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Trailesque

(149 reviews)

Organic Pineapple Passion Green Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: China

65 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
May. 5th, 2023

A mild, fruity green tea. The pineapple comes thru clearly, but I was not picking up much maracuja. Nice aroma of citrus and calendula flowers. On screen this seems like it would be a good iced tea, but my guess is it is not robust enough. This could use a little more uumph, but it is a perfectly pleasant tea.

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Organic Citrus Ginger Green from Arbor Teas

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: China

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
May. 3rd, 2023

I am very pleased with this ginger-citrus flavored Sencha by Arbor. Made with all organic and natural ingredients (tea, orange peel, ginger, calendula petals, natural flavors), it has a pleasant flavor and a nice citrus aroma. The ginger dominates the taste, but it is well complimented by the flavor of fresh oranges,...

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Organic Earl Grey Black Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: India

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 29th, 2023

This is a good deal on an organic earl grey - as of this writing an 11 oz bag is selling for a very attractive price, and it is a good tea. The base tea is pretty mellow, and there is a little candied orange flavor from the bergamot. This is on the low-key side for the style. The aroma of the dry tea is strong and citr...

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Organic Raspberry Green Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: China

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 26th, 2023

The flavor of this is pleasant and mellow, with raspberry coming through clearly and blending nicely with the base tea. It does not taste fake or overly aggressive. The aroma is quite enjoyable, with noticeable raspberry and no off notes. Very nice.

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Masala Chai Black Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Blend

40 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 2/5
Apr. 25th, 2023

I do like that fact that real masala chai blends are now available in the USA, since it is a style that I enjoy, but this is not a favorite. The gingerbread aroma is nice, but there is too much hot pepper in this for my palate, and not enough cardomom and cinnamon. You might like it if you enjoy lots of black pepper i...

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Ceylon Black Organic Black Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Sri Lanka / Ceylon

85 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 21st, 2023

I first came across Arbor Teas here on RT, decided to give them a try, and I'm glad I did. This is a bright, drinkable Ceylon. It is cut rough, and has a fresh, smooth, lightly fruity flavor. I found it enjoyable with either milk or lemon and sugar, and I am confident it would be good on ice too. The 7 oz bags are b...

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Alex Zorach

(1448 reviews)
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Silver Needle White Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Silver Needle – Region: Fujian, China

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Feb. 17th, 2015

A very typical silver needle, enjoyable, good quality, and true to the style, but this is a style of tea I'm not a huge fan of, especially given its high price.

Brewed 3 minutes as recommended, this was too weak for me. I preferred a single, long infusion of about 12-15 minutes.

Very low in astringency, leading ...

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Brytta Sóþword

(333 reviews)
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Snow Buds Green Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Snow Buds – Region: Fujian, China

73 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 13th, 2014

Tastes to me like a fresh, light green tea, though I do feel like the white tea undertones gives it a fuller flavor. Very smooth, no bitterness, a nice cup of pure tea. Slightly floral in aroma. I think I may have used too little leaf for the first cup because my only complaint is that I'd like a slightly stronger cup....

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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...

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Alex Zorach

(1448 reviews)
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Korea Woojeon Green Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Green Tea – Region: Jeju, South Korea

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 16th, 2014

This tea is a notch up from the Sejak sold by Arbor Teas, and I think it lives up to these claims--it's only a little bit pricier, but I think it's much more flavorful, aromatic, and pleasing to drink. Thank you again to Dewey for this sample!

The dry leaf of this smells deep, dark, fruity, and herbaceous, reminisc...

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Gyokuro Green Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Gyokuro – Region: Japan

70 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 19th, 2014

Relatively inexpensive among Gyokuro, especially for being organic. Pleasant, and easy to brew, but less aromatic than other samples of this type of tea I've tried.

Very long, straight leaves, very dark green. Dry leaf has a pleasant aroma, similar to some sencha, and a bit nondescript.

Brews up a cup that isn'...

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Snow Buds Green Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Snow Buds – Region: Fujian, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 12th, 2014

A delightful, light tea that tastes to me more like a delicate green tea than a white tea. I've tried two other snow buds or Xue Ya teas, and I think this is a prime example of this style.

Dry leaf is coarse and hairy, silvery.

Brews fairly slowly, as I'd expect for an intact, whole-leafed tea. I steeped for th...

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Korea Sejak Green Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Sejak – Region: Jeju, South Korea

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 2/5
Apr. 2nd, 2014

Thank you Dewey for this sample!

Dry leaf doesn't have much smell, but the minute the water hits the leaves there is an explosion of aroma that reminds me of very good Japanese sencha.

But once the tea has steeped it has a very different aroma, more like a Chinese green tea, very grassy, and with some toasty and ...

