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ConradKay

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Member since Jan. 10th, 2018. Reviewed 31 teas.

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Premium Jasmine Dragon Pearls Green Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Jasmine Pearls – Region: Fuding, Fujian, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 31st, 2018

An amazing tea, somewhat soapy(probably due to steeping error), but the taste is excellent, and it smells amazing, but that is typical of a jasmine tea. This tea is very expensive, and I didn't see much improvement over other jasmine pearls.

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2008 Menghai Ripened Pu-erh Tea Tuocha from TeaVivre

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

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
May. 31st, 2018

The smell reminds me of a more "pure" version of the hazelberry pu erh tea from Adagio, and is very "woodsy" But with a more mineral of rocky taste, it is a very good value too, especially for a tea from almost 10 years ago.

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Moonlight Dragon Ball White Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Moonlight White – Region: Jinggu, Yunnan, China

86 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 29th, 2018

An amazing and sweet tea! It is not very expensive and is a very high quality tea. The ball is tightly packed and I was able to get several infusions(keep in mind you can't break up the ball easily so I would use a at least 12 oz cup and fuse for 5 minutes). The aroma isn't strong but is very nice and sweet, it smells ...

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Jasmine Dragon Phoenix Pearls Green Tea from Teavana

Style: Jasmine Pearls – Region: ?????

75 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Feb. 14th, 2018

I received this tea as part of a tea trade(4 ounces of this) for free, and am really enjoying this. I'd say it tastes very similar to Harney and sons' jasmine pearls with a slightly less dominant jasmine taste. The aroma is amazing and is almost purely jasmine. The flavor is sweet and of jasmine but can turn bitter/soa...

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Premium Grade Dragon Well Green Tea (Long Jing) from TeaVivre

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

81 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 13th, 2018

Firstly, I made this tea at 185(90 Celsius) degrees for about 3 minutes. The first steeping was very nutty and I loved the taste very much, it had a lettuce taste which I would normally dislike but in this tea it worked. later steepings were lighter in taste and less nutty. I got 3 steepings using 1.5 teaspoons of tea,...

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Taiwan Jin Xuan Milk Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Milky Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

65 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 13th, 2018

An overall, 'meh' tea. Was not milky or creamy at all, but that was expected. Had a cabbage taste which was the main thing I disliked about this tea. I would recommend this tea if you a fine with a strong vegetal taste.

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Da Hong Pao (Big Red Robe) Wuyi Rock Oolong Tea Fujian from TeaVivre

Style: Da Hong Pao – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

92 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 12th, 2018

A truly great tea!
I brew this with one teaspoon of tea per cup(about 1.5 grams I think) And I get 3 steepings. The aroma is nice but indescribable, and the taste is almost the same way. It has nutty notes and is very... "minerally". A pretty good value at $17 per 100g but definitely not cheap either.

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Golden Monkey Black Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Golden Monkey – Region: Fujian, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 11th, 2018

Very nice tea! Tastes almost exactly like the wild lapsang souchong to me but is a bit fruitier! I will definitely be getting some more on Amazon soon!

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Organic Hangzhou Tian Mu Qing Ding Green Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Green Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

82 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 11th, 2018

Firstly, this tea is obviously VERY high quality and I could tell that right when I opened up the sample. The aroma of the dry leaf was fairly vegetal(spinach/kale) which is not what I am looking for in a tea, but the taste was much less so, especially when brewing for 2 mins instead of the 3-5 which is recommended. Wh...

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Genmaicha Herbal Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Genmaicha – Region: Zhejiang, China

74 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 11th, 2018

Didn't particularly smell nice at all. It smelled of a salty seaweed with a nuttiness to it. The flavor was much better though and mostly got rid of the seaweed saltiness. Overall, what you'd expect from a genmaicha tea. Price isn't as much of a steal as I thought, because if you use the recommended amount(10g), it cos...

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Taiwan Osmanthus Oolong from TeaVivre

Style: Osmanthus Tea – Region: Blend

79 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 10th, 2018

This is a good tea! Not what I expected at all though. Teavivre says to use 5g of tea so I will try that next time. The smell and taste is not very complex, a little vegetal and very floral. I do not think I will get this tea again though, as Adagio's golden flower tea is just too good of a price.

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Lapsang Souchong Wild Black Tea (Ye Sheng Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong) from TeaVivre

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

86 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 10th, 2018

Very nice tea! It has a strong chocolate taste/aroma and also has some sweet potato hints as well. Pretty good tea for the price also.

