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Alex Zorach

(1310 reviews)
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Green Tropics from Heavenly Tea Leaves

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Blend

51 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
May. 25th, 2017

Thank you to my roommate for letting me try this! Every now and then I try a tea that I don't expect to like, both to expose myself to diifferent tastes, and because I'm open to being surprised. This was one such tea, and in this case, I was not surprised...even though it was okay for what it was, I didn't like it mu...

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Sheng

(4 reviews)
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Red Robe Da Hong Pao from Teasenz

Style: Da Hong Pao – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

95 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 25th, 2017

It's kind of strange that I've had so many Dan Cong oolongs in my life, but no oolong from Wuyishan. I guess that's because of my Chaozhou background. Given the fame of Dahongpao, I guess it's about time to try it out!

According to the vendor it's a 'banyan' type, meaning it's harvested near the scenic area of Wuyis...

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West Lake Dragon Well Tea Long Jing from Teasenz

Style: Dragon Well Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

89 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 25th, 2017

The dry leaves released a great roasty aroma when I opened the bag. I couldn't wait but to steep a cup of this great looking green tea in my glass gaiwan.

I cooked water and let it cool down for 2 minute. I can't really say what temperature it is, I tend to steep tea more based on my 'feeling'. And I like it that wa...

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Alex Zorach

(1310 reviews)
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English Breakfast Black Tea from Heavenly Tea Leaves

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Assam, India

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 24th, 2017

My roommate got a tea sampler of four teas from this company, Heavenly Tea Leaves, which I hadn't heard of before then, and let me try all the teas. I was really impressed with this one, especially with its combination of reasonable price and great quality.

Dry leaf looks mostly intact pieces of whole leaves, smell...

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Vernicke

(1 review)
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Rooibos (Formerly Red Mellow Bush) from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Rooibos – Region: South Africa

60 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
May. 24th, 2017

This tea is okay, but not my favorite. The flavor is not impressive. Compared with other rooibos teas, this simply doesn't cut it. It doesn't go down as smoothly as other rooibos teas. I prepared mine with 6oz of water and steeped for 6 minutes. Compared to the Equal Exchange brand, I cannot recommend it. It's not bad,...

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Alex Zorach

(1310 reviews)
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Organic Darjeeling Kalimpong from Mighty Leaf Tea

Style: Darjeeling Second Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

78 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 22nd, 2017

I thought this was an excellent second flush Darjeeling, with a fresher and cooler aroma than average, and surprising strength that allowed the leaf to stretch very far. A tea that I like to savor very slowly, not something for if you're in a hurry.

Thank you to Mighty Leaf for this generous sample!

I love the s...

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Pure Darjeeling from Wedgwood

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

62 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
May. 18th, 2017

This is a very dark Darjeeling. I enjoyed it as a change of pace; most high-end tea companies tend to sell lighter Darjeelings but sometimes I like the darker ones. Even though I often prefer the flavor of the lighter teas, I tend to feel better after drinking the darker ones, and this was no exception.

The dry le...

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Safari Pure Tea from Ketepa (Kenya Tea Packers)

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kenya

84 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 17th, 2017

I was excited when I saw this for sale at the Everest Indian Grocery Store in Lancaster, PA. I am a huge fan of the Fahari Ya tea from this same company, Ketepa; it's incredibly cheap and remarkably high quality.

This tea was very similar, I think perhaps a little bit better although it's hard to say, because my fa...

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Sheng

(4 reviews)
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Xin Yang Mao Jian from Teasenz

Style: Mao Jian Green Tea – Region: Henan, China

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

The appearance of this green tea is dark green. The dry leaves smell amazing. It’s like seaweed.

After brewing I can see that it consists mainly out of small young leaves as well as some one bud one leaf pickings.

This is a pretty strong tea. The flavour reminds me of a biluochun. It’s vegetal, seaweed-like, ...

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First Flush Longjing from Teasenz

Style: Dragon Well Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

92 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 16th, 2017

I’ve prepared this longjing in a glass and steeped it with water around 80C. It’s more a grandpa style of brewing, but I like it this way with Longjing.

The first brew is delicious. It has the usual nutty and toasty characteristics, but not too strong. The flavour isn’t as vegetal as most green teas, which I l...

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Difflugia

(38 reviews)
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Darjeeling from Twinings

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 15th, 2017

The tea has a weak aroma, both before and after steeping. It has a vegetal smell without much complexity, like cut grass or sugarcane. The aroma has a sweetness to it, but again, not as complex as other Darjeeling blends.

The flavor is more complex than I expected based on both the aroma and experience with Twinings...

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Alex Zorach

(1310 reviews)
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Anji Black from Harney and Sons

Style: Black Tea – Region: Anji, Zhejiang, China

78 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
May. 13th, 2017

This tea tasted more like a sweet, Christmas-ey baked good than any other tea I've ever tried.

The leaf has such a pleasant fragrance, a rich, buttery, bready, and fruity aroma, like a fruit tart fresh out of the oven, quite remarkable. There's a distinctive smell in the aroma that reminds me of some food from my c...