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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Greenfield Estate Ceylon Black Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Sri Lanka / Ceylon

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 29th, 2014

The aroma is exceptionally sweet and fruity, blending notes of fresh grapes, scuppernongs, and a hint of fresh figs. There is also a very mild note of roses and malt, giving this tea a delightfully complex aroma. This might be the best smelling Black Ceylon that I have had the pleasure of sniffing.

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Sylvia

(215 reviews)
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Keemun Black Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Keemun – Region: Qimen, Anhui, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 16th, 2013

I really like this tea. It has a deep, smoky aroma that I like. The flavor seems kind of like lapsang souchong, but without the heavy sweetness. It has a crisp quality. I added cream and sugar.

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Kelsey

(142 reviews)
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Five Peaks Green Dew Green Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Green Tea – Region: Hubei, China

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

I thought this tea was simple and tasty. The scent was unlike any other green tea I've had! It had an unexpected berrylike aroma, reminding me of berry body creams I've used. While I really liked this tea and am a big fan of Arbor teas, I'll stick with other greens that I've tried from them, mainly because I'm not a...

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Sylvia

(215 reviews)
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Makaibari Estate Oolong Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Darjeeling Oolong – Region: Darjeeling, India

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 14th, 2013

This tea has a very sweet aroma. It tastes kind of bitter and watery, although it has an interesting crisp, fresh flavor. It tastes like black tea, which I like. It has a lingering bitter aftertaste that I don't like so much. I have mixed feelings about it. I added cream and sugar.

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Alex Zorach

(1448 reviews)
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Shui Xian Oolong Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Shui Hsien Oolong – Region: Fujian, China

63 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 7th, 2013

Very dark brown leaf, rather broken up, smells mainly of roast when dry.

Produces a surprisingly clear, almost-greenish infusion.

Aroma complex, but only when I pay attention to it deliberately; it's not attention-getting. This tea seemed forgettable if I drank it casually, but had a lot going on when I focused ...

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Vietnam Nam Lanh Estate Black Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Black Tea – Region: Vietnam

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 7th, 2013

Another fascinating tea from Arbor Teas, very different from anything else I've tried yet.

The dry leaf has an interesting appearance, with thick leaves that curve around in heterogeneous shapes. The leaf also has a very pungent and pleasing aroma, suggesting of herbs.

Brews a rich-smelling, dark cup. Tones of ...

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Bai Mu Dan White Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: White Peony Tea – Region: Fujian, China

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 7th, 2013

This may be tied with TeaVivre for my favorite white peony--yet the two teas are like day and night. TeaVivre's is so light, and I found this to be rich, full-bodied, and dark. Pleasing and unusually strong for a white tea.

Broken leaf has a highly heterogeneous appearance, with small whole leaves, large broken pi...

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Houjicha Green Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Hojicha – Region: Japan

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 6th, 2013

A twiggy hojicha with a lot of large leaves and quite a lot of stem. Looks like roasted bancha with perhaps a bit of kukicha in the mix (more twig than typical for bancha). Looks very dark in color, but the aroma is not quite as overwhelmingly roasty as some of the dark-roast hojicha I've tried.

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Makaibari Estate Oolong Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Darjeeling Oolong – Region: Darjeeling, India

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 4th, 2013

This is one weird but I love it!

This is my favorite Darjeeling oolong yet...but it really smells and tastes more like first flush (black tea) to me, but has a buttery mouthfeel like a good Taiwanese jade oolong.

Dry leaf is mostly broken, into pieces of different sizes, and has a strong aroma, suggestive of wint...

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spaflam

(179 reviews)
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Korakundah Estate Nilgiri FOP Black Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nilgiri, India

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 31st, 2013

I received a sample of this - and as I don't often have time for loose tea I made a whole bunch and had 1 cup hot and the rest iced. It is a good smelling and OK tasting black tea. Not bitter - and easy to drink.

Leaves are broken finely.

Brewed it again for my 9 year old who likes it "British" with milk. Sh...

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Kelsey

(142 reviews)
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Keemun Black Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Keemun – Region: Qimen, Anhui, China

57 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 29th, 2013

I've liked most of the products Arbor Teas offers, so I was little bit disappointed with this one.

Smells mean a lot to me and this tea didn't deliver. It smelled smokey, which I normally like, but this was a little too much like an ash tray. The smell is really the only thing I found disagreeable about this tea, a...

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GDG

(5 reviews)
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Houjicha Green Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Hojicha – Region: Japan

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 28th, 2013

I've never had Houjicha before, so I don't have a baseline to compare to. But, I really enjoyed this tea. A mild, smokey sweet flavor unlike any other style of green tea.

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