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Member since Apr. 28th, 2010. Reviewed 31 teas.

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Taiwan Ruby Black Tea (Hong Yue Premium) from Rishi Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 19th, 2011

this is the first hong yue / ruby black i've tried.

when i sip it, i primarily get a smooth, somewhat malty taste. the aroma is sweet, but there's also something else.. something cooling. i guess it's like aromatic, volatile terpene/camphor/evergreen/eucalyptus type of a smell&feeling.

it's certainly complex, a...

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Nishi First Flush Sencha from Rishi Tea

Style: Sencha – Region: Kagoshima, Japan

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 14th, 2011

2010 harvest

8g, 160degF, 8oz water, 1min
nice, predominantly grassy aroma. somewhat vegetal. i find it to be lacking in 'deep umami flavor.'

[2nd] 160degF, 6oz water, 30sec
a pleasant bitterness coming out

the 4th infusion was so-so, but i got tired of drinking. perhaps i used too much leaf heh

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Masala Chai from Rishi Tea

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Blend

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 2nd, 2010

this is definitely my favorite chai blend.
i've tried several others (searching for a cheaper alternative), including a couple from an indian vendor, and they all fell short of rishi's.

as alex wrote in his review, it is a strong blend with plenty of spice (many other blends fail here). and unlike a lot of other b...

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Wu Yi Oolong Tea from Arbor Teas

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

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 2nd, 2010

2.3g in 8oz water at 190F (for ~3mins? didn't keep track)

the liquor is smooth. not bitter.
has some sweetness to the aroma. roasty, indeed. it is earthy, and i guess it's reminiscent of fall leaves. i didn't really detect mushroom. it really reminds me of roasted peanuts.

2nd infusion: 8oz, 195F, ~5 mins
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Elderflower White Tea from TeaGschwendner

Style: Flavored White Tea – Region: Blend

57 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Jun. 14th, 2010

very heavy fruity, apple-like aroma and flavor. it kind of overpowers the flavor of the base tea. this would make a nice, fruity iced tea for sure, but it's too pricey to brew up in bulk for this purpose.

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Arya Ruby (Tippy) also known as 'Moonbeam' 2009 from Thunderbolt Tea

Style: Darjeeling Second Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 13th, 2010

this seems like a well-balanced 2nd flush darjeeling. i imagine that this is basically what an archetypical 2nd flush tea should be. some muskiness, nuttiness, bitterness, and astringency. no single element is really overwhelming.
good tea

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Giddapahar Musk (DJ 29) 2009 from Thunderbolt Tea

Style: Darjeeling Second Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 13th, 2010

the dry leaves have a chocolaty and nutty aroma.
the musky flavor and aroma does come out when brewed. a somewhat nutty flavor. a fairly well balanced second-flush darjeeling at a pretty good value. i drink this one regularly.

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Risheehat SFTGFOP1 Wiry [DJ 562] 2009 from Thunderbolt Tea

Style: Darjeeling Autumnal Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 13th, 2010

very fruity indeed; it's one of the most naturally fruity teas i've tried. very pleasant flavor.
not a lot of bitterness.
definitely a tea i return to frequently.

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Goomtee FTGFOP1 Yellow Tea 2009 from Thunderbolt Tea

Style: Yellow Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

50 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 13th, 2010

the dry leaves and liquor have a rich, chocolate-like aroma.
i brewed ~10oz, 195F, 3min.
somewhat nutty flavor, but quite bitter.
not terribly impressed with this one.

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Peach Mango White Tea (White Tea with Island Mango and Peach) from Lipton Tea

Style: Miscellaneous Blend – Region: ?????

37 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Apr. 30th, 2010

aroma: powerful, fruity. peach with a hint of something meaty/salty that i assume is their attempt at mango. smells very artificial.

flavor: despite the powerful aroma of the teabag, surprisingly little flavor was transferred to the liquor. not awful, but this isn't a tea i'll bother revisiting.

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Darjeeling 2nd Flush Muscatel from Rishi Tea

Style: Darjeeling Second Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Apr. 30th, 2010

aroma:
dry leaves: prominent grape muscatel note. floral. somewhat sweet.
liquor: sweet, floral, hint of muscatel.

flavor: sweet, floral, hint of muscatel. has some bitterness and astringency. slightly acidic. very tasty.

in the semi-near future, i'll have several darjeelings to sample. after i become mor...

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Organic Mint Melange from Mighty Leaf Tea

Style: Mint Tea – Region: Morocco

57 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Apr. 30th, 2010

this is one of the better mint teas i've had. a decent amount of mint per bag. fragrant and flavorful. seems fresh.
downside? mighty leaf's a bit pricey.

