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Pu-erh Vanilla Tea Blend (Vanilla Mint Pu-erh) from Rishi Tea

Style: Flavored Pu-erh – Region: Blend

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 17th, 2009

This one just sounded bizarre to me, but when I smelled the dry leaf, it started to make more sense to me, and when I finally tasted it I understood fully! =) It brews a very dark opaque red, just like Rishi describes. The aroma is very complex but in a way I haven't experienced before.

Initially with each sip I n...

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Dragon Well from Rishi Tea

Style: Dragon Well Tea – Region: Anhui, China

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 17th, 2009

This was a very gentle green tea. Delicate aroma with a hint of toastiness; less grassiness than other dragonwells I've tried. This particular tea is extremely smooth and low in both bitterness and astringency even when I brewed it with water hotter than recommended...I also found it can be brewed much longer than Ri...

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TS26: Temi Estate TGBOP (SK-10) from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Sikkim, India

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 16th, 2009

Mellow, muted, greener in character for a black tea, but bland. Similar to TD06, Upton's broken-leaf Darjeeling blend, but I don't like it as much; it's less floral and the aroma is weaker overall. I recommend steeping 3 minutes or more, otherwise it's too weak. This tea can acquire some astringency, but not as much...

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TD06: Orthodox BOP Darjeeling from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 15th, 2009

This is a very mellow tea...aromatic and gentle, somewhat muted. Only a faint suggestion of the fresh herbaceous tones that some Darjeelings have. The aroma is floral and fairly complex, and the cup is light in color and quality, much more like an oolong than a typical black tea. Almost no bitterness, but some astri...

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Orchard Berry (Pomi-berry) from Two Leaves Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Europe

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Dec. 14th, 2009

This tea brews a pink color unlike any other tea I've seen before. Aroma mostly of chamomile, with some other fruit presence...thankfully this tea is not overwhelmingly fruity, but is quite balanced. Tangy without being too sour...a suggestion of sweetness and no bitterness. Pleasant overall.

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TC30: Kandy BOP from Upton Tea Imports

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

33 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 1/5
Dec. 13th, 2009

This is an insanely strong tea. I find the brewing instructions to be way off...following them it's undrinkable. I tried using about half as much leaf and brewing for 1 minute and it was about right. Steep it any longer and it becomes painfully astringent and also quite bitter.

When brewed briefly and with little...

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BH20: Green Yerba Maté from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Yerba Maté – Region: Brazil

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 13th, 2009

Very smooth flavor, yet tobacco-like in aroma, almost to the point of being harsh. The aroma is also reminiscent of wood, earth, and stone. A strange and rather strong sweetness is present, especially in the aftertaste.

I find Upton's recommendations to be off. I prefer to steep only a few minutes, and use less l...

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BH65: Lemon Grass, Coarse Cut from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Lemongrass – Region: Thailand

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 12th, 2009

Tastes...like lemongrass. There's a fair amount of astringency, which I could do without, but the aroma is wonderful and very strong. I've never had straight lemongrass tea before, although I've enjoyed it when it has been an ingredient in other teas, so it's hard to know what to compare this to...but I like it!

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TC53: Uva Highlands Estate BOP from Upton Tea Imports

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

53 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 12th, 2009

Aroma strongly of wintergreen...almost unbelievable that this is just tea...it tastes almost as if wintergreen oil has been added! Outside of the surprising wintergreen aroma, this tea is dark, robust, and very full. Fairly bitter, astringent, and tannic. The rest of the aroma is typical of a Ceylon.

Like the Cey...

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Darjeeling Black Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

50 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 11th, 2009

Definitely recognizable as Darjeeling...fairly smooth, with only some astringency lingering towards the bottom of the cup. Weak aroma, not terribly complex, but pleasant. Much lighter than most of Bigelow's other black teas. This was enjoyable, although noticeably less so than other more pricey Darjeelings I've had ...

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Peppermint Herbal Tea from Lipton Tea

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: ?????

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

Very pepperminty without being overwhelmingly so. Rich, full-bodied, but with less of the leafy aroma that some dried peppermint teas have. Smooth flavor, no sourness. I think this is among the better of Lipton's herbal offerings. The only thing lacking is the complexity of the aroma...I like mint teas that have a ...

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The People's Green Tea from Republic of Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

43 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Dec. 8th, 2009

This tea had a muted quality to it, although it had a bolder tea presence than Republic's flavored green and white teas. Fairly smooth flavor, a few unpleasant qualities to the aroma, but not very bitter. Weak, overall, not very fresh tasting.

