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Alex Zorach

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Five Peaks Green Dew Green Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Green Tea – Region: Hubei, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 21st, 2013

I'd say this is my second-favorite of the green teas I've sampled from Arbor Teas so far.

The dry leaf is dark looking, with a fruity aroma, strangely suggestive of a strawberry tart or pastry.

Upon brewing, has a classic Chinese green tea profile. The suggestion of strawberry is present, but is like a hint or a...

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Jasmine Tea Bags from Rishi Tea

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: Hubei, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 17th, 2013

This struck me as one of the better jasmine teas I've had in a tea bag or sachet, if not the best. I'd compare it against Two Leaves and a Bud's Jasmine Petal, or Novus Tea's Jasmine Tea. I prefer it to both; it seemed more similar to Novus Tea's offering.

Slightly perfumey. Very full-bodied; somewhat astringent ...

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Qianjiang Hubei Jade Organic from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Gunpowder Green Tea – Region: Hubei, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 21st, 2012

This tea was barely like other gunpowder green tea, and much more like other high-grade Chinese green teas. The loose leaf is only loosely rolled, and looks quite delicate.

Aroma is vegetal and light, and suggests sweetness. There's no overt smokiness but there's a suggestion of camphor in the aroma, which I disli...

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Hubei Province Keemun Ji Hong from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Keemun – Region: Hubei, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 12th, 2011

The second Hubei Keemun I've tried, and it is immediately recognizable as a Hubei Keemun: the same aroma of chicken soup, the earthy and fruity Keemun tones weaker and taking a back burner, and a slight usually edginess not present in Anhui Keemuns.

Flavor is overall very sweet, there are even some tones of honey in...

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Keemun from Rishi Tea

Style: Keemun – Region: Hubei, China

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 12th, 2010

This is the first Hubei Keemun I've tried, and I will say it is quite different from other Keemuns, and in fact, quite different from anything I've ever had: count on Rishi to locate and select innovative teas, although I still can't make up my mind about whether I like this particular innovation. I tried brewing this...

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Jasmine Yin Hao from Rishi Tea

Style: Yin Hao Jasmine – Region: Hubei, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 2nd, 2009

This tea is very aromatic, and is both richer and less perfumey than some Jasmine teas. The flavor is mellow and smooth, there is very little bitterness and no astringency.

I have had good results with a shorter infusion time than recommended, and I think this tea is good for multiple infusions. You can also get a...

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Jade Cloud (aka Green Jade) from Rishi Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: Hubei, China

91 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 29th, 2009

The aroma is very complex, with some grassy tones and some sharpness. Simultaneously clean and rich tasting. In my opinion, this tea combines the clean, sharp qualities of a good Japanese Sencha, without the fishy quality, and with the more rich and warm characteristics of some of the better Chinese green teas.

Th...

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