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Bethany

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Member since May. 14th, 2010. Reviewed 12 teas.

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Phoenix Mountain Oolong from Peet's Coffee and Tea (Peets)

Style: Dancong Oolong – Region: China

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 20th, 2010

This is Peet's most affordable and gentlest-tasting oolong. It has a nice toasty-grain flavor with hints of fruit, decently complex but not overpowering. Peet's apparently calls it "pungent," but I don't think that's accurate at all.

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Lapsang Souchong from Peet's Coffee and Tea (Peets)

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: China

63 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
May. 20th, 2010

This tea has an inviting campfire-smoke aroma, but tastes very, very smoky, almost meaty, to the exclusion of the basic tea flavor. If you're looking for a less intense smoky flavor, try the Scottish Breakfast (still a little strong for me) or the Russian Caravan (which I love).

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Ti Kwan Yin from Peet's Coffee and Tea (Peets)

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Fujian, China

47 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
May. 20th, 2010

I know people who swear by this stuff, but I am not one of those people. To me it tastes like steamed spinach, which is not something I want to drink. I'm willing to believe I brewed it incorrectly, but I've tried it a couple of times, once in the presence of an oolong fanatic, and the overcooked-greens flavor was alwa...

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Bavarian Wild Berry Tea from Lipton Tea

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend

40 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
May. 17th, 2010

Tastes like Kool-Aid, basically. I was unable to distinguish any basic tea flavor. And I had to use two teabags per cup to get much flavor at all.

No, thank you.

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Lung Ching Dragonwell from Peet's Coffee and Tea (Peets)

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

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
May. 17th, 2010

If I could drink only one green tea, it would be this one, with its flat, olive-green leaves and irresistible buttery finish. It's very smooth, not bitter or pungent at all, with a deeper, richer flavor than some greens. It does have a vegetal quality, but I'd say the aroma is more like asparagus than grass. I like asp...

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Snow LeopardĀ® from Peet's Coffee and Tea (Peets)

Style: White Tea – Region: Fujian, China

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
May. 17th, 2010

Very smooth with a gentle sweetness. One of the best things about this tea is that it's almost impossible to oversteep to the point of bitterness - worst case scenario, you'll just end up with something grassier, more like green tea than white. It also makes a light, crisp iced tea.

I can't really pick out the adve...

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English Breakfast from Harney and Sons

Style: English Breakfast – Region: China

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 16th, 2010

Confusingly, the Harney & Sons website says this stuff is 100% Keemun, while the canister implies it's a blend of Keemun and other unnamed black teas. It tastes like Keemun, though, a little smoky, with that vaguely graphite-y aroma. It's pretty smooth, easy to drink without any accoutrements, and has a good, strong, b...

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Winter Solstice Tea from Peet's Coffee and Tea (Peets)

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 14th, 2010

As its name implies, this is a seasonal offering, available only around Christmas and priced like a once-a-year indulgence. The flavor is festive, with warming spices and a bright, optimistic note from the orange peel. It has a slightly astringent quality too; I don't know whether that's from the citrus or the Indian t...

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Chai Green Tea from Stash Tea

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Blend

47 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
May. 14th, 2010

This tea is, for lack of a more academic word, weird. The chai spices and the green tea are not a particularly harmonious combination, resulting in an aftertaste that's a little like biting into a cardamom pod, unpleasantly prickly.

It was an interesting idea, but it definitely doesn't offer that warm fuzzy feeling...

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Hibiscus C Blend Teabags from Peet's Coffee and Tea (Peets)

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

73 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 14th, 2010

Bright, tart, and fruity, with spicy undertones. The hibiscus makes it a brilliant Kool-Aid red, but the flavor is not so sweet and a lot more complex. I like it with honey; I imagine it would also be good iced (Peet's actually serves it iced in summer, but sweetened and mixed with lemonade. Very refreshing.)

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Russian Caravan from Peet's Coffee and Tea (Peets)

Style: Russian Caravan – Region: China

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
May. 14th, 2010

This has a nice smoky flavor, but not too smoky - I can't handle full-strength Lapsang Souchong or even Scottish Breakfast, but this one is blended with other teas in a proportion that I find quite drinkable. (I think it's something like 1/4 Lapsang Souchong, but I don't remember for sure.) It's a great rainy-day tea, ...

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Organic Apricot Ginger Black Tea from Good Earth Teas

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 14th, 2010

Apricot or peach with ginger is one of my favorite black tea flavorings, so I was excited to try this one. While it has a sweet, gentle flavor with a mild zing, none of the components really shine - I wish I could taste more of the apricot, the ginger, and the tea itself. It makes an okay evening tea, when I want somet...

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