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Old Whitey (2016) from white2tea

Style: White Tea – Region: China

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Nov. 4th, 2020

I haven't had a lot of positive experiences with White2Tea brand tea, so far. I really didn't like their Hot Brandy mix of white and black teas (it seemed like a bad idea after thinking about it because of the very different way the two age and the fact that they often use different temperatures for brewing). The Night...

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Kona-cha from Maeda-en

Style: Green Tea – Region: Japan

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 27th, 2020

This was a very interesting tea. If you don't know what kona-cha is, it is the dust and tea leaf pieces from tea processing. It is technically a byproduct, but the tea industry has repurposed it as a tea product. It's better quality than the pieces of leaves one might encounter in a tea bag, because the tea leaves used...

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Everyday Houji-cha Roasted Green Tea from Maeda-en

Style: Hojicha – Region: Japan

88 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 27th, 2020

I was very impressed by this tea. The only other hoji-cha I've tried was from YamaMotoYama, and I enjoyed it. But, this had a more toasty, well-rounded scent to it. The leaves differed more in their shape and appearance, which made it look more natural. The tea also had a more nuanced flavor.

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Everyday Kukicha Twig Tea from Maeda-en

Style: Kukicha – Region: Japan

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 9th, 2020

I liked this tea. I decided to get it because I wanted something that wasn't roasted or aged, that would still be more subdued in caffeine. I prefer naturally low-caffeine teas over ones that have had caffeine removed through some chemical (or other) process. Because kukicha is the twigs, with some leaf pieces (which y...

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Kokyu Sen-cha Green Tea (2020) from Maeda-en

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 9th, 2020

Update:
I found a way to brew it better. 80ºC water, 110ml water per 2 tsp of tea, 20 seconds for the first cup, 20-25 seconds for the second cup... The tea is very, very grassy. It's more grassy than any other sencha I've ever had (or any green tea, for that matter). It's not buttery. It's more like brewing a nice, ...

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Saemidori Sen-cha Fukamushi (2020) from Maeda-en

Style: Green Tea – Region: Kagoshima, Japan

85 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 7th, 2020

I was surprised at how good this was. I took a chance because Maeda-en really has terribly short descriptions of their teas on their site. I really didn't know what I'd get. The tea, in terms of the type of leaves, length of them, scent, and color, actually reminded me more of Shin-cha than other Fukamushi. The leaves ...

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Shin-cha Super Premium (Tokujo-can) (2020) from Maeda-en

Style: Shincha – Region: Japan

88 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
May. 29th, 2020

I was surprised, but also not, about this super premium shincha. You see, I know my tastes and I know that I've loved some "cheap" teas because even though they were inexpensive, they were great teas. I've also had some disappointing experiences with really expensive teas. So, I purchased this with that knowledge somew...

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GOLD GENMAI-CHA Brown Rice Tea from Maeda-en

Style: Genmaicha – Region: Japan

55 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
May. 14th, 2020

I really wasn't impressed with this. I was hopeful because the reviews I found elsewhere were good. But, this tea lacks taste and body. There's nothing to it. I even contacted Maeda-en because I thought there might be an issue with the product. It's not what I've come to expect from their brand. Their teas are usually ...

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Sen-cha Fukamushi Green Tea Select from Maeda-en

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

95 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
May. 13th, 2020

This is a great, fresh fukamushi-cha. I really enjoyed it. I actually got three cups out of 2tsp of leaves, rather than just two cups (the typical amount for this kind of tea). It's very full-bodied, has the typical cloudiness and rich flavor of fukamushi (which is extra steamed).

I went with a lower temperature bec...

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Shin-cha Select Gold (Hachijyu-Hachiya) (2020) from Maeda-en

Style: Shincha – Region: ?????

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 12th, 2020

This is, easily, the most striking tea that I've ever had in my life -- and I've had hundreds.

First of all, the scent was lightly fruity at the same time that it exhibited notes similar to the umami gyokuro green tea. The color was the most rich green I'd ever seen. I think the description had said that it leans to...

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Soba-cha Buckwheat Tea from Maeda-en

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

70 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
May. 11th, 2020

I used to love roasted barley tea, but I've since become gluten-free, and barley contains gluten, so I can no longer drink it. I decided to tack this onto an order from Maeda-en because I was hoping that it would be a good substitute.

Now, to give you some perspective on where my review is coming from, I think buckw...

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Genmai-Cha (Loose-leaf) from Yamamotoyama

Style: Genmaicha – Region: Japan

78 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
May. 7th, 2020

I really like this genmaicha. Aside from tea in Asian restaurants, this is the only genmaicha that I've ever tasted. The kind that I have (I'm not sure if they've changed the recipe or not) has sorghum in addition to rice. It has a great, nutty, roasted flavor. There isn't much caffeine to it. I'm amazed that this tea ...

