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Ted W

(2 reviews)
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Zen Filterbags from Tazo Tea

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

60 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 20th, 2017

This tea tends to be light on flavor, but for that, it is good. It is caffeinated but, even in that, this tea is relatively mild. I would not recommend adding anything to this tea as it will be easily overpowered. But, if you're looking for something with a nice flavor and nice aroma, and just overall pleasant, this...

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D. Gray

(14 reviews)
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Ya Shi Xiang Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Dancong Oolong – Region: Guangdong, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 17th, 2017

The dry leaves look brown and have a lightly roasted scent with notes of sweetness and flowers. This is a bit deceptive because after rinsing, the leaves are a very deep green and don't appear so roasted anymore.

The tea has roasted notes, sweet and floral notes which are reminiscent of gardenia but are sweeter and ...

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Huo Shan Huang Ya Yellow Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Huangya – Region: Anhui, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 17th, 2017

I could taste the quality in this tea. It had an even, rounded, smooth flavor. It was sweet and consistent with notes of sweet corn and sweet peas. It had a richness to it as well. I tasted no bitterness and I don't recall much of any astringency, even after brewing it several times. I enjoyed it, but these flavors are...

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Premium Tai Ping Hou Kui Green Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Taiping Hou Kui – Region: Anhui, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 17th, 2017

I was very surprised by the flavor of this tea. It reminds me of yellow tea in that it has a sweet flavor like corn and sweet peas. But, at the same time, it also has citrus notes — mostly lime, but some traces of lemon. I found it very refreshing. There was no bitterness and little to no astringency, even after seve...

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Heather J.

(1 review)
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Keemun Full Leaf Tea from Foojoy

Style: Keemun – Region: Anhui, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 16th, 2017

For such a cheap tea it's really good, it's very aromatic and flavorful. It's very interesting and has a lot of character. The smell is kind of a weird burnt smokey smell which I actually really enjoy, and the taste is consistent with that smell. The taste is very smokey and warm and thick so it's a very comforting tea...

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D. Gray

(14 reviews)
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Fengqing Da Xue Shan (Big Snow Mountain) Raw Pu-erh Cake Tea 2016 from TeaVivre

Style: Raw / Green / Sheng Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 16th, 2017

I like this one, but I admit, at this point (July 2017), it is still a bit rough around the edges.

This tea is made with leaves from two different towns and I could taste this when drinking it. It was both sweet and bitter, astringent and mouth-watering. There was this very present duality in it, throughout the enti...

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Teuvo

(31 reviews)
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Mao Feng from De Theefabriek

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

66 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 12th, 2017

I might still have to work out some things with brewing this tea, because this second attempt tastes very different from the first.

It has a strong vegetal aroma and very little sweetness. It reminds me a little bit of Young Hyson right now which seems strange. After all, this tea is supposed to be mild whereas Youn...

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Golden Lapsang Souchong from Simon Lévelt

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: China

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 11th, 2017

This is the reason I've never really tasted "smokiness" (supposedly present in gunpowder and young hyson) in teas that aren't actually smoked. Lapsang souchong was the first loose-leaf tea I ever drank - in fact, curiosity about this smoked tea I'd heard about is what drove me to try loose-leaf tea. (This is not that f...

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D. Gray

(14 reviews)
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Menghai Raw Pu-erh Cake Tea 2016 - Monkey Year from TeaVivre

Style: Raw / Green / Sheng Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 10th, 2017

I really loved this raw pu-erh. I found it to be floral and fruity, with notes reminiscent of lichee, apricot, and peaches. It was lightly tangy and an astringency came on pretty quickly when brewing it at higher temperatures. But, when I lowered the temperature and brewed at 90C, it held out for longer without becomin...

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Teuvo

(31 reviews)
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Tian Mu from De Theefabriek

Style: Green Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

63 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 9th, 2017

It's a lovely summer day, so I cycled the 26 kilometres to De Theefabriek again. This time I didn't even visit the tea museum (which I've already seen twice), just bought teas and drank a cup of Tian Mu in the tearoom.

I feel like they always give water at 100°C and many more leaves than I'd use myself, so I only l...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(83 reviews)
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Zen Filterbags from Tazo Tea

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

40 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Jul. 9th, 2017

A couple of bags of this product wandered into my fingers, then into my suitcase (of their own free will—don't you believe me?) from a conference hotel's catered-breakfast table. It would have taken at least two more to yield a robustly flavored cup. The taste was best described as pleasant but distant, akin to the...

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Teuvo

(31 reviews)
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Xin Chang Long Jing Impérial from Unami

Style: Dragon Well Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

96 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 1st, 2017

I took the dégustation comparée (comparative tasting) of three green teas of a higher quality. This is one of the three I was served.
I got a zhong with dry leaves in it, a small cup, and a thermos of water.

This tea has an intense sweet, vegetal, almost savoury aroma that immediately struck me. It has a much str...

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Yun Wu from Unami

Style: Green Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

65 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Jul. 1st, 2017

I took the dégustation comparée (comparative tasting) of three green teas of a higher quality. This is one of the three I was served.
I got a zhong with dry leaves in it, a small cup, and a thermos of water.

