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Organic Oolong Tea from Wei-Chuan

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: ?????

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 6th, 2012

Inside this funny shaped box is 15 full leaf tea bags of Tieguanyin. These can easily be used twice, though, so each package should make a good 30 cups.

The tea itself is fairly mild compared to most wulong tea one finds in tea bags, since the leaves are not all chopped up. The overall taste and effect are simple, b...

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Calm Chamomile Full Leaf from Tazo Tea

Style: Chamomile Blend – Region: Blend

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 4th, 2012

Along with China Green Tips, this has to be Tazo's other best tea in tea bags. I typically do not drink herbal teas at all, but this one is really excellent. The tea liquor itself is a warm yellow color, and the taste is complex, a little sweet, and it is very clean and refreshing. Although the tea is made with flowers...

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White Tea from Ten Ren Tea

Style: White Tea – Region: Fujian, China

63 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 4th, 2012

The description of Ten Ren's white tea in tea bags is pretty accurate. The taste is mild and a bit earthy, and actually not so different from their wulong teas. The overall effect of the tea is smooth and straightforward, but without many characteristics of Bai Mudan, Shoumei, or other white teas, really. My initial im...

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Earl Grey Filterbags from Tazo Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 18th, 2012

I typically do not care much for western styles of black tea, but this Earl Grey is pretty good. The bergamot may seem a bit overpowering, but actually it's a fairly balanced tea. It is probably an acquired taste, and is good for people who want a truly strong and dark black tea.

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Awake English Breakfast Filterbag from Tazo Tea

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

43 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Feb. 18th, 2012

Opaque and dark black tea with a bit of smoothness. It has some unique qualities and is not the typical black tea, but it lacks any real complexity or richness. Quite plain, really.

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Yunnan Bo Nay Tea from Foojoy

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

70 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 11th, 2011

This pu'er tea is kind of a flat and earthy tea (maybe even a little bready) with pretty simple characteristics, but it has nice qualities overall, and is very calming. Overall, it left a good impression on me.

I read one review of this tea that complained about it being "dusty." The photo accompanying the review sh...

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Shoumei White Tea from Foojoy

Style: Shou Mei White Tea – Region: China

67 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 8th, 2011

This Foojoy Shoumei has similar color to their Bai Mudan. The aroma is milder in the Shoumei, and has a hint of fruit. The taste of the Shoumei is also milder than that of their Bai Mudan, but very smooth and with a hint of sweetness. Overall, though, these teas are very similar. This is perhaps the milder and slightly...

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WuYi Mtn. Oolong Tea (Wuyi Oolong) from Foojoy

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 8th, 2011

I have been curious about this tea for awhile, as I have not seen Wuyi wulong teas available in tea bag form before. I was curious to see what the basic character of this tea is, as there are several major types of such teas from the Wuyi region. I expected it to either be of a Shuixian or Dahongpao type.

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Lichee Black Tea from Foojoy

Style: Lychee Black Tea – Region: China

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 8th, 2011

I have been keeping my eyes open for China Black Tea in the area, but with no luck. Foojoy's Lichee Black Tea is available, but I have been very hesitant about buying any type of "flavored" teas. In any case, I have tried a few cups of this type now.

My only other experience with lichee flavored teas is a lichee dan...

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Ten Wu Fine Oolong from Ten Ren Tea

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

83 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 28th, 2011

This is a green wulong tea from Taiwan, in tea bag form from Ten Ren. This is a complex tea, but its vegetal and floral characteristics stand out the most to me. There is also some slight sweetness, and the overall character is quite rich and smooth. I have some loose leaf King of Tieguanyin, another green wulong, that...

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Dragon Well 2nd Grade from Ten Ren Tea

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

47 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 28th, 2011

I got this tea for a general idea of the relative quality of Ten Ren's Longjings, without much investment.

You can get a lot of loose Longjing here for not much money at all. The downside is that the quality isn't so great. Many leaves are broken, other leaves are bent, etc. For most people, I would recommend much h...

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Bai Mudan White Tea from Foojoy

Style: White Peony Tea – Region: Fujian, China

73 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 25th, 2011

The aroma of this tea is a bit mild and slightly floral. The aroma and taste are both delicate and refreshing, and a bit toasty. This Bai Mudan has no bitterness or astringency, and is quite full and smooth, with some subtle sweetness. Much better than supermarket white teas, to be sure. From the first cup, I like this...

