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China Oolong Buddha's Palm from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Fo Shou Oolong – Region: China

43 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Nov. 4th, 2013

The aroma is potent, a little too potent for my liking. Like old orchids mixed with malt and a touch of smoke. Once steeped the aroma is like tobacco and pine mixed with smoke.

The taste is like a humidor, bitter and piney with too much tobacco taste. On a second steep the taste is better with more sweetness and le...

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Premium Tai Ping Hou Kui Green Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Taiping Hou Kui – Region: Huangshan, Anhui, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 1st, 2013

This tea is beautiful in appearance so it is not surprising that the aroma is also beautiful. It is very vegetal and slightly sweet. Once the leaves are brewed it is still very vegetal but also has a slight nuttiness.

The taste is smooth and the mouthfeel is buttery. it is vegetal and sweet with notes of sweetness ...

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White Monkey from Single Origin Teas

Style: Green Tea – Region: Fujian, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 18th, 2013

The aroma of this delightfully fuzzy tea is initially citrus sweet but also has notes of papery. I know, papery is an odd thing to say about a tea's aroma but to me it smells like artisan Washi and very pleasant. There are also notes of cedar and fresh greenery. Once the tea is steeped it takes on the aroma of artichok...

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Chamomile Rose Silver Needle Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Flavored White Tea – Region: China

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 13th, 2013

The aroma of this tea is wonderful, a bit herbaceous from the Silver Needles and full of floral and straw notes from the roses and chamomile. It takes on a rich sage aroma once it is brewed and the liquid retains a bit of the sage and mixes it with the rose and chamomile aroma.

The taste is very refreshing and mildl...

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Graveyard Mist from 52 Teas

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: China

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 12th, 2013

Marshmallow steals the show! Not necessarily the candy sweet but the sweetness of marshmallow root. There are also vegetal notes and a bit of mint. Once steeped the leaves have more mint and the marshmallow sweetness becomes more light, replaced with more vegetal.

The flavor is sweet and minty. Very mild and subtle...

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Keemun Black Tea from Little Red Cup

Style: Keemun – Region: Wuyuan, Jiangxi, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 3rd, 2013

The aroma is very rich, sweet, and smoky. It reminds me of a sweet red wine. Once brewed it takes on the aroma of an oak cask and it is very pleasant.

The taste is mildly smoky and sweet with a tanginess that reminds me of an oak cask. Perfect tea for an autumn evening!

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White Monkey from Little Red Cup

Style: Green Tea – Region: Hunan, China

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 30th, 2013

The aroma of this delightfully fuzzy tea reminds me of a mix between the muscatel of darjeeling and the delicate green of a Pai Mu Dan. Once the tea is brewed it takes on more of a floral aroma which blends well the the notes that are already present.

The first steep is mild and vegetal with notes of mown hay. The ...

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Tie-Guan-Yin Oolong First Grade from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: China

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 14th, 2013

The aroma is full of chestnuts and orchids, once brewed it retains its original aroma but brings in more roasted quality.

The flavor is mild and more green than I usually prefer my Tie Guan Yin, but it is still delicious.

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Monkey-Picked Ti Kuan Yin from Foojoy

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

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 17th, 2013

The aroma is very mild and lovely, a mixture of green, roasted, and honeysuckles. It reminds me of the way my kitchen smells after I make my own Hojicha.

The taste is mild for a Ti Kuan Yin and more green than floral. The initial taste is a toasty green with hints of floral, as the taste fades you are left with swe...

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Wild Snow Sprout Tea from Wild Tea Qi

Style: Green Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 11th, 2013

When I first opened the package I thought, is this a fermented tea? It had the rich earthy aroma of a Pu Erh and the smokiness of a mild Lapsang Souchong with just a hint of that 'Asian Market' smell that you get with Pu Erhs. It is delightful and unfamiliar, certainly a new aroma from a green tea.

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Superfine Anxi Qing Xiang TieGuanYin Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

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

93 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 27th, 2013

When I was a little girl I spent a large portion of summer surrounded by Honeysuckles and sampling their delightful nectar, the aroma is very comforting and nostalgic to me. When I opened the packet of this tea I was immediately inundated with the smell of honeysuckles. Combine the aroma with the vibrant green color of...

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Organic Nonpareil Ming Qian Dragon Well Long Jing Green Tea from TeaVivre

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

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 17th, 2013

What a delicious tea! The aroma is very bright and green, vegetal and fresh like a nose full of spring-time.

It has all the aspects of Long Jing but better, the taste is intense but also mellow. Green, vegetal, tart (not bitter or sour, but tart like fruit) and subtly sweet with floral notes. There is also the afte...

