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b22johansen

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Tangerine Peel White Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Fruit White Tea – Region: Fuding, Fujian, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 7th, 2016

My first tasting of this tea was in my gaiwan with about 3 grams of tea and 2 grams of tangerine peel. I did a 5 second rinse then 3 infusions. The aroma was sweet and citrusy to begin with. The taste was light, oily, buttery, and smooth with slight orange/tangerine flavors. The second and third infusions became sweete...

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Wuyi Gongfu Black from Verdant Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 31st, 2016

This is a hard tea to review. I greatly enjoyed drinking it, but was not overwhelmed with uniqueness of any kind. Rather, it was simply enjoyable. The flavor has hints of caramel, honey, and sweetness with a slight astringency. The cup is very smooth. I would recommend as a black tea, but it is nothing unique, albeit v...

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Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Shandong, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 25th, 2016

I love when I find a tea that is unique and different, and this one certainly fits that description. My first impression is that of burnt sugar/caramel. The liquor is a beautiful light golden brown color. The aroma is like a huge wave of burnt caramel and chocolate hitting all of your senses. The taste is a more balanc...

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Wuyi Mountain Big Red Robe from Verdant Tea

Style: Da Hong Pao – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 25th, 2016

Had this a couple of days ago. One of the best oolongs I have ever had. Slight to no astringency. Honey and floral notes with a slight buttery taste. Aroma was very much like a typical oolong with hints of burnt grass.

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2007 Menghai Dayi "Hou Pu" from Menghai Tea Factory (Taetea)

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

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 21st, 2016

This has become one of my favorite shous. The liquor is a deep reddish brown with a warm and sweet aroma. There are notes of compost, leaves, and autumnal air. The taste is primarily dirt, compost, and autumnal leaves. There is also just the slightest hint of scotch in the back of your mouth. A slight astringency remin...

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Qianjiazhai Old Growth 2014 Sheng from Verdant Tea

Style: Raw (Sheng) Pu-erh – Region: China

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 14th, 2016

Not my favorite cup of tea. The more and more raw pu er I try the more and more I'm not sure I like it. This one has a strong tobacco aroma from my gaiwan, although there is little to no aroma from the liquor. The first infusion has a light color and a light, sweet taste. There are hints of dark fruit. Perhaps plums or...

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2006 Hai Lan Hau "Jin Hai Lang" Ripe from Yunnan Sourcing

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

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 11th, 2016

I liked this, but it was not my favorite shou. The aroma is sweet, earthy, and wet. There is some fruitiness and maybe some citrus present as well. The taste is smooth, earthy, and reminiscent of citrus and wet autumn leaves. Very smooth taste.

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Qianjiazhai Wild Picked Black from Verdant Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 9th, 2016

This was a wonderful black tea. Overall it was very mellow, mild, and smooth.

I steeped this near boiling, around 200 degrees, in my gaiwan with 5g of tea. The first infusion brought forth a light orange liquor with a light black tea taste and hints of chocolate. It is almost sweet with no astringency. The aroma is...

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Traditional Tieguanyin from Verdant Tea

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Anxi, Fujian, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 7th, 2016

One of the first oolongs I've tried outside of a Chinese restaurant, so my palate is not well developed. I steeped this in my gaiwan with 5g of tea and 180-200 degree water.

The first and second steeps were reminiscent of fields and meadows. The aroma was sweet and smelled of hay and honey. The initial taste was ve...

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"Ye Zhu Tang" Wild Arbor Raw Pu-erh from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Raw (Sheng) Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 29th, 2016

For my first raw pu-erh, I really enjoyed this. There is a slight astringent vegetal taste coupled with a mellow green tea taste. There is a slight bite in the mouth, but in an enjoyable amount. It is not too much or too little, but rather just right. There is also this ever so slightly smoky or woody undertone. It is ...

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Rwanda Rukeri from Adagio Teas

Style: Black Tea – Region: Rwanda

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 12th, 2016

I got this as a free sample with my last order from Adagio. I've been quite impressed so far. For an inexpensive tea, it has a great complexity of flavor. Overall it has a slight astringency, but not too much. Very typical assam flavor profile with perhaps a bit more of a bite. Not strong astringency, but just a more d...

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Organic White Silver Needle from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Silver Needle – Region: China

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 29th, 2016

I am a huge fan of silver needle tea, but this one was sadly disappointing. The aroma of the dry leaves is wonderfully sweet and floral. The aroma of the steeped tea, however, is almost nonexistent. The taste of the tea is as expected for a silver needle. There are notes of flowers, sweet grass, and honey. However, I f...

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Jolotigo Estate Orthodox Java BT from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Black Tea – Region: West Java, Indonesia

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 29th, 2016

For a free sample from Upton, I was very impressed with this tea. I have not explored many black teas yet, and am not usually a huge fan of them. I prefer green and white tea. This being said, I decided to try this out since it showed up in my last shipment from Upton. I was quite surprised when I steeped my first cup....

