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Sir William of the Leaf

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Member since Aug. 16th, 2010. Reviewed 10 teas.

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Vietnam Nam Lanh Estate Black Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Black Tea – Region: Vietnam

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 7th, 2011

This tea really surprised me!
The mix of fruity and malty aspects really pulled it together.
Dark chocolate, rose, black currant, vanilla, wheat, oak and cocoa are just a few of the descriptors I used!

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Typhoo Tea from Typhoo

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

77 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 16th, 2010

This tea is much better than a Lipton or a PG Tips teabag. The brew is strong but still retains the flavor of the tea. It will get bitter if left for too long, but it is not that hard to brew. If someone is looking for a strong iced tea, this is your best bet. I have made countless gallons of iced tea with Typhoo and h...

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San Mateo Air Dried Loose Yerba Mate from Guayaki

Style: Yerba Maté – Region: Brazil

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 16th, 2010

This is one of the best Matés on the market. It is now the only Maté I will buy. The flavor is brighter and has more depth than the traditional Maté that Guayaki offers. This is good prepared in a gourd, a french press, a drip coffee brewer, a teapot, and an on the go brewing mug (yes I have tried all these ways). I...

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2010 Spring Handmade Premium Liu An Gua Pian from JK Tea Shop

Style: Lu An Melon Seed – Region: Anhui, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 16th, 2010

This is a good tea, but it is picky about its parameters. One really has to watch this tea while it is brewing. The flavor is good even on latter infusions though, and endurance for a green tea is a good thing! Definitely be carful with this one though to get the desired flavor profile and strength.

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2010 Spring Handmade Imperial Tai Ping Hou Kui from JK Tea Shop

Style: Taiping Hou Kui – Region: Anhui, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 16th, 2010

This is a quality green tea! The leaves are made with just two leaves, no bud, and so the bitterness is kept to a minimum. The tea can be as light or as heavy as one would want it depending on brewing style, and either way it is delicious. The flavor could be a bit stronger (for my tastes) but I think lovers of good gr...

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Makaibari Estate Darjeeling 1st Flush Black Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Darjeeling First Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 16th, 2010

For someone who does not enjoy first flush darjeeling teas, this was very impressive! On the company description it tells about a punchy astringency, but I did not find it in the brew, which is one of the attributes I loved! For a Darjeeling fan, I think it offers something new. For a person just delving into the world...

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Huang Shan Hair Tip Green Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Mao Feng Green Tea – Region: Huangshan, Anhui, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 16th, 2010

This is a great tea! Very affordable, and the quality is legitimate! It is a good tea for someone looking for a lighter green tea that is easy on the palate and relatively forgiving. I would drink this green tea everyday if I had it in bulk. Arbor Teas is a respectable company as well; devoted to the sustainability of ...

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Emerald Spring Lung Ching Green Tea from Arbor Teas

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

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 16th, 2010

This is a great Dragonwell for its price.
I think that it is a good representation of a quality green tea at an affordable cost. Is this the best dragonwell out there? No. But is it a good everyday tea to enjoy? Definitely. The good part about it is that a purchase is in support of a sustainable company that is dedica...

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Black Tea from Lipton Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 16th, 2010

Many people who drink orthodox tea scorn at bagged tea (tea dust, as it is called in my family).
I do drink vast quantities of loose leaf, quality tea, but I don't despise Lipton's classic blend. I do not drink it hot though, I think that it tastes better iced and that is the manner which I drink it most. Would I ever...

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Oolong Se Chung from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Se Chung Oolong – Region: China

83 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 16th, 2010

The striking thing about this tea, believe it or not, is its simplicity.
Indeed it does have some complex attributes, but it is a very easy drinker. The characteristics I liked about this tea were the stone fruit and citrus notes. The roasted quality added some personality to the tea as well, although to my tastes it ...

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