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Organic Karigane from Mighty Leaf Tea

Style: Kukicha – Region: Japan

76 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 13th, 2017

Thank you to Mighty Leaf for this sample! Overall I haven't been as impressed with the green teas from Mighty Leaf as the black ones, but I like this one a bit more. This was a very atypical example of a kukicha / twig tea, much more full-flavored than I expected.

I was intrigued by how the leaf smells...it smells...

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Organic Sencha from Mighty Leaf Tea

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

58 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 2/5
May. 11th, 2017

Thank you mighty leaf for this sample! This tea had a very pleasant flavor but was nearly aromaless, although what aroma it did have was nice.

Dry leaf initially doesn't smell great, but when I breathe in more deeply, there's a very pleasant smell that suggests sweetness. The leaf looks fairly large and also rathe...

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Difflugia

(38 reviews)
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French Vanilla Decaffeinated Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Vanilla Black Tea – Region: ?????

30 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 3/5
May. 9th, 2017

Opening the foil pouch releases the scent of vanilla and cream, like custard or eggnog. Adding the water makes the aroma overpowering. This is decaf, so there is probably little tea aroma. Even if there were any, though, it would be completely masked by the flavoring.

The flavoring has a rich sweetness to it, but th...

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Alex Zorach

(1310 reviews)
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Assam Extra Fancy from Mighty Leaf Tea

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

89 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 9th, 2017

Thanks again to Mighty Leaf for this sample! Like the other Assam from mighty leaf, I liked this tea from the first sip, but it also grew on me substantially. Another classic Assam, this one of higher grade. It was good the first few times I brewed it, but I found it really shined when I gave it a long steep.

Thi...

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JGS1122

(52 reviews)
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Assam TGFOP from Chado Tea

Style: Assam – Region: India

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
May. 7th, 2017

Dark brown liquor. Good flavor, pleasant aroma. Nice tea for a great price.

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Difflugia

(38 reviews)
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British Blend - Premium Black Tea from Tetley Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
May. 6th, 2017

Cutting open a dry teabag, the tea is small pieces of CTC pellets. It smells nice, but generic; the aroma is oak leaves and malt without much complexity.

Adding the water brings out the Assam in the blend. The sour, malty aroma is quite rich. The first taste of the tea is a surprise in that teas that smell like the ...

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JGS1122

(52 reviews)
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St. James Estate Uva BOP from Chado Tea

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

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
May. 6th, 2017

Nice honey hued liquor. Smooth taste. Classic Ceylon. I think milk or sugar could be added without over powering this tea. Ceylon fans should give it a try.

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Alex Zorach

(1310 reviews)
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Rou Gui Oolong from Harney and Sons

Style: Rou Gui – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

72 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
May. 5th, 2017

Overall this was more run-of-the-mill than I expected for such a high-end tea. My favorite thing about it was the smell of the dry leaf, the actual cup was good, but not as interesting.

The dry leaf smells incredibly beautiful...multifaceted too, lightly roasty, very fruity, like baked goods, suggesting sweetness, ...

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Difflugia

(38 reviews)
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British Blend - Premium Black Tea - Decaffeinated from Tetley Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

47 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 4/5
May. 5th, 2017

There's no aroma at all from the dry tea. Upon opening the box for the first time, there's a paper smell that is probably from the teabag material itself.

Tastes like stale, weak tea, but even so, is one of the best decaf blacks.

There's no bitterness or astringency, but there's a little sour vegetal flavor on th...

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Alex Zorach

(1310 reviews)
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Chamomile from Equal Exchange

Style: Chamomile Tea – Region: Egypt

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
May. 3rd, 2017

Served in Brewed Awakenings coffee shop in Newark, DE.

This chamomile in a humble, flat teabag impressed me with its clean, crisp flavor and bright, fresh aroma. More floral than most chamomile, also fruity, suggesting apple. There is a noticeable absence of the typical bitter aftertaste as well, although the finish...

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Green Tea from Benner Tea Co

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

55 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
May. 2nd, 2017

Effective price at Aldi's just increased 25% via shrinking the packaging. A box of 20 Benner green tea bags now contains only 30 grams of tea instead of the 40 grams it used to contain.

Walmart sells Uncle Lee's green tea bags at half that cost and is a much better deal for a comparable product.

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Alex Zorach

(1310 reviews)
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Hunan Bloolong from Harney and Sons

Style: Black Tea – Region: Hunan, China

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
May. 2nd, 2017

I got my hopes up for this tea but it was oddly forgettable, disappointing among artisan teas. There's an intriguing sensation of peach when drinking it, but...besides that nothing about it stands out.

The dry leaf smells so good, really rich and pleasing, malty, a sort of warm baked good smell, with notes of spice...

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Ceylon Kenilworth from Mighty Leaf Tea

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

82 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 1st, 2017

Thank you to mighty leaf for the sample! This tea is dark, strong, smoky, and complex. It's like one of those software packages that is really intimidating and hard to learn, but powerful once you get comfortable with it. I found it grew on me and I liked it more each time I drank it.

Wiry leaf smells punch-you-i...

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