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Tchuggin' Okie

(184 reviews)
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China Green Tips Filterbag from Tazo Tea

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

79 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 16th, 2018

Even though this isn't a Stash tea, it was well stashed—just a couple packets jammed discreetly in the middle of a bunch of bags of Bigelow Green at a conference, and only the first morning. Fortunately I noticed and grabbed them: one for there, one to bring home.

I'm not much for detecting subtleties, and pro...

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Alex Zorach

(1387 reviews)
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China WuYi Mountain Tea from Organic Herbie

Style: Green Tea – Region: China

78 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 4th, 2018

After being disappointed with Organic Herbie's other teas, I was a bit apprehensive about trying this, but I turned out to like it a surprising amount. I also notice an inconsistency in the marketing: the description says it is grown in the Wuyi mountains, which are located in Fujian province, but the website says that...

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Difflugia

(84 reviews)
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China Green Tips Filterbag from Tazo Tea

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

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 4th, 2018

The dry tea in the bag is chopped quite fine, but smells really nice. Once the water's added, the aroma of the young tips comes through very clearly, smelling very similar to silver needle white teas.

The first taste is surprisingly sweet with a strong vegetal finish. The flavor is strong even while hot, but there's...

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JGS1122

(64 reviews)
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Fujian Black Snail from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Fujian, China

55 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 2nd, 2018

The aroma has a mild earthiness. The liquor is a light amber color. Mild taste that would be overwhelmed by milk or sugar.

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Gray

(13 reviews)

10-Year Aged Raw Pu-erh Brick Tea (2005) from TeaVivre

Style: Pu-erh Tea – Region: Fengqing, Yunnan, China

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 2nd, 2018

I'm not sure how others determine their point ratings for tea, but for me, an 85 is an above-average everyday tea. At first, when I tried this, I didn't like it. Something about the notes just didn't appeal to me. It took getting more used to rougher, young raw pu-erh for me to really start to appreciate this one. It ...

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Fengqing Ancient Tree Spring Chun Jian Raw Pu-erh Cake Tea 2012 from TeaVivre

Style: Pu-erh Tea – Region: Fengqing, Yunnan, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 2nd, 2018

When the holidays came around (and the holiday sales) and I was treating myself to one of the more expensive cakes, I picked this one out of all of those available on TeaVivre. The reason that I picked this one was that it's drinkable now, it tastes like it has potential for the future (not all currently drinkable cake...

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Xi Gui Ancient Tree Raw Pu-erh Cake 2013 from TeaVivre

Style: Raw (Sheng) Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 2nd, 2018

I'd rate this one pretty high, but most of the flavor is in the breath, not in the taste itself. I think it's a matter of personal preference as to whether one prefers one, the other, or both. I prefer both because it gives more of a rounded experience. This just doesn't have enough in the taste to appeal to me. There ...

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Heather J.

(28 reviews)
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Organic English Breakfast from Harney and Sons

Style: English Breakfast – Region: China

69 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Nov. 29th, 2018

For an English breakfast tea I think this one is pretty good! I’m picky about black teas in general because I don’t like when they are too astringent or bitter. This tea isn’t too astringent at all though! However it was a little bitter, but overall it tasted pretty decent. The aroma is good and mild and smells l...

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Alex Zorach

(1387 reviews)
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Special Golden Black Tea from Socra Tea Detroit

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

82 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 27th, 2018

This was a smooth, naturally sweet tea (even with no sweetener added) that had a pleasing and somewhat complex aroma.

We ordered four teas (two true teas and two Rooibos) at Socra Tea during our recent visit to Detroit, and this was the tea that jumped out and left the biggest impression on me.

Very smooth flavor...

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Gray

(13 reviews)
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Menghai Raw Pu-erh Cake Tea 2018 - Dog Year from TeaVivre

Style: Pu-erh Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

25 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Nov. 26th, 2018

I liked the Monkey Year tea, but before I could order a cake, they sold out and were replaced with the Dog Year tea. I'm very glad that I opted to get a sample first because this tea is completely different, even though they were listed for sale on the same page.

First of all, the notes of the Monkey Year tea were f...

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Teuvo

(63 reviews)
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Cui Ya from Unami

Style: Green Tea – Region: Anhui, China

67 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 24th, 2018

The first time I made this tea, I didn't get much flavour out of it, so this time I used more leaves than I usually do for green tea - at least, I tried to. The leaves are large and twisted into irregular shapes, so it's not very dense. I think I could have used even more.
The liquor is rather light but it's a really ...

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Gray

(13 reviews)
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Fengqing Daohua Xiang Raw Pu-erh Cake Tea 2013 from TeaVivre

Style: Pu-erh Tea – Region: Fengqing, Yunnan, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 24th, 2018

When I first tried this tea, I used a Western brewing method and it came out terribly. At that point in time, I also had very little experience with the bitterness of younger raw pu-erh. Well, I let some samples of this sit around for about six months to a year and gave it another try. I was so happy I tried this again...

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Brytta Sóþword

(305 reviews)
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Ginseng Green from Adagio Teas

Style: Ginseng Green Tea – Region: China

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 29th, 2018

I wasn't sure whether I would like this one or not, but I found it delightfully refreshing. The ginseng gives the tea a bright yet herbaceous flavor. The light feeling that the tea imparts is quite nice. I'm glad I tried this one.