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Sweet & Spicy Caffeine Free from Good Earth Teas

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 30th, 2010

this is a potent concoction. very strong aroma and flavor of cinnamon and complementary spices. naturally sweet, as advertised. i get a craving for this every once in a while, but it's not something i can drink all the time. when i think 'excellent cinnamon beverage,' i think of this.

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PG Tips Pyramid bags from PG Tips

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 30th, 2010

oh man, i have a special spot in my heart for this tea. i regularly drink it with milk at my british friend's house... a cup of that and a few "digestive biscuits" is a treat. a nice, smooth tea, assuming you don't steep it for too long. definitely has lots of bitter tannins. a protein source like milk is very effe...

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Aged Earl Grey™ - Bergamot Black from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Assam, India

57 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Apr. 30th, 2010

this is alright as earl greys go, but certainly not excellent. the bergamot was not as strong as i like it. smooth.

kind of expensive. there are better earl greys out there... my favorite is zhena's gypsy - uplifting earl grey. earl grey supreme by rishi is also good.

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Japan Bancha Organic from TeaGschwendner

Style: Bancha – Region: Japan

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 30th, 2010

aroma: grassy, vegetal, somewhat sweet.

flavor: somewhat toasty as described. vegetal, mellow. will become bitter if steeped too long.

this is a tasty tea that i like revisiting from time to time.

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Japan Matcha Hikari Organic from TeaGschwendner

Style: Matcha – Region: Japan

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 1/5
Apr. 30th, 2010

note: this is the first matcha tea i've tried. i really don't know anything about them.

i don't really know what i'm doing. a friend of mine happened to have a tin of this [received as a gift], and we tried our best to properly prepare it according to internet directions.

it was a tasty green tea. light in fla...

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Lychee Red Tea from Rishi Tea

Style: Lychee Black Tea – Region: China

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 30th, 2010

note: this is the first lychee-flavored tea i've tried.

aroma:
dried leaves: powerful and sweet. the lychee fruit scent is authentic and not artificial.
liquor: sweet, floral. the lychee presence is noticeably diminished.

flavor: light, sweet, floral. the lychee fruit flavor is definitely present, and to my g...

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Organic Darjeeling from California Tea House

Style: Darjeeling Second Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

57 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 30th, 2010

aroma:
dry leaves: spicy. just a hint of fruity muscatel.
liquor: rich, faintly sweet

flavor: somewhat bitter, slightly astringent, very faintly sweet and fruity.

while this is a good tea, it's nothing special.

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Golden Monkey Paw from California Tea House

Style: Golden Monkey – Region: Fujian, China

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Apr. 30th, 2010

note: this is the first golden monkey tea i've tried.

aroma and flavor: rich, nutty, woody.

this is quality, but i think there are cheaper and tastier teas out there.

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Big Red Robe from California Tea House

Style: Da Hong Pao – Region: China

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Apr. 30th, 2010

note: this is the only da hong pao/red robe oolong i've tried.

aroma: rich, seriously malty, somewhat smokey.

flavor: similar to how it smells. rich, very malty, smokey, nutty. this is a tea with character. awesome.

this is another one of my favorite teas. somewhat pricey, although the fact that you can to...

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Yunnan Golden Buds from California Tea House

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Apr. 30th, 2010

note: this is the only yunnan golden tea i've tried

aroma:
dry leaves: mellow
liquor: warm, round, mellow

flavor: mellow and yet not weak. full. somewhat malty. very agreeable.

one of my favorite teas. somewhat pricey.

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Earl Grey Supreme from Rishi Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 30th, 2010

this is my second-favorite earl grey [second to Zhena's Gypsy Tea Uplifting Earl Grey].

Since the Gypsy's offering is my favorite, i use it as a standard to compare other earl greys to.

aroma:
dry leaves: wonderful. while different from Gypsy, it is equally great. Rishi has a sweeter smell more closely remini...

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Sumatra Oolong Barisan from TeaGschwendner

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Indonesia

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Apr. 29th, 2010

appearance: the leaves have been rolled into ball-like clusters [but not as tightly as, say, gunpowder].

aroma: slightly sweet and vegetal.

flavor: smooth, buttery, gentle. this is a quality, tasty tea.

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Earl Greater Grey from Zhena's Gypsy Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Apr. 29th, 2010

note: the tea i'm reviewing is labeled as 'uplifting earl grey.' i am assuming that they've recently changed the name to 'earl greater grey.' when i see the new version around, i'll give it a try. i'll update this review if the new version is a different product.

aroma: strong, pungent, citrus. they have infused ...

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