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West Lake Dragon Well Tea Long Jing from Teasenz

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

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

The aroma of the leaves is very rich and vegetal, like asparagus or even green bean casserole. There is also a hint of chestnut, an even smaller hint of pepper, and sweetness as an afterthought. This tea smells delicious and is making me more than a little hungry.

The taste is very smooth and mild, I am amazed how c...

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2006 Chang Tai "Seven Star - Alkaid" from Life in Teacup

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

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 24th, 2014

The aroma of this Pu Erh is really intriguing, blending sweet notes of anise, pine needles, hay and wet oak wood. It smells really clean and nature like, the sweetness is that of new growth and anise.

The taste is very light and quite smooth in the mouth. The taste is one of sweet hay and honey that fades to a bit o...

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Bi Luo Chun Green Tea (Pi Lo Chun) from TeaVivre

Style: Bi Luo Chun – Region: Jiangsu, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 19th, 2014

The aroma of the dry leaves is sweet and fresh, blending artichoke and lychee with a delicate hint of floral at the end. This tea smells like nature in springtime, bringing in the notes of fruits, flowers, and vegetation. It makes my nose happy.

The taste is quite delicate (that seems to be the key word with this te...

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Jin Jun Mei Black Tea from Yezi Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Fujian, China

97 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 12th, 2014

The aroma of the dry leaves is sharply sweet and a bit fruity, specifically a bit muscatel, there are strong notes of cocoa, caramelized sugar, orchids, and oak wood. It is a rich and bright aroma that wafts from the leaves, and certainly quite sweet. I would say that the aroma is one of the more sweeter Chinese black ...

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Tie Guan Yin Master Grade Oolong Tea from Yezi Tea

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Fujian, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 12th, 2014

The aroma of this Tie Guan Yin is nothing short of heavenly, very floral and sweet. I mainly notice orchids and honeysuckles but for an extra treat I can pick out the aroma of scuppernongs.

I was able to get four steepings out of this tea. The taste starts out very floral, primarily orchids with a hint of lilac, it ...

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Organic Dehydrated Camellia from TeaVivre

Style: Tea Flowers – Region: Zhejiang, China

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 12th, 2014

The aroma is a bit surprising, instead of smelling like flowers it smells like a blend of baking bread, cooked squash, and dried persimmons. It is really quite a fascinating aroma, very warm and almost autumnal in its quality.

The taste is honey sweet, specifically it reminds me of the richness of clover honey and t...

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Superfine Tan Yang Gong Fu Black Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Black Tea – Region: Fu'an, Fujian, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 12th, 2014

The aroma is very fruity, strong notes of juicy plums with a side of roasted peanuts and a faint malt at the finish. I really want to make sure everyone knows this tea is very fruity, almost surprisingly so! It does not smell at all like a flavored tea, but like someone placed a plate of sliced plums right next to the ...

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Huang Shan Mao Feng Green Tea from TeaVivre

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

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 7th, 2014

A mix of strong vegetal (I would say green bean and a hint of spinach) and sesame seeds. There is a finish of yeasty bread and cherries.

The beginning of the taste is sweet, gently sweet like honeysuckle nectar and sesame seeds. It reminds me a of the aftertaste you get when eating sesame Halva but with a vegetal qu...

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Laoshan Apothecary Green from Verdant Tea

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Shandong, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 19th, 2014

The blend of herbs is a blend of savory and faintly sweet with sharp notes of mint. The mint and basil are the most prominent notes with a finish of coriander and fennel.

The taste of this tea is pleasantly savory, blending strong herbaceous notes with cooked spinach. The herb bread analogy from earlier is holding ...

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Dark Rose Tea from TeaSource

Style: Flavored Tea – Region: Hunan, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 3rd, 2014

The aroma is dry and a bit loamy, like a dry forest floor. There are also notes of dry leather and very faint roses. After the tea is steeped the aroma is malty and the rose is much stronger, it is heavy and rich.

The first steeping of the little heart shaped nugget of tea happiness is quite rich and filling. Drink...

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Nonpareil Yunnan Dian Hong Chinese Red Black Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Yunnan, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 27th, 2014

The aroma of this tea is fruity and sweet with a touch of spice and molasses. The brewed tea is also fruity but there cocoa notes as well. The liquid is honey sweet and fruity with cocoa notes.

The taste is quite fruity with strong tones of cocoa and honey. It is very tasty and I was able to get multiple steeps fro...

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Fengqing Arbor Tree Ripened Pu-erh Cake Tea 2010 from TeaVivre

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

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 26th, 2014

The aroma of the leaves is a blend of loam, wet pine wood, and leather. It reminds me of a forest floor and is quite enjoyable. Once the tea has been steeped and rinsed the aroma is sweeter with caramel notes, loam, and wood. The liquid is sweet, earthy and loamy.

I was able to get quite a few steeps out of this te...

