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Difflugia

(28 reviews)
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Ancient Golden Yunnan from Rishi Tea

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 18th, 2017

While somewhat broken, the dry tea is in relatively large pieces and the golden tips that the style is known for are apparent. The aroma is malty with notes of raisins.

While brewing, the tea smells wonderful. The maltiness is pronounced, but tannic, leafy and perhaps mineral elements are also present.

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Organic Golden Monkey Black Tea from Prince of Peace

Style: Golden Monkey – Region: Yunnan, China

96 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 26th, 2017

This tea is absolutely sublime, but has a price tag to match.

I was wandering around Chicago's Chinatown yesterday looking for interesting tea and saw a display of Prince of Peace's premium "gift box" teas. At $19.99 for 150g, I was worried that the quality wouldn't match the price, but decided to try it anyway. I w...

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Martin

(1 review)
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Fire Phoenix from chinalife Tea

Style: Ripened (Shou) Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

61 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 4th, 2017

My first loose tea on this new journey.
Dark chestnut tea. Aroma is earthy and wood. Taste is earth, dry leaf, a bit of leather, some light pepper and green grass on the back of the tongue. On the second steep the taste was more dry leaf and less Earth with a nice warm tingling on the tongue. By the third steep all th...

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JGS1122

(50 reviews)
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ZY83D China Yunnan Rare Grade from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

97 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 5th, 2017

Great Yunnan. Wonderful aroma, smooth mellow taste. Amber liquor. This was a good choice.

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Golden Yunnan Black Tea (Sachets) from Mark T. Wendell

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 18th, 2016

Strong flavor and aroma. Delightful Yunnan. I bought these for dining out. When I go out for breakfast, I take some of these along. I enjoy this tea and find it much more flavorful than the national brand the restaurant offers.

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Stack Overload

(6 reviews)
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Emperor's Puerh - Black Tea from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Pu-erh Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

67 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 18th, 2016

I haven't yet tried too many pu-ehrs, but I'm starting to think they are not for me. This one has both a rich aroma and flavor of loam and crab cakes. If you are into that sort of thing, this tea is probably amazing, but not how I prefer my tea to taste. It's like I made a nice earthy tea, but used the same water I had...

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Virginia Mastromarino

(6 reviews)
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bingdao laozhai huangpian sheng ancient tea tree pu-erh 2014 from WymmTea

Style: Raw / Green / Sheng Pu-erh – Region: Shuangjiang, Yunnan, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 3rd, 2016

This tea has a nice dusty flavor. It's a little weak for my taste, but if I brew it for long enough it's good. I added cream and sugar.

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b22johansen

(44 reviews)
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2007 Menghai Dayi "Hou Pu" from Menghai Tea Factory

Style: Ripened (Shou) Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 21st, 2016

This has become one of my favorite shous. The liquor is a deep reddish brown with a warm and sweet aroma. There are notes of compost, leaves, and autumnal air. The taste is primarily dirt, compost, and autumnal leaves. There is also just the slightest hint of scotch in the back of your mouth. A slight astringency remin...

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amaranto

(2 reviews)
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Imperial Pure Bud Yunnan Black Tea of Simao from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

93 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 16th, 2016

Appearance: The dry leaf is intact, curled, and often intertwined with other leaves, making it hard to easily separate. The leaf is pure bud covered in a light golden-orange down that comes off on the fingers when handled without care. Some of the underlying dark-brown leaf is visible closer to the non-terminal end of ...

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b22johansen

(44 reviews)
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2006 Hai Lan Hau "Jin Hai Lang" Ripe from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Ripened (Shou) Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 11th, 2016

I liked this, but it was not my favorite shou. The aroma is sweet, earthy, and wet. There is some fruitiness and maybe some citrus present as well. The taste is smooth, earthy, and reminiscent of citrus and wet autumn leaves. Very smooth taste.

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Qianjiazhai Wild Picked Black from Verdant Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 9th, 2016

This was a wonderful black tea. Overall it was very mellow, mild, and smooth.

I steeped this near boiling, around 200 degrees, in my gaiwan with 5g of tea. The first infusion brought forth a light orange liquor with a light black tea taste and hints of chocolate. It is almost sweet with no astringency. The aroma is...

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Alex Zorach

(1284 reviews)
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Yunnan Golden Tips from Harney and Sons

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 8th, 2016

This tea is really strange. I enjoy it most when I don't think of it as a black tea, and I still don't know exactly how I feel about it. I disagree with Harney's assertion that this is "vigorously assertive": to me it lacks the strength and punch of a black tea, and in many respects is more like an oolong or even a m...