I didn't add any creamer or sweetener to this tea.

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Alex Zorach

(1387 reviews)
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Teng Chong Hui Long Zhai Yunnan Green Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Green Tea – Region: Tengchong, Yunnan, China

85 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 23rd, 2018

A bold-flavored green tea producing a pale-colored cup with a brisk character. Very enjoyable and easy to brew and drink.

The dry leaf has a tightly curled appearance, a lot like Bi Luo Chun but more irregular. It's very fragrant and strong, grassy and somewhat smoky, with a hint of bready qualities. The smell sugge...

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Evertiro

(55 reviews)
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Organic Jasmine Green Tea from OLLTco

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: Fujian, China

50 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 9th, 2018

I'm not sure what I was expecting from this tea, but it isn't what I expected. I did expect a floral aroma, and I got one. It smells like jasmine, but not JUST jasmine. It almost seems like a jasmine/dandelion blend to me. Similarly, the flavor isn't a true jasmine, and certainly isn't what I expect from a green tea. I...

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Alex Zorach

(1387 reviews)
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Da Hu Sai Village Wild Arbor Black Tea of Yunnan Spring 2018 from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Shuangjiang, Yunnan, China

92 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 8th, 2018

This is one of those really dangerous teas...very caffeinated but incredibly mild and smooth tasting, so it is very easy to brew it too strongly and get uncomfortably wired.

Dry leaf has a potent and very pleasing aroma: strongly malty with cocoa notes, and a faint hint of smoke and vegetal notes. Contrasting with t...

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Jingmai Mountain Wild Arbor Black Tea of Spring 2018 from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Lancang, Yunnan, China

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 5th, 2018

Wow! Exceptional!!!

I've tried a lot of teas from Yunnan Sourcing over the years but have never ordered nor have I reviewed any of them; they were always just served to me by others, often aged Pu-erhs. I finally ordered some of my own and I am super impressed with every one. This is my favorite one of the batch.

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Alex

(45 reviews)
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Lao Cong Mi Lan Xiang (Honey Orchid) Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong from TeaVivre

Style: Dancong Oolong – Region: Guangdong, China

79 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 18th, 2018

The name is accurate: it does smell like honey and flowers. Like Teavivre's Ya Shi Xiang and Da Wu Ye, it has a creamy mouthfeel and sweet, fruity taste. However, I'm not sure it's worth the price considering the cheaper Da Wu Ye from Teavivre or the cheaper and likely better Mi Lan Xiang from both Yunnan Sourcing and ...

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Da Wu Ye (Big Dark Leaf) Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong from TeaVivre

Style: Dancong Oolong – Region: Guangdong, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 18th, 2018

Bright floral aroma, creamy mouthfeel. Later infusions have a note of peach with a mildly spicy finish. Pretty much a stereotypical Dancong. I'd recommend this to someone who has never tried one before. If you have, there's nothing new here, but I don't think there's really anything bad about it either unless you're us...

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Ya Shi Xiang Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Dancong Oolong – Region: Guangdong, China

78 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 18th, 2018

I like floral teas, but this was a little too floral for me. Great creamy mouthfeel, though.

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Huang Guanyin (Yellow Goddess) Wuyi Rock Oolong from TeaVivre

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 18th, 2018

The dark chocolaty, floral aroma of the dry leaves is honestly the best thing about this tea. I spent a lot of time trying to get it to taste like it smells. I can get close with a lower temperature and the right brewing time, but it's never exact. Most of the time, the taste is slightly fruity and a little less roasty...

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Wuyi Shui Xian from Coffee and Tea Exchange

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 18th, 2018

This is a very basic Wuyi oolong, with the deep, roasty flavor you'd expect. There's a caramel sweetness and the aroma has a bit of tobacco. I compared this to Teavivre's Da Hong Pao, and while the Teavivre DHP had a slight fruity note that was lacking here, I thought this compared pretty well otherwise. For $2, it's n...

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Ti Kuan Yin from Coffee and Tea Exchange

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Anxi, Fujian, China

72 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 18th, 2018

Decent dark roast oolong, but nothing special. It had a nutty, caramel flavor that reminded me of Brazilian coffee. Considering it was only $2/ounce, I'd buy some again if I was in Chicago and low on oolongs, but it's not something I'd go out of my way for.

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Premium Grade Dragon Well Green Tea (Long Jing) from TeaVivre

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

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 12th, 2018

Nutty and umami. I don't have much to say about this, but it really is a great tea even though I rarely drink Chinese greens.

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2015 Yunnan Sourcing Menghai Lao Cha Tou Ripe Pu-erh Tea Brick from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Ripened (Shou) Pu-erh – Region: Menghai, Yunnan, China

82 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 12th, 2018

The dry leaves still have a little wet pile odor, but fortunately, this doesn't make it into the cup. I mostly taste wood and earthy flavors. My preference with shou is for sweeter notes of cherry, dried fruit, chocolate, vanilla, etc. I'll let this air out for a few weeks and see if it changes, but it's pretty mediocr...

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