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Teuvo

(48 reviews)
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Tien Kuan Yin (o) from De Theefabriek

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Fujian, China

62 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 12th, 2017

I just find oolongs really difficult. I have three tightly rolled oolongs, including this one, and they taste almost identical to me. I feel like I'm giving ratings almost at random sometimes.

I know I used a very large amount of leaves this time. It has a soapy flavour (not in an unpleasant way) like jade oolongs, ...

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Yunnan (Green) from De Theefabriek

Style: Green Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

81 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 2nd, 2017

Even before I brewed this, the colour of the leaves reminded me of Vietnamese green teas: olive green with some grey and white leaves. The aroma and the colour of the liqueur also reminded me of Vietnamese green teas.
The aroma and flavour made me think of Simon Lévelt's Yen Bai Groen and a brandless tea called Vietn...

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D. Gray

(24 reviews)
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Zheng Wei Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

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

95 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 30th, 2017

I was very impressed by this tea. I wasn't sure what to expect after reading the reviews. But, I was very happy with it.

Firstly, this isn't what I'd call a full-bodied tea. It's not light, either. It's more in the middle. The notes are delicious and strong, but they don't fill up my entire palette. There's a lot of...

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Difflugia

(47 reviews)
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Milk Oolong Full-Leaf from Republic of Tea

Style: Milky Oolong – Region: Fujian, China

0 / 100 Aroma: 1/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 1/5
Aug. 29th, 2017

This tea is a lie. It's mediocre oolong that's been sprayed with caramel apple flavoring. Republic of Tea isn't always the highest quality, but I at least expected them to be honest. The can gives no indication that it's flavored and the website positively claims that it isn't. At first I doubted my own senses, but I w...

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D. Gray

(24 reviews)
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Fengqing Da Xue Shan (Big Snow Mountain) (2016) from TeaVivre

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

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 25th, 2017

I've never had a tea as mouthwatering as this one and the bitterness which prompts it is really quite reasonable and consistent even after brewing it numerous times. It has a light, pleasant sweetness. But, really most of the presence is in a light thrust of bitterness at the start of a sip, which causes my mouth to wa...

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Teuvo

(48 reviews)
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Jasmijn from De Theefabriek

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: China

63 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 25th, 2017

I actually ordered the slightly more expensive and higher quality Jasmijn Mao Jian instead of this one. I'm going to give De Theefabriek the benefit of doubt and put it down to a mistake. Given how many samples I ordered, any small mistakes like this are understandable.

The jasmine smell struck me as a bit sharp at ...

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JGS1122

(54 reviews)

Yunnan Black Dragon Pearls, ZY75 from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 12th, 2017

Nice amber colored liquor. Subtle aroma and flavor. The 'pearls' open up during steeping. Would not be my first choice if I wanted a 'strong' Yunnan. Very enjoyable.

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D. Gray

(24 reviews)
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2016 Gu Hua Sheng from Verdant Tea

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

45 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Aug. 5th, 2017

I think that if I were new to young, raw pu-erh and thought that they were all bitter and undrinkable, this might 'wow' me in that it is sweeter, fruity, and definitely can be consumed now. But, compared to other young, raw pu-erh I've tried, it's really not special. It's also higher-priced. And, I really didn't like t...

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Spring Flat Pressed Laoshan Green Tea (2017) from Verdant Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: Shandong, China

40 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Aug. 5th, 2017

I didn't try a sample before ordering this one in a 25g bag (my mistake). I was really surprised with how little flavor it had. As with the Spring Laoshan Green and Spring Reserve Laoshan Green, there's a savory profile, though this is more delicate and sweet than the others. But, the notes didn't last for more than a ...

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Spring Laoshan Green Tea (2017) from Verdant Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: Shandong, China

30 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 1/5
Aug. 5th, 2017

I didn't try a sample pack of this one before ordering the larger 25g bags, because it was less expensive, so it wasn't a big deal to just order the bigger bags. Well, after trying it, I could see why it was less expensive. I got almost no brews out of this. It's really low-quality tea. Even taking into account the fac...

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Spring Reserve Laoshan Green Tea from Verdant Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: Shandong, China

35 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 1/5
Aug. 5th, 2017

I was really impressed with this when I was trying it in a sample pack. I got a lot of brews out of it, it had a lot of really nice savory notes (nutty, umami, mineral/salty, etc.). But, then when I purchased it in a larger amount, it didn't have nearly as much flavor. I stored it in the same way I've stored teas from ...

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Teuvo

(48 reviews)
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Yunnan Flowery Orange Pekoe from Simon Lévelt

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Yunnan, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 4th, 2017

This tea smells similar to Simon Lévelt's Ruhuna Orange Pekoe. The leaves are more colourful, with many golden tones, but the aroma has a similar strong dried fruit quality. However, I don't think I'd describe it as plums, exactly. Raisins come to mind, or rather, a kind of spicy raisin cake.

The liqueur tastes ver...

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Finest Oolong from Simon Lévelt

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: China

43 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 2nd, 2017

This tea could almost be summarised in a single word: Nutty. It has an intensely nutty aroma and flavour. It also reminds me of dry autumn leaves (not that I've tasted many of those, but I can't shake the association). I'm not a fan of nutty teas, so I don't really enjoy this one.

This is the first tea I tried with ...

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Plowboy

(10 reviews)
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China Yunnan from Mark T. Wendell

Style: Black Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

85 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 2nd, 2017

This came in my second order from Mark T. Wendell. It looks nice in the tin, dark brown and gold mixed together. It has a pleasant faint smell. After steeping for 4 minutes it produces a deep red color. The aroma remains faint. The taste is smooth and very good with a peppery component that others have mentioned. It's ...

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Teuvo

(48 reviews)
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King of Pu Erh from Het Gouden Randje

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

58 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 2nd, 2017

This tea smells pleasantly fungal and like straw, like damp autumn leaves and moist earth. The flavour is very soft and smooth and it never gets bitter or sour. I have, in the past, forgotten about it and left it to steep for more than five, maybe even ten minutes, and it's still been smooth. Even when it's strong, tho...

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D. Gray

(24 reviews)

1998 Shou Puerh from T Shop

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

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 26th, 2017

This is a good ripe pu-erh. I just think it may need to be brewed differently than I brew other ripe pu-erh, in order to bring out the right flavors. This is because there are two categories of notes that I detected. One was this wet, clean earth after rain set of notes. Then, there was another completely different set...

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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.

(4 reviews)
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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

(24 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

(48 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

(24 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

(48 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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