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Genmaicha Green Tea from Foojoy

Style: Genmaicha – Region: China

63 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
May. 29th, 2011

My first Genmaicha. Usually I drink Chinese teas, or at least Chinese style teas, so this is a bit of a departure for me.

This tea does not retain much of its Sencha characteristics, or at least they are somewhat covered up in the general style. The tea is brewed to a light color, a bit surprising for the aroma and ...

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China Green Tea from Foojoy

Style: Green Tea – Region: China

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 5/5
May. 29th, 2011

This tea has a mild and slightly vegetal aroma. The taste is mild, smooth, and slightly sweet. The tea brews to a light greenish / golden color. Overall, this is a mild but nice green tea.

Originally I wrote a pretty scathing review of this tea, most of which I have removed. Taken for what it is, this is a mild and ...

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Oolong Tea from Ten Ren Tea

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: ?????

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
May. 29th, 2011

I was in a different city today, so I hit up the local Asian grocery stores to find some Ten Ren and Foojoy teas to try out.

This tea is mysteriously / generically labeled simply as "Oolong Tea." The tea brews to a nice golden amber color, a bit lighter than the Ten Ren Tieguanyin, basically a dark wulong. The aroma...

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China Classic Oolong from Foojoy

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Fujian, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
May. 21st, 2011

The Chinese name printed on the packaging for China Classic Oolong sheds some light on this tea. It reads as Fuzi Zhongguo Minnan Wulong Cha, or "Foojoy Chinese Minnan Wulong Tea." Here, Minnan refers to the southern region of Fujian province. Therefore, a more accurate English name for this tea, following the Chinese,...

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China Jasmine Green Tea from Foojoy

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: China

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
May. 21st, 2011

For my first cup of this tea, I used water that had just finished coming to a boil, and then I accidentally forgot about the cup for at least five minutes. It turned out very nicely, though. The tea brews to a deep golden color, and is very fragrant. The aroma is essentially similar to other jasmine teas I have had. Th...

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Dragon Well Tea from Ten Ren Tea

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

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
May. 21st, 2011

Ten Ren's Longjing brews to a golden-green color, and has a strong smoky vegetal aroma. This tea has a crisp finish and some real bite, different from a typical Longjing. Actually, this aspect of it is more similar to the bite and "rawness" of a Chinese red tea.

The flavor of this tea is a bit vegetal similar to its...

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Lungching Green Tea from Foojoy

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

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
May. 21st, 2011

When seeing the price and packaging of these Foojoy teas, my initial impression was that they must be low quality at such a price point. Like my experience with Tenren, this initial impression has turned out to be wrong.

This Longjing is a fine representative of the style in a teabag. The tea brews to a golden color...

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Zen Filterbags from Tazo Tea

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: ?????

47 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
May. 16th, 2011

Aroma comes from added flavors, not from the tea leaves, really. The flavor is basically spearmint and lemongrass, with little green tea flavor to be found. This is kind of a novelty tea, but nice on rare occasions. This tea could have broad appeal, but precisely because there is very little actual tea flavor.

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Chinese Oolong from Bigelow Tea

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: China

43 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
May. 16th, 2011

The aroma of this tea is sweet, full, and strong. The tea brews to a dark amber brown, and is quite opaque for this type of tea. The tea itself is quite full-bodied and warming, which is a nice quality. The initial taste of the tea is full and rich, but halfway through a sip, the flavor becomes flat, boring, and lifele...

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China Green Tips Filterbag from Tazo Tea

Style: Mao Feng Green Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

73 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 16th, 2011

The following review is of China Green Tips in a normal tea bag, as opposed to the whole-leaf satchet version.

True to its name, the aroma and the flavor of China Green Tips are indeed similar to the vegetal and fresh qualities of a Zhejiang green tea made from small and vibrant leaves. Apart from its basic characte...

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Ti Kuan Yin from Ten Ren Tea

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
May. 16th, 2011

First impression of this tea is that the aroma is pleasantly full and rich, very nice for a dark wulong. The liquid is dark golden brown, but it is not thick, opaque, or hazy, as some wulong teas from a tea bag can be. The taste of this tea is characteristic of a dark Tieguanyin, with a bit of a bitter aftertaste which...

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