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Lungching Green Tea from Foojoy

Style: Dragon Well Tea – Region: China

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 8th, 2009

While this pales in comparison to loose dragon well teas that I've tried, it's definitely true to the style. The low price and simple packaging of the teabags are deceptive...this tea retains a lot of complexity. It brews a rich golden color and is quite aromatic. If you let it brew a long time, it acquires some ast...

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Chinese Oolong from Bigelow Tea

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: China

40 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Dec. 8th, 2009

A darker oolong, somewhat nondescript. No objectionable qualities but overall weak and not very interesting. Not much of the complexity that I expect. I think this one lags behind the quality of Bigelow's flavored teas.

In tea bags of a similar price range, I think Ten Ren offers better oolongs, and they have sev...

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Green Tea from Twinings

Style: Sencha – Region: ?????

23 / 100 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 1/5
Dec. 7th, 2009

I was disappointed by this one, and this is my least favorite tea from Twinings yet. If you brew it with boiling water, it's very astringent. With water at a lower temperature, it's not flavorful enough. The aroma is muddled...this tea, unfortunately, seems to have acquired the worst aspects of a Sencha without the ...

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Darjeeling Highlands (Teabags) from Harney and Sons

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

67 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 7th, 2009

The teabag reads "Mellow and Light Indian Black Teas" and I agree wholeheartedly. This is very mellow, especially for a Darjeeling in a teabag...this is not the usual stuff put in teabags; it has a fair amount of first-flush character.

The aroma is complex, but could be stronger. The main downside is that this tea...

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Lively Lemon Green Tea (Classic Lemon) from Salada

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

40 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 7th, 2009

Tangy, lemony, almost peppery...more like lemon peel than other forms of lemon. Some tea presence but the tea is overpowered by the lemon.

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Quietly Chamomile Herbal Tea from Lipton Tea

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

37 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Dec. 6th, 2009

This tastes less like Chamomile than any other teas labeled as "chamomile" that I've tried. Fairly sour and a bit muddled aroma. All of Lipton's herbal teas taste very similar to me; this one has a very noticeable orange presence and seems most similar to their orange herbal tea. While this is a perfectly drinkable ...

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Mango Passionfruit Herbal Tea from Stash Tea

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

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 6th, 2009

Strange and unusual; not overwhelmingly fruity, and very rich and full-bodied. A yeasty quality in the aroma, reminiscent of beer or bread. Thankfully, not too sour. I'm still not sure how much I like it, but it's different from any other fruit herbal tea I've tried so far...people who want something richer than the...

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TN63: Korakundah Estate Organic Fair Trade from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Green Tea – Region: Nilgiri, India

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 3rd, 2009

Fascinating, unique. Brews clear green. The aroma is dark and warm, and un-tea-like...it is almost like a good soup, with subtle spices and cooked vegetables.

Following Upton's brewing instructions, the flavor is mellow, smooth, and warm in character, with almost no bitterness...but lacking the crispness I like in ...

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Dragon Pearl Jasmine from Harney and Sons

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: Fujian, China

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 28th, 2009

Complex aroma, less floral than most Jasmines and than I had expected. I liked this tea but I'm not sure I perceived it the same way it is described...it tasted a little bit peppery to me...the base tea reminded me somewhat of a white peony and somewhat of a pouchong. This tea is gentle if you brew it briefly but can...

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Earl Grey from Pickwick Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: ?????

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 28th, 2009

A bold and sharp Earl Grey. Very strong bergamot presence, which I like! The black tea also has some complexity to it, although it quickly becomes very bitter and astringent, so I recommend brewing briefly. I was surprised at the quality of this tea.

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Earl Grey from Twinings

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: ?????

47 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 28th, 2009

I've had this both loose and in teabags, and while it's definitely a lot better loose, it still tastes more or less like the same tea. I've always found Twinings' rendition of Earl Grey to be one of the more muted ones...both in the black tea and the bergamot. It has less bite than I'd expect, and is a bit more mello...

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White Peony (Bai Mu Dan) from Two Leaves Tea

Style: White Peony Tea – Region: Fujian, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 28th, 2009

A rich, full-bodied tea, brews a dark orange color and is fairly bitter. The aroma is fairly complex. There are some pleasant vegetal tones too. Pleasant aftertaste too.

I really like this tea; it's one of the few white peony teas that I've tried that has been bold and full-bodied enough for me. It's almost a li...

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TD37: Makaibari Estate Long Leaf Green (DJ-456) from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Darjeeling Green Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

97 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 21st, 2009

I was sad to see this tea removed from Upton's listings, as I enjoyed sampling it. [Update: it seems Upton has added a new lot, and I'm eager to try that one!]

Extremely flavorful and complex, with many different aspects of the aroma: dark, vegetal tones, rich grassy tones similar to a good dragonwell tea, and a hi...

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