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Alex Zorach

(1317 reviews)
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Passionfruit Tulsi Tea from Organic India

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 10th, 2010

Aroma blends the familiar clove and basil characteristics of Tulsi with a rich tropical fruitiness from the passionfruit (not overdone, thankfully)...but there's also a surprising herbal quality, suggestive of Thyme or Oregano. Pretty good for something in a teabag; reasonably priced relative to quality.

Still, con...

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Linda Martin

(50 reviews)
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TJ41: Organic Ho-ji Cha Kamakura from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Hojicha – Region: Japan

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 9th, 2010

It has a pleasant taste and is not overly caffeinated.

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Alex Zorach

(1317 reviews)
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ZO15: 'Wu Yi' Water Fairy Oolong from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Shui Hsien Oolong – Region: Fujian, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 9th, 2010

While I'm not normally a fan of "fake" teas, I'm eager to try ones that are honestly presented as imitating styles originating in other regions.

Aroma is very toasty, more like roasted Yerba Mate than other roasted teas. Nutty and earthy, with a sweet aftertaste that lingers. There is actually a lot of complexity ...

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2005 Jing Mai Autumnal from The Tao of Tea

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

89 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 8th, 2010

(Lot # Bing-Autumn10612-01)

This is my favorite shu/shou (ripened) Pu-erh of all time.

I did not enjoy this tea at first but it has since grown on me after drinking about a third of the cake. I found this tea to improve considerably as it has continued to age. Interestingly, I find it tastes more like aged shen...

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ZW54: Pai Mu Tan Imperial from Upton Tea Imports

Style: White Peony Tea – Region: China

47 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Apr. 6th, 2010

A darker white tea. This doesn't even resemble ZW56, Upton's other organic Pai Mu Tan offering. Much darker; if you just gave it to me I'd probably guess incorrectly that it was a Shou Mei.

Aroma is mostly of autumn leaves, with only a hint of peony and a faint suggestion of some other vegetal tones. Also, unusua...

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London Cuppa Loose Tea from The London Cuppa

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 5th, 2010

Very finely broken black tea--no semblance of whole leaf left in the mix. Aroma is mostly malty with a hint of rice-like tones. Fairly tannic even if brewed weakly.

The instructions on the tin said 3-4 minutes; 4 minutes yields a very strong cup, which some people may like, but I preferred 2 or less.

Overall ch...

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China Jasmine Green Tea from Foojoy

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: China

57 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 3rd, 2010

Weak Jasmine aroma, even relative to other teabag Jasmine teas. Flavor is sweet, gentle, with almost no bitterness and with only a hint of sourness. Aroma is honeylike, like a pouchong, but weak and not terribly interesting.

This tea scalds very easily if brewed with water that is too hot. Be sure to use water we...

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English Breakfast from Darvilles of Windsor

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 3rd, 2010

This is a very strong black tea. While I tend to prefer slightly more mellow black teas, this tea is among one of the better teas of such strength that I've tried. Unusually malty for an English breakfast, and the malt is rich and fulfilling. Almost more like an Irish breakfast. Strongly bitter and strongly astring...

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English Breakfast from Hampstead Tea

Style: English Breakfast – Region: India

63 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 2nd, 2010

Aroma is rice-like, and very slightly malty, with a slight hint of smokiness, and somewhat fruity. Most of these qualities are very subtle. It's hard to say whether the aroma is balanced or muddled...it somehow straddles these two possibilities. I am not crazy about how the different aspects of the aroma blend toget...

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Oasis from Tea Forte

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Blend

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 2/5
Apr. 1st, 2010

Fairly bitter; almost tastes like it contains lemongrass but it's not listed on the ingredient list. Not floral, in spite of the flowers--the marigold imparts a warm but somewhat heavy quality. Citrusy, but in a slightly harsh, citronella-like way rather than a fruity way. Pleasantly astringent.

More than a bit m...

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get relaxed - No.14 from Republic of Tea

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: Blend

67 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 1st, 2010

I found this herbal tea to be very pleasant to drink; the aroma is complex...there's a noticeable lavender presence but it doesn't overwhelm the other ingredients, which mostly impart a rich, earthy quality. I can't really notice the rooibos distinctly though, even though it's listed as the first ingredient. Aroma-wi...

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Linda Martin

(50 reviews)
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get relaxed - No.14 from Republic of Tea

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: Blend

77 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 31st, 2010

This is a very relaxing tea. It really helps calm you down if you are stressed.

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Alex Zorach

(1317 reviews)
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ZM44: Osmanthus Oolong Se Chung from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Osmanthus Tea – Region: China

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 29th, 2010

I love this tea. Se Chung is absolutely my favorite style of oolong, and my favorite Se Chung is Upton's ZO10, so I was eagerly anticipating this one, and I was pleased to find a rich, complex tea that added a completely new element to the mix. I can't say whether I prefer this or the unscented tea more. They're ver...

