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Alex Zorach

(1311 reviews)
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Hunan Bloolong from Harney and Sons

Style: Black Tea – Region: Hunan, China

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
May. 2nd, 2017

I got my hopes up for this tea but it was oddly forgettable, disappointing among artisan teas. There's an intriguing sensation of peach when drinking it, but...besides that nothing about it stands out.

The dry leaf smells so good, really rich and pleasing, malty, a sort of warm baked good smell, with notes of spice...

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Hunan Mao Jian from Harney and Sons

Style: Mao Jian Green Tea – Region: Hunan, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Apr. 29th, 2017

I tend to like Mao Jian teas a lot, and I still liked this one, but it was my least favorite example of it that I've tried. It was unexpectedly smooth but lacked edge or bite, and I think this bite is one of the things that I most appreciate about this type of tea.

Dry leaf is wiry and curved, very dark green. Qui...

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Black King from Harney and Sons

Style: Black Tea – Region: Hunan, China

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 13th, 2015

Wow, this is a truly exceptional tea.

The dry leaf looks and smells intricate and beautiful: the appearance is fine, wiry leaves with a dusty appearance, a mix of gold and rich brown, and the aroma is very intense, strongly malty, like rye malt, with hints of spice, and the suggestion of sweetness. There's a strong...

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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Yellow Mudan from Jasmine Pearl Tea Company

Style: Yellow Tea – Region: Hunan, China

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

The aroma is mild and sweet, with notes of dried cherry and peonies (aha, so that is where the name comes from!) with a very delicate note of nasturtium and raisins, vaguely reminding me of a Darjeeling.

Ok, I have to say it, HOLY MOLY FLOWERS! Hehe, the taste is super flowery, with a blend of peony and honeysuckle...

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Hunan Gold from Adagio Teas

Style: Yellow Tea – Region: Hunan, China

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

First up, the aroma is like spring time, specifically it evokes my favorite flower (ok one of them, I really love flowers) peony! It also has the aroma of delicate orange blossoms, chestnuts, and just a hint of mown grass and honey. The notes are delicate, reminding me more of a breeze bringing in these aromas through ...

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Alex Zorach

(1311 reviews)
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Dark Rose Hearts from Octavia Tea

Style: Flavored Tea – Region: Hunan, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 18th, 2014

Served in Velvet Sky Bakery in Jenkintown.

This tea was incredibly pleasant and very enjoyable. I love rose-scented tea, and this one smells intensely of rose.

Brews up a rich light-brown cup, relatively clear. Aroma very strong of rose, pleasant, and sharp. The base tea is very pleasant, but is somewhat backg...

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SarsyPie

(119 reviews)
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Jasmine Pearls from The Tao of Tea

Style: Jasmine Pearls – Region: Hunan, China

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 3rd, 2014

This is a lovely jasmine tea. I just brewed this side by side with jasmine pearls from another company, and these definitely win.

The aroma is strong and lovely. The tea was steeped for 3 minutes and the flavor is strong, without being overpowering. This would be a great choice for anyone who loves jasmine green ...

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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Dark Rose Tea from TeaSource

Style: Flavored Tea – Region: Hunan, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 3rd, 2014

The aroma is dry and a bit loamy, like a dry forest floor. There are also notes of dry leather and very faint roses. After the tea is steeped the aroma is malty and the rose is much stronger, it is heavy and rich.

The first steeping of the little heart shaped nugget of tea happiness is quite rich and filling. Drink...

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Brytta Sóþword

(289 reviews)
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Jasmine Green (Formerly Monkey King) from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: Hunan, China

67 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 1st, 2014

This tea had a strong jasmine scent that was very pleasant. The green tea wasn't as distinct of a scent for me, though once I began sipping it was definitely counter-balancing the jasmine. This one tasted a *lot* like flowering teas I've had in the past.

For the second steeping, I added a bit of honey, but found tha...

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Kosmos4

(2 reviews)
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Jun Shan Yin Zhen from Camellia Sinensis Tea House

Style: Junshan Yinzhen – Region: Hunan, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 8th, 2013

I really wanted to like this tea. "Camellia Sinensis" has a very good reputation and I'm a huge fan of Jun Shan Yin Zhen. Unfortuantely, while this particular tea is GOOD and has a near-excellent value, it isn't GREAT. I steeped 2.5g at 190F for 3 minutes.This tea is known for being mild in flavour yet even with this s...