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Tamayokucha from Two Leaves and a Bud

Style: Tamaryokucha (Guricha) – Region: China

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 8th, 2013

The aroma is very green and vegetal with a slight hint of citrus. More like orange blossoms than orange fruit though, so I can see it also being considered floral.

The flavor is also very green, and not in a bad way. Very light and also very bright! The taste is more like grass than vegetables, which is something I...

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Nonpareil Te Gong Huang Shan Mao Feng Green Tea from TeaVivre

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

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 7th, 2013

Starting with the dry leaves, I have to say this tea is beautiful. Bright green whole leaves and buds with a slight silvery fuzz, the aroma that comes from them is fresh and slightly floral, specifically it reminds me of yarrow.

The color of the liquid is a wonderful citrine color and the aroma is delightful. It re...

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Laoshan Black Chocolate Genmaicha from Verdant Tea

Style: Miscellaneous Blend – Region: China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 2/5
May. 30th, 2013

As with a lot of gourmet teas, this one is not very inexpensive so regardless on how much I love it I cannot just guzzle it. It is a special occasion tea! The aroma is that of chocolate, malt, and roasted rice, I could just sniff this tea for hours. Using Laoshan black with a bit of Oolong makes for a fascinating and e...

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Premium China Keemun from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Keemun – Region: China

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 30th, 2013

The aroma of this tea is slightly fruity and very rich, the color is a beautiful dark amber with a tint of red. The flavor is delightful, slightly earthy and bright with absolutely no bitterness. I would describe this tea as both rich and mellow.

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Sticky Rice Pu-erh Tuocha from Chicago Tea Garden

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

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
May. 30th, 2013

This might be the most peculiar tea I have ever tasted. I received it with a mixture of flavored Sheng and Shu Pu Erh Tuochas and had to try it first because I love sticky rice as a food. The aroma is mostly sweet sticky rice with a slightly fishy undertone from the Pu Erh. The taste is so unusual!!! You can taste the ...

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White Pear from Adagio Teas

Style: Fruit White Tea – Region: Fujian, China

37 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 3/5
May. 30th, 2013

I really wanted to like this tea, but something just didn't work for me. I think it was because the pear aroma and flavor tasted more like a candy or artificial flavoring than pear, and considering pear is my favorite fruit I might be just really picky. The actual tea flavor was oddly dirty and unlike any white I have ...

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Pu Erh Dante from Adagio Teas

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

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
May. 30th, 2013

I really wish I could rate this tea as good or great, but sadly I cannot. The aroma is one of earthiness and woodiness, it reminded me of an old wood trunk or even a humidor. The taste was not overwhelming, but it did taste very strongly of earthiness and leather, much as the description says, but after the drinking it...

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Mei Hua from Adagio Teas

Style: Green Tea – Region: Fuding, Fujian, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 12th, 2013

Very mild and floral with a slight hint of that typical 'green' taste of green teas. Very delicate and mild and perfect for someone longing for a spring day! I think this might be my new favorite green

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Rose Congou from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Rose Black Tea – Region: China

83 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 12th, 2013

The first thing you notice with this tea is the overpowering perfume of roses, it is like walking into a rose garden during full summer and everything is in bloom. It is not at all unpleasant or artificial smelling.

The taste is sublime, it is like drinking a rose garden with a really lovely black tea. Subtly sweet...

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Lapsang Souchong Organic Tea from Wegmans

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: China

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 11th, 2013

Smoked over pine fires in bamboo baskets this tea captures the taste of the fire. It is a perfect tea for cold winter nights…the taste reminded me of warm fires, high mountains, and clear cold skies. You can taste the full spectrum of tea with this type…the warmth from the sun, the aging leaf, and the smoke from th...

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Vanilla Green from Adagio Teas

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: China

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 2nd, 2012

At first I was worried because all I could smell was vanilla when I opened the tea, no smell of tea! After steeping that changed, the vanilla mixed with the green smell of the tea. The tea tastes wonderful! Slightly sweet with mild vanilla and bright green. Definitely a favorite!

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Yunnan Gold (Golden Yunnan) from Adagio Teas

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 2nd, 2012

The aroma is very light and floral and the taste matches! I find the taste to be a mix of floral and citrus with a very mild tea flavor. Very subtle and enjoyable!

I only got a sample if this tea but definitely plan on getting more from Agagio as it might be my favorite of their teas

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Emperor's Puerh - Black Tea from Numi Organic Tea

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

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 25th, 2012

Pu-erh has a very distinct aroma, and some may find it off-putting, but I love it. The aroma reminds me of a rich,earthy, smell, almost similar to a pile of autumn leaves. As to be expected from a fermented tea...it smells like it has been fermented! I find this Pu-erh really brings out the earthy aroma that a lot of b...

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