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Huoshan Huang Ya Yellow Tea from What-Cha

Style: Huangya – Region: Huoshan, Anhui, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 4th, 2014

The aroma of the dry leaves is quite sweet, there are notes of lightly roasted sweet corn, gently roasted sesame seeds, bamboo leaves, and a tiny hint of tomato leaves. At the finish of the sniff there is a hint of smoke. It is odd, every yellow tea I have had has had that tiny hint of smoke at the finish, I find that ...

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Zhejiang Purple Bamboo Shoot 'Zi Sun Cha' Green Tea from What-Cha

Style: Pure Tea (Camellia sinensis) – Region: Zhejiang, China

93 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 4th, 2014

The aroma of the dry leaves is intense and complex, it is one of those teas that when I open the little foil package I am slammed with aroma, no need to stick my nose into the pouch, the aroma comes to me. There are initial notes of hay, a touch of spinach, and bit of tomato leaf, and a finish of sesame seed. As I snif...

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Guangdong Big Black Leaf 'Da Wu Ye' Dan Cong Oolong Tea from What-Cha

Style: Dancong Oolong – Region: Guangdong, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 4th, 2014

The aroma of the dry leaves is heady and very sweet, there are intense notes of orchid and orange blossom, this sweet flower nectar aroma also has a creamy quality and a hint of lychees and a tiny little blip of toasted sesame at the finish. I might have spent the entire time the tea kettle was heating up with my nose ...

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Jing Xian Ti Kui from Life in Teacup

Style: Green Tea – Region: Anhui, China

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 3rd, 2014

The aroma of the dry leaf is very fresh smelling, blending notes of roasted sesame and peanuts with green bean and spinach. There is a tiny hint of sauteed mushrooms at the finish, giving the tea a hint of savory.

The first steep's mouthfeel is quite smooth, it was the first thing I noticed, after my initial enjoyme...

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2006 Fengqing Raw Pu-erh Tea Tuocha from TeaVivre

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

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 2nd, 2014

The aroma of this tea reminds me of nature, it is like being on the edge of a pine forest and a field right after a summer rain storm. There are notes of wet hay and wet wood, along with fresh pine and camphor, also a little hint of flowers and minerals, much like rain water. It is very sweet and refreshing.

The fir...

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Fuding Shou Mei White Tea Cake 2013 from TeaVivre

Style: Shou Mei White Tea – Region: Fuding, Fujian, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 14th, 2014

The aroma is sweet, like a rich blend of muscatel and honey, in fact it reminds me a bit of honey wine (specifically the Grecian Honeyed Wine I used to make when I could imbibe in my younger days) with a nice finish of hay.

The taste, oh man, it is so sweet! I feel like I am drinking tea that tastes like mown hay, f...

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Organic Silver Needle White Tea (Bai Hao Yin Zhen) from TeaVivre

Style: Silver Needle – Region: Fujian, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 9th, 2014

The aroma of these adorable silver fuzzy leaves is like a field of wildflowers, there are notes of fresh vegetation, hay, flower nectar, and wildflowers. There are also notes of honey, sweet corn, and lettuce. Silver Needle is a complex yet delicate smelling pile of leaves, I have always enjoyed that about it.

Ther...

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Dragon Well from Kedocay

Style: Dragon Well (Long Jing) – Region: Zhejiang, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 3rd, 2014

The aroma is a mix of vegetal and toasted, with notes of toasted sesame seeds, green beans, and a touch of actual toasted bread. There is a slightly sweet honey finish, it vaguely reminds me of halva, a delicious honey and sesame seed dessert.

The first steep is delicate and soft, I say soft because the mouthfeel is...

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Big Red Robe (Da Hong Pao) from Kedocay

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

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 3rd, 2014

There are notes of coal, honey, orchids, a tiny touch of cocoa, and a finish of yeasty bread. I absolutely love teas that have a smokey or empyreumatic (if you want to impress your friends) aroma, to me they are one of the most comforting aromas you can get.

The first steep puts me in a happy place, it is one of the...

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Kyoto Cherry Rose Organic Green from Good Life Tea

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: China

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 3rd, 2014

The aroma of this tea is a nice blend of cherries and roses with just a gentle touch of the green base. It is very much the green of fresh vegetation, like the leaves of a rose bush or cherry tree. Sweet and summery, this tea evokes gardens in full bloom.

The taste is, well, light and uninspiring, which is a surpris...

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Yi Fu Chun from Yezi Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Fujian, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 28th, 2014

Oh my that is a pleasant and heavy aroma, it seems the leaves collected the dense and heavy feeling of fog rather than the wispy one. There are notes of oak wood, molasses, cocoa, and a touch of smoke. It is intense, not sweet, but more like a rich molasses cookie and cocoa powder.

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Yunnan Noir from Adagio Teas

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 14th, 2014

The aroma of the dry tea is rich and quite sweet, with notes of cocoa, roasted peanuts, yams, honey, and a delicate finish of dried cherry. It is nothing short of mouthwatering, but I do have a great love for this kind of tea.

The first steeping is light, a creamy blend of sweet cocoa, roasted peanuts and a rich aft...

