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Heather J.

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Member since Apr. 19th, 2017. Reviewed 55 teas.

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American Classic Tea (Loose) from Charleston Tea Plantation (American Classic Tea)

Style: Black Tea – Region: South Carolina, United States

89 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 19th, 2021

This is a great classic black tea! It’s not super unique, it is pretty standard and it’s great for what it is! It is not bitter or astringent at all, it is smooth and thick bodied. I would definitely drink this again!

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Jinggu Camellia Taliensis Black Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Jinggu, Yunnan, China

95 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 22nd, 2021

This tea is very good! It is thick bodied and rich and the flavor is strong without being bitter or astringent. This tea has kind of a chocolatey taste which I really like!

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Jingmai Mountain Wild Arbor Black Tea of Spring 2018 from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Lancang, Yunnan, China

100 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 18th, 2021

This is a wonderful thick bodied tea! It has sort of a milk cocoa smell and it tastes a bit chocolatey as well. It has a mild sweet taste and it’s just really amazing! It is so smooth and not astringent or bitter at all

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Yunnan Black Gold from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Simao, Yunnan, China

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 11th, 2021

This tea is soo good omg! The aroma is nice and sort of chocolatey smelling. The taste is smooth and a bit sweet. The tea is very thick bodied and it is not astringent or bitter at all.

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Fuding White Tea Cake from Upton Tea Imports

Style: White Peony Tea – Region: Fuding, Fujian, China

97 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 4th, 2021

This tea is amazing! It has a mild chocolatey/cocoa butter flavor which is really nice. The tea is so smooth and buttery and not astringent or bitter at all!

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Assam TGFOP1 Ananda Second Flush from TeaGschwendner

Style: Assam – Region: Lakhimpur, Assam, India

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 2nd, 2021

This tea is a classic tasting black tea however it is not my favorite and it is mildly harsh (bitter) for me. It's still pretty smooth and not astringent which I like and I would drink it again if someone served it to me. It's a bit expensive though so I probably wouldn't buy it again since there's better stuff out the...

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2016 Yunnan Sourcing "Red Monkey" Raw Pu-erh Tea Mini Cake from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Raw (Sheng) Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

94 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 20th, 2021

This pu-erh tea is wonderful! It has this rich vegetabley taste and it is thick bodied, almost like vegetable soup stock. Its really smooth and has no bitterness to it, its really enjoyable!

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Kumaon Black Tea from Frontier

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kumaon, India

86 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 14th, 2021

This tea is definitely very unique but super tasty. It kind of tastes like dried fruit and it’s a little spicy but not super harsh or anything. If you’re looking for an interesting yet tasty tea that’s different from your average breakfast tea, try this!

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High Mountain "Tu Cha" Black Tea from Wu Yi Mountains from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Black Tea – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

99 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 11th, 2021

This tea was amazing! The aroma was really strong and had a nice toasty smell to it. This tea is thick-bodied and the flavor was malty, toasty and complex. This is a great value tea as well, I will definitely be drinking it again.

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Yunnan Yue Guang Bai Air-Dried White Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Moonlight White – Region: Jinggu, Yunnan, China

98 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 10th, 2021

This tea is great! It tastes vegetabally in a good way and it has a nice fragrant aroma. It is not bitter or astringent at all. It is also a great price for how high quality and delicious it is!

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Classic Laoshan Black Tea from Shandong from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Black Tea – Region: Shandong, China

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 7th, 2021

This tea is very aromatic, flavorful, and unique! It tastes very malty and roasty almost as if there was toasted grains in the tea, even though it is just a pure black tea. The taste is very complex and interesting and the tea is not astringent or bitter at all! This definitely gets a 100% in my book.

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Traditional Process Dian Hong Black Tea of Feng Qing from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Fengqing, Yunnan, China

88 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 6th, 2021

The aroma is nice and bready although it's not very strong. The taste is good and classic for a regular high quality black tea. For me it's just a bit astringent but if that doesn't bother you then this tea would be perfect!

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Classic Robust Jin Jun Mei Black Tea of Fujian from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Black Tea – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

85 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 5th, 2021

The aroma of this tea is amazing and complex! The reason I only give it an 85 is because the taste is just a bit harsh for me, it's just slightly bitter and astringent. Overall it's not so bad though and if you aren't as sensitive to astringency as me you'd probably absolutely love this tea! Besides the issues with mil...