It has beautiful bright green leaves and liqueur, and a bright and sweetish aroma.
First steeping: Vegeta...

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Huang Da Cha from Unami

Style: Yellow Tea – Region: Anhui, China

50 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Jul. 1st, 2017

I drank this tea in the Unami Maison de Thé in Lille. It was served prepared in a small teapot. This means it was made exactly as it should, though I didn't get to see any leaves.

My first impression was an intensely nutty and earthy aroma. The flavour is nutty too, but not as strong as expensive. It reminds me of ...

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Tie Guan Yin Impérial from Unami

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: China

40 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Jul. 1st, 2017

I drank this tea in the Unami Maison de Thé in Lille. It was served prepared in a small teapot. This means it was made exactly as it should, though I didn't get to see any leaves.

This was my first time trying a Tie Guan Yin, so I chose the one that best fit my budget.
The liqueur is yellow. It has a nutty and woo...

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Alex Zorach

(1311 reviews)
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Magnolia Oolong from Harney and Sons

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Guangdong, China

86 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 22nd, 2017

This was my favorite oolong that I have sampled in a long time. After being let down by several oolongs from Harney & Sons, this one hit the spot.

The leaf, which is quite wiry, smells amazing and multifaceted: floral, fruity, toasty, spicy. There's a skunky note and a pleasant bready, baked-good quality. It seem...

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Teuvo

(31 reviews)
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Königin von Saba from Het Gouden Randje

Style: Flavored White Tea – Region: China

57 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 22nd, 2017

Het Gouden Randje offers sweet high tea arrangements for groups of four to eight people, so I invited some friends along on my birthday. You get served three rounds, each with two kinds of tea and something sweet to eat (such as cookies, cake, parfaits...) You'll get to taste several different kinds of tea from very fa...

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Alex Zorach

(1311 reviews)
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Mutan White from Harney and Sons

Style: White Peony Tea – Region: Fujian, China

84 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 20th, 2017

I thought this was an above-average white peony or bai mu dan.

Dry leaf smells different from any other White Peony tea I've tried, notes of candied citrus peel, a sort of bittersweet smell, a slight pungency, almost hinting at camphor. I'm intrigued, and eager to try this to see what kind of cup this leaf produces...

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Difflugia

(38 reviews)
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Ginseng Oolong from Ten Fu's Tea

Style: Ginseng Oolong Tea – Region: China

85 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 19th, 2017

Before discussing the tea, I want to mention a little about the branding and packaging. First, the "Ten Fu's" font and graphics look like they're intentionally similar to Ten Ren's trademark logo, but Ten Fu's and Ten Ren are different companies. Second, cans of Ten Fu's tea include a Taiwan logo on the can, which many...

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Organic Black Tea from Golden Sail Brand

Style: Black Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

75 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 16th, 2017

The teabags in the box are standard style bags filled with 2g of fannings and sealed in clear plastic. Opening the pouch releases a dry, earthy, leafy aroma. Adding hot water intensifies the aroma and adds a note of sweetness that wasn't present in the dry leaves.

Because the tea in the bags is cut so fine, it steep...

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Teuvo

(31 reviews)
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Bai Mu Dan from AhaTee

Style: White Peony Tea – Region: China

30 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Jun. 14th, 2017

The first few attempts at making this tea didn't turn out good at all, kind of sour and unpleasant. It is the first white tea I try, so it might be because of that. I decided just now to actually have a look at the instructions on the box instead of making it like a green tea. I was surprised to see it recommend a 5-mi...

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Lung Ching from De Theefabriek

Style: Dragon Well Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 13th, 2017

I've seen Dragonwell here and there and I had the general impression that it is a pretty well-known tea with a good reputation, so i wanted to try it. (In fact, one of my proudest tea lover moments was seeing Longjing mentioned in Death's End by Liu Cixin and knowing what that is - and actually having some myself.)

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Smokey Wuhuan Groen from Simon Lévelt

Style: Green Tea – Region: China

60 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 12th, 2017

I don't know what it is about this tea, but I always oversteep it. The first time I ever made it, I even forgot about it for one and a half hours. When I found it, it was cold and bitter. (In my defense, it was graduation day and I was a bit distracted.)
And just now when I wanted to review it it got too strong again,...

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Justin Walters

(8 reviews)
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China Oolong from Twinings

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: China

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 11th, 2017

This light tea has a very unique flavor. It tastes very warm and toasty but is to hard to describe. The teas color is a very satisfying golden-yellow color and smells lovely. I definetly reccomend this great tea to anyone who wants to try something new! For all you know, it could be your new favorite flavor!

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Prince of Wales from Twinings

Style: Black Tea – Region: China

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 11th, 2017

This tea is rather light. This tea is steeped for only 3 minuites and you can definetly taste it. I really enjoy the soft texture of this tea. It doesn't knock your socks off like Scottish or Irish tea but definetly gets the job done. A nice warm cup of Prince of wales tea warms the heart and rejuvenates the soul! A gr...

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