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D. Gray

(16 reviews)

Spring Reserve Laoshan Green Tea from Verdant Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: Shandong, China

98 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 24th, 2017

This is truly delicious green tea! When I opened the little sample pack, I had no idea that tea could even be this fragrant. It was such an amazing scent. I brewed it at 80ºC and the flavor was just perfect. This tea has its leaves intact, not pressed or cut. They were like little curls when dry, then opened up to suc...

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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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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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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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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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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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Alex Zorach

(1311 reviews)
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Green Tea (Loose) from Golden Sail Brand

Style: Green Tea – Region: China

48 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 1/5
Jun. 9th, 2017

I wouldn't buy this again. I purchased it at the Newark, Delaware Farmer's market out of curiosity. Usually I've had better experiences with teas there, like discovering the remarkably inexpensive and high-quality Tradition brand. This was a disappointment though.

Dry leaf looks dusty silvery-green, looks a lot l...

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Teuvo

(31 reviews)
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Bi Luo Chun from AhaTee

Style: Bi Luo Chun – Region: China

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Jun. 9th, 2017

This tea was quite expensive and it doesn't smell all that good. Especially the used leaves smell pretty bad. I still haven't figured out how to make this, but I use relatively little leaf and don't steep it for long. The result tastes all right, though. The colour of the infusion isn't very bright, a slightly dirty ye...

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Young Hyson from De Theefabriek

Style: Young Hyson – Region: China

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 7th, 2017

It smells nice enough, but not that special. It tastes great, though. A very strong flavour. If I use too little leaf, it doesn't really have that intensity that I love about this, but if I use too much it easily gets too bitter.
It's a great everyday green tea, but I don't worry too much about running out. I like thi...

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Alex Zorach

(1311 reviews)
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Anji Baicha from Harney and Sons

Style: Anji Bai Cha – Region: Zhejiang, China

86 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 31st, 2017

I have read about Anji Baicha for years now, and this is the first time I've ever tried it. I've been very curious about it, especially since I've read that it's among the teas highest in L-theanine, but is prepared rather differently from Gyokuro, the tea I've tried that is also highest in theanine. It didn't quite ...

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Pearl Gunpowder from The Tao of Tea

Style: Gunpowder Green Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

66 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 27th, 2017

This was a simple, coolish, fresh green tea with a hint of smoke in the aroma. Gunpowder isn't my favorite style of green tea, but I do enjoy it from time to time.

The dry leaf of this smells mild but pleasant and fresh, dusty with a hint of smoke, some cool herbal notes a little like celery. After steeping I see ...

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Sheng

(4 reviews)
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West Lake Dragon Well Tea Long Jing from Teasenz

Style: Dragon Well Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

89 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 25th, 2017

The dry leaves released a great roasty aroma when I opened the bag. I couldn't wait but to steep a cup of this great looking green tea in my glass gaiwan.

I cooked water and let it cool down for 2 minute. I can't really say what temperature it is, I tend to steep tea more based on my 'feeling'. And I like it that wa...

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Xin Yang Mao Jian from Teasenz

Style: Mao Jian Green Tea – Region: Henan, China

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

The appearance of this green tea is dark green. The dry leaves smell amazing. It’s like seaweed.

After brewing I can see that it consists mainly out of small young leaves as well as some one bud one leaf pickings.

This is a pretty strong tea. The flavour reminds me of a biluochun. It’s vegetal, seaweed-like, ...

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First Flush Longjing from Teasenz

Style: Dragon Well Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

92 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 16th, 2017

I’ve prepared this longjing in a glass and steeped it with water around 80C. It’s more a grandpa style of brewing, but I like it this way with Longjing.

The first brew is delicious. It has the usual nutty and toasty characteristics, but not too strong. The flavour isn’t as vegetal as most green teas, which I l...

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Alex Zorach

(1311 reviews)
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Hunan Mao Jian from Harney and Sons

Style: Mao Jian Green Tea – Region: Hunan, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Apr. 29th, 2017

I tend to like Mao Jian teas a lot, and I still liked this one, but it was my least favorite example of it that I've tried. It was unexpectedly smooth but lacked edge or bite, and I think this bite is one of the things that I most appreciate about this type of tea.

Dry leaf is wiry and curved, very dark green. Qui...

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Chun Mee from Harney and Sons

Style: Chun Mee – Region: China

69 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 5th, 2017

Enjoyable but not amazing, not really standing out much among this style of tea. Smoother and less acidic than the norm for chun mee, but also perhaps a bit more boring too.

The dry leaf has a dusty vegetal aroma, slightly smoky, with a few sweet notes, kind of what I'd expect from this type of tea.

Brewed, this...

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Difflugia

(39 reviews)
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Organic Dragon Well Tea from Wei-Chuan

Style: Dragon Well Tea – Region: China

75 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 4th, 2017

The tea in the sachets is a mixture of broken and whole leaves, so the first appearance is of tea that would be mediocre if sold loose. The dry tea is quite fragrant, though, smelling fresh and grassy.

I typically steep green tea at 170° for four minutes. With decent quality tea, this generally gives a comfortable ...

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Jason Rowlands

(4 reviews)
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Emerald Green from The Tao of Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: Fujian, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 19th, 2017

Also known as "San Bei Xiang" or "Three Cups" because of the different fragrances this tea provides with each infusion. I'm a little confused about the origin because the website says it is from Ningde in Fujian province but the tin I bought says it is from Zhejiang province. Perhaps Tao of Tea switched locations it ...

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Difflugia

(39 reviews)
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Bilouchun Green Tea from Starway

Style: Bi Luo Chun – Region: Jiangsu, China

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 14th, 2017

This is presumably the same tea that the previous reviewers tasted, but it's packaged in individual 6g pouches (24 packets totalling 150g). At $10, I paid a little more than the previous reviewers did, as well.

That said, this is now one of my favorite green teas. I find it best with a long steep in cooler water (4-...

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Alex Zorach

(1311 reviews)
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Organic Green Dragon from Mighty Leaf Tea

Style: Dragon Well Tea – Region: China

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 17th, 2017

I was eager to try this because it was the only pure green tea in tea bags sold by Mighty Leaf, other than their hojicha which is roasted and does not taste at all like a green tea.

I wasn't crazy about this tea; if I had to divide all dragon wells into "good dragonwell" vs. "bad dragonwell" this one almost falls be...

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eatonet

(1 review)
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Emperor's Clouds and Mist Green Tea from Teavana

Style: Green Tea – Region: China

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 29th, 2016

This is a very nice tea. The trick is to rein in it's flavor, because it is VERY strong.

I typically brew half the amount of leaf I would normally. Cast iron, 1.5 - 2 minutes. Keep water cooler (75-80*C).

1st steep: Vegetal and grassy with a hint of sweetness and a touch of smokiness. An intense freshness.

2n...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(83 reviews)
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Oriental Treasure Green Tea from Bentley's Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: China

50 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 1st, 2016

An unopened and sealed box of 20 bags was available at an estate sale, so I grabbed it with no particular expectations. It delivered no particular impression, so I guess you can say expectations were met! :-)

The tea tasted like a fairly standard-order green tea, neither bad nor excellent in any given way. It is...

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ollie

(4 reviews)
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Emperor's Clouds and Mist Green Tea from Teavana

Style: Green Tea – Region: China

63 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 16th, 2016

The best Starbucks has to offer anyway, my go to tea. A little honey helps to smooth out some of the bitter taste.

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