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Alex Zorach

(1408 reviews)
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Ding Gu Da Fang Organic from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Green Tea – Region: China

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 8th, 2011

Dry leaf has an interesting aroma, almost like overripe fruit.

Brewed cup is a deep, dark color for a green tea, and has a savory quality and a full body. Very full-flavored, but milder aroma, which is somewhat neutral, with a weak fruity and floral quality.

Almost minty finish. I also detect tones of ginger. ...

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Bilouchun Green Tea from Starway (Tea King of China)

Style: Bi Luo Chun – Region: Jiangsu, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 31st, 2011

This was the second 'bargain buy' I found in the attractive black-and-green tins that have recently cropped up in Asian markets, from the import company Starway Inc. I think this tea was even more impressive than the first: at $3.98 for 6 ounces, this tea is very cheap, although significantly pricier than the other, H...

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

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

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 29th, 2011

I can't believe the price on this tea: 6 ounces for $3. I wasn't expecting much, and I was literally blown away. This is an outstanding tea for this price. Many whole leaves, and mostly large, only slightly broken pieces. The leaf is lightly packed and takes up a lot of space. The instructions say to brew with 2-3...

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2011 Pre-Qingming Shi Feng Long Jing from Weng Jia Shan from Life in Teacup

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

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 22nd, 2011

Somehow this review got lost, so I'm posting it after the fact! This is my favorite dragon well I've tried yet. Most of what I've tried has either been too weak, or had objectionable qualities.

This is a powerful tea...not much leaf is needed to brew a strong cup. If you're used to brewing dragon well, even highe...

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Organic Green Lu'An Melon Seed from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Lu An Melon Seed – Region: Anhui, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 9th, 2011

Aroma is predominantly grassy, more grassy than any other green tea--drinking it conjures up images of being out in my yard, digging around in the grass. There are some interesting floral tones. Flavor is rather muted; most teas with similar aromas are a bit more sour, astringent, and brisk, but this tea mainly leave...

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Choicest Hairpoint Organic from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Green Tea – Region: China

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 29th, 2011

The aroma of this tea is weak, even when I use more leaf than recommended, or a longer steeping time. I've experimented a bit with brewing and it always comes out weak for me. The tea has a strong savory flavor but is rather thin too.

Aroma is odd. Fairly strongly peppery, but with little complexity. Although th...

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Pancakes

(23 reviews)
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Dragon Well 2nd Grade from Ten Ren Tea

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

47 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 28th, 2011

I got this tea for a general idea of the relative quality of Ten Ren's Longjings, without much investment.

You can get a lot of loose Longjing here for not much money at all. The downside is that the quality isn't so great. Many leaves are broken, other leaves are bent, etc. For most people, I would recommend much h...

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Alex Zorach

(1408 reviews)
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Dragon Well Green Tea from Novus Tea

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

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 23rd, 2011

I tend to not like these high-end tea bag teas, and I tend to find them overpriced, but this one is surprisingly good. On par with some loose-leaf dragon well / lung ching that I've had, but with its own unique twist.

I found this tea to be surprisingly chamomile-like in aroma, but obviously with a caffeine kick, a...

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China Dao Ren Special Organic Green from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Green Tea – Region: China

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 13th, 2011

I greatly enjoyed this tea. Brewed as instructed, this tea produces a rich, strongly aromatic cup.

Interesting and quite different from other Chinese green teas I have tried. At first I thought it a bit odd: while this is a very intensely aromatic and flavorful tea, the flavor and aroma are both oddly muted; it's ...

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Pancakes

(23 reviews)
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China Green Tea from Foojoy

Style: Green Tea – Region: China

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 5/5
May. 29th, 2011

This tea has a mild and slightly vegetal aroma. The taste is mild, smooth, and slightly sweet. The tea brews to a light greenish / golden color. Overall, this is a mild but nice green tea.

Originally I wrote a pretty scathing review of this tea, most of which I have removed. Taken for what it is, this is a mild and ...

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Dragon Well Tea from Ten Ren Tea

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

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
May. 21st, 2011

Ten Ren's Longjing brews to a golden-green color, and has a strong smoky vegetal aroma. This tea has a crisp finish and some real bite, different from a typical Longjing. Actually, this aspect of it is more similar to the bite and "rawness" of a Chinese red tea.

The flavor of this tea is a bit vegetal similar to its...

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Lungching Green Tea from Foojoy

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

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
May. 21st, 2011

When seeing the price and packaging of these Foojoy teas, my initial impression was that they must be low quality at such a price point. Like my experience with Tenren, this initial impression has turned out to be wrong.

This Longjing is a fine representative of the style in a teabag. The tea brews to a golden color...

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China Green Tips Filterbag from Tazo Tea

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

73 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 16th, 2011

The following review is of China Green Tips in a normal tea bag, as opposed to the whole-leaf satchet version.

True to its name, the aroma and the flavor of China Green Tips are indeed similar to the vegetal and fresh qualities of a Zhejiang green tea made from small and vibrant leaves. Apart from its basic characte...