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Da Hong Pao (Big Red Robe) Wuyi Rock Oolong Tea Fujian from TeaVivre

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

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 26th, 2014

The aroma of this tea is a blend of sweetness and smoke. There are notes of baking bread, honey, tobacco, coal, and a finishing hint of cocoa. It is quite a fascinating aroma that is well balanced.

The first steep starts out sharply sweet, like honey coated tobacco with a strong note of coal. There is a great blend ...

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Liu An Gua Pian Green Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Lu An Melon Seed – Region: Xiuning, Anhui, China

97 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 23rd, 2014

The aroma is quite vegetal and also quite nutty, with note of green beans, spinach, chestnut, sweet sesame seed paste (Halva for those who enjoy Middle Eastern desserts) and a very delicate finish of toast. It manages to be sweet and vegetal without the clashing, in fact sniffing this tea makes me a bit hungry.

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Guang Dong Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Dancong Oolong – Region: Guangdong, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 14th, 2014

The aroma of the long, twisted leaves is a blend of sweet and sharp. There are notes of dried cherry and smoke with a finish of orchids and sweet potatoes.

The first steep is quite smooth, a very refreshing mouthfeel with really enjoyable effect that causes you to salivate. The taste is fairly light, a very sweet bl...

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Yunnan Breakfast Black from Simple Loose Leaf

Style: Black Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 6th, 2014

he aroma of the dry leaves is a mix of pine resin, pepper, stewed cherries, and an aged oak cask. It smells like fruit, scotch, and smoke-less Lapsang Souchong. What an unusual tea!

This tea is brisk and strong! Breakfast blend is a perfect description because I am certainly awake now. The taste is a blend of molass...

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Sleeping Dragon Green from Simple Loose Leaf

Style: Green Tea – Region: Fujian, China

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 6th, 2014

The aroma is a blend of chestnut, green bean, and spinach. It reminds me of a very vegetal oolong, or like an oolong tea and a green tea had a clandestine affair and this tea is the result. The aroma is a bit faint, but the notes are pleasant.

The first steep is fairly delicate with notes of toasted sesame and nutty...

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Lapsang Souchong Smoky Black Tea (Yan Xun Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong) from TeaVivre

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 1st, 2014

The aroma is very much so a pine smoke heavy black tea, lots of pine smoke goodness and a rich malt. There are also notes of molasses and roasted peanuts which blends really well with the pine resin and smoke.

The first steep is quite smooth and very light. The taste is subtly sweet with notes of pine sap and sweet ...

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Citron Green from Adagio Teas

Style: Fruit Green Tea – Region: China

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 15th, 2014

The aroma is primarily a blend of sweet oranges and sour lemon with a nice artichoke finish. The aroma of citrus always puts me in a good mood, it is like sunshine on a cold day, I smell it and I cannot help but smile.

The taste is both light and bright, it quenches the thirst and brings a feeling of happiness. A gr...

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Xin Yang Mao Jian from Teasenz

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

97 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 13th, 2014

When I snipped open the little pouch this tea came in and gave it a good sniff, the first thing I noticed is how brothy, almost meaty the leaves smell, how intriguing! Once I poured the leaves I planned on steeping into my official sniffing dish, the leaves still retained their hint of broth, but it became more of a ve...

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Ming Qian Huang Shan Mao Feng from Teasenz

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

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 13th, 2014

The aroma is sweet, a blend of delicate cherry and a delicate floral and fresh vegetation. Sniffing this tea reminds me of the aroma of spring rain and refreshing cool air, it is very evocative and delicate.

The first thing that strikes me after my first sip of the first steep is how refreshing it is, I feel revita...

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Anji White Tea- Anji Bai Cha from Teasenz

Style: Anji Bai Cha – Region: Anji, Zhejiang, China

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 11th, 2014

The aroma is very delicate and very fresh, a mellow blend of fruit like sweetness and roasted chestnuts. Of course there is a vegetal presence, it is one of green beans and fresh vegetation, there is also a delicate hint of flowers at the finish. This tea smells wonderful, it has my favorite aspects of a delicate Chine...

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Snow Chrysanthemum Flower Tea- Xue Ju Hua Cha from Teasenz

Style: Chrysanthemum Tea – Region: China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 9th, 2014

The aroma is a strange yet not unpleasant blend of strawflowers, dill weed, cocoa, fresh flowers, caramel, and raw honey. It is really complex, I found myself sniffing the flowers for quite a while just trying to pick out all the notes and see how they blend together.

This tea is surprisingly rich for a floral tea, ...

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Mini Pu'erh Tea Bar from Teasenz

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

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 9th, 2014

The aroma a great blend of sweetness, wet leather, peat, forest floor, and a touch of that slightly metallic market place aroma that I have come to love in ripe pu erh.

The first impressions of the first steep, dense. Not in a 'this is a tea that is not passing its physics class' but more like 'this forest is very ...

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Anxi Tie Guan Yin from Teasenz

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Anxi, Fujian, China

97 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
May. 8th, 2014

the aroma of this tea is heavenly, richly floral and very heady. I would go so far as to say the orchid and gardenia floral aroma is so intense that it is intoxicating, I might need to lay down. It is very sweet, like honey and flower nectar which is fitting with the intensity of the floral. This might actually have th...

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