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Fengqing Zhuan Cha Raw Puerh Brick Tea 2005 from TeaVivre

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

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 25th, 2014

The aroma of this tea is great, it smells like a forest in late summer, pine wood, loam and vegetation. It blends life and decay, humidity and wood. The brewed tea has more of a spinach and old hay aroma with a bit of barnyard.

The mouthfeel is really fascinating, thick and causes me to salivate a lot. The taste is ...

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Yun Nan Dian Hong Black Tea – Golden Tip from TeaVivre

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 24th, 2014

The aroma is a blend of roasted nuts, cocoa, and beets, it is quite savory rather than sweet. Brewing the tea brings out a fruity quality and sweetness along with the roasted nuts and cocoa quality.

The taste is quite bold and rich, it starts out with roasted nuts and dark chocolate, it has a dry mouth feel and a s...

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White Peony King from Shang Tea

Style: White Peony Tea – Region: Fujian, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 11th, 2014

The aroma is quite mild evoking fresh vegetation and early springtime with a hint of floral. Brewed the leaves have the aroma of minerals, vegetation, and sage. The liquid also has notes of sage and smells incredibly clean.

The taste is mild (I have used that word a lot with this tea!) and a bit citrusy. There are ...

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Caramel Apple Oolong from 52 Teas

Style: Flavored Oolong – Region: Fujian, China

50 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 20th, 2014

The aroma smells nothing like apples or caramel, it smells like melons. I really do not like melons. Once brewed the melon smell dies down and there are notes of apples and caramel.

I am going to start this by saying I like the Oolong base, it is rich and sweet with caramel notes (ok that actually could be from the ...

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Laoshan Genmaicha from Verdant Tea

Style: Genmaicha – Region: Shandong, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 13th, 2014

The aroma is a lovely blend of nuttiness, vegetal and sweet. The brewed leaves have a toasted quality along with a blend of green beans and a hint of citrus. All the scents are subtle and balanced.

The taste is quite different from the traditional Japanese Genmaicha, more vegetal and herbaceous rather than grassy. ...

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Silver Buds Yabao from Verdant Tea

Style: White Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

97 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 7th, 2014

The aroma is crisp and clean with notes of cedar and pine with tones of pepper and sage. Once brewed the tea becomes more herbaceous with strong hints of sage and basil, there are notes of pine resin and sweetness of freshly tapped tree sap.

The tea's flavor reminds me of the way that a winter forest smells. It is ...

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Hand Picked Autumn Tieguanyin from Verdant Tea

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

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 17th, 2013

The aroma mixes honey, orchids, lilacs, nuttiness, and freshly mown hay. The brewed leaves have the aroma of fresh vegetation and heady flowers with a slight note of chestnut.

The taste is mild and gentle, it tastes like a cup of warm honey suckle nectar with an aftertaste of chestnuts.

The second steep is simil...

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Young Hyson from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Young Hyson – Region: China

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 15th, 2013

The aroma of this tea is mild with notes of artichoke, citrus, and grapes. The brewed tea is more like vegetation than vegetal and the liquid is very mild with delicate vegetation notes.

The taste is nothing spectacular, it is not a bad tea but it does not make me jump for joy. Mixing mild vegetal, bitter greens, a...

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Yunnan Jig from Adagio Teas

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 14th, 2013

The aroma of this tea is fairly delicate with notes of muscatel, oak, and summer berries. When brewed it takes a turn for the malty and stronger oak notes.

The taste is bright and clean with notes of muscatel, sweetness, and dark chocolate. It is a great afternoon tea.

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Pu Erh Chorange from Adagio Teas

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

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 6th, 2013

The aroma of this tea is so reminiscent of Chocolate Oranges that I think I got instantly transferred to a Christmas candy store. There is a bit of the Pu Erh Earthiness but mostly it is chocolate and oranges. Same for when the tea is steeped.

The taste is very smooth, sweet and well balanced. The chocolate and ora...

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Ripened Rose Pu-erh Mini Tuocha from TeaVivre

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

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 5th, 2013

The aroma is a mixture of roses, leather, earthiness, and yeastiness. Brewing the tea brought on the aroma of earthiness and heady roses, it is quite intense.

I was able to get five steepings out of this tea and probably could have gotten more! The first steep tasted like leather and earthy, it was a bit biter but ...

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Pu Erh Hazelberry from Adagio Teas

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

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 3rd, 2013

The first thing I noticed about this tea's aroma is the strawberry, which immediately reminded me of Crunch Berries! I also pick up notes of cream, hazelnut, earthiness, and minerals. It is a complex tea.

The taste is also complex, first there is a blend of earthy, metallic, and mineral flavors that really pop in m...

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Yunnan Imperial Black from Single Origin Teas

Style: Black Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 18th, 2013

The aroma of this tea is wonderfully sublime, woodsy, muscatel, and oaky like a wine cask. The brewed tea brings more earthiness and wood notes, the liquid is very sweet and makes my nose tingle.

The taste is wonderful! One of the smoothest black teas I have ever had. Sweet, earthy, and oaky. A wonderful tea.

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