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Teuvo

(19 reviews)
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Formosa Jade Oolong from Het Gouden Randje

Style: Jade Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

58 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 25th, 2017

I bought this tea before and remember it as lovely and flowery, but when I bought more of it later, it just... wasn't so great.
It looks nice with the tightly rolled balls of leaves. It's got a kind of metallic taste that I find a bit unpleasant. That could be the jasmine-like taste that the product description mentio...

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Ceylon Orange Pekoe from Het Gouden Randje

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Sri Lanka / Ceylon

66 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 25th, 2017

I asked the owner of Het Gouden Randje to recommend me a sweet black tea. Once it was cleared up that I wasn't interested in flavoured teas, I was offered this one, and I was charmed with the smell.

It smells warm and sweet with a hint of honey. If you don't use too much leaf, it doesn't easily get bitter even if yo...

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Korea OP Jeju Green Tea Bio from Het Gouden Randje

Style: Green Tea – Region: South Korea

66 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 24th, 2017

I bought this to keep at my parents' house to use as everyday green tea. It's a bit too subtle for an everyday tea, though. I also never seem to be able to get my tea quite right here.
It is very light, but doesn't feel thin, and it has a slightly sweet aftertaste. The colour is a lovely bright greenish yellow.
I'm t...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(79 reviews)
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100% Natural Tea Bags from Clover Valley

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 23rd, 2017

Perhaps this surprisingly high rating (for a very, very cheap tea) arises from the psychology of low expectations. I had seen a 100-count box of Clover Valley for sale at Dollar General for less than $2.50 (including tax)—slightly more than two cents per bag. Not wanting to buy a hundred bags, in case this tea suck...

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Alex Zorach

(1310 reviews)
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Magnolia Oolong from Harney and Sons

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Guangdong, China

86 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 22nd, 2017

This was my favorite oolong that I have sampled in a long time. After being let down by several oolongs from Harney & Sons, this one hit the spot.

The leaf, which is quite wiry, smells amazing and multifaceted: floral, fruity, toasty, spicy. There's a skunky note and a pleasant bready, baked-good quality. It seem...

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Teuvo

(19 reviews)
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Nepal Tippy Orange Pekoe from Simon Lévelt

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nepal

62 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 21st, 2017

The dry leaves look green, orange and black, and the used leaves a really soft greenish orange. The liquid is much lighter than most other black teas I have.
This tea is extremely smooth and soft and tastes kind of earthy. It doesn't easily get bitter.

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Alex Zorach

(1310 reviews)
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Mutan White from Harney and Sons

Style: White Peony Tea – Region: Fujian, China

84 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 20th, 2017

I thought this was an above-average white peony or bai mu dan.

Dry leaf smells different from any other White Peony tea I've tried, notes of candied citrus peel, a sort of bittersweet smell, a slight pungency, almost hinting at camphor. I'm intrigued, and eager to try this to see what kind of cup this leaf produces...

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Difflugia

(38 reviews)
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Organic Black Tea from Golden Sail Brand

Style: Black Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

75 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 16th, 2017

The teabags in the box are standard style bags filled with 2g of fannings and sealed in clear plastic. Opening the pouch releases a dry, earthy, leafy aroma. Adding hot water intensifies the aroma and adds a note of sweetness that wasn't present in the dry leaves.

Because the tea in the bags is cut so fine, it steep...

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Alex Zorach

(1310 reviews)
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Organic Assam P.F. Tea from Metropolitan Tea Company

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 15th, 2017

Served in Rock City cafe in Rockland, Maine.

This was a very dark Assam with a fairly smoky character. Aroma is strong, malty and fruity, but it is the smoky notes that make this tea stand out. The aroma is interesting and complex, a little like drinking a fine wine.

Flavor is slightly harsh, bitter and with a lo...

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Teuvo

(19 reviews)
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Bai Mu Dan from AhaTee

Style: White Tea – Region: China

30 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Jun. 14th, 2017

The first few attempts at making this tea didn't turn out good at all, kind of sour and unpleasant. It is the first white tea I try, so it might be because of that. I decided just now to actually have a look at the instructions on the box instead of making it like a green tea. I was surprised to see it recommend a 5-mi...

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Lung Ching from De Theefabriek

Style: Dragon Well Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 13th, 2017

I've seen Dragonwell here and there and I had the general impression that it is a pretty well-known tea with a good reputation, so i wanted to try it. (In fact, one of my proudest tea lover moments was seeing Longjing mentioned in Death's End by Liu Cixin and knowing what that is - and actually having some myself.)

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Smokey Wuhuan Groen from Simon Lévelt

Style: Green Tea – Region: China

60 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 12th, 2017

I don't know what it is about this tea, but I always oversteep it. The first time I ever made it, I even forgot about it for one and a half hours. When I found it, it was cold and bitter. (In my defense, it was graduation day and I was a bit distracted.)
And just now when I wanted to review it it got too strong again,...

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Justin Walters

(8 reviews)
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English Afternoon from Twinings

Style: Black Tea – Region: ?????

