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Tea Snob

(11 reviews)
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Monkey-Picked Ti Kuan Yin from Foojoy

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

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 15th, 2010

The tea is rather brisk and sharp, but not necessarily in an unpleasant way. Next time I will let it brew for a little less time. This tea has a distinct taste of baked red apples. If anyone has ever done this before, some of the apple caramelizes as it bakes and makes it a little sweeter than normal, there are de...

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synth

(31 reviews)
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Wu Yi Oolong Tea from Arbor Teas

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

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 2nd, 2010

2.3g in 8oz water at 190F (for ~3mins? didn't keep track)

the liquor is smooth. not bitter.
has some sweetness to the aroma. roasty, indeed. it is earthy, and i guess it's reminiscent of fall leaves. i didn't really detect mushroom. it really reminds me of roasted peanuts.

2nd infusion: 8oz, 195F, ~5 mins
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marlena

(75 reviews)
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Golden Osmanthus Oolong (Huang Jin Gui) traditional style from Life in Teacup

Style: Golden Osmanthus – Region: Anxi, Fujian, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 26th, 2010

I am still feeling my way with Oolongs, so I followed Directions and brewed this at about 205 for about 2 minutes. There was a light flowery scent that flowed right into a soft flowery taste, that just skims over your tongue. I want to experiment with different times and temps to see how that might change.

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The Lazy Literatus

(6 reviews)
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Silver Needle White Tea (Fuding Bai Hao Yin Zhen) from Canton Tea Co

Style: Silver Needle – Region: Fuding, Fujian, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 21st, 2010

This was one of the fuzziest Silver Needles I've ever encountered, and had a taste to almost match.

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Jenna T. Drinker

(33 reviews)
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Lapsang Souchong - Smoky Tarry from Numi Organic Tea

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

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 13th, 2010

I always get excited when I see brands carry Lapsang Souchong, mostly because I can't imagine their consumer base for it is very large.

Numi's always tends to be pretty satisfying if not a bit thin and their Smoky Tarry blend is no exception. They really play up the smokey-ness in the aroma but then you take a sip ...

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Alex Zorach

(1417 reviews)

Huang Jin Gui Winter Harvest from Life in Teacup

Style: Golden Osmanthus – Region: Anxi, Fujian, China

63 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 20th, 2010

After being really impressed by Life in Teacup's Huang Jin Gui traditional style, this one was a disappointment. I experimented a little bit with brewing, but, regardless of how I brewed, compared to that other tea, the aroma of this one is weaker and less pleasant overall.

I also find this tea to have less depth. ...

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George N

(2 reviews)
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Golden Monkey from Adagio Teas

Style: Golden Monkey – Region: Fujian, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 5th, 2010

This is one of my overall favorite teas. Beautiful color, although it does usually tend to get a little frothy around the edges as its brewing for some reason (have not seen this happen with any other teas.) Its a milder black tea that's great any time of day. Its a little on the expensive side but worth it in my op...

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Alex Zorach

(1417 reviews)

Ben Shan Oolong King Grade from Life in Teacup

Style: Ben Shan Oolong – Region: Anxi, Fujian, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 25th, 2010

I received this oolong in a set of samples from Life in Teacup, but could not find it for sale on their website.

This one immediately got my attention from even smelling the dry leaf--so aromatic. I have rarely encountered such intense floral aromas outside of the most expensive Dong Ding or Tie Guan Yin oolongs.
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Tie Guan Yin Special Edition, traditional charcoal roast from Life in Teacup

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Fujian, China

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 18th, 2010

This tea got my attention with its unusual aroma, and I suspect it's the Mao Xie. There's like a familiar woody quality, typical for a roasted oolong, but with a peculiar quality suggestive of a savory soup containing celery root and other vegetables. The flavor is surprisingly savory for an oolong, with not much in ...

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Yongchun Fo Shou (Bergamot) Oolong Superior Grade from Life in Teacup

Style: Fo Shou Oolong – Region: Yongchun, Fujian, China

88 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 16th, 2010

The dry leaf is strongly aromatic and has a strange, different aroma--considerably sharper than most greener oolongs.

After brewing the first cup, I notice a mildly soapy aroma, but this completely vanishes upon drinking it. The aroma is very complex, with spicy, herbaceous tones, reminiscent of a weedy thicket in ...

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Snow Buds 1st Flush from Rishi Tea

Style: Snow Buds – Region: Fujian, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 13th, 2010

This is very similar to the Xue Ya I tried from Adagio, but I prefer this tea as it is richer and more full-bodied.

I find this to be a very grassy tea, more like green tea than white. It has a sharpness, a bite to it. The cup is quite astringent and pleasingly bitter, but the finish is sweet and has depth to it. ...

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Tie Guan Yin modern green style Grade II from Life in Teacup

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

47 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 3rd, 2010

I was actually quite disappointed with this Tie Guan Yin. It's pretty inexpensive for a green Tie Guan Yin, so I suppose I shouldn't be expecting that much, but compared to other greener oolongs, including ones from Life in Teacup, this was a letdown. Happily, I can say it is the first tea I've had from this company ...

