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Alex

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Member since May. 6th, 2018. Reviewed 13 teas.

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Pu-erh Classic from Rishi Tea

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

72 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 17th, 2018

This is my first unflavored puerh, so I don't have anything to compare it to. Mine was aged for 3 years so it might be slightly different from the normal version, but probably not that much. I had to air it out for a week to get rid of the smell of fish. Once that went away, the aroma of the dry leaves became earthy in...

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Oolong Tea from Imperial Organic

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: ?????

55 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
May. 16th, 2018

I was hoping this would be a lighter oolong from the description ("partially oxidized green tea"), but I knew as soon as I opened a bag and smelled it that it was fairly heavily roasted. The aroma is mostly roasted and woody. I'm having trouble identifying specific flavors. It's just kind of generic and boring. It also...

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Iced Classic Black Tea (Loose) from Pure Leaf

Style: Black Tea – Region: Kenya

72 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
May. 16th, 2018

The dry leaf is floral and malty, just as Pure Leaf and the other reviewer describe it. Once brewed, there's a hint of dried fruit as well as wood; otherwise it's pretty similar to the dry aroma. Despite this tea coming from Kenya, the taste reminds me a bit of all three of the main tea growing regions of India: the ma...

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Matcha iri Genmaicha from Harney and Sons

Style: Genmaicha – Region: Japan

73 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 14th, 2018

Bancha and matcha make a good combo, as I expected. Maybe I just don't like genmaicha in general, but I don't care for what the rice adds to this; it almost has a burnt popcorn smell, but less harsh than that. Aside from that, it's pretty good, but I think I'll just get bancha or sencha after I finish this.

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Ti Kuan Yin (Oolong Goddess) from Adagio Teas

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Fujian, China

76 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 14th, 2018

This is a surprisingly good tieguanyin from Adagio, which I usually associate more with flavored teas. It has a pleasant floral, woody, and nutty aroma, and a taste to match. While some TGY leans heavily toward either the floral or nutty/woody ends, this balances the flavors well, making it a great option for anyone wh...

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Iron Goddess of Mercy from Kilogram Tea

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: ?????

73 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
May. 14th, 2018

I got this at a coffee shop, and it was unfortunately oversteeped. It was more bitter and astringent than I expect this type of tea to be because of that, but it still had the very distinctive taste of tieguanyin. The aroma was fairly mild and mainly a mix of wood and nuts, and I actually noticed the floral qualities m...

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Nilgiri Blue Mountain from Jasmine Pearl Tea Company

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nilgiri, India

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
May. 13th, 2018

This is an odd tea. Very mild aroma, extremely mellow woody flavor, but then there's the most wonderfully fruity finish if you brew it just right. I feel like it would be better in a blend than on its own, with something else adding more body and flavor and this tea providing its lingering fruity finish. I did try blen...

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English Breakfast from Benner Tea Co

Style: English Breakfast – Region: ?????

25 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 2/5
May. 12th, 2018

It smells sort of like an English Breakfast blend, I guess. Sort of woody. Far from the most aromatic tea. It tastes like cardboard, very thin, and it's extremely astringent even when brewed for only 3 minutes. The only use for this I can think of is cold brewing it and adding lemonade. It's terrible on its own, and th...

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Keemun Concerto from Adagio Teas

Style: Keemun Mao Feng – Region: Anhui, China

55 / 100 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 7th, 2018

I'm having a hard time rating this tea. It smelled pretty bad to me, like burnt pine. I guess that's the smokiness. The flavor was nicely earthy and slightly chocolaty with the occasional subtle fruit note. I enjoyed the flavor, but hated the aroma. I always knew it was done brewing and would taste the way I liked it w...

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Chinese Oolong from Bigelow Tea

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: China

50 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
May. 7th, 2018

A dark oolong with a nutty and buttery taste. It lacks the complexity of a higher quality oolong, but it has the advantage of being cheap and available at grocery stores. I actually prefer it cold brewed, and the ease of putting two bags in a water bottle overnight to take with me the next day is the only reason I'd ge...

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House Blend Oolong from Jasmine Pearl Tea Company

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

89 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
May. 7th, 2018

This is a blend of Gui Fei and Jade oolongs, since the website doesn't make that clear. It has a very floral aroma, as expected. The first cup is clean with a honey-like sweetness, but it's more aromatic than flavorful. The second cup is more interesting: mild stone fruit notes appear, and the mouthfeel is thicker comp...

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Royal Golden Assam from Octavia Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Assam, India

88 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
May. 6th, 2018

While the dry leaves have a more mildly fruity generic black tea sort of smell, the brewed tea has a wonderfully sweet aroma of figs and raisins, and a similar taste. It's actually hard to taste anything else because of the strength of those notes: there's a background earthiness or something to add some substance and ...

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Guizhou Twist from Adagio Teas

Style: Green Tea – Region: Guizhou, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 6th, 2018

This is an unusually fruity green tea. The dry leaves have a strong floral and stone fruit aroma. The first time I tried it I used too much tea and brewed it for too long, and the result was overly sweet and astringent. The second time I used a little less tea and brewed it for around 1:40, resulting in a more complex ...

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