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Picture of bingdao laozhai huangpian sheng ancient tea tree pu-erh 2014

bingdao laozhai huangpian sheng ancient tea tree pu-erh 2014 from WymmTea

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

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 9th, 2015

The aroma of the rather rough and green leaves is very sharp, like wet hay and, well, fermented tea leaves, it has that distinct fermentation smell that you get off of things that have started to become great friends with the microbes that are now hanging out with them. Mix in faint notes of honey, green beans, spinach...

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Himalayan Black Tartary Buckwheat Tea- Soba Tea From Daliangshan from Teasenz

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 8th, 2015

I am such a sucker for roasted and grainy smelling/tasting things, so this is going to be right up my alley. The aroma is is like a big bowl of cereal without the milk, like sweet roasted grain, baking bread, and honey. In fact, it honestly reminds me of Honey Nut Cheerios, a grain heavy aroma, but with a distinct hone...

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Yunnan Graceful Purple 'Zi Juan' Purple Varietal Green Tea from What-Cha

Style: Green Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 16th, 2015

So, this tea cracks me up, because on first examination, it smells like bacon! Ok, not really, but the blend of smokiness, leather, and sauteed mushrooms oddly reminds me of bacon, this tea is all about the savory, toss in some cooked spinach and a camphorous undertone and you have a green tea that has the essence of Y...

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Mangnuo "Cane Tea" Raw Pu-erh From Ancient Tea Tree 2014 Early Spring from WymmTea

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

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 13th, 2015

The aroma of the dry leaves is pretty subtle, with notes of green bamboo leaves, freshly mown grass, cut hay, and a finish of camphor. I do love those camphor notes in tea, especially in the summer where it acts as a coolant.

The tea starts out a little bitter and then boom immediately sweet with a surprisingly smoo...

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Menghai Shou (Cooked) Pu-erh In Third Grade 2008 from WymmTea

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

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 13th, 2015

This tea comes from the mountains of Menghai and sits right in the middle of tea grading (seventh grade has the biggest leaves and first is the smallest) this means it is right in the middle of sweetness and woodiness. So the aroma certainly can back that up, blending woodiness and earthiness with a touch of sweet. Thi...

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Picture of laohuangpian sheng (raw) pu-erh from ancient tea tree 2014 spring

laohuangpian sheng (raw) pu-erh from ancient tea tree 2014 spring from WymmTea

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

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 13th, 2015

Its fairly faint aroma is a blend of sweetness and green, like fresh cut grass and honey, with a tiny hint of smoke. The faintness of the aroma did not worry me like it would with some teas, those crazy compressed to the point of being like a brick teas tend to have a faint aroma, at least the ones I have experienced.
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Guevera Shu from Life in Teacup

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

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 4th, 2015

So, how does this one smell, that is the important question! Pretty good actually, it is rich and earthy with the expected notes of loam (erring on the side of pine forest loam this time) clean soil, and some mineral notes as well. As a fun little surprise the finishing note is molasses, giving a bit of sweetness at t...

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2009 Guan Zi Zai Xiao Man Shu from Life in Teacup

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

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 16th, 2014

the aroma is so evocative of a coniferous forest that for a moment I can transport myself to the forest I used to romp in as a teenager. It was a mixed forest, but since this was the South, a large portion of the forest was pine, so I am very familiar with the at times almost intoxicating aroma of pine loam, wet pine w...

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Jinggu Golden Strand Pure Bud Yunnan Black Tea - Spring 2014 from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 3rd, 2014

The aroma is...well, it is awesome, there are notes of dried cherries and apricots, with more subtle notes of sweet potatoes, roasted peanuts, and lastly a tiny hint of cream. It is very much so iconic for a Yunnan black tea, at least for me it is, it has all the notes I expect when sniffing a fuzzy gold tea, but with ...

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Lotus Leaf Raw Pu-erh Mini Tuocha from TeaVivre

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

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 17th, 2014

The aroma of this little tuo is not very strong, with faint notes of wet hay, sweet freshly mown hay, a bit of yeasty bread, a touch of mineral, and salty lotus leaf. Specifically the lotus notes remind me of the lotus wrapped sticky rice (or lo mai gai) that I love so much when going out for dim sum. Delicious!

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Frosty Spring Yunnan Roast Green from Life in Teacup

Style: Green Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 12th, 2014

The aroma of this Yunnan green tea is a blend of toasted and fresh green, there are notes of pepper, toasted sesame seeds, green stems, fresh okra, and a tiny hint of kale. I have noticed that a few of the teas I have sniffed recently have the note of okra, which I find awesome, what with being Southern and eating a to...

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2006 Fengqing Raw Pu-erh Tea Tuocha from TeaVivre

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

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 2nd, 2014

The aroma of this tea reminds me of nature, it is like being on the edge of a pine forest and a field right after a summer rain storm. There are notes of wet hay and wet wood, along with fresh pine and camphor, also a little hint of flowers and minerals, much like rain water. It is very sweet and refreshing.

The fir...

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Yunnan Noir from Adagio Teas

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 14th, 2014

The aroma of the dry tea is rich and quite sweet, with notes of cocoa, roasted peanuts, yams, honey, and a delicate finish of dried cherry. It is nothing short of mouthwatering, but I do have a great love for this kind of tea.

