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Acai Matcha (Acai Matcha Latte) from Shanti Tea

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: ?????

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 16th, 2011

Making the tea, the cup of tea is much darker green than I have seen matcha get. It is a sweet smelling tea.

The tea is not as bitter as some matchas that I have had. The Acai berry that has been added to the tea makes it a little sweeter.The tea is sweeter sort of with a tangy after taste to it. It doesn’t t...

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White Peony (Pai Mu Tan) from Chakra 4

Style: White Peony Tea – Region: China

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 16th, 2010

The color is far darker than I was thinking it was going to be. It is a dark amber color, like a dark green tea, or a light black tea. The smell is light, and not very fragrant. It is sort of floral, like roses.

This has a very light taste that is easy to ruin. A slight overbrew and this will become bitter quickly. ...

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Hojicha from Chakra 4

Style: Hojicha – Region: Japan

70 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 16th, 2010

The tea is a bright orange color, typical of Hoijcha.

The smell is a light roast, comforting and warm and slightly nutty.

The taste is rich and roasted, not quite nutty. Slightly astringent, but not quite bitter. It doesn’t have a very complex flavor profile. The flavor doesn’t really come out until you sl...

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Earl Grey from Chakra 4

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Dec. 16th, 2010

It is a sort of orangy red. It is a very rich looking liqueur. It smells intoxicating. It is not too strong, but it does smell a lot like the orange flavoring. The tea shines through that though and smells vegital.

The tea is very interesting. It tastes sort of like Swiss chard with bergamot orange dripped over it. ...

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Keemun Hao Ya from The Tao of Tea

Style: Keemun Hao Ya A – Region: Qimen, Anhui, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 16th, 2010

Pouring the tea into the cup, the color is a medium brown color. It smells sour with a complex flowery undertone. The taste is mildly sour but incredibly sweet. There are hints of a rose taste with overtone of a flower that I can not identify.

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Imperial Dragonwell (Long Jing) from Shanti Tea

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

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 15th, 2010

The liqueur is a deep amber tone. There are a couple of leaves left in the cup. There is a smell of cooked grass, sort of like leeks, and a soft hint of caramel in the smell.

This doesn’t seem to be a super complex set of tones to this tea. That doesn’t make this a bad tea though, it is just a sort of basic tea....

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Darjeeling Green from Shanti Tea

Style: Darjeeling Green Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 15th, 2010

The liqueur is a light amber color, almost looking like it has no flavoring to it. It smells floral and fruity. The flower smells like rose but it tastes like jasmine. There is a lightly earthen tone at the back of the smell that is similar to many black darjeelings.

The taste is started off with a overtone of jasmi...

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Ceylon Forest Green from Shanti Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: Uva, Sri Lanka

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 15th, 2010

The liqueur is a light golden color. It smells soft and subtly sweet. There is a hint of being fermented a little bit extra long. The smells are subtle overall and not very strong. The taste is a lot like the smell but stronger. The first thing I notice is that it is subtly sweet riding in the middle tone while the dee...

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Monkey-Picked Ti Kuan Yin from Foojoy

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

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 15th, 2010

The tea is rather brisk and sharp, but not necessarily in an unpleasant way. Next time I will let it brew for a little less time. This tea has a distinct taste of baked red apples. If anyone has ever done this before, some of the apple caramelizes as it bakes and makes it a little sweeter than normal, there are de...

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Pu-er Tuo Cha Small Bowl from The Tao of Tea

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

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 15th, 2010

It is dark and rich with intense earthy tones. It is like mixing dark hot chocolate with espresso, taking the sweet and the bitter out of both.What is left is comforting and caffeinated. This is a great morning tea because it wakes you up a lot like coffee with less caffeine and a better flavor. You do need to remember...

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Licorice from The Tao of Tea

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: United States of America

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 8th, 2010

The liqueur is an amber color with hints of green. It smells sweet and sort of spiced, like there is something extra inside. The brew is made from chopped up licorice root, and there are no other spices, so I assume the spiced taste comes from the root itself.

This is a really tasty herbal tea. It is caffeine free,...

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