

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

60 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 20th, 2017

This tea tends to be light on flavor, but for that, it is good. It is caffeinated but, even in that, this tea is relatively mild. I would not recommend adding anything to this tea as it will be easily overpowered. But, if you're looking for something with a nice flavor and nice aroma, and just overall pleasant, this...

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Chocolate Mint from Harney and Sons

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: ?????

70 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 20th, 2017

I would tend to agree with the other reviews I've seen with regards to the flavor, but only because the aroma is so strong that I think the expectations for the taste are elevated. This is a great example of a tea whose smell is far greater than the flavor. That being said, the flavor is good, just not great. Furthe...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(83 reviews)
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Raspberry Zinger® Herbal Tea from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: ?????

59 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 20th, 2017

Raspberry Zinger and Black Cherry Berry have the same ingredients list, but for the flavoring (obviously), and an absence of hawthorn in this offering. Yet it doesn't taste much like a simple swap of modular components. I could pull raspberry more out of the aroma and aftertaste than the direct flavor itself. Cherry...

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Special Blend from S&D Coffee & Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

34 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 20th, 2017

Here's another hotel/motel-offered tea that one may be tempted to try for breakfast when staying at lodging, and/or buy online through S&D's rather limited retail section. I've found that the quality of hybrid food-service/limited-retail teas, in general, varies wildly from very good to certifiably wretched. Okay, it...

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D. Gray

(15 reviews)
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Scottish Breakfast Leaf Tea from Taylors of Harrogate

Style: Scottish Breakfast – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 20th, 2017

The aroma of this was unique. It was much smoother than other black teas I've tried (including English and Irish Breakfast teas). The flavor was pretty good, though it really seems to want for milk, cream, or non-dairy milk, as it seemed to be missing something to drink it alone. There was only a bit of bitterness and ...

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Plowboy

(4 reviews)
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Original (Black Tea) from Red Rose Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

50 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 19th, 2017

I've been drinking this tea since seemingly forever. Always preferred it to Lipton. Now that I'm a tea snob maybe I'll try the loose leaf version.

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Green Tea - Classic from Bigelow Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

45 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 19th, 2017

This is a tea I've been drinking after coming home from work. It's OK. Seems to have a very dark color, close to black tea. Not much flavor so I always put a spoonful of honey in this.

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Assam from Mark T. Wendell

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 19th, 2017

This is the second tea I ordered from MTW. It is not a CTC product. The aroma on opening the tin is earthy and quite pleasant. I brewed it this morning, according to the website directions, for 5 minutes. It came out a beautiful red with an aroma like, well, tea. The taste is a big improvement over the big brand teas I...

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Hu-Kwa Tea from Mark T. Wendell

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 19th, 2017

Full disclosure: I'm not really qualified to review teas, but...
I switched from coffee to tea a while back. I graduated to loose leaf not long ago. The only loose tea I could find was Twinings English Breakfast, which I enjoyed. Cruising the internet looking for a new teapot I came across Mark T. Wendell, which was a...

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D. Gray

(15 reviews)
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Ya Shi Xiang Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Dancong Oolong – Region: Guangdong, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 17th, 2017

The dry leaves look brown and have a lightly roasted scent with notes of sweetness and flowers. This is a bit deceptive because after rinsing, the leaves are a very deep green and don't appear so roasted anymore.

The tea has roasted notes, sweet and floral notes which are reminiscent of gardenia but are sweeter and ...

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Huo Shan Huang Ya Yellow Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Huangya – Region: Anhui, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 17th, 2017

I could taste the quality in this tea. It had an even, rounded, smooth flavor. It was sweet and consistent with notes of sweet corn and sweet peas. It had a richness to it as well. I tasted no bitterness and I don't recall much of any astringency, even after brewing it several times. I enjoyed it, but these flavors are...

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Premium Tai Ping Hou Kui Green Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Taiping Hou Kui – Region: Anhui, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 17th, 2017

I was very surprised by the flavor of this tea. It reminds me of yellow tea in that it has a sweet flavor like corn and sweet peas. But, at the same time, it also has citrus notes — mostly lime, but some traces of lemon. I found it very refreshing. There was no bitterness and little to no astringency, even after seve...

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Heather J.

