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Alex Zorach

(1408 reviews)
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Panyang Tippy Golden Needles Imperial from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Panyang Congou – Region: Fujian, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
May. 28th, 2011

Aroma toasty and caramely, like the crust of a pastry. This tea is so reminiscent of pastry that if I close my eyes, I almost picture there being a baked good, rather than a cup of tea, in front of me.

Dark, rich, but with a pleasingly smooth flavor. Finish leaves a surprisingly lightness on the palate, and a fain...

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The Tea Show

(4 reviews)
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China Keemun First Grade from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Keemun – Region: China

47 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
May. 16th, 2011

Didn't care too much for this one. Check out our video review here: http://healthyprofessionals.blog.com/the-tea-show

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Alex Zorach

(1408 reviews)
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China Congou Panyang (Panyong) from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Panyang Congou – Region: China

67 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
May. 2nd, 2011

Clean tasting, mild, with a slightly bitter caramel-like quality. A bit flat, simple tasting, but very pleasant. Has a cooling quality, even when hot, and I think it would make a very classic iced tea.

I was expecting this tea to be similar to Upton's ZP20, Panyang Congou Select, because of the similar name, but i...

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Panyang Congou Select from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Panyang Congou – Region: Fujian, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 22nd, 2011

A delightful and complex black tea. Very robust and full-bodied, moderate bitterness, but not overly caffeinated. Aroma simultaneously a little smoky, fruity, and malty, with no one quality dominating the others. Very balanced. Very pleasing.

I can see this becoming a favorite everyday black tea for me: it is mu...

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marlena

(75 reviews)

Red Dragon Pearl from thepuriTea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 28th, 2011

These chickpea sized balls of tea are too cute. They look like miniature rag balls that weavers or braiders use in making rugs. There is a definite scent of chocolate and dried leaves to them. As they brew, this continues and you are rewarded with a lovely smooth, sweet malty drink. There is a nice litle kick of ast...

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Organic Keemun Black Tea from auraTeas

Style: Keemun – Region: Wuyuan, Jiangxi, China

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 7th, 2011

Dry, this tea carries the wonderful scent of new hay drying in the fields, that indescribeble mix of clover, timothy,trefoil and other grasses. The brewing aroma adds chocolate, fresh wash and good, clean earth. The taste does not disappoint. There is a bit of chocolate, a bit of floral, a bit of honey, all on a bas...

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JGS1122

(66 reviews)
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Tippy Yunnan from Harney and Sons

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 17th, 2011

Excellent Yunnan. Smooth clean flavor. Crisp with no after taste.

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Alex Zorach

(1408 reviews)
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Yunnan Golden Bud from Life in Teacup

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 15th, 2011

The initial aroma is malty and deep, typical for a Yunnan gold, but with more fruity qualities, especially of dried fruit. Upon drinking the cup, the aroma becomes more fruity and vegetal, sharing some of the wine-like qualities of a Keemun with some of the vegetal qualities of some Darjeeling, even Darjeeling oolong ...

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teaHappiness

(12 reviews)
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Superior Bai Lin Gong Fu Black Tea from Canton Tea Co

Style: Black Tea – Region: Fujian, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 31st, 2011

The leaves are gorgeous! the dry leaf smell reminds me of very strong dried fruits, such as dates and raisins. maybe a little goji berry, too. I also get a whiff of sweet tobacco, like what my father used to smoke in his pipe when I was a girl. The taste is very interesting, slightly caramel-y, and i’m also getting t...

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Tea Snob

(11 reviews)
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Keemun Hao Ya from The Tao of Tea

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

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 16th, 2010

Pouring the tea into the cup, the color is a medium brown color. It smells sour with a complex flowery undertone. The taste is mildly sour but incredibly sweet. There are hints of a rose taste with overtone of a flower that I can not identify.

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JGS1122

(66 reviews)
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Keemun Mao Feng Imperial from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Keemun Mao Feng – Region: China

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

Good flavor. Crisp, flavor does not linger on the tongue.

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Alex Zorach

(1408 reviews)
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Keemun from Rishi Tea

Style: Keemun – Region: Hubei, China

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 12th, 2010

This is the first Hubei Keemun I've tried, and I will say it is quite different from other Keemuns, and in fact, quite different from anything I've ever had: count on Rishi to locate and select innovative teas, although I still can't make up my mind about whether I like this particular innovation. I tried brewing this...

