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Member since Oct. 30th, 2014. Reviewed 14 teas.

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Diyi Cornfields Shu Tuocha from Verdant Tea

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

97 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 16th, 2015

Well Verdant Tea has become my go to place to order almost all my tea now. Really just great quality and sourcing, and fair prices.

Anyway, I found this tea so special that I had to resurrect my account here and write a review for it!

As you probably know, shu-puerh's are post-fermented, which results in a smooth...

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Aged Chenpi Ripened Tangerine Pu-erh from TeaVivre

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

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 22nd, 2014

This was a really pleasant experience. I didn't know what to expect at first, thinking maybe the orange would be overbearing, but no way. The flavors are really well balanced - very mellow and hearty puerh flavor with a touch a tangerine, more suggesting at orange really. It's like a nice little accent instead of a sho...

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Dong Ding Oolong traditional medium roast from Life in Teacup

Style: Jade Oolong – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 16th, 2014

Well perhaps on the website this may be considered a mid-grade tea, but I was really impressed by it. I now know what a quality oolong is supposed to taste and smell like. It's rich both in aroma and flavor, and lasts very well through multiple infusions. Infact, I experimented on the third and fourth infusions: It was...

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Wuyi Jin Jun Mei from Life in Teacup

Style: Black Tea – Region: Fujian, China

93 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 15th, 2014

Wow. This is on par with the Da Hong Pao I tried from Life in Teacup.

I was hit with a rich blast of cocoa and hazelnut. It just smelled so good it's hard to describe. Made my mouth water in anticipation.

That first sip was heaven. A decadent balance of maltiness and cocoa undertones. It was sweet like honey, and...

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2014 Pre-Qingming Da Fo (Great Buddha) Long Jing first day harvest from Life in Teacup

Style: Dragon Well (Long Jing) – Region: Zhejiang, China

93 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 15th, 2014

This is how a dragonwell should be! The aroma was beautiful, thick and sweet and nutty with a vegetal tinge. The color (when brewed just right) comes out light-golden, like midday summer sunlight. I loved the flavor, it tasted just like I wanted it to - delicate and sweet with that classic dragonwell character. Felt sm...

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2014 Pre-Qingming An Ji Bai Cha First Day Harvest from Life in Teacup

Style: Anji Bai Cha – Region: Zhejiang, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 14th, 2014

(Update) The previous review I did may not have been completely fair to this tea. I brewed it slightly different this time, using a little more leaf, a little less water, and just under 3 minutes for the steep. It's a great tea actually! Very light in color, aromatic, velvety smooth, and clean/pure in flavor. It's kind...

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Dong Ding Oolong traditional greener style from Life in Teacup

Style: Jade Oolong – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 14th, 2014

Mmm, very tasty. This tea beats other oolongs I've had that were three times the price. It's naturally really sweet, with a mellow nutty undertone. Creamy mouth-feel. The aroma is beautiful, thick and sweet. I could drink this tea all day.

Brewed a large teaspoon in 8oz water at 200F for 3 min.

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1400m Huang Shan Mao Feng from Life in Teacup

Style: Mao Feng Green Tea – Region: Huangshan, Anhui, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 14th, 2014

Brewed tea in 9-10oz of water at 200F for 3 min first steep.

It had a nutty scent kind of like long jin (dragonwell). I could tell from the scent of the liquor and the wet leaves that this would be a top-quality tea.

The flavor is actually somewhat simple, but very pure. I get nuttiness/toastyness akin to the sce...

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Da Hong Pao Manually Processed Medium Roast from Life in Teacup

Style: Da Hong Pao – Region: Fujian, China

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 13th, 2014

Well this is my first ever Da Hong Pao, and I'm really excited to review it (but not as much as I was to taste it)!

I brewed about 1.5 spoons (because the leaves are long) in about 9 oz of water at 200 F for 4 min.

The color of the tea is beautiful reddish amber (Alex, I think a good feature would be uploading pi...

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Ceylon Sonata from Adagio Teas

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Kandy, Sri Lanka

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

This tea has a nice fruity aroma. I like just smelling it for a while before actually taking a drink. I want to say that it reminds me of purple grapes.

The taste actually has a good degree of character. It's a mix between chocolate and citrus notes, and that's without any sweetener. It's also quite smooth, with ver...

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Pu Erh Chorange from Adagio Teas

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

83 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 12th, 2014

This was the first puerh I had ever tried. I still love the scent. The orange peel and blue cornflower are just intoxicating to me for some reason.

That being said, the taste is pretty good. I've sampled enough varieties of teas now to be able to recognize excellent flavor from decent flavor. This is above decent, b...

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Holy Basil, Rama (Tulsi) from Mountain Rose Herbs

Style: Tulsi / Holy Basil – Region: United States of America

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 9th, 2014

I tried this tea because the positive ratings by others. It really is a great tea.

The aroma took me by surprise at first. It's hard to describe...Sort of like peppermint. You might expect the tea to taste really sharp judging by the scent. The exact opposite is true. It tastes very smooth and clean. It has a refres...

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Hibiscus High Tea from Mountain Rose Herbs

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Oregon, United States

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 6th, 2014

This is a hibiscus-based herbal blend. I tried it because I like hibiscus teas, but I wanted something more well-rounded and which cut down on the natural sourness of hibiscus.

The tea has a very nice scent both raw and brewed. You can tell MRH uses high-quality ingredients. The color of the brewed tea is a beautifu...

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Houjicha Tea from Mountain Rose Herbs

Style: Hojicha – Region: China

87 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 5th, 2014

The scent is rich but subtle. It gives the impression that the tea will have a deep flavor sealed within it. And it's true - the taste is very well rounded. There isn't any of the sharp wood-like quality you might expect, but instead it's like a balanced earthiness. Something about the tea instantly makes me feel relax...

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