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Member since Jan. 29th, 2018. Reviewed 4 teas.

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Gunpowder from Adagio Teas

Style: Gunpowder Green Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 5th, 2018

Gunpowder isn’t my favorite tea, so my rating may not be entirely fair. That said, I like this tea. It’s smoky and a little vegetal. Full-bodied and smooth. I wouldn’t drink it every day, but it’s a nice change of pace. If you like strong and smoky green teas, you might like it better.

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Gen-mai Cha from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Genmaicha – Region: Japan

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 1st, 2018

A good example of this style of tea. Dry leaf’s aroma is a little weaker than the brewed tea, but it has good, toasty flavor and a round, smooth mouthfeel. Does tend to become a little astringent if brewed for too long — I set my timer for 2:45 so I can be sure I get my infuser out before three minutes.

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Organic Lung Ching (ZG60) from Upton Tea Imports

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

60 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 31st, 2018

Not my favorite dragonwell, but a decent example of the style. Attractive leaves are nice and flat. Nuttier, rather than toastier flavor and aroma, and fairly sweet. Smooth mouthfeel. That said, when it’s time to reorder, I’ll try one of Upton’s other teas of this style instead.

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Oolong Se Chung from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Se Chung Oolong – Region: China

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 31st, 2018

Probably my favorite oolong, and one of my favorite teas — which is saying something, because I don’t care for most oolongs. I’ve been drinking it for years. I usually brew it to sort of a medium strength, using about 190-degree water (or in a pinch, whatever temperature of water comes out of the industrial cof...

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