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b22johansen

(44 reviews)
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"Ye Zhu Tang" Wild Arbor Raw Pu-erh from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Raw / Green / Sheng Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 29th, 2016

For my first raw pu-erh, I really enjoyed this. There is a slight astringent vegetal taste coupled with a mellow green tea taste. There is a slight bite in the mouth, but in an enjoyable amount. It is not too much or too little, but rather just right. There is also this ever so slightly smoky or woody undertone. It is ...

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JGS1122

(50 reviews)
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Yunnan FOP select ZY30 from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 21st, 2016

Tasty Yunnan. Good aroma, nice flavor.

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Alex Zorach

(1284 reviews)
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Tippy Yunnan from Harney and Sons

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 16th, 2016

I thought this an excellent tea and it is definitely among my favorite Dian Hong or Yunnan Red (black teas) that I've ever sampled. It's one of many samples I recently ordered from Harney & Sons.

I chose this for a very cold morning, because I find Yunnan teas to often have a powerful warming quality, and I found i...

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b22johansen

(44 reviews)
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ZGP6 Pre-Chingming Yunnan Mao Jian from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Green Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 2nd, 2016

This tea has an interesting blend of flavors and aromas. The aroma is sweet, floral, and slightly grassy. The taste, however, is an interesting blend of astringency and sweetness. There is almost a combination of floral notes and vegetal astringency. A very interesting combination that I am not a fan of. I prefer to ha...

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ZGP5 Pre-Chingming Yin Hao from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Green Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 29th, 2015

I greatly enjoyed this green tea from Upton Tea Imports. The liquor is a beautiful pale yellow. The aroma is very vegetal and grassy, although the taste is not as much. The taste has hints of grass and astringency, with a smoky aftertaste. There are also slight hints of sweetness.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this ...

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KWhite

(1 review)
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Yunnan Noir from Adagio Teas

Style: Black Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 20th, 2015

This tea is rich and bold with slightly sweet fruity smell and taste. I would say the most prominent taste comparison would be cinnamon or allspice. It reminds me a little of Italian super Tuscans.

I have tried many of the Adagio black teas and this and the black pearls are my two favorite.

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JGS1122

(50 reviews)
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China Yunnan from Mark T. Wendell

Style: Black Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 12th, 2015

Dark amber liquor. Subtle peppery aroma. Good choice for anyone looking for a excellent Yunnan.

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b22johansen

(44 reviews)
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Feigning Ancient Tree Spring Chun Jian Raw Pu-erh Cake 2012 from TeaVivre

Style: Pu-erh Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 17th, 2015

This was my first experience with Raw Pu'erh, so this review may be biased on that.

I was initially opposed to this tea. It has an overwhelming bitterness to it that seemed to distract from the other flavors. However, after steeping the tea for a much shorter time (only 10-15s in my gaiwan) I managed to balance out...

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imagardener

(9 reviews)
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Cholesterid (Yunnan Tuocha) from Triple Leaf Tea

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 15th, 2015

This is the first pu-erh tea I've had. I do not have high cholesterol but this was the least expensive pu-erh tea on the shelf and I wanted to try pu-erh so home it came.

Overall happy with the mild taste and that it has some health benefits. The next time I may try another brand to see how it compares but this one ...

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JGS1122

(50 reviews)
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Yunan Mao Jian ZY24D from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 29th, 2015

Intense aroma, not as strong as a Pu Erh. Rich brown color to the liquor. Mild flavor.

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Total Amateur

(16 reviews)
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China Breakfast from Rishi Tea

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Yunnan, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 8th, 2015

With many Chinese teas I find the bitterness to be somewhat overwhelming, but while this tea has some definite bitterness, it is pretty smooth and not at all unpleasant. It's a strong tea with a mild grassy aroma. Very astringent. A bit of a sour aftertaste. On the second steeping when the bitterness was significantly ...

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Brytta Sóþword

(287 reviews)
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Pu Erh Hazelberry from Adagio Teas

Style: Flavored Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 2nd, 2015

Ooooh, now this I like! This is my favorite flavored pu-erh by a lot. The tea is present, but not fishy. The fruity and nutty flavours blend perfectly with the chocolate bits, creating a complex and pleasing aroma and flavor. There is no bitterness, even after 5 minutes at boiling. Wonderful tea!

I also tried this t...

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Total Amateur

(16 reviews)
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Pu Erh Hazelberry from Adagio Teas

Style: Flavored Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 18th, 2015

The dry tea has a strong smell that made me worry that it would taste artificial, but it doesn't. (And apparently the ingredients are in fact all-natural.) It's sweet, flavorful, and savory; like drinking a pie. Not too sweet, though, and it does have some detectable bitterness. As you'd expect, it has strong strawberr...

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