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Orange Mint Tulsi Tea from Organic India

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 26th, 2010

This tea is interesting in that it tastes very similar to "orange spice" teas, but it doesn't contain any spices; I suspect the tulsi is contributing the tones of cinnamon and clove. The spearmint adds a slightly different twist.

Full-bodied and with a smooth flavor.

I'm not sure how I feel about the presence of...

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Decaf Lotus Blossom Green (Lotus) from Tazo Tea

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: ?????

50 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 25th, 2010

Brews a dark golden-orange, dark for a green tea. Aroma is flat and subdued; there's not even a hint of floral quality. Surprisingly full-bodied, however, for a decaffeinated tea. More flavorful than aromatic.

Not what I expected; I was expecting something light and floral, but this is a heavier tea, disappointin...

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Anne

(34 reviews)
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Tea of Inquiry from Republic of Tea

Style: Genmaicha – Region: ?????

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 25th, 2010

I've always found green tea to be a little astringent but I love the way the nutty/charred flavor of the toasted rice cuts through the earthiness of the green tea. There's a faint taste of burning matches, a little iron, grass. Good stuff.

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Rob S

(5 reviews)
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Berry Black™ - Raspberry Darjeeling Black Tea from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 25th, 2010

Certainly one of the better bagged teas I've tried and one I really enjoyed.

The fruit taste can get a little strong if the tea is steeped more than about 4 minutes, i've found that 3-4 minutes with hotter water is just about perfect.

Nice aroma, and well balanced, the fruit does not overpower the darjeeling fl...

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Bi Lo Chun Reserve from Teas Etc

Style: Bi Luo Chun – Region: China

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 25th, 2010

This quickly became one of my favorite teas.

This tea has a very delicate yet distinct flavor, milder than a dragonwell, but somewhat similar.

The delicateness of this tea make it a perfect afternoon or evening sip and I find they inspire relaxation.

One of the more unusual looking leaves when dry, simil...

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Passion Filterbag from Tazo Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

37 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 25th, 2010

This tea smells great and look really great in the cup, but drinking it is a form of torture to me.

It has a very distinct fruity flavor that I find too strong, even when steeped for very short periods of time.

I would try this one with caution, and start by steeping it for a very short time to avoid it becom...

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China Green Tips Full Leaf from Tazo Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 25th, 2010

While not a fan of the bagged teas in general, this one is not too bad. What makes it even better is that now Starbucks has converted their tea inventory into whole leaf varieties of the same tea.

The whole leaf version of this tea is pretty good, and since there is a starbucks on every corner, it's a good choice w...

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Anne

(34 reviews)
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Ginger Peach from Republic of Tea

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

77 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 25th, 2010

I usually hate fruit teas, and to be honest, I'm not too fond of the fruitiness in this. Somehow, though, the peach and ginger flavors balance each other nicely, and the assertive base of black tea still comes through. I associate this tea with afternoons, the kind when you need a jolt. Also smells great.

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Honey Vanilla Chamomile from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Chamomile Blend – Region: ?????

87 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 25th, 2010

I do like this tea. The aroma is fabulous: honey, vanilla bean, the grassiness of the chamomile. The taste isn't far behind. Plus it isn't too pricey, so it makes a good stanby evening tea. Much less bland than chamomile alone.

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Alex Zorach

(1317 reviews)
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White Ambrosia from Tea Forte

Style: Flavored White Tea – Region: Blend

40 / 100 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 2/5
Mar. 25th, 2010

This tea brews a fairly dark amber color. Aroma is mostly of coconut. I don't like the aroma...it's more like that of a coconut lotion or soap than tea. I can't notice much tea in the aroma...the tea is more present in the finish/aftertaste though.

Although I find the aroma very unpleasant, I must say I like the ...

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TC87: Greenfield Estate BOP1 from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Uva, Sri Lanka

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 25th, 2010

A solid, if somewhat generic black tea that is dark and full-bodied but tends on the mellow side of flavor.

The aroma is typical for a Ceylon black tea, and has only mild nuances of dried fruit and nut (like Upton suggests). I'm not really feeling the "citrus notes" but I do notice a sweet aftertaste. There's much...

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Green Tea Super Antioxidant from Yogi Tea

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

27 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Mar. 25th, 2010

Aroma is dominantly a sort of strange, light, earthy smell. There's some tea presence in the aroma but it's weak, generic, and takes a back burner. The tea is smooth...not much bitterness, but overall, not much flavor, even when brewed in a rather small cup for 3 or more minutes.

While I usually respect Yogi's app...

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