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Black Gunpowder (z) from De Theefabriek

Style: Black Gunpowder – Region: Fujian, China

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 19th, 2017

The dry leaves are a lovely dull brown colour. I just really like the look of them.

I'm having slightly mixed feelings. It is flowery as advertised, but it's also a bit "dull" in a way that cheap teabags often are. Maybe I used too much tea or let it steep for too long. Or maybe too many leaves and not steeped long ...

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Jinxuan (o) from De Theefabriek

Style: Jade Oolong – Region: Thailand

71 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 17th, 2017

I'm still struggling with tightly-rolled green oolongs, but when I do get this one right, it tastes amazing. It's extremely smooth and slightly sweetish. It has just a hint of something that reminds me of green tea. It's silky soft and a bit sweet when I get it right, but sour if I do it wrong (for example, if I use to...

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Tuo Cha Pu Erh (pe) from De Theefabriek

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

65 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 21st, 2017

I would love to try sheng pu-erh since that seems to be so highly regarded, but I haven't been able to find any. Wanting that, I was also interested in compressed pu-erh of any kind, and De Theefabriek has these little "nests" of shou pu-erh.

They are individually wrapped in paper in the package, but I was hit by th...

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Sencha (g/bio) from De Theefabriek

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

65 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Sep. 16th, 2017

This is how I remember sencha! Very strong green vegetal aroma and a seaweed-y flavour. It has a thick mouthfeel and the colour is light greenish yellow. The way I made it now, it didn't taste bitter like other senchas have before, which is a shame because I quite liked that bitterness and I feel that would really comp...

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Kosabei (g) from De Theefabriek

Style: Sencha – Region: Kenya

51 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Sep. 13th, 2017

The leaves look interesting: the leaves are shredded into flat pieces of two or three square millimeters and relatively light green. (Isn't sencha usually needle-shaped?)

I don't have much experience with senchas, but this doesn't quite seem like the two better ones. I remember a strong bright, "green" vegetal aroma...

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Tien Kuan Yin (o) from De Theefabriek

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Fujian, China

62 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 12th, 2017

I just find oolongs really difficult. I have three tightly rolled oolongs, including this one, and they taste almost identical to me. I feel like I'm giving ratings almost at random sometimes.

I know I used a very large amount of leaves this time. It has a soapy flavour (not in an unpleasant way) like jade oolongs, ...

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Yunnan (Green) from De Theefabriek

Style: Green Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

81 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 2nd, 2017

Even before I brewed this, the colour of the leaves reminded me of Vietnamese green teas: olive green with some grey and white leaves. The aroma and the colour of the liqueur also reminded me of Vietnamese green teas.
The aroma and flavour made me think of Simon Lévelt's Yen Bai Groen and a brandless tea called Vietn...

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Green Tea Jasmine Petals from Lipton Tea

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: ?????

33 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 2/5
Aug. 25th, 2017

After having a better-quality loose leaf jasmine tea I decided to try this again. Now, it's possible that the aroma and flavour have been... affected by sitting forgotten in the back of a cupboard for over a year.

The tea sachets don't smell like jasmine (anymore), but the brewed tea does, kind of. But more like bub...

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Sencha Kakegawa from Het Gouden Randje

Style: Sencha – Region: Shizuoka, Japan

66 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 25th, 2017

I drank a cup of this tea at Het Gouden Randje.
It has a vegetal aroma and a grassy flavour. The colour is a lovely yellow-green. It has a pleasant hint of bitterness (which reminds me of UNAMI's Kabuse Cha, which is my only previous run-in with sencha). There's no sweetness in the flavour, and even though I usually l...

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Jasmijn from De Theefabriek

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: China

63 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 25th, 2017

I actually ordered the slightly more expensive and higher quality Jasmijn Mao Jian instead of this one. I'm going to give De Theefabriek the benefit of doubt and put it down to a mistake. Given how many samples I ordered, any small mistakes like this are understandable.

The jasmine smell struck me as a bit sharp at ...

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Milky Oolong from Het Gouden Randje

Style: Milky Oolong – Region: ?????

69 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 11th, 2017

I drank this in Het Gouden Randje's tearoom.

It smelled sweet and creamy, and almost like custard. Definitely like vanilla. I was amazed with how the clear liquor tasted and felt milky. It's soft and sweetish.
It actually reminds me of a cheap artificial-vanilla-flavoured bagged tea that I used to drink years ago, ...

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Kwai Flower Oolong from Het Gouden Randje

Style: Osmanthus Tea – Region: ?????

51 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Aug. 11th, 2017

This is a new tea that Het Gouden Randje has just added to its inventory. I drank a cup of it in the tea shop, and I did my best to taste it properly. It's always difficult, though; I prefer to drink teas at home with more controlled conditions and multiple chances to get to know them properly.
I feel like this time e...