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Black Tea from Lipton Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

20 / 100 Aroma: 1/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 14th, 2018

I had this at my hotel years back, and I still remember spitting out the disgrace of a "tea".

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Birthday Tea from Adagio Teas

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

86 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 14th, 2018

I opened up my box for a 20 dollar exactly adagio order of 8 teas, and I find not 1, not 2, not 3, but 4 samples! I got a white monkey tea(which I chose at checkout), a rooibos vanilla chai, a Capricorn tin, and this birthday tea. It is so amazing how Adagio sneakily figured out it was my birthday and sent me this blen...

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Honey Vanilla Chamomile from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Chamomile Blend – Region: ?????

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 14th, 2018

This tea is the only fanning grade tea that I enjoy. It was the first tea I started to drink and I used to microwave my water and steep for 10+ minutes(4-5 minutes recommended) but I still loved it. The value isn't too good at about 18 cents a cup, which is about what a decent loose leaf oolong would cost from Adagio. ...

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Gingerbread Black Tea from Teavana

Style: Miscellaneous Blend – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 14th, 2018

I got this tea for 16$ in an 8-ounce tin during a closing sale, so for me, the value was more of a 4.0(80 total rating if accounted for). One thing I did notice was these large popcorn pieces that add little to no flavor to the blend which were used as a filler, but this only took up about 5-10% of the container. But T...

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Ginger's Oolong from Harney and Sons

Style: Flavored Oolong – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 13th, 2018

Pretty good tea. It smells like a ginger candy but without any sweetness. The taste is what you'd expect. A good amount of ginger to oolong but maybe a bit too much ginger. This tea is spicy just like a masala chai, but extremely mild. It is a pretty nice value at around 20$ a pound though.

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Dragon Pearl Jasmine from Harney and Sons

Style: Jasmine Pearls – Region: Fujian, China

84 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 12th, 2018

Firstly, this tea reminds me of the garden section of the home depot. Almost a clone of the smell(or I'm smell hallucinating). The aroma is extremely nice and is of course very jasmine. The flavor is amazing and has an undertone of a golden osmanthus oolong taste. Other than that, the jasmine taste is very smooth and s...

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Paris (Sachets) from Harney and Sons

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

67 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 12th, 2018

I received this as a sample sachet in my Harney and sons order along with 2 other loose leaf samples. The aroma is like a spicy fruit, but spicy is a sort of sour way, I do not smell any caramel though. Overall, very lovely. The Flavor tastes like the aroma but has much more of a "tea" taste to it. And has hints of car...

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Youthberry White Tea from Teavana

Style: Fruit White Tea – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 1/5
Jan. 11th, 2018

First, this tea is a terrible value and barely contains any white tea. I honestly doubt there is more than 1/4 white tea in this. The flavor is extremely sour and reminds me of cranberry juice, and the aroma is quite nice. But for the value, this tea is terrible.

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Irish Breakfast from Adagio Teas

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: Blend

79 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 11th, 2018

This tea has a very nice blend of maltiness and citrus at an extremely good value!

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White Chocolate Peppermint Rooibos from Teavana

Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 11th, 2018

This is a great smelling tea. A very smooth peppermint. But when I took a sip of it, i was greeted by the taste of what I describe as toothpaste. Also, the tea is almost 130 dollars a pound. (although I bought it at a 50% off sale) Which is absolutely ridiculous for a rooibos tea that half of isn't even rooibos. I'd re...

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Samurai Mate from Adagio Teas

Style: Flavored Yerba Mat̩ РRegion: Blend

82 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 11th, 2018

Firstly, this tea is great on its own, but I decided to mix it with adagio's raja oolong chai as a replacement for Teavana's Samurai mate and maharaja oolong chai blend I sampled at the mall. I also recommend putting a bit of masala in this tea too. I steeped this tea for 6 minutes and found it did not re-steep well a...

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Rooibos Vanilla Chai from Adagio Teas

Style: Rooibos Chai / Spiced Rooibos – Region: ?????

50 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 11th, 2018

Overall A very "meh" tea. It smelled quite nice but when a took a sip it was not what I expected(in a bad way). It had almost no vanilla taste and was almost a depressing masala chai.

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Pu Erh Hazelberry from Adagio Teas

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

92 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 11th, 2018

This is an extremely good beginner Pu Erh. It has a very deep flavor that tastes like how the woods smell after rainfall. And has a leafy and tree bark aroma. Also, the hazelberry evens everything out perfectly, and gives a nice flavor that doesn't take anything away from the tea. I've found that i could only get a few...

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