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Alex Zorach

(1408 reviews)
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Organic Gyokuro from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Gyokuro – Region: China

77 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
May. 13th, 2011

I was eager to try this one to see what a better Chinese attempt at gyokuro could produce, and I must say, this tea impressed me a fair amount, and was definitely worth trying.

Dry leaf has a pleasing aroma of a typical, good Japanese green tea. Bold green color.

I brewed this with a lower temperature, 160, typi...

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China Green Sencha from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Sencha – Region: China

20 / 100 Aroma: 1/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 1/5
Apr. 24th, 2011

I never thought I'd say this, but I encountered the first truly bad tea from Upton. The dry leaf had a stale smell, none of the fresh grassy tones that sencha usually has. I would not recognize this as sencha from the aroma of the dry leaf, nor from the brewed cup. The leaf and the color of the cup looks more like b...

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marlena

(75 reviews)

Pinhead Gunpowder from thepuriTea

Style: Gunpowder Green Tea – Region: China

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 28th, 2011

To my mind, these are not pinheads, which I think are supposed to be smaller than regular gunpowder tea, as they are pretty good sized. I brewed it for about a minute and found it to be floral and vegetal, but also seemed to carry some sesame seed in it. The second infusion was for 1.5 minutes and smelled more floral...

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Alex Zorach

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Wild tea Orchid Fairy Twig, first day harvest from Life in Teacup

Style: Green Tea – Region: Wuyuan, Jiangxi, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 24th, 2011

I have only tried one other green tea from Wuyuan, but there was something very distinctive about this tea that reminded me of that first tea, Upton's ZG36, as soon as I took the first sip. Both teas share a particularly distinctive grassy aroma, with both floral and vegetal tones.

This tea, on the other hand, has...

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Frosty Spring Yunnan Roast Green from Life in Teacup

Style: Green Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 13th, 2011

This is an interesting tea. I tried brewing two different ways: with longer, and shorter infusions. Both ways, it brews a clear, pale green cup.

With a 3-minute infusion, the cup had a toasty aroma, with hints of cooked vegetables. Very clean flavor, but with an extremely pleasing, mild bitterness in the aftertas...

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Huang Shan Yun Wu (Yellow Mountain Cloud) from Life in Teacup

Style: Clouds & Mist (Yun Wu) – Region: Huangshan, Anhui, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 3rd, 2011

Another sample from Life in Teacup, this is my kind of tea: a classic Chinese pan-fired green tea wild a bold flavor. This tea looks typical at first, but as I started experimenting with brewing it, I found it had a lot of personality.

After a few trials, I found that I achieved the best results for my tastes by us...

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Ernie

(11 reviews)
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Tamayokucha from Two Leaves and a Bud

Style: Tamaryokucha (Guricha) – Region: China

57 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 11th, 2011

I am a big fan of green teas and tried this one today. It is a bit bland tasting, but that's kind of how green tea is in general. I thought it tasted better than it smelled. I would say this tea is about average. I would drink again, but not necessarily choose it if there were other teas to drink.

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Tea Snob

(11 reviews)
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Imperial Dragonwell (Long Jing) from Shanti Tea

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

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 15th, 2010

The liqueur is a deep amber tone. There are a couple of leaves left in the cup. There is a smell of cooked grass, sort of like leeks, and a soft hint of caramel in the smell.

This doesn’t seem to be a super complex set of tones to this tea. That doesn’t make this a bad tea though, it is just a sort of basic tea....

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Alex Zorach

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China Green Tips Filterbag from Tazo Tea

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

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 7th, 2010

Served in a Starbucks. I was impressed with this for a tea bag, but it really did not compare to the majority of the loose-leaf green tea I buy.

Aroma was a bit muddled, vaguely toasty, fairly vegetal, and with only a hint of grassiness. Warmer, and less crisp and refreshing than I like. I like Zhejiang greens an...

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Dragonwell Green Tea from Boston Tea Company

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

23 / 100 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 1/5
Oct. 6th, 2010

I was very disappointed with this tea; it was the only sample I received from the Boston Tea Company that I did not like; the others were all quite enjoyable.

Dried leaf is broken and more grayish than other dragon wells I've seen. This does not taste at all like other dragon wells I've tried. Aroma is slightly sm...

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Fair Trade True Green Tea from Wild Harvest Organic

Style: Green Tea – Region: Wuyuan, Jiangxi, China

27 / 100 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 2/5
Sep. 1st, 2010

I brewed with water at a lower temperature, but other than that I brewed as instructed.

Aroma strongly suggestive of cinnamon, unusual for a green tea. Lacks the grassy qualities inherent in many green teas, but the aftertaste is similar to the aftertaste left by sencha. Overall though, aroma is weak. If "subtle ...

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China Dragonwell from Ancora Coffee Roasters

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

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 31st, 2010

I found this review that I had written where I didn't have internet access--in the Madison, WI airport, and just entered it now.

This dragonwell has a broken leaf, but the classic dragonwell shape is recognizable. In spite of looking like a lower grade of this tea, this batch is considerably tastier than a lot of w...

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