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Alex Zorach

(1402 reviews)
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Ancient Forest Black from Zhi Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Vietnam

84 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 2nd, 2019

This was among the most interesting teas I've tried in a long time, both aromatically and with respect to mouthfeel. It was the first pure tea I've tried from Zhi, and it may be the first tea from this company to wow me. It had an unusual character somewhere in between that of a black tea and a Pu-erh, but not like rip...

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Vietnam Ha Giang Black from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: Ha Giang

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 22nd, 2018

A very pleasant tea that was easy to steep and easy to appreciate. Like a good Yunnan tea but a little smoother.

Thank you to Simpson & Vail for the sample!

Dry leaf smells really beautiful and kind of fascinating: malty but with strong vegetal notes. It looks and smells a lot like a Yunnan tea, which makes sense...

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Teuvo

(63 reviews)
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Groen Vietnam Ban Lien from Het Gouden Randje

Style: Green Tea – Region: Vietnam

82 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 26th, 2017

I have asked about Vietnamese teas so many times that the owner of Het Gouden Randje ordered this tea! She tells me she likes it too and that she'd already sold some to another customer, and thanked me for the tip. She also advised me to steep it multiple times, at least three.

It's cheap, too; just €5 per 100 g. ...

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Four Seasons from De Theefabriek

Style: Four Seasons Oolong – Region: Vietnam

78 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 10th, 2017

I wanted to try this tea because De Theefabriek's other Vietnamese teas have been absolutely amazing.

The dry tea doesn't have a very strong aroma, but it's very sweet and almost reminds of some candy mix.
Both the aroma and the flavour of the tea remind me of Het Gouden Randje's Formosa Jade Oolong. I'm still stru...

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Sencha du Vietnam Bio from Unami

Style: Sencha – Region: Vietnam

64 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Jul. 1st, 2017

I drank this tea in the Unami Maison de Thé in Lille. It was served prepared in a small teapot. This means it was made exactly as it should, though I didn't get to see any leaves.

I don't have any prior experience with senchas, so I can't compare this with others. I have tasted a few other Vietnamese green teas, an...

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Pin Ho Jade from De Theefabriek

Style: Green Tea – Region: Vietnam

92 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 7th, 2017

Since I fell in love with Nam Lanh OP from the same brand but I currently prefer green teas, I decided to try this one as it's also from Vietnam.
And I was in luck! It tastes like a green version of the Nam Lanh black tea. It smells the same and, best of all, it's got the same intense "smoldering" flavour.
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Yen Bai Groen from Simon Lévelt

Style: Green Tea – Region: Vietnam

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 6th, 2017

Other Vietnamese teas I've had have been fantastic, so I decided to give this a try.
It's good enough, it's got a little bit of what I love so much about Nam Lanh OP and Pin Ho Jade from De Theefabriek, the flavour I can best describe as "smoldering", especially if you use a generous amount of leaf. It's fine for two ...

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Nam Lanh OP from De Theefabriek

Style: Black Tea – Region: Vietnam

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 6th, 2017

I love this tea. It caught my eye because I'd never had Vietnamese tea before. It turned out to taste amazing. The price is quite decent, too.
I use half a teaspoonful of leaves per cup. It's a bit smokey, but not the way smoked teas are, a little sweet, a little spicy. The best word I can come up with to describe it ...

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Alex Zorach

(1402 reviews)
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Vietnamese Black OP from Harney and Sons

Style: Black Tea – Region: Vietnam

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 16th, 2016

A medium-bodied tea with nutty and chocolatey aromas, I can see this being likely to please people who enjoy hot chocolate.

The dry leaf has a strong smell of sweet nutty candy, like marzipan, pistacio, milk chocolat, or hazelnut creme. It reminds me of those Mozartkugeln, the German candies with layers of hazelnut...

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Vietnam Yen Bai OP Organic from TeaGschwendner

Style: Black Tea – Region: Vietnam

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Oct. 22nd, 2014

Purchased in the TeaGschwender shop in Regensburg, Germany.

Dry leaf is not very aromatic; it faintly suggests cocoa.

Brews up a very typical cup. I used TeaGschwendner's recommendation of 4 minutes, but used less leaf than they recommend, and this produced results that I liked. I was able to make a second stee...

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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Lotus from The Persimmon Tree

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Vietnam

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 2nd, 2014

The aroma of the dry leaves is pretty intense, very strong anise aroma with touches of honey, yeasty bread, green stems, and just the faintest hint of pepper. It is strange to call such a spicy aroma heady, but it is like sniffing a spicy flower.

The first steep starts off quite sweet and rich, like honey drizzled y...

