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Alex Zorach

(1310 reviews)
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ZH20: China Pu-Erh Leaf from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Pu-erh Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 20th, 2009

This is not my favorite loose-leaf ripened pu-erh. It's palatable and noticeably better than random ones I've sampled. The aroma is dusty, not terribly rich or complex. Pretty smooth flavor. Enjoyable. I prefer ZH26.

And of course, I really strongly prefer Sheng Pu-erh. I do not think Pu-erh is Upton's strong ...

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ZH65: Pu-erh Loose Jia Ji from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Pu-erh Tea – Region: China

47 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Oct. 20th, 2009

Perhas I'm not a "discerning pu-erh enthusiast" but I failed to appreciate this one any more than Upton's basic loose pu-erh, and it's about twice the price. The aroma is somehow lighter and less rich and earthy. It does have a clean aftertaste as described, but it's less intensely aromatic. I prefer ZH26 and althou...

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ZH26: Organic Pu-Erh from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Pu-erh Tea – Region: China

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 20th, 2009

I find this pu-erh to have a richer and warmer earthy aroma as compared to both ZH20 and ZH65. Very smooth but with some nice complexity. While you can make multiple infusions with this tea, later infusions lose some of the complexity...I usually make only one very long infusion.

In the end though? I don't really...

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MimiG

(46 reviews)
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Wild Berry Zinger® Herbal Tea from Celestial Seasonings

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

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 19th, 2009

Smells very fruity, almost like juice. Pretty yummy, but the taste is not very unique among Celestial Seasoning's other fruit teas, I think.

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Alex Zorach

(1310 reviews)
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English Teatime from Bigelow Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

53 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 18th, 2009

Aroma is mellow, warm, and keemun-like. But this tea is much more bitter and astringent than most keemuns--unpleasantly so. The bitterness sinks to the bottom of the cup, leaving an unpleasant surprise ending to a tea that starts out very smooth.

I recommend brewing this one briefly, only a minute or two, for best...

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Lemon Lift Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Lemon Black Tea – Region: ?????

50 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 18th, 2009

One thing I love about this tea is that it's lemony without being sour, which is something you cannot achieve by squeezing a lemon into your black tea.

I don't really notice the spice that much, but that's ok with me. The black tea is weak and nondescript. I would appreciate a richer and more complex aroma to the ...

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Decaf Black Tea from Lipton Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

33 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 2/5
Oct. 18th, 2009

I swear this tastes like it has a significant amount of pu-erh in it...it has that earthy, dust-like quality to it. I never used to like lipton's decaf until I started liking pu-erh and then my appreciation of it increased slightly--but only very slightly. It really could be a lot more bland than it is. But it's sti...

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Cozy Chamomile® Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Chamomile Tea – Region: ?????

63 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 18th, 2009

I find this is among the better of the chamomiles you can buy in any supermarket, and also among the better Bigelow teas. Although the aroma is a bit weaker than some other brands, the aftertaste is cleaner and more pleasant. Very smooth flavor.

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Jasmine Green Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: ?????

50 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 18th, 2009

The floral scent is much weaker than in some Jasmines but it's pleasant; this is a very smooth tea, without the bitterness or astringency that plagues many of the cheaper teabag Jasmines. My only complaint is that I wish the aroma were overall stronger, both of the tea and the Jasmine.

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Cinnamon Apple Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

43 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Oct. 17th, 2009

Aroma mostly of apple, with some cinnamon. Unlike the other Bigelow herbal teas, this tea is only good for a single infusion, after which it loses nearly all its flavor. If you like apples you may like this one but it doesn't really do much for me...it seems a bit thin.

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Orange & Spice Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

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

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 17th, 2009

True to the name, the aroma of orange and spice--is it cloves I notice? Thankfully, not much cinnamon, and not too sour. This is not my favorite of the Bigelow herbal teas but it is among the ones I prefer.

In many respects this tea is like an herbal version of Constant Comment. The main difference is that this b...

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Mint Medley® Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Mint Tea – Region: ?????

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 17th, 2009

Aroma is dominantly peppermint, the spearmint isn't really that noticeable. There are a few other non-mint things noticeable; I'd prefer this tea just use mint, and go a little lighter on the peppermint; this comes across as too similar to a pure peppermint tea for my tastes, and if I want that, I'd rather drink a tea...

