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Justin Walters

(8 reviews)
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Prince of Wales from Twinings

Style: Black Tea – Region: China

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 11th, 2017

This tea is rather light. This tea is steeped for only 3 minuites and you can definetly taste it. I really enjoy the soft texture of this tea. It doesn't knock your socks off like Scottish or Irish tea but definetly gets the job done. A nice warm cup of Prince of wales tea warms the heart and rejuvenates the soul! A gr...

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Irish Breakfast from Twinings

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: ?????

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 11th, 2017

This tea is rather robust. It's not bitter per say, but definetly can use some milk or cream to top it all off. With out milk, this tea is rather rough and strong. Overall though, this tea is very well crafted and goes well with a blanket on a cold rainy day. Being rather caffeinated, I usually have this tea on days wh...

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English Breakfast from Twinings

Style: English Breakfast – Region: ?????

95 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 11th, 2017

This tea is exceptional! English breakfast tea is by far my favorite tea by twining and by far my favorite tea in general! This tea goes very well with milk and creates a soft, silky and satisfying texture. This tea is not to robust nor light, it's just right. If you really want to make this tea even better, use half a...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(79 reviews)
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Tulsi Turmeric Ginger from Organic India

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: India

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 11th, 2017

Well, I do live in Oklahomi, so I doggone should try a tea called Tulsi. :-) Since I had to add this tea to the list, I'll assume it was a fairly recent addition to Organic India's product line, thereby hitching the brand to the turmeric-tea faddy wagon.

I probably should have tried a basic Tulsi tea first to le...

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Teuvo

(19 reviews)
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Thé Marocain from Simon Lévelt

Style: Green Tea with Mint – Region: ?????

60 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 10th, 2017

A blend of gunpowder tea and dried mint. It tastes the same as the mint tea I made before this, using gunpowder tea and mint. It's easier because the ingredients are already together, but I don't consider that an advantage. I loved all the steps of making mint tea before.

No matter. This seems to contain a lot of mi...

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Alex Zorach

(1310 reviews)
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Green Tea (Loose) from Golden Sail Brand

Style: Green Tea – Region: China

48 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 1/5
Jun. 9th, 2017

I wouldn't buy this again. I purchased it at the Newark, Delaware Farmer's market out of curiosity. Usually I've had better experiences with teas there, like discovering the remarkably inexpensive and high-quality Tradition brand. This was a disappointment though.

Dry leaf looks dusty silvery-green, looks a lot l...

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Teuvo

(19 reviews)
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Original English Loose Tea from Pickwick Tea

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

7 / 100 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 9th, 2017

I know I don't like English blend tea, but this tea was very cheap (regular price €1.40 for 100 g, and it was on a 35% discount) and I figured that since it's loose tea I'll have more control, and it might end up tasting decent.

Wrong.
It tastes and smells like any other cheap English blend from flat teabags: sou...

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Bi Luo Chun from AhaTee

Style: Bi Luo Chun – Region: China

40 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Jun. 9th, 2017

This tea was quite expensive and it doesn't smell all that good. Especially the used leaves smell pretty bad. I still haven't figured out how to make this, but I use relatively little leaf and don't steep it for long. The result tastes all right, though. The colour of the infusion isn't very bright, a slightly dirty ye...

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Earl Grey Spezial from Het Gouden Randje

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Sri Lanka / Ceylon

70 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 9th, 2017

This is the standard Earl Grey carried by Het Gouden Randje, but it's unusually citrus-y. I mentioned once that this tea is different from other Earl Greys I'm used to and the owner of the shop told me that other customers had said similar things.

So, it tastes and smells really citrus-y, almost like it's flavoured ...

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Alex Zorach

(1310 reviews)
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Okayti White from Harney and Sons

Style: Darjeeling White Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

88 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 8th, 2017

I liked this one a lot, much more than typical for white teas.

I normally don't like tippy white teas, but I was super impressed by what may be this same exact same tea, or at least a similar one, sold by Golden Tips Tea. Unfortunately, this tea is no longer in stock at either company! It is worth waiting for this...

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Teuvo

(19 reviews)
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Gunpowder from Tanay

Style: Gunpowder Green Tea – Region: Sri Lanka / Ceylon

50 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 8th, 2017

I always like to have a cheap gunpowder tea which I can drink as much as I like without worries. I buy 250 g or 500 g boxes from a Turkish shop, and they are incredibly cheap (this 250 g box was probably €2.25 or something). However, the brands change now and then.

This one was also incredibly cheap, but I don't l...

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China Sweet Osmanthus from Het Gouden Randje

Style: Osmanthus Tea – Region: Guangxi, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 8th, 2017

I asked the owner of Het Gouden Randje to recommend me a Chinese green tea, and she served me this. I don't usually go for flavoured teas, but this one was so good that I bought 50 grams of it. I can't actually remember the price (of course it doesn't help that I bought three other kinds of tea at the same time, as wel...

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Pin Ho Jade from De Theefabriek

Style: Green Tea – Region: Vietnam

85 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 7th, 2017

Since I fell in love with Nam Lanh OP from the same brand but I currently prefer green teas, I decided to try this one as it's also from Vietnam.
And I was in luck! It tastes like a green version of the Nam Lanh black tea. It smells the same and, best of all, it's got the same "smoldering" flavour, but just a little l...

