Home » People » Brytta Sóþword » Reviews
No Image

Brytta Sóþword

Tea Reviewer

Tea Blog - Website

Member since Jan. 15th, 2014. Reviewed 330 teas.

Reviews of Pure Tea (Camellia sinensis)

Only Teas From
Only

Page 1 2 3 4 5 of 5 pages with 102 results

Picture of Jin Xuan Oolong Tea

Jin Xuan Oolong Tea from Eco-Cha

Style: Milky Oolong – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 10th, 2014

Wow, this is quite a different tea from any others I've tried. Its flavor is at once vegetal, silky, savory, and a little salty. It's almost broth-like in its flavor and texture, but far more smooth. It tastes like a tea that would be good in the winter when you're craving something substantial and comforting, but not ...

Link Link to This Review
Read Full Review
Picture of Arya Ruby, Darjeeling First Flush 2014

Arya Ruby, Darjeeling First Flush 2014 from Happy Earth Tea

Style: Darjeeling First Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

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

Very interesting tea! It's only my second Darjeeling and, so far, I think this will be my preferred style of black tea. It doesn't have the bitterness of most black teas, and this one has a light raisin-like flavor that works quite well with the delicately savory body of the tea. The aroma smells lightly of a licorice-...

Link Link to This Review
Read Full Review
Picture of Japanese Sencha

Japanese Sencha from Bare Tea

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

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

Excellent sencha! This tastes exactly like the tea I had while living in Japan. Pleasantly grassy, smoothly savory with a light sweetness. Goes great with food too. Simply great tea. Highly recommended!

Each bag has quite a lot of tea in it, so I definitely recommend both a relatively short steep time and repeated i...

Link Link to This Review
Read Full Review
Picture of Golden Monkey

Golden Monkey from Adagio Teas

Style: Golden Monkey – Region: Fujian, China

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 8th, 2014

Okay, so here's the thing with this tea: I bet it's a great example of the kind of tea that it is. It has the bitterness of black tea, but in a way that feels more blended/smooth than most and gives it body. The primary other flavor I seem to identify in this robust tea is a raisin-like aroma and taste, and it has a ra...

Link Link to This Review
Read Full Review
Picture of Ten Wu Fine Oolong

Ten Wu Fine Oolong from Ten Ren Tea

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

43 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 8th, 2014

Started off as a fairly nice cup of tea, but ended up a little bland for my taste. It didn't really feel distinctive to me. To be fair, though, pure oolongs aren't my favorite of the pure teas. The tea appeared to diffuse slowly and to, therefore, brew up weak for my taste. It didn't have any bad flavors, per se, but t...

Link Link to This Review
Read Full Review
Picture of Darjeeling Makaibari

Darjeeling Makaibari from The Tea Lab

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

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

My first Darjeeling, and quite good! I can't detect much (if any) of the bitterness I associate with black teas. It tastes like a *good quality* version of the tea used for sweet iced tea (and unsweetened tea) in the southern U.S. If I wanted to serve tea at a summer social gathering, I could imagine brewing up a stron...

Link Link to This Review
Read Full Review
Picture of Dragon Well Tea

Dragon Well Tea from Ten Ren Tea

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

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 7th, 2014

Not a bad tea, but not as tasty or interesting as the other dragonwell tea I've tried (by Foojoy). After a short time sitting, it brews up to a similar dark yellow/ginger color. There is a light smokiness and sometimes seems to be a hint of bitterness, but said bitterness isn't off putting. You can make a second cup, b...

Link Link to This Review
Read Full Review
Picture of White Tea

White Tea from Ten Ren Tea

Style: White Tea – Region: Fujian, China

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 6th, 2014

Not a bad white tea. It tastes a bit like a hot version of unsweetened iced tea, or like a black tea without the bitterness. I haven't found a pure white tea that's a favorite yet and suspect I'll prefer flavored versions, but if this was all that was around I wouldn't be disappointed. I steeped the bag three times and...

Link Link to This Review
Read Full Review
Picture of Gyokuro Green Tea

Gyokuro Green Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Gyokuro – Region: Japan

87 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 3rd, 2014

This is only the second gyokuro tea I've tried. Its flavor is exactly the way I remember Teavana's, making both of these excellent--but Arbor's far less expensive. So glad I was able to try this one!

The flavor is complex, balanced, and delicious. It naturally tastes a bit sweet so that adding any sweetener would be...

Link Link to This Review
Read Full Review
Picture of Lung Ching (Lungching) Green Tea

Lung Ching (Lungching) Green Tea from Foojoy

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

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 28th, 2014

This is the first dragon well tea I've tried and, based on my experience, I really must try more. There is an undertone of baked flavor, but I like it and think it compliments the tea well. It adds complexity without becoming dominant.

I brewed this at 175 °F for 3 minutes. Interestingly, the appearance changed not...

Link Link to This Review
Read Full Review
Picture of Dong Ding Oolong Tea

Dong Ding Oolong Tea from Eco-Cha

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Jul. 27th, 2014

I definitely noticed a nutty/roasted flavor and aroma in this tea. That isn't my favorite flavor to find in tea, but it tastes of good quality and would likely be very enjoyable to someone who *does* have that preference.

I brewed it at 195 °F and steeped it for 3 minutes. This gave it plenty of flavor without turn...