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Ancient Golden Yunnan from Rishi Tea

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 5th, 2010

The dry leaf has an incredibly fruity aroma, like apricot.

This is a strong black tea with a very pleasing aroma and flavor. It is malty like an Assam, but with less edge. Unfortunately, there's only a hint of the pleasing fruity quality that I noticed in the dry leaf. Less bitter than you'd expect, and not very ...

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marlena

(75 reviews)
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Golden Silk Black from Dream About Tea

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 3rd, 2010

This is a really smooth delicious Yunnan. It is woodsy, with honey and astringent notes mixed in. The aroma is very Yunnan, with a bit of floral around the edges. I brewed about 1.5 teas. for 3.5 minutes. It is so dark as to be almost black. I did do a second infusion of 1/2 the water for about 5 min. and that was...

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China Keemun Dao Ming from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Keemun – Region: China

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 31st, 2010

Oh, what a lovely tea! Earthy, with a heavy influence of red-wine cask, a touch of smoke, a hint of acid. And that's just the smell of the dry leaves and brewing tea. Winey, earthy, sharp, elegant. Just a super tea. At 5 minutes, it has some rough edges, but a small shot of cream took care of those very nicely.

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Lapsang Souchong Black Dragon from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: China

63 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 31st, 2010

Hear me roar! I can't tell if I like it or not, but it is definitely smokey. But it is also very smooth and mellow. I don't think those unfamiliar with LS would like it. It's very good, but somehow, for me, the smoke is a bit wrong.

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Yunnan Tippy Select from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Yunnan, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 31st, 2010

A smoothie it is. If it weren't for all the spice, woodsiness and a tiny sharp edge, it could just slide down so effortlessly. It smells like new pencils, an old barn in the sun, a little spice, a little chocolate, autumn leaves and an illusive sharpness. It tastes pretty much that way, also. Truly a lovely tea. ...

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Yunnan Noir from Adagio Teas

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 28th, 2010

This is a very nice tea, smooth and sweet, but with some depth to it. It is very characteristic of the Yunnans of the past few years, as it is not as deep, not as spicy nor as chocolatey as it used to was. I found you can do a second infusion if you use half the water for about 5 minutes.

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Golden Bi Luo from Chicago Tea Garden

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 26th, 2010

Huh, a black tea made in the style of a green. How 'bout that? The leaves have been hand-rolled in a heated wok so they seem to be like Bi Luo Chun - Green Snail Spring. This lovely gold dust [from the golden bud hairs] covered tea comes from Yunnan Province, China and tastes much like a usual Yunnan, woodsy, a tad...

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Keemun (Qimen) Black Tea Grade II from Life in Teacup

Style: Keemun – Region: Anhui, China

73 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 23rd, 2010

In spite of this not being the top grade, it is a wonderful tea, a bit - very tiny bit - smokey, but winey and deep, with some roasted overtones. Very satisfying.

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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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marlena

(75 reviews)
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Prince of Wales from Twinings

Style: Black Tea – Region: China

53 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Sep. 30th, 2010

Phooey. This used to my standard for judging Prince of Wales, which is one of my many favorites. However, in the last year or so, the quality has tanked. This makes me very unhappy, as I now have to search out a new standard. Maybe it's just the difficult years tea producers have had recently. I hope so. Otherwis...

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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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Melissa Wrzesniewsky

(12 reviews)
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Golden Monkey Superior Organic from Teas Etc

Style: Golden Monkey – Region: Yunnan, China

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 12th, 2010

The dry leaves of this tea are very beautiful, and have a fuzzy,soft look to them and are yellow golden color. This color changes to a reddish brown hue after being steeped. The liquor is smooth and has a medium mouth feel, right in between thin and thick. This tea’s liquor was quite spicy, reminiscent of black peppe...

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Megan E

(6 reviews)
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Season's Pick Keemun BOPF from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Keemun – Region: China

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 24th, 2010

This is a quite good tea. (I'm drinking it iced). It smells fantastic, and reminds me a little bit of Earl Gray. This tea is a bit more delicate than most black teas.

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