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Melissa Wrzesniewsky

(12 reviews)
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Se Chung Oolong from LeafSpa

Style: Se Chung Oolong – Region: Fujian, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 12th, 2010

i like this tea a lot, it tastes a little roasted,slightly vegetal, and spicy, but it satisfying. I steeped this tea in my yixing tea pot for a second time and was blown away by some very strong floral notes in the aroma that went undetected when the tea was brewed in a regular porcelain pot. How strange! The taste is ...

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Green Spiral from Utopian Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: Fujian, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 12th, 2010


What an interesting green tea, it’s like none i’ve ever had. The liquor is thicker than usual, and the color is darker as well. It doesn’t taste vegetal,or grassy at all, but instead has an earthy aspect, that reminds me of some black teas maybe? I can’t place the taste, but it is really full and very flavorf...

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White Monkey Paw from Utopian Tea

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

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 12th, 2010

laid back tea, that is in between green and white. Fruity,sweet and nuttiness.

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Tie Guan Yin Competition Grade from Chicago Tea Garden

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

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 12th, 2010

Finally got my hands on I’ve only had a sample of this back when Tony opened Chicago Tea Garden, but it left quite the impression on me, as i’m always thinking back to this tea when trying out other Tie Guan Yins. The smell is fruity and floral and the taste replicates the smell quite a bit.The flavor is very smoo...

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Alex Zorach

(1417 reviews)
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Royal Kuan Yin Tea from Foojoy

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Fujian, China

57 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 1st, 2010

Astonishing quality from such an inexpensive teabag!

With a single 5-minute infusion (shorter leaves a bland cup--the finely-broken leaves are packed tightly in the teabag and the flavor does not diffuse quickly) I found an amber colored cup with a mellow, subtle aroma and smooth flavor. In my experience, only good...

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Gretchen

(11 reviews)
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White Peony (Bai Mu Dan) from Two Leaves and a Bud

Style: White Peony Tea – Region: Fujian, China

60 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 25th, 2010

This tea has a wonderful, rosy aroma, but I would rather smell it than drink it. It leaves a bit of a soapy aftertaste, although I like the slightly sweet flavor it has while it is on the tongue.

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Alex Zorach

(1417 reviews)
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Ben Shan Oolong from Life in Teacup

Style: Ben Shan Oolong – Region: Anxi, Fujian, China

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 24th, 2010

I made two infusions of this tea. I found, using longer brewings, it's only really good for two and then most of the flavor is gone. I used 3 min. and 6 min.

For the first infusion, the aroma is floral and orchid-like, like many of the greener Anxi oolongs, but there's a depth and warmth to it that I've found is a...

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Tie Guan Yin traditional charcoal roast from Life in Teacup

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

70 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 9th, 2010

A very aromatic tea, full of flavor, but light.

The aroma has a lot of different elements to it...the dominant tone is a woody quality...there is also a strong fruitiness, which I'd describe as most closely resembling apricots, and a lot of floral tones--most closely resembling the floral character of some black tea...

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Bai Ya Qi Lan Oolong traditional green style Superior Grade from Life in Teacup

Style: Qi Lan Oolong – Region: Anxi, Fujian, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 5th, 2010

I've only had dark Wuyi Qi Lan oolongs before, and I like them very much, so I was eager to try this greener one. I've heard that in general, more tightly rolled teas are higher quality, and this tea was rather loosely rolled, with the leaves taking up a lot of space. But the aroma suggests otherwise...the dry leaf h...

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Jenna T. Drinker

(33 reviews)
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Lapsang Souchong from Lupicia

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: Fujian, China

93 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 1st, 2010

I love Lapsang Souchong and Lupicia don't do it any harm! A wonderful smokey aroma and rich flavor without any sour aftertaste. Really satisfying overall, and good with milk too!

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Alex Zorach

(1417 reviews)
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Golden Osmanthus Oolong (Huang Jin Gui) traditional style from Life in Teacup

Style: Golden Osmanthus – Region: Anxi, Fujian, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
May. 28th, 2010

Mostly floral fragrance. This is the first huang jin gui I've tried, and it really does resemble osmanthus flowers in aroma, but I find it has a very different overall character from osmanthus-scented tea. Also, unusual among light, aromatic, greener oolongs I've had. This tea has some interesting surprises.

I tr...

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Three Kingdoms Mao Feng Green Tea from Teavana

Style: Mao Feng Green Tea – Region: Fujian, China

63 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
May. 23rd, 2010

This is a very mild and sweet green tea, similar to Teavana's Pi Lo Chun but less aromatic and perhaps slightly grassier. Pleasing but bordering on bland and boring if brewed as instructed. I find that with a very long steep time (8+ min), however, it acquires nuances in the aroma that are absent otherwise...includin...

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Bethany

(12 reviews)
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Ti Kwan Yin from Peet's Coffee and Tea (Peets)

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Fujian, China

47 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
May. 20th, 2010

I know people who swear by this stuff, but I am not one of those people. To me it tastes like steamed spinach, which is not something I want to drink. I'm willing to believe I brewed it incorrectly, but I've tried it a couple of times, once in the presence of an oolong fanatic, and the overcooked-greens flavor was alwa...

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