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Cissy

(11 reviews)
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Lapsang Souchong from Harney and Sons

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 30th, 2017

Lapsang Souchong is not a tea for everybody, and this one is especially strong and smoky, a great beverage for a gloomy winter afternoon. You can almost feel woodsmoke in it. It's too aggressive for me to enjoy very often -- I have to be in a mood for it. But I could imagine a bit of it blended with another tamer bl...

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Teuvo

(53 reviews)
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Black Gunpowder (z) from De Theefabriek

Style: Black Gunpowder – Region: Fujian, China

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 19th, 2017

The dry leaves are a lovely dull brown colour. I just really like the look of them.

I'm having slightly mixed feelings. It is flowery as advertised, but it's also a bit "dull" in a way that cheap teabags often are. Maybe I used too much tea or let it steep for too long. Or maybe too many leaves and not steeped long ...

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BuggaBoo

(4 reviews)
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Shou Mei White from Caina Tea

Style: Shou Mei – Region: Fujian, China

85 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 11th, 2017

Shou Mei is a very stem-y and leafy loose left. Caina says to steep 1tbsp for about 25 seconds, with all the stems and big leafs it's pretty hard to measure. It's actually a lot easier just to eyeball and take a guess, if you drink a lot of loose leaf tea it's not that hard to guesstimate it. To me it has a light flowe...

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Iron Goddess (Oolong) from Caina Tea

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

95 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 11th, 2017

Iron Goddess is the first Oolong tea I've had. It has this nice earthy/herbal, flowery flavor, almost a natural sweetness to it's taste. You can clearly imagine the taste by it's smell, which is very much the same. Caina says you want to steep 1tsp for about 30 seconds, with resteeping of the leaves about 5 times. This...

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Teuvo

(53 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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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

(51 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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Alex Zorach

(1331 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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Sheng

(4 reviews)
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Red Robe Da Hong Pao from Teasenz

Style: Da Hong Pao – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

95 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 25th, 2017

It's kind of strange that I've had so many Dan Cong oolongs in my life, but no oolong from Wuyishan. I guess that's because of my Chaozhou background. Given the fame of Dahongpao, I guess it's about time to try it out!

According to the vendor it's a 'banyan' type, meaning it's harvested near the scenic area of Wuyis...

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Alex Zorach

(1331 reviews)
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Rou Gui Oolong from Harney and Sons

Style: Rou Gui – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

72 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
May. 5th, 2017

Overall this was more run-of-the-mill than I expected for such a high-end tea. My favorite thing about it was the smell of the dry leaf, the actual cup was good, but not as interesting.

The dry leaf smells incredibly beautiful...multifaceted too, lightly roasty, very fruity, like baked goods, suggesting sweetness, ...

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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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Monk

(19 reviews)
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Black Fairy from Music City Tea

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

93 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 25th, 2017

In my latest black tea frenzy, I decided to give this one a try since it seems pretty unique.
It is apparently a black (more fully oxidized) version of the Water Fairy oolong, which interested me.
I've seen that various companies offer black tea versions of oolongs such as Tie Guan Yin and even Alishan tea.
I've...

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Brytta Sóþword

(293 reviews)
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White Peony (Pai Mu Tan) from Adagio Teas

Style: White Peony Tea – Region: Fujian, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 23rd, 2017

This tea exhibits a pure, delicate flavor -- essentially what every white tea is described as by the company that sells it. It has no bitterness and a smooth flavor. When in the mood for a straightforward, pure tea that isn't grassy, this is a nice choice.

To prepare this tea, I used the Chinese method I was shown a...

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Monk

(19 reviews)
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Ti Guan Yin (Iron Goddess of Mercy) from Music City Tea

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

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 14th, 2017

I think this is a good example of Tie Guan Yin. This one is definitely of the greener, less oxidized and less roasted variety.

The dry leaf aroma is very pleasant and "green".
When brewed the aroma is very fresh veggie-like, with notes of butter, and floral as well. Not intensely floral, but it's there.
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Alex Zorach

(1331 reviews)
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ZW48: Fuding White Tea Cake from Upton Tea Imports

Style: White Tea – Region: Fuding, Fujian, China

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 9th, 2017

I tried this together with Upton's ZW42. I actually liked this one a lot, and not the other.

