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Alex Zorach

(1437 reviews)
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Dong Ding Oolong Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Anhui, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 7th, 2013

Very good, but expensive for what it is.

A medium-roast, woody Dong Ding; dry leaf is quite aromatic. The initial smell isn't that impressive, but if you really stick your nose in it, it smells very good: a rich, nutty aroma. I tend to prefer the modern, greener Dong Ding oolongs; even Arbor Teas' Jade oolong is a...

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Oriental Beauty Oolong Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Oriental Beauty – Region: Anhui, China

50 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Mar. 18th, 2013

I think Arbor Teas' description of this tea is spot-on: Velvety-smooth and sweet, almost suggestive of marmalade. I would not have guessed that this example is not from Taiwan--it tasted very similar to the Taiwanese Oriental Beauty oolongs.

Dry leaf has little aroma.

Brews a rich, dark colored cup, very smooth ...

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Linda Martin

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

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

67 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 18th, 2013

I was pleasantly surprised! So cheap, but I like the earthy flavor.

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Alex Zorach

(1437 reviews)
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Organic Superfine Keemun Fragrant Black Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Keemun – Region: Huangshan, Anhui, China

91 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 9th, 2013

I find it interesting how different people I have given this tea to have perceived it differently. I thought it a top-notch tea, but I also found that it doesn't have as much of a universal appeal as some high-quality teas.

Dry leaf is pleasingly aromatic, and shares a lot of qualities in common with top-quality bl...

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Kelsey

(142 reviews)
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Organic Superfine Keemun Fragrant Black Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Keemun – Region: Huangshan, Anhui, China

60 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Feb. 9th, 2013

I thought this tea was good for a basic black. The flavor wasn't as complex as the description suggests. I noticed more of a smokey taste than floral and fruity undertones. I enjoyed this tea overall, but I probably wouldn't buy it on my own for its listed price.

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Sylvia

(215 reviews)
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Organic Superfine Keemun Fragrant Black Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Keemun – Region: Huangshan, Anhui, China

67 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Feb. 6th, 2013

This tea has a sweet aroma that I like. The flavor is a little weird, but it's okay. I added cream and sugar.

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Kelsey

(142 reviews)
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Bao Zhong Oolong Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Pouchong Tea – Region: Anhui, China

63 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 28th, 2013

I enjoyed the subtle flavor of this tea and would drink it again. The smell was a little strange at first, smelling kind of like pea soup, but faded into a more floral tone as it steeped.

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Alex Zorach

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Keemun Black Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Keemun – Region: Qimen, Anhui, China

67 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 14th, 2013

Keemun can be really diverse, so I never know exactly what to expect when trying it. This one really surprised me--while being recognizable as Keemun.

A very complex, organic-tasting Keemun (and I mean organic in the sense that it tastes natural and multifaceted, not overly refined or simplified).

The dry leaf c...

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Bao Zhong Oolong Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Pouchong Tea – Region: Anhui, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 11th, 2013

Long, wiry leaf is dark in color for a pouchong / Bao Zhong.

Upon brewing, produces an intensely aromatic cup! Aroma floral, honey-like, and very complex. Buttery smooth yet with depth and richness. Full-bodied yet without much astringency.

I brewed a second cup, and while it was still quite flavorful and full...

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Ganna

(8 reviews)
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Bao Zhong Oolong Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Pouchong Tea – Region: Anhui, China

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 10th, 2013

This tea is very pleasant, easy to drink, and has a somewhat floral scent and flavor. It tastes very similar to green tea to me

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Andreas

(6 reviews)
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Huang Shan Mao Feng Reserve Green Tea from Teavana

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

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 13th, 2012

30percent off at the teavana store today, bought the tin plus the 5.7ozs. trying a third brewing right now. good deal, this will button up my winter tea supply nicely.

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Sylvia

(215 reviews)
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Premium Keemun Hao Ya Black Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Keemun Hao Ya B – Region: Qimen, Anhui, China

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 25th, 2012

This tea has a mild flavor, but it's good. I added cream and sugar.

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Tea_is_wisdom

(4 reviews)
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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: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 23rd, 2012

Dry Leaf: I get a sweet vegetal aroma. I can even see someone say grassy.
Wet Leaf: I get a vegetal aroma almost like a boiled green bean or something close to that.
Liquor: Clear and pale.
Taste: I get a light refreshing sweet vegetal flavor. The broth gives your tongue a slight dryness on your tongue that is nice....

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Chun Mei Green Tea (Zhen Mei) from TeaVivre

Style: Chun Mee – Region: Huangshan, Anhui, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 23rd, 2012

Dry Leaf: Has a vegetal aroma slight sweetness to it with a slight smokey aroma.
Wet Leaf:Has a vegetal aroma think maybe boiled spinach.
Liquor: Has a yellowish green broth.
Taste: I get a vegetal flavor with a plum after taste but can even see someone saying smokey. A very slight bitter touch that does leave a sl...

