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Gray

(39 reviews)

Shin-cha Super Premium (Tokujo-can) (2020) from Maeda-en

Style: Shincha – Region: Japan

75 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
May. 29th, 2020

I was surprised, but also not, about this super premium shincha. You see, I know my tastes and I know that I've loved some "cheap" teas because even though they were inexpensive, they were great teas. I've also had some disappointing experiences with really expensive teas. So, I purchased this with that knowledge somew...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(265 reviews)
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English Tea No. 1 (teabags) from Ahmad Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

71 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 18th, 2020

My wife loved this tea when trying a sampler, and ordered a bunch of it. It has become her daily go-to tea for most of this year. To see what all the fuss was about, I finally decided to raid her cache thereof, and try some.

On the very first one of the cups I've had so far, the inner seam of the bag split open whi...

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Sleepytime Throat Tamer™ Wellness Tea from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: ?????

79 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
May. 16th, 2020

Strangely, I found this much more aromatic, flavorful and overall pleasant to drink than the seemingly similar "just" Sleepytime. That's probably because it has more stuff that is flavorful and aromatic on the ingredients list.

The common components between the two blends are chamomile, spearmint and lemongrass, ...

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Gray

(39 reviews)
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GOLD GENMAI-CHA Brown Rice Tea from Maeda-en

Style: Genmaicha – Region: Japan

50 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
May. 14th, 2020

I really wasn't impressed with this. I was hopeful because the reviews I found elsewhere were good. But, this tea lacks taste and body. There's nothing to it. I even contacted Maeda-en because I thought there might be an issue with the product. It's not what I've come to expect from their brand. Their teas are usually ...

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Sen-cha Fukamushi Green Tea Select from Maeda-en

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

95 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
May. 13th, 2020

This is a great, fresh fukamushi-cha. I really enjoyed it. I actually got three cups out of 2tsp of leaves, rather than just two cups (the typical amount for this kind of tea). It's very full-bodied, has the typical cloudiness and rich flavor of fukamushi (which is extra steamed).

I went with a lower temperature bec...

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JGS1122

(75 reviews)

China Golden Monkey Black Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: China

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
May. 13th, 2020

Mild flowery aroma. The liquor has a nice amber color. Vert smooth flavor with a subtle honey after taste.

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Gray

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Shin-cha Select Gold (Hachijyu-Hachiya) (2020) from Maeda-en

Style: Shincha – Region: ?????

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 12th, 2020

This is, easily, the most striking tea that I've ever had in my life -- and I've had hundreds.

First of all, the scent was lightly fruity at the same time that it exhibited notes similar to the umami gyokuro green tea. The color was the most rich green I'd ever seen. I think the description had said that it leans to...

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Soba-cha Buckwheat Tea from Maeda-en

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

70 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
May. 11th, 2020

I used to love roasted barley tea, but I've since become gluten-free, and barley contains gluten, so I can no longer drink it. I decided to tack this onto an order from Maeda-en because I was hoping that it would be a good substitute.

Now, to give you some perspective on where my review is coming from, I think buckw...

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Difflugia

(147 reviews)
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English Breakfast Lemon from Twinings

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

48 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
May. 11th, 2020

Dry or steeping, this tea smells of lemon candy.

The tea is pretty one-dimensional. The flavor is lemony with a slightly astringent, smoky finish. The spent teabags have a curious pink tinge to them. I'm guessing that it might be something like hibiscus for tartness, though none is specifically listed in the ingredi...

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Mr Bamsen

(65 reviews)
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Alsblandingen (Nr. 6400) from Carstensens Tehandel

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

65 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 9th, 2020

Cup at home, made from leaves of black tea mixed with tiny pieces of orange peel, cornflower and what looks like some other fruit - small white caramelised pieces. Pours hazy copper brown (against white china), with sediment (I used a sieve, not a filter). Clear aroma of fruit and black tea, with touches of caramel and...

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Anis Te (Nr. 31) from Wohlenberg

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 9th, 2020

Half-litre pot at home, made from fine, small black and dark brown leaves of Ceylon and Chinese black tea and tiny pieces of liquorice root - the blend emits a powerful scent of aniseed and liquorice. Pours slightly hazy robust copper brown (against white china) with no sediment. Intense aroma of aniseed and liquorice,...

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Marani ® (No. 953) from TeaGschwendner

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Blend

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 9th, 2020

Half-litre pot at home, made from leaves of green tea and the blossom of rose, sunflower, and cornflower. Pours clear straw (against white china) with no sediment. Clear aroma of Sencha leaves, with very mild touches of sunflower and rose blossom. Ditto flavour, with hints of cornflower. Slightly astringent palate with...

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Rooibos Mango (Nr. 809) from Carstensens Tehandel

Style: Fruit Rooibos – Region: ?????