Brews up a dark, full-bodied cup that, like the other compressed white tea cake, is rather bitter. I find the bitterness more blunt though, whereas ZW42 has a sharp bitterness.

The aroma is strange and hard to describe....

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Monk

(19 reviews)
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ZO79: Zhang Ping Shui Hsian Oolong from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Shui Hsien Oolong – Region: Zhangping, Fujian, China

43 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 3rd, 2017

This one is actually currently available.
I ordered 2 15g samples about a month ago. The fact I still have some left is a clue as to what I think about it :)

I admit to buying this because it's a unique brick oolong. I also figured that given the high price it should be good.
I've since learned that price is not...

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Big Red Robe from Music City Tea

Style: Da Hong Pao – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 22nd, 2016

Yet another tea from this company that I've been ordering lately. Originally, I received a free sample of their Big Red Robe along with a few gaiwans I ordered from them. Since then I've been buying this tea regularly.

As I understand it, this is one of the "house teas" that comes from the owner's tea farming vil...

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Bai Lin Gong Fu Organic from Music City Tea

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

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 19th, 2016

So ever since a local shop stopped carrying my favorite teas I haven't really purchased much black tea lately.
I've been impressed with this company's teas so far, and went ahead and added this one to a recent order.

The aroma of the dry, thin, slightly curly leaves is very nice...caramel and maybe a little fresh ...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(114 reviews)
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White Tea (White Peony Tea) from Triple Leaf Tea

Style: White Peony Tea – Region: Fujian, China

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 20th, 2016

This tea came from an estate sale (good places to find teas you haven't tried before, really cheap!), in its originally wrapped box.

You know, it's pathetic what some of these highly paid marketing consultants can concoct. I reviewed a loose-leaf Basilur floral tea whose packaging blatantly pandered to romantical...

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Virginia Mastromarino

(6 reviews)
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Jasmine Pearls from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Jasmine Pearls – Region: Fujian, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 3rd, 2016

I like this style of tea. I think it's a good combination between aroma and flavor.

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b22johansen

(44 reviews)
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Tangerine Peel White Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Fruit White Tea – Region: Fuding, Fujian, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 7th, 2016

My first tasting of this tea was in my gaiwan with about 3 grams of tea and 2 grams of tangerine peel. I did a 5 second rinse then 3 infusions. The aroma was sweet and citrusy to begin with. The taste was light, oily, buttery, and smooth with slight orange/tangerine flavors. The second and third infusions became sweete...

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Wuyi Gongfu Black from Verdant Tea

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

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 31st, 2016

This is a hard tea to review. I greatly enjoyed drinking it, but was not overwhelmed with uniqueness of any kind. Rather, it was simply enjoyable. The flavor has hints of caramel, honey, and sweetness with a slight astringency. The cup is very smooth. I would recommend as a black tea, but it is nothing unique, albeit v...

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spaflam

(167 reviews)
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Silver Needle from ITO EN

Style: Silver Needle – Region: Fujian, China

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 12th, 2016

If you like white teas (so pale - must steep longer.) this is a safe choice and has not only a light grassy note but I got "flowers" - or maybe even honey if that's not reaching too far.

I let it steep forever - over 5 minutes and it was still so pale, but it is, after all, a white tea.

Rich in antioxidants. Lik...

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Alex Zorach

(1331 reviews)
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Lapsang Souchong Wild Black Tea (Ye Sheng Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong) from TeaVivre

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

94 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 16th, 2016

A lovely tea, mellow, and complex, among my favorite Lapsang Souchongs ever sampled. Thank you again to TeaVivre for the sample! This is a traditional Chinese lapsang souchong, it lacks the strong smoky aroma that the more widely-known style of tea popular in the West has. Compared to other traditional Lapsang Souch...

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Panyang Congou from Harney and Sons

Style: Panyang Congou – Region: Fujian, China

43 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Jun. 13th, 2016

This was the most disappointing pure tea I've ever tried from Harney & Sons.

Dry leaf not very aromatic, but the aroma is pleasant. The leaf is pretty, with fine wiry pieces, fairly finely broken...the faint aroma suggests spice and dried fruit, like fig or date.

The brewed cup is surprisingly lacking in aroma. ...

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