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Premium Tai Ping Hou Kui Green Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Taiping Hou Kui – Region: Huangshan, Anhui, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 6th, 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed this tea, all the way from the beautiful tea leaves to the aftertaste. I wanted to try Tai Ping Hou Kui due to its intriguing leaf shape. It is definitely something different, unique, and extremely interesting. I fully enjoyed watching the leaves steep as the softened into long leaves.

The arom...

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Pre-Chingming Yunnan Mao Jian from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Green Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 2nd, 2016

This tea has an interesting blend of flavors and aromas. The aroma is sweet, floral, and slightly grassy. The taste, however, is an interesting blend of astringency and sweetness. There is almost a combination of floral notes and vegetal astringency. A very interesting combination that I am not a fan of. I prefer to ha...

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Original Tulsi Tea from Organic India

Style: Tulsi / Holy Basil – Region: India

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 29th, 2015

This was my first experience with Tulsi or Holy Basil. I was extremely impressed. The aroma is warm and welcoming with hints of earth, cinnamon, and spices. The flavor is reminiscent of a spearmint tea with spices and perhaps cardamon and cloves. The flavor is well rounded and very enjoyable.

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Pre-Chingming Yin Hao from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Green Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 29th, 2015

I greatly enjoyed this green tea from Upton Tea Imports. The liquor is a beautiful pale yellow. The aroma is very vegetal and grassy, although the taste is not as much. The taste has hints of grass and astringency, with a smoky aftertaste. There are also slight hints of sweetness.

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Extra Bergamot English Earl Grey from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

63 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 22nd, 2015

Before I get into this review I should mention that I am not a huge fan of Earl Grey to begin with, so my review is tainted in that direction. This may be an excellent earl grey, but I am still not a fan.

The most appealing part of this tea is the wonderful aroma. The strong smell of bergamot is not overpowering, b...

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South African Rooibos (Red Bush) Superior from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Rooibos – Region: South Africa

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 22nd, 2015

I am a huge fan of Rooibos, but I was not blown away by this selection. It does have an excellent color to it. The brewed cup is a deep and full red. I also thoroughly enjoyed the aroma. It was not too strong, but rather subtle and smooth. It smelled faintly of toasted nuts, which at first I thought kind of odd, but la...

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Yerba Maté Chocolatté from Guayaki

Style: Flavored Yerba Maté – Region: ?????

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 8th, 2015

This is easily my favorite mate. I love the blend of mate with chocolate and spices. The nutmeg and cinnamon are wonderful. I also enjoy the natural sweetness the stevia gives the blend. The taste is almost like a chocolate chai with a mate base instead of black tea. Overall a wonderful drink, especially in the cold wi...

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Peaches and Ginger from Harney and Sons

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 8th, 2015

For a flavored tea this is pretty good. Usually I prefer unflavored stuff so that I can enjoy the true flavor of the tea. That being said, the aroma and mellow flavor of this tea are quite good. I enjoy the blend of peaches and spicy ginger. Just enough of each for the flavor without being overwhelming.

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Golden Monkey from Adagio Teas

Style: Golden Monkey – Region: Fujian, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 6th, 2015

I should preface this by saying that I do not particularly enjoy black tea in general. Usually I drink white and green tea. That being said, I do enjoy this once in a while. The aroma is mild and somewhat nutty. The flavor is full and very smooth with almost no astringency. There are also undertones of nuts (perhaps ha...

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Fengqing Ancient Tree Spring Chun Jian Raw Pu-erh Cake Tea 2012 from TeaVivre

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

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 17th, 2015

This was my first experience with Raw Pu'erh, so this review may be biased on that.

I was initially opposed to this tea. It has an overwhelming bitterness to it that seemed to distract from the other flavors. However, after steeping the tea for a much shorter time (only 10-15s in my gaiwan) I managed to balance out...

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Organic White Peony (Bai MuDan) Tea from TeaVivre

Style: White Peony Tea – Region: Fuding, Fujian, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 10th, 2015

Very nice tea. I enjoy white teas, especially silver needle, but that can be expensive for daily consumption. This tea, on the other hand, is more affordable and has that distinctly white tea taste. It is not as sweet or smooth as silver needle, but it is nevertheless very light, delicate, and simple.

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Organic Hangzhou Tian Mu Qing Ding Green Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Green Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 26th, 2015

My first impression of this tea reminds me of a mild dragonwell. It has a very light liquor (almost clear) while somehow still having a full mouth of flavor and a wonderfully pleasant aroma. The taste is very vegetal, and reminds me of cut grass with perhaps a hint of spinach. The taste is light, refreshing, and coolin...

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