60 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
May. 9th, 2020

Half-litre pot at home, made from fine rooibos leaves and tiny pieces of dried mango and sunflower blossom. Pours nearly clear copper brown (against white china) with no sediment. Intense aroma of rooibos leaves, with touches of sunflower and faint hints of mango. Bitterish flavour of rooibos, with notes of sunflower a...

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Miss Mango (Nr. 937) from Carstensens Tehandel

Style: Unknown – Region: ?????

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 9th, 2020

Half-litre pot a home, made from a mixture of dried pieces of mango, peach, strawberries, raspberries, orange (some pieces as large as a quarter of a slice) and probably some other fruit, too (this is a new tea, and a description is not available on the tea company's website yet), but no tea leaves. Pours clear peach y...

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Rooibush Bær Te (Nr. 137) from Wohlenberg

Style: Fruit Rooibos – Region: ?????

72 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 9th, 2020

Half-litre pot at home, made from fine rooibos leaves, dried elderberries and tiny pieces of almond and cinnamon. Pours nearly clear copper brown (against white china) with no sediment. Intense aroma of almonds and elderberries, with notes of rooibos and touches of cinnamon. Sweetish flavour of elderberries and almond,...

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Pitta (No. 1298) from TeaGschwendner

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: Blend

66 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
May. 9th, 2020

Half-litre pot at home, made from a mixture of lemongrass, dried mint and raspberry leaves, cardamom, rose and mallow blossom, and tiny pieces of liquorice root - a purely herbal Ayurvedic wellness concoction with not a touch of tea leaves in it. Pours nearly clear olive green (against white china) with no sediment. Cl...

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Lady Grey from Twinings

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
May. 9th, 2020

Cup at home, made from a teabag. Pours nearly clear orangeish copper brown with negligible sediment. Clear aroma of Earl Grey tea, with mild touches of orange. Mild, bitter flavour of black tea, with some round touches of orange and dry hints of lemon. Midly astringent palate of black tea with smooth touches of orange ...

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Gray

(39 reviews)
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Genmai-Cha (Loose-leaf) from Yamamotoyama

Style: Genmaicha – Region: Japan

78 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
May. 7th, 2020

I really like this genmaicha. Aside from tea in Asian restaurants, this is the only genmaicha that I've ever tasted. The kind that I have (I'm not sure if they've changed the recipe or not) has sorghum in addition to rice. It has a great, nutty, roasted flavor. There isn't much caffeine to it. I'm amazed that this tea ...

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Australian Sencha from The Tea Centre

Style: Sencha – Region: Australia

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 4th, 2020

I know this might sound like a strange criticism, but I think that the worst thing about this tea is that it's been labeled "sencha." I say this because the profile of this tea in terms of taste and scent doesn't match the ideal for a sencha. But, it has a very good, very unique profile, in my opinion. The disappointme...

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Trailesque

(81 reviews)

Somerset Estate BOP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Sri Lanka / Ceylon

50 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 4/5
May. 4th, 2020

An unspectacular but good enough Ceylon tea. The aroma has a hint of freshly baked muffins to it. A 3 minute steep (which is what the directions called for) results in a bland but perfectly drinkable beverage.

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Difflugia

(147 reviews)
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Assam Tea Bags from Taylors of Harrogate

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

68 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 4th, 2020

The dry tea has almost no odor at all. The teabag smells slightly woody, which could either be from the tea or the paper. The tea looks to be CTC pellets that were ground up further. I wonder if the "Pure Assam" that this tea seems to have replaced was orthodox tea and that's the difference.

This tea smells tannic a...

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English Breakfast Tea Bags from Taylors of Harrogate

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

72 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 4th, 2020

Each bag contains 2.5g of what looks like ground up CTC pellets. There's very little scent from the dry tea. It smells faintly woody, like a new newspaper.

This tea brews up dark. Before I've finished pouring the water, the tea is already darker than most black teas end up. By the time brewing's done, it's a deep br...

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Ceylon Orange Pekoe from Twinings

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Matale, Sri Lanka (Dimbula)

64 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
May. 1st, 2020

Dry, this tea smells vaguely of cocoa and molasses. It's understated, but pleasant. While brewing, the aroma is of light brown sugar, but not heavy. The cocoa from earlier is still there, but less pronounced than I expected based on the initial aroma and experience with other Sri Lankan teas. There's a faint note of ra...

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Trailesque

(81 reviews)
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Earl Grey Blue Flower from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Blue Flower Earl Grey – Region: Blend

85 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 30th, 2020

I was blown away by this when I first tried it, but a little less so now. Btw it has a slight name and number change: it is now Blue Flower Earl Grey, NT16. The use of flowers and flavoring adds a unique and refreshing twist to the Earl Grey model. The base tea is fairly light, and I think they have reduced the inte...

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Chun Mee (Moon Palace) from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Chun Mee – Region: China

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 24th, 2020

This has a pleasant, grassy aroma that comes thru clearly. The dominant flavor is herbal bitterness, but it does not become overbearing when brewed according to the directions. The price could not be better for an organic product. This is a good choice for an everyday green tea.

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