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Mr Bamsen

(94 reviews)
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Lapsang Souchong (Nr. 20) from Wohlenberg

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: China

78 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 26th, 2020

Half-litre pot at home, made from smoked Chinese black tea leaves. Pours clear dark amber (against white china) with no sediment. Clear aroma of smoke, with notes of black tea. Bitter, leafy flavour of black tea, enhanced by pronounced smoky notes. Astringent and leafy palate, with smoky notes and malty touches in the ...

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China Yunnan Imperial (Nr. 99) from Carstensens Tehandel

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Yunnan, China

92 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 6th, 2020

Half-litre pot at home, made from loose curly dried leaves of varying colour, spanning most shades of brown and grey. Pours clear reddish copper brown (against white china) with no sediment. Clear and seductive aroma of high quality red (= black) tea leaves, with malty touches, reminiscent of the Lao Wild Phongsali or ...

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JGS1122

(79 reviews)
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China Golden Monkey Black Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: China

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
May. 13th, 2020

Mild flowery aroma. The liquor has a nice amber color. Vert smooth flavor with a subtle honey after taste.

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Trailesque

(87 reviews)
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Chun Mee (Moon Palace) from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Chun Mee – Region: China

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 24th, 2020

This has a pleasant, grassy aroma that comes thru clearly. The dominant flavor is herbal bitterness, but it does not become overbearing when brewed according to the directions. The price could not be better for an organic product. This is a good choice for an everyday green tea.

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Lexi

(5 reviews)
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Jasmine Phoenix Pearls (Jasmine #12) from Adagio Teas

Style: Jasmine Pearls – Region: Fujian, China

85 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 19th, 2020

This tea has a beautiful jasmine smell and taste. You have to really love jasmine to like this tea; as the other reviewer mentioned, the jasmine aroma and taste is very overpowering, even with minimal steep time. I really enjoy this tea. It reminds me a great deal of Republic of Tea’s Twilight Rose, which is a chamom...

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Peter

(8 reviews)
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Prince of Wales from Twinings

Style: Black Tea – Region: China

35 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Apr. 2nd, 2020

I was a bit disappointed with this one. Almost no taste, if you compare it to other black teas (like Typhoo) far too mild and decent. Didn't give me any kick. Very boring taste.

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Mr Bamsen

(94 reviews)
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Keke Gul Te (Nr. 765) from Carstensens Tehandel

Style: Junshan Yinzhen – Region: China

72 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 22nd, 2020

Half-litre pot at home, made from inch-long thin handrolled leaves - they look like tiny sticks. Pours clear light straw (against white china) with no sediment. Clear aroma of tea (yellow, to be sure, but the scent is not very different from that of green or white), with a faint touch of peach. Delicate bitter flavour ...

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Pearl Jasmine from A.C. Perch's Thehandel

Style: White Tea – Region: China

88 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 6th, 2020

Half-litre pot at home, made from 20 small pearls of handrolled Dragon Phoenix white tea leaves and jasmine leaves, which unfold into one-inch-long leaves during the brewing. The first cup pours clear pale straw with no sediment; the colour grown darker with each cup, and the last cup does have a small amount of sedime...

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Ya Bao (Nr. 208) from Carstensens Tehandel

Style: Moonlight White – Region: Yunnan, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 3rd, 2020

Half-litre pot at home. Pours clear and nearly colourless, with just a faint touch of pale straw, with no sediment. Mild aroma of white tea with barely discernible hints of some herbal spice. Delicate flavour of white tea, with mild floral and herbal notes. Smooth palate, with bitterish hints. The second cup has more c...

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Difflugia

(150 reviews)
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Black Tea from Touch Organic

Style: Black Tea – Region: China

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 2nd, 2020

According to the box, this tea is from "Southeastern China." Fujian, maybe? The dry tea is in unbleached, individually wrapped (but not sealed) teabags. It's finely chopped and smells earthy and dusty, kind of like old books.

I'll point out first that preparing normally (one teabag in eight ounces of boiling water f...

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Mr Bamsen

(94 reviews)
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Pu Erh 15 Års Lagret (Nr. 914) from Carstensens Tehandel

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

65 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 1st, 2020

Half-litre pot at home, brewed from a tuocha, i.e. a pill of compressed fermented leaves. Pours nearly clear fudge brown with negligible brownish sediment. Clear aroma of tea leaves, with mild notes of fermentation. Bitter, but not aggressive, flavour of black tea, with leafy notes and barely discernible touches of fer...

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Difflugia

(150 reviews)
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White Tea from Touch Organic

Style: White Tea – Region: China

69 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 27th, 2020

Though flavorful for white tea in a teabag, this is still a delicate tea. The dry teabags have a nice scent that smells dry and vegetal, like straw with a hint of dry grass or hay. The description on the box implies (but doesn't explicitly say) that this is white peony, being made up of both leaves and unopened buds. T...

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Passionfruit White Tea from Touch Organic

Style: Fruit White Tea – Region: China

65 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 26th, 2020

I don't normally buy flavored white teas because the flavorings tend to overpower the tea, but I really like passionfruit and decided to give this one a try. Unfortunately, this tea was no exception. The flavor of this tea is straight-up passionfruit. That said, this tea is really tasty. The passionfruit flavor is stro...