Link Link to This Review
Read Full Review
Picture of Premium Green Tea

Premium Green Tea from Stash Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: Brazil

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 26th, 2014

I would agree with others that it's a little grassy and bitter. It's drinkable, but not a favorite. It has a slightly baked aroma that isn't for me. It reminds me a little of teas make with rice. Inside the bag the pieces are very small, like dust.

Link Link to This Review
Read Full Review
Picture of Keemun Concerto

Keemun Concerto from Adagio Teas

Style: Keemun Mao Feng – Region: Anhui, China

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 8th, 2014

Very interesting tea. It has a robust flavor that's hard to pin down in words. The dominant flavor is one that's savory and fruity at the same time. Perhaps akin to the flavor of sourdough bread? It tastes almost like a black tea, but without the bitterness that causes me to dislike most black teas. Of the tea I've tri...

Link Link to This Review
Read Full Review
Picture of Milk Oolong

Milk Oolong from Republic of Tea

Style: Milky Oolong – Region: Fujian, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 7th, 2014

I'm honestly not sure whether or not I'm tasting the "milky" quality intended, but silky and smooth are quite accurate. I would also say it has a soothing, muted, simple flavor. I've only tried a few straight oolongs and not been a big fan of them, but this one tastes quite comforting. It'd made a very nice everyday dr...

Link Link to This Review
Read Full Review
Picture of Special Gunpowder

Special Gunpowder from Temple of Heaven

Style: Gunpowder Green Tea – Region: China

83 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 18th, 2014

The scent is very muted, but once you take a sip the flavor is pleasant and of good strength. It's definitely got a vegetal, almost savory feel to it, yet it isn't bitter at all. I like the taste and think it would pair it well with meals. It's quite good on its own, too. I haven't tried too many Chinese teas, but gunp...

Link Link to This Review
Read Full Review
Picture of Gyokuro Imperial Green Tea

Gyokuro Imperial Green Tea from Teavana

Style: Gyokuro – Region: Japan

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Jun. 17th, 2014

Very nice green tea. It has a flavor somewhere between nutty and also fruity, if green tea were a fruit. Naturally sweet enough, it needs no sweetener. You'll want to steep it briefly and drink it somewhat quickly, as the taste can go bitter even after it's done steeping.

I only wish the price was lower.

Link Link to This Review
Read Full Review
Picture of Royal Tea

Royal Tea from Newman's Own Organics

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

63 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 21st, 2014

I love that this tea is organic and *extremely* affordable, so I wish I liked it more. It goes bitter far too easily, though. I also wish it listed the style of green tea. However, it's well worth giving a shot to see whether or not you like it. A little sugar helps, but I prefer teas where this isn't necessary.

Link Link to This Review
Read Full Review
Picture of Black Tea

Black Tea from Lipton Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

47 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 21st, 2014

I'm turning out not to be a black tea person, and this is no exception. The flavor is bland with a bitter aftertaste. I think I need to stick to high quality, flavored black teas in the future.

Link Link to This Review
Read Full Review
Picture of Green Tea Decaf

Green Tea Decaf from Salada

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 21st, 2014

This is another decaf bagged tea that is neither offensive nor pleasant. It is, in a word, generic.

Link Link to This Review
Read Full Review
Picture of Decaffeinated Green Tea with White Tea

Decaffeinated Green Tea with White Tea from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Green and White Blend – Region: ?????

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 21st, 2014

I like the simplicity of this tea, but was ultimately underwhelmed. It lacks any distinct or robust flavors.

Link Link to This Review
Read Full Review
Picture of Organic Sencha

Organic Sencha from Eden Organic

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 9th, 2014

A nice, simple green tea. The flavor is weaker than I would like, though. The aroma is likewise nice but too weak. I'd love to try a more robust version of this style tea.

Link Link to This Review
Read Full Review
Picture of Bancha Hojicha

Bancha Hojicha from Choice Organic Teas

Style: Hojicha – Region: Japan

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 9th, 2014

The toasted rice flavor is quite strong. Some sips it didn't do much for me, other sips the smoky flavor felt like something I could get used to. I'll be more sure once I've tried a couple more of the bags.

Link Link to This Review
Read Full Review
Picture of China Green Tips Full Leaf

China Green Tips Full Leaf from Tazo Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 25th, 2014

THIS tea. This may be the beginning to solving a mystery.

You see, when I lived in Japan for a year, I would make and enjoy teas just like this. I really love this flavor of green tea. It tastes and especially smells great.

*However*, after almost a year, I realized that certain green teas caused what I'm guessin...

Link Link to This Review
Read Full Review
Picture of Irish Breakfast

Irish Breakfast from Twinings

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: ?????

47 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 23rd, 2014

Though they ended up with the same score, I actually liked the Irish Breakfast slightly better than the English Breakfast from Twinings. Unfortunately, to say I "enjoyed" it would still be too strong.

Link Link to This Review
Read Full Review
Picture of English Breakfast

English Breakfast from Twinings

Style: English Breakfast – Region: ?????

47 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 23rd, 2014

I'm not sure if I'll ever be crazy about black teas. I got a sampler pack of Twinings black teas so that I could try out my tastes, and this one was the most *meh* to me. Neither the aroma nor the taste were my style. I think I'll bring the remainder of these to work for others to use.

Link Link to This Review
Read Full Review

Page 1 2 3 4 5 of 5 pages with 102 results

FacebookTwitterInstagramTumblrPatreon