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I Love Lemon® & C Herbal Tea from Bigelow Tea

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

37 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 17th, 2009

Very lemoney. A bit too sour but I'm thankful it's not more so. A few other things going on in the aroma but it's still mostly lemon. Not my favorite choice of herbal tea but perfectly drinkable.

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Anne

(34 reviews)
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China Oolong from Twinings

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: China

43 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 16th, 2009

I love oolong tea and wanted to find an economical choice, but I won't be buying this again. It had none of the delicacy or mystery I associate with oolong, though it did have a nice tannic kick.

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Decaf Vanilla Nut Creme Black Tea from Stash Tea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

30 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 16th, 2009

I loathe this tea. To me, it tastes like artificial sweetener with an overlay of nut.

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JGS1122

(52 reviews)
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Cheericup Ceylon from Mark T. Wendell

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

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 16th, 2009

A 'solid' Ceylon, I find it better than it's fannings grade counter part used in tea bags.

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805 Mount Everest Blend from SpecialTeas

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 16th, 2009

This one is an eye opener!

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Alex Zorach

(1310 reviews)
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Green Tea - Lemongrass - Decaf from Good Earth Teas

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Blend

26 / 100 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 1/5
Oct. 15th, 2009

Upon opening the package there is an immediate burst of a very strong artificial-seeming fruity aroma. The tea brews a dark orange color; there's little aroma of either tea or lemongrass. There's a kind of fresh, earthy aroma in this tea but it tastes a bit more like ginseng or even ginger than it does like green tea...

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TJ40: Japanese Ho-ji Cha from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Hojicha – Region: Japan

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 14th, 2009

A rich roasted aroma, fairly mellow flavor, with only a little bitterness. Exactly what I would expect of this style. Some hints of the freshness of green tea remain. Moderate level of roast. A few mildly objectionable tones in the aroma...hard to describe...like a slight stale quality (even though overall the tea ...

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ZW60: Special Grade Shou Mei White Tea from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Shou Mei – Region: China

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 14th, 2009

Deep reddish brown color, and very clear. More delicate than typical for a Shou Mei, but still fairly rich and full. Very smooth flavor; no bitterness, and a clean, cool aftertaste.

Unlike Upton's other Shou Mei's for which I found the brewing instructions to be right on, this one I like to brew differently. I br...

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ZW20: First Grade Shou Mei White Tea from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Shou Mei – Region: Fujian, China

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 14th, 2009

Brownish leaves with some silvery and green mixed in. Light aroma of fall leaves and honey with some vegetal tones. Some astringency and a noticeably unpleasant sourness, although no bitterness.

Of Upton's 3 Shou Mei teas of similar price (see ZW62, ZW23), this is the one I like least. This one is much more simil...

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ZW23: Shou Mei Classic from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Shou Mei – Region: Fujian, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 14th, 2009

Of Upton three Shou Mei's of similar price, this is my favorite. Leaves greener as Shou Mei goes. Aroma is fresh, clean and vegetal, perhaps even a bit grassy. Very rich aroma; this is the most aromatic of any Shou Mei that I've sampled. Less sweet than most white teas. My only complaint is a fair amount of astrin...

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African Sunset from Two Leaves Tea

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: South Africa

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 14th, 2009

The lemongrass is very present, at times dominating the rooibos in the aroma. Also, the lemongrass adds a sharpness and crispness that changes the character of this tea--it is not at all smooth the way rooibos on its own is. I like it though; it's a bit of a surprise but I think it's a welcome one. I think they've u...

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ZW62: Season's Pick Shou Mei from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Shou Mei – Region: Fujian, China

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 13th, 2009

This is one of the naturally sweetest teas I have ever tried, with an aroma of cinnamon, honey, caramel, and autumn leaves. Rich, warm, and very gentle. Absolutely no bitterness whatsoever...just a hint of astringency in the aftertaste.

This is one of 3 of Upton's Shou Mei teas of very similar price and I want to ...

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BA02: South African Green Rooibos (Red Bush) Superior from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Green Rooibos – Region: South Africa

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 13th, 2009

Green rooibos is one of my all-time favorite herbal teas. Upton's offering is very similar to other sources of this herb, but I find theirs has a slightly greener character, and is among the most reasonably priced, and for both of these reasons, it is my green rooibos of choice. I drink this particular offering from ...

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