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Young Hyson from De Theefabriek

Style: Young Hyson – Region: China

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 7th, 2017

It smells nice enough, but not that special. It tastes great, though. A very strong flavour. If I use too little leaf, it doesn't really have that intensity that I love about this, but if I use too much it easily gets too bitter.
It's a great everyday green tea, but I don't worry too much about running out. I like thi...

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Ruhuna Orange Pekoe from Simon Lévelt

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

65 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 7th, 2017

The dry tea leaves smell like dried plums. The tea tastes very sweet and maybe kind of spicy. If you don't use too much leaf it doesn't easily get bitter either. It's relatively cheap for a loose-leaf tea, as well. It's pretty nice as an everyday black tea, but the way it smells is the best thing about it.

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Yen Bai Groen from Simon Lévelt

Style: Green Tea – Region: Vietnam

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 6th, 2017

Other Vietnamese teas I've had have been fantastic, so I decided to give this a try.
It's good enough, it's got a little bit of what I love so much about Nam Lanh OP and Pin Ho Jade from De Theefabriek, the flavour I can best describe as "smoldering", especially if you use a generous amount of leaf. It's fine for two ...

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Nam Lanh OP from De Theefabriek

Style: Black Tea – Region: Vietnam

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 6th, 2017

I love this tea. It caught my eye because I'd never had Vietnamese tea before. It turned out to taste amazing. The price is quite decent, too.
I use half a teaspoonful of leaves per cup. It's a bit smokey, but not the way smoked teas are, a little sweet, a little spicy. The best word I can come up with to describe it ...

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Alex Zorach

(1310 reviews)
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Irish Breakfast from Octavia Tea

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: ?????

78 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Jun. 3rd, 2017

An okay Irish Breakfast but overpriced, on the weak side, and I think not quite at the level of Octavia's other teas. Served in Velvet Sky Cafe in Jenkintown, I love this place and miss it so much!

The leaf is not super aromatic, but the brewed cup smells pleasant and strong. Richly malty aroma, with some earthy n...

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Anji Baicha from Harney and Sons

Style: Anji Bai Cha – Region: Zhejiang, China

86 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 31st, 2017

I have read about Anji Baicha for years now, and this is the first time I've ever tried it. I've been very curious about it, especially since I've read that it's among the teas highest in L-theanine, but is prepared rather differently from Gyokuro, the tea I've tried that is also highest in theanine. It didn't quite ...

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Old Tree Shui Hsian from Harney and Sons

Style: Shui Hsien Oolong – Region: China

71 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
May. 28th, 2017

The dry leaf has an interesting shape, loosely curly, less long and wiry than most Wuyi oolong. It's intensely aromatic, smelling like roast and fruit; the fruitiness is quite astounding, it's maybe a little like dried peaches or apricots.

The brewed cup is very roasty, with notes of wood and hints of coffee. It's...

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Brytta Sóþword

(289 reviews)
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Hawaiian Paradise from Music City Tea

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

88 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
May. 27th, 2017

I really love a good fruity hibiscus tea. This one does not disappoint. If doing many infusions of small cups in the Chinese style, it makes many good cups. It also makes an excellent cup of normal size. However, after that, the second cup is very weak. This is the only element bringing down the score for me. Overall, ...

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Alex Zorach

(1310 reviews)
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Serenity from Heavenly Tea Leaves

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
May. 27th, 2017

I thought this was an expertly-executed blend, perhaps not aptly named, however. This was the last of four samples my roommate let me try from a sampler pack she got from Heavenly Tea Leaves. It was a nice note to end on!

The smell of the dry leaf is busy, and reminds me a lot of Bigelow's sweet dreams herbal tea,...

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Pearl Gunpowder from The Tao of Tea

Style: Gunpowder Green Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

66 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 27th, 2017

This was a simple, coolish, fresh green tea with a hint of smoke in the aroma. Gunpowder isn't my favorite style of green tea, but I do enjoy it from time to time.

The dry leaf of this smells mild but pleasant and fresh, dusty with a hint of smoke, some cool herbal notes a little like celery. After steeping I see ...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(79 reviews)
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Peppermint White Tea from Imperial Organic

Style: Flavored White Tea – Region: ?????

59 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
May. 27th, 2017

First of all, please note that you get only 18 bags per box instead of the customary 20. In other words, you will be shortchanged two bags per box from the start, for a price comparable to (if not higher than) other name-brand organic teas on the store shelf.
This practice detracts decidedly from my "value" rating....

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Alex Zorach

(1310 reviews)
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Tropical White Tea from Heavenly Tea Leaves

Style: Flavored White Tea – Region: Blend

38 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
May. 26th, 2017

Yet another tea from a sampler that my roommate let me try! I was not a fan.

The leaf looks pretty, but doesn't smell great to me. There's an unpleasant smell, reminiscent of those artificial cheese curl snacks that I absolutely hate. Underneath that, the other smells are light and pleasant, floral and meloney, a...

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