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Alex Zorach

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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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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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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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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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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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