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Australian Sencha from The Tea Centre

Style: Sencha – Region: Australia

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 4th, 2020

I know this might sound like a strange criticism, but I think that the worst thing about this tea is that it's been labeled "sencha." I say this because the profile of this tea in terms of taste and scent doesn't match the ideal for a sencha. But, it has a very good, very unique profile, in my opinion. The disappointme...

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Tangerine Orange Zinger® Herbal Tea from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: ?????

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 13th, 2020

This is a very satisfying tea. It has less of a 'zing' than the Sangria tea or the Red Zinger, making it feel a bit easier on the stomach. The orange/tangerine notes remind me a bit of Tang or an energy drink. I mean this as a compliment, not an insult. It's a very good flavor. I know that this is a blast from the past...

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Watermelon Lime Zinger from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: Blend

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 11th, 2020

This is probably my favorite Celestial Seasonings tea to make as an iced tea. We had a bout of hot weather for a few days and I whipped up some iced tea with this Watermelon Lime Zinger and it was so refreshing and delicious. It does a great job of cooling me down and it's a delicious flavor combination. I never feel t...

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True Blueberry® Herbal Tea from Celestial Seasonings

Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: ?????

80 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 11th, 2020

I'll be honest, I wasn't expecting this to be so good. In my area, Mother Nature seems to be going through her "change" and we've been getting some wild hot and cold flashes. I'll go outside in a long sleeve shirt and border on sweating one day, then go outside in thermal pants, leg warmers, a down vest, two layers, an...

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Plantation Peach Loose Tea from Charleston Tea Plantation (American Classic Tea)

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: United States of America

72 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 27th, 2020

This is the first time I've ever had a tea from the U.S., and it's the first time I've ever had a fruit-flavored black tea. (I typically either go for fruity herbal teas or black teas without flavoring.)

My first impression was actually with the tin. It's a very nice tin. I was expecting something like this when ord...

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Earl Grey Loose Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

95 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 13th, 2020

This is the first time I'm trying Bigelow Earl Grey in loose form. I've purchased the teabags in the past, but from other experiences, I know that the loose tea and teabags don't always have the same taste.

My first impression was that, compared to other black earl grey teas I've gotten in tins, this variety has muc...

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Hot Brandy 2016 from white2tea

Style: Black and White Blend – Region: ?????

45 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Feb. 11th, 2020

I commend White2Tea for the attempt at combining white tea with black tea in a cake like this. It was an interesting experiment. But, while the taste really isn't bad, the effect it has on me is very uncomfortable. That also hasn't changed over the years (I've had this cake for a while and have been aging it and period...

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Nightlife 2017 from white2tea

Style: Moonlight White – Region: ?????

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 9th, 2020

I wasn't feeling well lately. I think I may have caught the flu, which has been going around. I tried a remedy of tea and herbs that often helps me, but it wore of quickly. So, I felt the urge to try some of this white tea, because I remember something I was told by someone regarding white tea being considered medicine...

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Chai (formerly Indian Spiced Chai) from Twinings

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

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 7th, 2020

I got a coupon from Twinings to replace some decaffeinated Earl Gray, which was really quite awful, and I decided to spend it on this.

The spices were a tad different than other chai tea bags I'd had before. I've had chai in restaurants and have bought tea bags in the Indian sector of a nearby city, and the spices i...

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Organic Darjeeling from Harney and Sons

Style: Darjeeling Second Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

0 / 100 Aroma: 1/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 1/5
Feb. 7th, 2020

I suspected something was wrong with the quality (or lack thereof) of this tea when I opened up the tin and there was no scent. (Side note: The best by date isn't for about 2 years, so that's not the issue.) Some teas have a very, very light scent, though. So, I tried to suspend judgment and brewed a cup as the packagi...

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Green Tea Kombucha from Yogi Tea

Style: Wellness Tea / Medicinal Tea – Region: Blend

10 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 1/5
Jan. 19th, 2020

It didn't taste like green tea. It didn't taste like kombucha. It didn't affect me like kombucha, which typically leaves me with a positive feeling. It actually gave me a headache, despite the fact that I've had all the ingredients in this tea separately and never had a negative reaction to any of them. The flavor wasn...

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Paris from Harney and Sons

Style: Miscellaneous Blend – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Dec. 27th, 2019

The scent of this was delicious. The scent of the tea after brewing was delicious. But, there wasn't much to the flavor. At the end of the cup, after the tea had cooled, the notes sat on my palette better. But, something about the notes bypassed my palette when the tea was hot. This might be good as an iced tea. But, a...

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Holiday Tea from Harney and Sons

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: ?????

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 24th, 2019

Let me start by saying that I generally don't like flavored teas at all. Most of them taste artificial to me, the rest don't taste like tea and because I love the taste of tea, I'm left dissatisfied by them. But, as you can see, I gave this 80/100, so I was quite pleased with it. I was surprised not simply because of m...

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