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Everyday Genmai-cha from Maeda-en

Style: Genmaicha – Region: Japan

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 1st, 2021

Best tea ever!! At least for me, since I love grain based teas like barley and buckwheat. This tea is green tea mixed with toasted brown rice and it really does give the tea this amazing malty, nutty flavor that I love! The tea is very warming and cozy and not astringent at all. The price is great as well! definitely r...

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Purple Needle Black Tea of Jing Mai Mountain from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Lancang, Yunnan, China

97 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 26th, 2021

This is one of my favorite teas! Its unique and interesting while still being smooth and easy to drink. It's a great value for how good it is.

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Wu Liang Hong Mao Feng Yunnan Black Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Simao, Yunnan, China

85 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 25th, 2021

This tea is pretty good but not my favorite. It doesn't have a strong aroma but it smells nice like normal tea. The taste is pretty good but a tiny bit harsh for me as it has a slight amount of bitterness which I don't like as much. Still, It is a very smooth and easy to drink tea because it is so high quality so even ...

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Classic Yixing Hong Black Tea from Jiangsu from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Black Tea – Region: Jiangsu, China

95 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 24th, 2021

This tea is great! The aroma is warm and ready and so is the taste. It is a mellow and comforting tea overall which is what I most enjoy. Its simple but well done and has no astringency. The value is great for how much I like it and how good quality it is.

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Big Snow Mountain of Mengku Black Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Shuangjiang, Yunnan, China

96 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 22nd, 2021

Amazing tea! It doesn't have a super strong aroma but it is really nice and soothing. The taste is warming and toasty and also a bit sweet; It's not harsh at all. It is also very thick bodied and rich! This tea is a great price too for how good quality and tasty it is.

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Qimen Black Tea from Tea King of China (Starway)

Style: Keemun – Region: Qimen, Anhui, China

84 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 21st, 2021

Wonderful example of a Keemun tea! Keemun isn't my favorite type of tea which is why I rated it a bit lower but out of all the ones I've tried this one is my favorite. The aroma is nice and complex and the taste is smooth. The value is amazing too, its really cheap!

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F.B.O.P. No. 1 from Alwazah Tea (Swan Brand)

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

93 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 21st, 2021

This is a wonderful classic cup of tea to enjoy in the mornings. It is smooth and easy to drink and it is thick bodied and flavorful without being too strong. The smell is like a normal tea. The value is what does it for me and why it is such a great tea to drink every morning, it is so cheap!

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Huangshan Maofeng Green Tea from Tea King of China (Starway)

Style: Mao Feng Green Tea – Region: Huangshan, Anhui, China

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 4th, 2021

Really great tea! The aroma is fruity and floral and the taste is floral as well without tasting soapy at all. It is also very smooth and thick bodied with little astringency. Overall a very wonderful tea and I would buy it again.

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Dong Ding Oolong from Tradition

Style: Jade Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

100 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 31st, 2021

This is a really great tea, it has a complex aroma and flavor. This type of tea is normally expensive but this one is cheaper yet the taste is perfect. And of course, as you all know my biggest issue with teas is ones that are too astringent, and this tea was not astringent at all so it's perfect!

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Yi Mei Ren Wu Liang Mountain Yunnan Black Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Black Tea – Region: Jingdong, Yunnan, China

72 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 29th, 2021

The aroma of this tea wasn't very strong at all. The taste was smooth but there wasn't really much else interesting about it. Still, it's an easy to drink agreeable tea.

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Premium Qimen Black Tea of Huangshan from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Keemun Mao Feng – Region: Huangshan, Anhui, China

85 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 28th, 2021

The aroma is just a classic bready black tea smell which is very nice however it lacks complexity and was very one-noted. The taste on the other hand was incredibly smooth and was one of the least astringent teas I've ever had (which is a good thing for me). The taste wasn't extremely complex but the flavors it did hav...

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White Tea Cake from Upton Tea Imports

Style: White Tea – Region: China

91 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 25th, 2021

The first thing I notice about this tea is the very comforting aroma it has. It smells and tastes sort of like freshly baked bread. It is a very smooth and easy to drink tea while still being very flavorful and interesting. It's thick bodied and it is not astringent at all which I really like.

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