65 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 11th, 2017

I was excited to try this tea the afternoon I purchased it. Everything was going well. The aroma was great, the color was pleasing, and I could tell off the bat that this wouldn't be a knock off of Twining's English Breakfast Tea. As I took my first sip, I Way disappointed to say in the least. the flavor was rather pep...

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China Oolong from Twinings

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: China

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 11th, 2017

This light tea has a very unique flavor. It tastes very warm and toasty but is to hard to describe. The teas color is a very satisfying golden-yellow color and smells lovely. I definetly reccomend this great tea to anyone who wants to try something new! For all you know, it could be your new favorite flavor!

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Scottish Breakfast Tea Bags from Taylors of Harrogate

Style: Scottish Breakfast – Region: Blend

65 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 11th, 2017

To be honest, I didn't personally care for this tea :/ I mean this tea was a great value considering each box contains a whopping 55 bags compared to twinning's 20, but the flavor just wasn't there for me. The taste was rather bitter, but not in a strong and robust way, but almost like pool water. like chlorine. I can ...

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Prince of Wales from Twinings

Style: Black Tea – Region: China

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 11th, 2017

This tea is rather light. This tea is steeped for only 3 minuites and you can definetly taste it. I really enjoy the soft texture of this tea. It doesn't knock your socks off like Scottish or Irish tea but definetly gets the job done. A nice warm cup of Prince of wales tea warms the heart and rejuvenates the soul! A gr...

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Irish Breakfast from Twinings

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: ?????

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 11th, 2017

This tea is rather robust. It's not bitter per say, but definetly can use some milk or cream to top it all off. With out milk, this tea is rather rough and strong. Overall though, this tea is very well crafted and goes well with a blanket on a cold rainy day. Being rather caffeinated, I usually have this tea on days wh...

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English Breakfast from Twinings

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

95 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 11th, 2017

This tea is exceptional! English breakfast tea is by far my favorite tea by twining and by far my favorite tea in general! This tea goes very well with milk and creates a soft, silky and satisfying texture. This tea is not to robust nor light, it's just right. If you really want to make this tea even better, use half a...

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Alex Zorach

(1310 reviews)
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Green Tea (Loose) from Golden Sail Brand

Style: Green Tea – Region: China

48 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 1/5
Jun. 9th, 2017

I wouldn't buy this again. I purchased it at the Newark, Delaware Farmer's market out of curiosity. Usually I've had better experiences with teas there, like discovering the remarkably inexpensive and high-quality Tradition brand. This was a disappointment though.

Dry leaf looks dusty silvery-green, looks a lot l...

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Teuvo

(19 reviews)
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Original English Loose Tea from Pickwick Tea

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

7 / 100 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 9th, 2017

I know I don't like English blend tea, but this tea was very cheap (regular price €1.40 for 100 g, and it was on a 35% discount) and I figured that since it's loose tea I'll have more control, and it might end up tasting decent.

Wrong.
It tastes and smells like any other cheap English blend from flat teabags: sou...

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Bi Luo Chun from AhaTee

Style: Bi Luo Chun – Region: China

40 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Jun. 9th, 2017

This tea was quite expensive and it doesn't smell all that good. Especially the used leaves smell pretty bad. I still haven't figured out how to make this, but I use relatively little leaf and don't steep it for long. The result tastes all right, though. The colour of the infusion isn't very bright, a slightly dirty ye...

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Alex Zorach

(1310 reviews)
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Okayti White from Harney and Sons

Style: Darjeeling White Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

88 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 8th, 2017

I liked this one a lot, much more than typical for white teas.

I normally don't like tippy white teas, but I was super impressed by what may be this same exact same tea, or at least a similar one, sold by Golden Tips Tea. Unfortunately, this tea is no longer in stock at either company! It is worth waiting for this...

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Teuvo

(19 reviews)
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Gunpowder from Tanay

Style: Gunpowder Green Tea – Region: Sri Lanka / Ceylon

50 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 8th, 2017

I always like to have a cheap gunpowder tea which I can drink as much as I like without worries. I buy 250 g or 500 g boxes from a Turkish shop, and they are incredibly cheap (this 250 g box was probably €2.25 or something). However, the brands change now and then.

This one was also incredibly cheap, but I don't l...

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Pin Ho Jade from De Theefabriek

Style: Green Tea – Region: Vietnam

85 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 7th, 2017

Since I fell in love with Nam Lanh OP from the same brand but I currently prefer green teas, I decided to try this one as it's also from Vietnam.
And I was in luck! It tastes like a green version of the Nam Lanh black tea. It smells the same and, best of all, it's got the same "smoldering" flavour, but just a little l...

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Young Hyson from De Theefabriek

Style: Young Hyson – Region: China

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 7th, 2017

It smells nice enough, but not that special. It tastes great, though. A very strong flavour. If I use too little leaf, it doesn't really have that intensity that I love about this, but if I use too much it easily gets too bitter.
It's a great everyday green tea, but I don't worry too much about running out. I like thi...

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