(1 review)
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Keemun Full Leaf Tea from Foojoy

Style: Keemun – Region: Anhui, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 16th, 2017

For such a cheap tea it's really good, it's very aromatic and flavorful. It's very interesting and has a lot of character. The smell is kind of a weird burnt smokey smell which I actually really enjoy, and the taste is consistent with that smell. The taste is very smokey and warm and thick so it's a very comforting tea...

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D. Gray

(15 reviews)
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Taiwan Jin Xuan Milk Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Milky Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

78 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 16th, 2017

To me, this tasted a lot like the FooJoy Tung Ting oolong, but with notes of milk, cream, and at times, almost a custard, that came and went. The floral notes were very similar, like gardenia. I did enjoy those milky notes, but they didn't stick around long. They were present for the first steeping, but were largely in...

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Fengqing Da Xue Shan (Big Snow Mountain) Raw Pu-erh Cake Tea 2016 from TeaVivre

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

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 16th, 2017

I like this one, but I admit, at this point (July 2017), it is still a bit rough around the edges.

This tea is made with leaves from two different towns and I could taste this when drinking it. It was both sweet and bitter, astringent and mouth-watering. There was this very present duality in it, throughout the enti...

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JGS1122

(53 reviews)
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English Breakfast from Mark T. Wendell

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 16th, 2017

Has a full, rich aroma. Good amber color. Nice, rich flavor. All the flavor of a full leaf with the convenience of a tea bag. I take this along to my favor breakfast place, I enjoy this more than the Lipton the restaurant serves.

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D. Gray

(15 reviews)
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Furyu: Awa Bancha from Yunomi

Style: Bancha – Region: Tokushima, Japan

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 13th, 2017

This is a very curious tea. It is not aged or fermented in the typical manner in which teas are aged or fermented. Instead, the leaves are pickled. (Yes, you read that right.) You can actually smell this right away when opening a package of the tea leaves. They smell a lot like stuffed grape leaves, and the scent is in...

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Teuvo

(31 reviews)
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Mao Feng from De Theefabriek

Style: Mao Feng Green Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

66 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 12th, 2017

I might still have to work out some things with brewing this tea, because this second attempt tastes very different from the first.

It has a strong vegetal aroma and very little sweetness. It reminds me a little bit of Young Hyson right now which seems strange. After all, this tea is supposed to be mild whereas Youn...

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D. Gray

(15 reviews)
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Green Tea (Ato-bi process) from ITO EN

Style: Green Tea – Region: Japan

95 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 11th, 2017

This is some truly delicious green tea. It took me a while to brew it just right. But, with 80C water, with 3/4 tsp of leaves, brewing for 2 minutes 30 seconds, in a 4 oz gaiwan, increasing the time by 30 seconds each brewing, it was delicious. The scent is creamy, sweet, and vegetal. It's not as sweet as gyokuro (shad...

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Teuvo

(31 reviews)
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Golden Lapsang Souchong from Simon Lévelt

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: China

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 11th, 2017

This is the reason I've never really tasted "smokiness" (supposedly present in gunpowder and young hyson) in teas that aren't actually smoked. Lapsang souchong was the first loose-leaf tea I ever drank - in fact, curiosity about this smoked tea I'd heard about is what drove me to try loose-leaf tea. (This is not that f...

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Choui Fong from De Theefabriek

Style: Green Tea – Region: Thailand

64 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 10th, 2017

The leaves are extremely large and irregular, so much so that they don't even fit in my regular strainer.
Fun fact that I just learned: All images of teas on De Theefabriek's product pages are in exactly the same scale, and are 5 x 5 cm squares in real life. This helps give a sense of the size of the leaves.

The te...

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D. Gray

(15 reviews)
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Sencha (Sen-cha), Loose-leaf from Yamamotoyama

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

75 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 10th, 2017

This is one of my go-to green teas for daily drinking. It has a vegetal flavor with some greener, sweeter hints, but really isn't as sweet as fukamushi (green tea with a longer steaming period) or gyokuro (green tea that's shaded before harvesting). But, I like how unobtrusive it is. It's easy to drink this as a drink ...

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Teuvo

(31 reviews)
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Four Seasons from De Theefabriek

Style: Four Seasons Oolong – Region: Vietnam

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 10th, 2017

I wanted to try this tea because De Theefabriek's other Vietnamese teas have been absolutely amazing.

The dry tea doesn't have a very strong aroma, but it's very sweet and almost reminds of of some candy mix.
Both the aroma and the flavour of the tea remind me of Het Gouden Randje's Formosa Jade Oolong. I'm still s...

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