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Herfstthee from Simon Lévelt

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Blend

61 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 4th, 2017

"Warming" is indeed the best word to describe this tea. It smells like baked goods: what comes to mind is Finnish christmas cookie dough. I can clearly taste the anise and the licorice, the cinnamon too, but I'm not sure about the sage, honeybush and orange. Actually, this tea tastes like anise and licorice but not tha...

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Yunnan Flowery Orange Pekoe from Simon Lévelt

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Yunnan, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 4th, 2017

This tea smells similar to Simon Lévelt's Ruhuna Orange Pekoe. The leaves are more colourful, with many golden tones, but the aroma has a similar strong dried fruit quality. However, I don't think I'd describe it as plums, exactly. Raisins come to mind, or rather, a kind of spicy raisin cake.

The liqueur tastes ver...

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Russian Earl Grey from Lipton Tea

Style: Blue Flower Earl Grey – Region: Blend

35 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Aug. 3rd, 2017

When I first bought this tea, I had such a bad cold that I could taste any difference between this and, say, gunpowder. It all just tasted like hot water to me.

Luckily, this turned out to have a bit more flavour and aroma once my cold cleared and I could taste things again.
The dry tea has relatively little aroma,...

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Terra Tee from Het Gouden Randje

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

49 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 2nd, 2017

A friend of mine drinks lots of flavoured rooibos, and after trying a few cheap bagged varieties, I decided I like citrus-flavoured rooibos and got some loose rooibos.

This rooibos with (among others) lemongrass and ginger is okay, but I don't like it that much. I can't really get it to taste like much more than lem...

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Finest Oolong from Simon Lévelt

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: China

43 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 2nd, 2017

This tea could almost be summarised in a single word: Nutty. It has an intensely nutty aroma and flavour. It also reminds me of dry autumn leaves (not that I've tasted many of those, but I can't shake the association). I'm not a fan of nutty teas, so I don't really enjoy this one.

This is the first tea I tried with ...

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King of Pu Erh from Het Gouden Randje

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

58 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 2nd, 2017

This tea smells pleasantly fungal and like straw, like damp autumn leaves and moist earth. The flavour is very soft and smooth and it never gets bitter or sour. I have, in the past, forgotten about it and left it to steep for more than five, maybe even ten minutes, and it's still been smooth. Even when it's strong, tho...

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Super Ceylon Earl Grey Tea from Alghazaleen Tea (Do Ghazal)

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

85 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 27th, 2017

This tea is probably the cheapest tea I've ever bought at under €3.50 for 500 grams, and incredibly good as well.

The dry tea smells intensely of bergamot, and the brewed tea smells sweet. The colour is a lovely red. It tastes great, too; simultaneously warming and refreshing, and, well, like bergamot. It's powerf...

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Earl Grey Tea from Caykur

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Turkey

9 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 25th, 2017

I bought this tea because I wanted a cheap Earl Grey and I hadn't had any tea from Turkey before. This was very cheap; if I recall correctly it was under €4 for 300 grams.

However, I don't like it at all. I gave up trying to drink it after a few cups. Now, almost a year later, I'm trying it again. I still don't li...

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Mao Feng from De Theefabriek

Style: Mao Feng Green Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

66 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 12th, 2017

I might still have to work out some things with brewing this tea, because this second attempt tastes very different from the first.

It has a strong vegetal aroma and very little sweetness. It reminds me a little bit of Young Hyson right now which seems strange. After all, this tea is supposed to be mild whereas Youn...

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Golden Lapsang Souchong from Simon Lévelt

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: China

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 11th, 2017

This is the reason I've never really tasted "smokiness" (supposedly present in gunpowder and young hyson) in teas that aren't actually smoked. Lapsang souchong was the first loose-leaf tea I ever drank - in fact, curiosity about this smoked tea I'd heard about is what drove me to try loose-leaf tea. (This is not that f...

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Choui Fong from De Theefabriek

Style: Green Tea – Region: Thailand

64 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 10th, 2017

The leaves are extremely large and irregular, so much so that they don't even fit in my regular strainer.
Fun fact that I just learned: All images of teas on De Theefabriek's product pages are in exactly the same scale, and are 5 x 5 cm squares in real life. This helps give a sense of the size of the leaves.

The te...

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Four Seasons from De Theefabriek

Style: Four Seasons Oolong – Region: Vietnam

68 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 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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Tian Mu from De Theefabriek

Style: Green Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

63 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 9th, 2017

It's a lovely summer day, so I cycled the 26 kilometres to De Theefabriek again. This time I didn't even visit the tea museum (which I've already seen twice), just bought teas and drank a cup of Tian Mu in the tearoom.

I feel like they always give water at 100°C and many more leaves than I'd use myself, so I only l...

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