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Alex Zorach

(1437 reviews)
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Huangtian Village's Fire Green Pearl Tea - Premium from Simpson & Vail

Style: Green Tea – Region: Qimen, Anhui, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 28th, 2012

I thought this was a top-notch green tea!

Dry leaf is tightly rolled and pleasingly aromatic, with a floral aroma suggesting orchid. Upon steeping, the leaf is slow to unfurl and slow to infuse, and the more familiar grassy aromas of green tea begin to slowly come out. The leaves are completely intact and unbroken...

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Kelsey

(142 reviews)
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Huang Shan Mao Feng Green Tea from TeaVivre

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

93 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 17th, 2012

This is the best green tea that I've had yet, and possibly my favorite tea! Paired with lunch on a hot day, I was extremely satisfied by its taste! It was refreshing and smooth, and had no bitterness whatsoever ( which is one of my usual complaints with tea). While it is a little pricey, I feel like this tea is wort...

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Alex Zorach

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Huang Shan Mao Feng Green Tea from TeaVivre

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

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 30th, 2012

Short summary: very smooth, extremely pleasing flavor, not the strongest aroma, and picky on brewing temperature. Exceptionally smooth for this price.

Dry leaf is intensely aromatic, and packed very loosely. A lot of leaf (by volume) is needed to produce a normal-strength cup.

I found this tea was picky about b...

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Premium Keemun Hao Ya Black Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Keemun Hao Ya B – Region: Qimen, Anhui, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 24th, 2012

I was surprised to find that I strongly preferred the slightly less expensive Keemun Grade 1 from TeaVivre to this offering. While this was a very good tea, it did not wow me as being outstanding, or even higher quality than a typical Keemun. It was just different. I was surprised at the strength of the cup, the dar...

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Kelsey

(142 reviews)
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Chun Mei Green Tea (Zhen Mei) from TeaVivre

Style: Chun Mee – Region: Huangshan, Anhui, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 23rd, 2012

I thought this tea was mild and smooth, and it didn't leave a bitter taste in my mouth. Overall I found it refreshing and would recommend it to others who like green tea.

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Alex Zorach

(1437 reviews)
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Keemun Black Tea – Grade 1 from TeaVivre

Style: Keemun – Region: Qimen, Anhui, China

94 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 19th, 2012

I liked this tea right from the start, but the more I drank this tea, the more it has grown on me. Very full-bodied, intense flavor, smooth. Fruity, with a fair amount of smokiness. Relatively little leaf is needed for a bold-flavored cup. Surprisingly, I like this a lot better than the Keemun Hao Ya from the same ...

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Sylvia

(215 reviews)
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Keemun Mao Feng Black Tea from Life in Teacup

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

67 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Apr. 17th, 2012

This tea is okay. I don't like the flavor that much. It reminds me of flake cereal. It didn't seem very strong when I first tasted it, but I brewed it a long time. Now that I'm noticing the flavor more, it seems stronger. I added cream and sugar.

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Alex Zorach

(1437 reviews)
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Keemun Mao Feng Black Tea from Life in Teacup

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

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 17th, 2012

Dry leaf is strongly aromatic, with a slight smokiness and a strong dried fruit quality. Surprisingly little leaf is needed to brew a flavorful cup. I find it hard to gauge the amount of leaf necessary, because the thin, wiry leaf occupies a lot of space, but also expands greatly upon brewing.

The brewed cup has a...

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Chun Mei Green Tea (Zhen Mei) from TeaVivre

Style: Chun Mee – Region: Huangshan, Anhui, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 15th, 2012

This Chun Mee had a subtlety and sweetness that I have never encountered in this type of tea. Dry leaf is very aromatic, typical of this style of tea but more suggesting of sweetness. Like all the teas I received from Teavivre, it smelled extremely fresh.

Compared to other chun mee I've had, this one was sweeter, ...

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Sylvia

(215 reviews)
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Keemun Black Tea – Grade 1 from TeaVivre

Style: Keemun – Region: Qimen, Anhui, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 15th, 2012

This tea is pretty good. I added cream and sugar.

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Alex Zorach

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Huang Shan Mao Feng from Teaspring

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

94 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 12th, 2012

This tea was served to me, Gong Fu style, by Evan. Dry leaf was extremely aromatic.

I found it to be simultaneously strong and refined. The other mao feng green teas I've tried have either been relatively coarser-tasting, with more astringency, or smooth but too weak. This was a powerful tea with a bold flavor, b...

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