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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White Monkey from Little Red Cup

Style: Green Tea – Region: Hunan, China

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 30th, 2013

The aroma of this delightfully fuzzy tea reminds me of a mix between the muscatel of darjeeling and the delicate green of a Pai Mu Dan. Once the tea is brewed it takes on more of a floral aroma which blends well the the notes that are already present.

The first steep is mild and vegetal with notes of mown hay. The ...

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Alex Zorach

(1311 reviews)
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ZG54: Gu Zhang Mao Jian Organic from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Mao Jian Green Tea – Region: Guzhang, Hunan, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 7th, 2013

The dry leaf of this tea had the most intensely pleasing aroma of any green tea I have ever encountered.

Upon drinking the brewed tea, it's a little less amazing but still good. There's a lightness and sweetness in this tea that I've only ever encountered in green teas considerably higher in price.

Second infusi...

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spaflam

(166 reviews)
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Jasmine Green (Formerly Monkey King) from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: Hunan, China

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 4th, 2013

Surprisingly great for a bagged tea. Loved it - scent and taste.

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Joyce

(2 reviews)
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Organic Jasmine Green Tea from Novus Tea

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: Hunan, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 23rd, 2012

pros:
(1) fancier package than other tea bags I tried which are made of paper;
(2) organic... so I guess it's healthier.
(3) the smell is good. not too strong or too weak;

cons:
(1) the taste of the first cup is a bit too strong for me. I prefer the 2nd or 3rd cup of it when it's lighter.
(2)the caffeine doesn'...

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Kelsey

(142 reviews)
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Organic Jasmine Green Tea from Novus Tea

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: Hunan, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 26th, 2012

I thought this tea was smooth, light, and didn't leave a noticeable aftertaste. I enjoyed the smell of this tea, while faint it had a nice floral fragrance. This was the first Jasmine tea I've tried, and I will definitely be having more in the future!

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Alex Zorach

(1311 reviews)
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Hunan Red Oolong from Imperial Tea Garden

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Hunan, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 2nd, 2012

This is not the sort of tea I tend to like, but I loved this one, which I think is a testimony to its quality. I tend to like stronger-tasting teas with more bitterness. But I enjoyed this tea greatly.

Visually, the loose-leaf of this tea looks more like a Bai Hao or Oriental Beauty oolong than other Chinese oolon...

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White Eagle Long Life Green Tea from Imperial Tea Garden

Style: Green Tea – Region: Hunan, China

91 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 14th, 2011

Another delightful, fascinating, and unusual tea from Imperial Tea Garden. The dry leaf is exclusively tips, slightly twisted, and shows white downy hairs. Its aroma is airy and light, but it smells a bit like tobacco, and has toasty, grassy tones too, with a hint of camphor.

The description of this tea confused m...

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Organic Jasmine Green Tea from Novus Tea

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: Hunan, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 12th, 2011

This is the best Jasmine tea I've had from a tea bag. It is better than a lot of loose-leaf jasmine tea I've tried.

Exceptionally smooth for a jasmine. Floral without being perfumey. Base tea is vegetal and mellow like a very good pouchong / bao zhong. The base tea has a strong floral character and it's hard to ...

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VTG

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Organic Jasmine Green Tea from Novus Tea

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: Hunan, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 9th, 2011

This is a smooth tasting tea.

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Alex Zorach

(1311 reviews)
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Moon Swirl White Tip from Imperial Tea Garden

Style: Green Tea – Region: Hunan, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 5th, 2011

A fascinating green tea completely unlike anything I've ever sampled before, although admittedly, it's my first tea from Hunan province so that may explain the novelty for me. The tightly-rolled tea looks almost oolong-like, rather unlike Bi-luo chun or gunpowder green tea, but upon brewing, it unfurls to look more li...

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AmyL

(1 review)
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Monkey King Jasmine Green from Stash Tea

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: Hunan, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 13th, 2009

I'm a Jasmine tea nut and always searching for good varieties. This tea was a great discovery...delicately fragrant with a lovely flavor. I highly recommend it.

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