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raven of the tea leaf

(1 review)
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Wuyi Organic Oolong Tea from Wegmans

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

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 29th, 2020

this tea tastes antique,
like beautiful wooden furniture;
carved aesthetically pleasing,
while suitably functional.

[personal preference / habit / requisite of circumstance: brewed with kosher spring water, steeped in metal basket diffuser, by ceramic mug; addition of raw sugar, directly to brew basket, pour ove...

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weezywitasneezy

(4 reviews)
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Classic Bai Lin Gong Fu "Golden Monkey" Black tea of Fuding from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Golden Monkey – Region: Fuding, Fujian, China

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 21st, 2020

Ordered a Fujiian Black Tea sampler pack from Yunnan Sourcing and this was my second favorite. Nice and light with a good 2-3 re-steeps coming out of it. The rest of the sampler were richer more malty and coffee like tea's while this one was the lightest. Not a roasted or rich flavor but something easy to drink. Has a ...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(273 reviews)
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Jasmine Tea from Fujian Tea Import & Export Co, Ltd.

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: Fujian, China

65 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 4th, 2020

One of my kids gave me this for Christmas, having bought it at an Asian food store for an unknown price, so I'm basing the value rating off the mostly reasonable online costs for a 120g tin. The packaging of this tea confused me a bit at first, as it was branded just like one of the same title on RateTea, but in a tin...

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Whiskey

(44 reviews)
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Organic Jinhao Golden Tip Black Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Black Tea – Region: Longlin, Guangxi, China

89 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 23rd, 2019

I love this tea. I don't often purchase larger quantities of tea without trying it first, but this was on sale around Thanksgiving and I decided to give 50g a try. The leaves were nice and large. I wasn't surprised when I saw that this came from a Bai Hao tree, as the large leaves reminded me a bit of TeaVivre's Bai Ha...

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Alex Zorach

(1412 reviews)
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Nan Nuo Mountain Assamica Varietal Black Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Menghai, Yunnan, China

97 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 16th, 2019

This was another delightful tea. Of all the teas I've tried recently, it was most similar to the Big Snow Mountain of Mengku. It also reminded me a lot of some artisanal Assam teas I tried a while back from TeaOrb, a company that sells teas from regions of Assam that don't typically reach the western market.

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Whiskey

(44 reviews)

Lapsang Souchong Smoky Black Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: Fujian, China

75 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 12th, 2019

I'm not much of a fan of smoky teas. It's really a matter of personal history. It takes me back to a house filled with fire smoke or cigarette smoke, and my frantically opening windows, choking just to breathe. Now, somehow, this tea managed to clear that all away and elicit only my positive memories of smoke -- clean,...

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Alex Zorach

(1412 reviews)
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High Mountain Red Ai Lao Mountain Black Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Black Tea – Region: Simao, Yunnan, China

86 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 4th, 2019

I was eager to try this tea based on its description. I love big-leafed black teas from Taiwan and also love Taiwanese oolongs, as well as Yunnan red teas, and this tea seemed to have something in common with all of these. It wasn't really like I expected though; it was quite good, but in a different way. It was my lea...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(273 reviews)
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Jasmine Pure Tea Bags from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: China

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 31st, 2019

This was a peculiar yet pleasant jasmine-tea experience, stem to stern. The jasmine scent in both the dry bag and steeped cup were stronger than the tea, and than it asserted in the flavor. Instead, the flavor overall is very well-balanced between jasmine and tea. That's good, because the green tea tastes like a ver...

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Alex Zorach

(1412 reviews)
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Traditional Process Dian Hong Black Tea of Feng Qing from Yunnan Sourcing

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

95 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 28th, 2019

A delightful and robust tea that I could happily drink day after day, and that has been one of my favorite teas to start the day with lately.

I found this tea interesting to compare to the "Classic 58" which I also ordered in the same batch. It looks very different in terms of leaf appearance, but is surprisingly si...

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Wu Liang Hong Mao Feng Yunnan Black Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

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

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 27th, 2019

This is definitely my favorite tea I've ever ordered from Yunnan Sourcing, and one of the most exceptional teas I've ever tried. And this is coming from someone who usually is not a huge fan of the super-golden bud-heavy teas like this.

Opening the bag, there's an ethereal fragrance of flowers and sweet, bready malt...

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Classic Bai Lin Gong Fu "Golden Monkey" Black tea of Fuding from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Golden Monkey – Region: Fuding, Fujian, China

91 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 10th, 2019

This was the first tea I bought from Yunnan Sourcing that was not actually grown in Yunnan province. I was a bit reluctant to order it, but also curious, because this company has been so consistently good at everything they sell, both in terms of price and quality. This tea turned out to be a little less interesting th...

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Feng Qing "Classic 58" Dian Hong Premium Yunnan Black Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

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

89 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 4th, 2019

This is one of those teas that I love and could drink every day, but when I've served it to others, I found it doesn't appeal to as wide an audience, especially among those with Western tastes. People who like more "serious" Chinese teas like it, it but a lot of people either find it boring or are put-off by the astrin...

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