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SarsyPie

(119 reviews)
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Lotus Ancien from The Tao of Tea

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Vietnam

37 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
May. 14th, 2014

I'm so bummed about this one. The dry leaves have a sharp chemical smell, and the brewed tea just tastes off to me.

When brewed for 30 seconds, the aroma smells like bandaids. Then a little floral, like jasmine. Then minty bandaids. When I taste it after 30 seconds: bandaids

30 more: floral bandaids
3 min:...

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Alex Zorach

(1402 reviews)
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Vietnam Nam Lanh Estate Black Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Black Tea – Region: Vietnam

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

Another fascinating tea from Arbor Teas, very different from anything else I've tried yet.

The dry leaf has an interesting appearance, with thick leaves that curve around in heterogeneous shapes. The leaf also has a very pungent and pleasing aroma, suggesting of herbs.

Brews a rich-smelling, dark cup. Tones of ...

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JGS1122

(66 reviews)
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Vietnam Shan Tuyet Black Tea from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Vietnam

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 4th, 2013

Earthy aroma. Smooth taste, nice amber color. Mild after taste. A fine all day sipping tea.
catalog number: TV35D

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Sylvia

(214 reviews)
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Vietnam Nam Lanh Estate Black Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Black Tea – Region: Vietnam

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 15th, 2013

I like this tea. It's smooth, and it has a nice flavor. I added cream and sugar.

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Alex Zorach

(1402 reviews)
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Vietnam Green Organic from Simpson & Vail

Style: Green Tea – Region: Vietnam

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 18th, 2012

A unique green tea, almost bizarre. Large but tightly-curled dry leaf reminds me of some Korean and Ceylon greens. The leaf has a strong, peppery aroma, and is also suggestive of other Vietnam green teas I've sampled. Leaf is slow to infuse and produces many infusions. Flavor is remarkably consistent through differ...

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Vietnam Imperial Oolong Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Vietnam

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 18th, 2012

I agree with Simpson and Vail that this is a superior tea; it's definitely my favorite tea to come out of Vietnam yet, and is on par with some of the better Taiwanese oolongs.

This oolong has a bright green leaf, loosely rolled into fairly large pellets of unequal size. It unfurls quite quickly into medium-size, wh...

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Sylvia

(214 reviews)
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Vietnam Black Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: Vietnam

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 9th, 2012

I love this tea. It has a kind of roasty aroma, and a nice crisp flavor. I steeped it for 7 minutes because I like my tea strong, and it's not too bitter at all. I added cream and sugar.

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Alex Zorach

(1402 reviews)
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Vietnam Black Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: Vietnam

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 5th, 2012

Dry leaf has a mild, but very pleasing aroma, surprisingly suggestive of sweetness.

The brewed cup has a lighter golden color, than one would expect from the dark color of the leaf. Flavor is smooth, with a honey-like sweetness, a pleasing crispness, and minimal astringency. Full-bodied yet with a cooling quality....

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Sir William of the Leaf

(10 reviews)
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Vietnam Nam Lanh Estate Black Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Black Tea – Region: Vietnam

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 7th, 2011

This tea really surprised me!
The mix of fruity and malty aspects really pulled it together.
Dark chocolate, rose, black currant, vanilla, wheat, oak and cocoa are just a few of the descriptors I used!

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marlena

(75 reviews)
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Vietnam Black Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Black Tea – Region: Vietnam

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 2nd, 2010

This is not an exceptional tea, but it is very pleasant and gentle. There are hints of malt and nuts, with a breath of spiciness and a little ping of citrus. I could easily see blending this with other black teas, especially one that had too much flavoring added or one you wanted to stretch out.

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Alex Zorach

(1402 reviews)
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Shan Tuyet Snow Green from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Green Tea – Region: Vietnam

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 9th, 2010

Brews a rich golden color. The aroma of this tea is more similar to a dragonwell tea than any other green tea I've tried, but the overall experience of drinking it is very different. Very aromatic, with a slightly toasty aroma. The flavor is muted and the tea has a cooler quality than dragonwell, with a hint of smok...

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Vietnam Black Pekoe from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: Vietnam

63 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 28th, 2010

A pleasantly mellow tea, unlike anything else I've tried before. Definitely noticeable as a Vietnamese tea; it's interesting how both their black and green teas share certain characteristics in common.

Very smooth, little bitterness, even when steeped for a long time. I find a hint of lemon in the aroma, which is ...

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Vietnam Green Sencha from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Sencha – Region: Vietnam

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 2nd, 2010

I would not recognize this tea as sencha from either the appearance of the leaves or the aroma of the dried leaf or brewed cup. There's only a faint suggestion of the characteristic sencha aroma, barely emerging and then vanishing.

The aroma is vegetal, but less seaweedy than sencha, and more savory. Tastes more s...

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