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Alex Zorach

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Nonpareil Te Gong Huang Shan Mao Feng Green Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Mao Feng Green Tea – Region: Huangshan, Anhui, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 14th, 2013

Very smooth, but not aromatic enough for me when brewed.

As usual with TeaVivre, the dry leaf is intensely aromatic, suggesting sweet and umami flavors. The leaf looks to consist exclusively of tips, with two very tiny leaves attached to a bud, the leaves hardly bigger than than the bud itself. Upon brewing though...

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Organic Superfine Keemun Fragrant Black Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Keemun – Region: Huangshan, Anhui, China

91 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 9th, 2013

I find it interesting how different people I have given this tea to have perceived it differently. I thought it a top-notch tea, but I also found that it doesn't have as much of a universal appeal as some high-quality teas.

Dry leaf is pleasingly aromatic, and shares a lot of qualities in common with top-quality bl...

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Huang Shan Mao Feng Green Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Mao Feng Green Tea – Region: Huangshan, Anhui, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 30th, 2012

Short summary: very smooth, extremely pleasing flavor, not the strongest aroma, and picky on brewing temperature. Exceptionally smooth for this price.

Dry leaf is intensely aromatic, and packed very loosely. A lot of leaf (by volume) is needed to produce a normal-strength cup.

I found this tea was picky about b...

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Chun Mei Green Tea (Zhen Mei) from TeaVivre

Style: Chun Mee – Region: Huangshan, Anhui, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 15th, 2012

This Chun Mee had a subtlety and sweetness that I have never encountered in this type of tea. Dry leaf is very aromatic, typical of this style of tea but more suggesting of sweetness. Like all the teas I received from Teavivre, it smelled extremely fresh.

Compared to other chun mee I've had, this one was sweeter, ...

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Huang Shan Mao Feng from Teaspring

Style: Mao Feng Green Tea – Region: Huangshan, Anhui, China

94 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 12th, 2012

This tea was served to me, Gong Fu style, by Evan. Dry leaf was extremely aromatic.

I found it to be simultaneously strong and refined. The other mao feng green teas I've tried have either been relatively coarser-tasting, with more astringency, or smooth but too weak. This was a powerful tea with a bold flavor, b...

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Huangshan Maofeng Green Tea from Starway (Tea King of China)

Style: Mao Feng Green Tea – Region: Huangshan, Anhui, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 29th, 2011

I can't believe the price on this tea: 6 ounces for $3. I wasn't expecting much, and I was literally blown away. This is an outstanding tea for this price. Many whole leaves, and mostly large, only slightly broken pieces. The leaf is lightly packed and takes up a lot of space. The instructions say to brew with 2-3...

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Huang Shan Yun Wu (Yellow Mountain Cloud) from Life in Teacup

Style: Clouds & Mist (Yun Wu) – Region: Huangshan, Anhui, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 3rd, 2011

Another sample from Life in Teacup, this is my kind of tea: a classic Chinese pan-fired green tea wild a bold flavor. This tea looks typical at first, but as I started experimenting with brewing it, I found it had a lot of personality.

After a few trials, I found that I achieved the best results for my tastes by us...

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