The first steeping is light, a creamy blend of sweet cocoa, roasted peanuts and a rich aft...

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Yunnan Breakfast Black from Simple Loose Leaf

Style: Black Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 6th, 2014

he aroma of the dry leaves is a mix of pine resin, pepper, stewed cherries, and an aged oak cask. It smells like fruit, scotch, and smoke-less Lapsang Souchong. What an unusual tea!

This tea is brisk and strong! Breakfast blend is a perfect description because I am certainly awake now. The taste is a blend of molass...

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Mini Pu'erh Tea Bar from Teasenz

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

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 9th, 2014

The aroma a great blend of sweetness, wet leather, peat, forest floor, and a touch of that slightly metallic market place aroma that I have come to love in ripe pu erh.

The first impressions of the first steep, dense. Not in a 'this is a tea that is not passing its physics class' but more like 'this forest is very ...

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2006 Chang Tai "Seven Star - Alkaid" from Life in Teacup

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

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 24th, 2014

The aroma of this Pu Erh is really intriguing, blending sweet notes of anise, pine needles, hay and wet oak wood. It smells really clean and nature like, the sweetness is that of new growth and anise.

The taste is very light and quite smooth in the mouth. The taste is one of sweet hay and honey that fades to a bit o...

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Picture of Nonpareil Yunnan Dian Hong Chinese Red Black Tea

Nonpareil Yunnan Dian Hong Chinese Red Black Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Yunnan, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 27th, 2014

The aroma of this tea is fruity and sweet with a touch of spice and molasses. The brewed tea is also fruity but there cocoa notes as well. The liquid is honey sweet and fruity with cocoa notes.

The taste is quite fruity with strong tones of cocoa and honey. It is very tasty and I was able to get multiple steeps fro...

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Picture of Fengqing Arbor Tree Ripened Pu-erh Cake Tea 2010

Fengqing Arbor Tree Ripened Pu-erh Cake Tea 2010 from TeaVivre

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

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 26th, 2014

The aroma of the leaves is a blend of loam, wet pine wood, and leather. It reminds me of a forest floor and is quite enjoyable. Once the tea has been steeped and rinsed the aroma is sweeter with caramel notes, loam, and wood. The liquid is sweet, earthy and loamy.

I was able to get quite a few steeps out of this te...

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Picture of Fengqing Zhuan Cha Raw Puerh Brick Tea 2005

Fengqing Zhuan Cha Raw Puerh Brick Tea 2005 from TeaVivre

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

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 25th, 2014

The aroma of this tea is great, it smells like a forest in late summer, pine wood, loam and vegetation. It blends life and decay, humidity and wood. The brewed tea has more of a spinach and old hay aroma with a bit of barnyard.

The mouthfeel is really fascinating, thick and causes me to salivate a lot. The taste is ...

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Yun Nan Dian Hong Black Tea – Golden Tip from TeaVivre

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 24th, 2014

The aroma is a blend of roasted nuts, cocoa, and beets, it is quite savory rather than sweet. Brewing the tea brings out a fruity quality and sweetness along with the roasted nuts and cocoa quality.

The taste is quite bold and rich, it starts out with roasted nuts and dark chocolate, it has a dry mouth feel and a s...

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Silver Buds Yabao from Verdant Tea

Style: White Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

97 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 7th, 2014

The aroma is crisp and clean with notes of cedar and pine with tones of pepper and sage. Once brewed the tea becomes more herbaceous with strong hints of sage and basil, there are notes of pine resin and sweetness of freshly tapped tree sap.

The tea's flavor reminds me of the way that a winter forest smells. It is ...

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Yunnan Jig from Adagio Teas

Style: Black Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 14th, 2013

The aroma of this tea is fairly delicate with notes of muscatel, oak, and summer berries. When brewed it takes a turn for the malty and stronger oak notes.

The taste is bright and clean with notes of muscatel, sweetness, and dark chocolate. It is a great afternoon tea.

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Pu Erh Chorange from Adagio Teas

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

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 6th, 2013

The aroma of this tea is so reminiscent of Chocolate Oranges that I think I got instantly transferred to a Christmas candy store. There is a bit of the Pu Erh Earthiness but mostly it is chocolate and oranges. Same for when the tea is steeped.

The taste is very smooth, sweet and well balanced. The chocolate and ora...

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Ripened Rose Pu-erh Mini Tuocha from TeaVivre

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

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 5th, 2013

The aroma is a mixture of roses, leather, earthiness, and yeastiness. Brewing the tea brought on the aroma of earthiness and heady roses, it is quite intense.

I was able to get five steepings out of this tea and probably could have gotten more! The first steep tasted like leather and earthy, it was a bit biter but ...

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Pu Erh Hazelberry from Adagio Teas

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

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 3rd, 2013

The first thing I noticed about this tea's aroma is the strawberry, which immediately reminded me of Crunch Berries! I also pick up notes of cream, hazelnut, earthiness, and minerals. It is a complex tea.

The taste is also complex, first there is a blend of earthy, metallic, and mineral flavors that really pop in m...

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