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Heather J.

(73 reviews)
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Yunnan "Pine Needles" Green Tea from Mengku from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Green Tea – Region: Shuangjiang, Yunnan, China

50 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Nov. 20th, 2022

Not my favorite tea. A little bit soapy and bitter tasting and there wasn’t much interesting stuff going on to redeem it. The aroma was really weak too so overall not worth it for me. I’m giving it a 50 because it’s not that great but it’s also like not too horrible. I wouldn’t buy it again though.

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Mr Bamsen

(217 reviews)

Pan Long Yin Hao (Nr. 198) from Carstensens Tehandel

Style: Green Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 17th, 2022

Cup at home, made from small, coiled, curly leaves of Chinese green tea from Zheijiang, some of which resemble granulate. Pours clear straw (against white china) with no sediment. Clear, leafy aroma with mild touches of nuts and hints of fruit. Bitter, leafy flavour with nutty touches and dusty hints. Moderately astrin...

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Myanmar Green Pindaya (No. 596) from TeaGschwendner

Style: Green Tea – Region: Burma (Myanmar)

65 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 17th, 2022

One-litre pot at home, made from curly, wiry green leaves of organic Pindaya tea from Burma. Pours clear peach yellow (against white china) with no sediment. Intense aroma of green tea with malty and smoky touches. Bitter, leafy flavour with touches of smoke and malty hints. Moderately astringent palate with a leafy an...

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Trailesque

(121 reviews)
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Sencha Special Grade Yamato from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

65 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 16th, 2022

This is an unexciting but perfectly drinkable sencha, that is offered at a fair price by Upton. There is a little iron and spinach in the flavor, but not enough to be irritating. It wouldn't hurt to some of this in your cupboard.

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Difflugia

(169 reviews)
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Aoyanagi Green from Ujinotsuyu

Style: Bancha – Region: Japan

47 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Jun. 1st, 2022

The 200g package is heavy, sealed plastic. It's not resealable, so have another airtight container to put it into after opening.

The dry tea is bright green and broken into medium-small pieces. The initial aroma is strong and grassy.

The directions say to use 3g of tea per 100ml, boiling water, and to steep for 3...

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Decaffeinated Green Tea from Lipton Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

48 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
May. 25th, 2022

I bought this as a box of 40 tea bags. Inside were two sealed Mylar sleeves of otherwise unwrapped tea bags. I opened the first sleeve and transferred the tea bags to an airtight container.

The dry tea smells faintly of green tea. Brewing, it has a kind of strange, savory smell, like potato soup, but with a vegetal ...

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Decaf Green Tea from Triple Leaf Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: China

63 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
May. 25th, 2022

The tea bags are wrapped in paper inside a cellophane-sealed cardboard box. After opening the package, I put them into an airtight container.

The dry tea has a faint, grassy smell. The brewing tea smells quite a bit fresher than I expected. It's vegetal, slightly tannic and recognizably green tea.

For a decaf gre...

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JGS1122

(105 reviews)
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Ceylon Blackwood Estate Organic Green Tea from Simpson & Vail

Style: Green Tea – Region: Uva, Sri Lanka

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 9th, 2022

The aroma is a mild sweet, I'm reminded of honey. The flavor is 'clean', with a slight sweet after taste that for me does not linger on the tongue. The liquor brews (5 min) to a pleasant medium brown. Very enjoyable.

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Tchuggin' Okie

(340 reviews)
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Pure Green Tea (100% Green tea) from Salada

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

64 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 12th, 2022

As with many inexpensive, bagged green teas, this didn't offer much dry-bag or in-cup aroma, but what there was had a pleasantly grassy to vegetal characteristic that carried over somewhat to the taste, which was quite mild with hints of celery. In that sense, if Salada removed the last "a" from their name, it wouldn'...

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Alex Zorach

(1447 reviews)
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"Yu Luo" High Mountain Pure Bud Green Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Green Tea – Region: Simao, Yunnan, China

84 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 7th, 2021

Thanks Dewey for sharing this with me! This was a smooth, mellow, mild green tea that was easy to brew and enjoy.

The leaf of this smells very fresh, a sort of sweet fragrance, almost floral, typical of high-quality, tippy Chinese green teas. It's pleasant but also hard to anticipate how it is going to taste, so I w...

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Long Mei Yunnan Green Tea of Zhenyuan from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Green Tea – Region: Simao, Yunnan, China

84 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 4th, 2021

This was a robust green tea that was challenging to brew, but rewarding when I got it right. Thank you to Dewey for sharing this one with me!

The leaf is beautiful, wiry, slightly curly, and diverse in color, from dusty dark green to silvery-gray with a yellowish tinge. It has a potent fragrance, with a hint of camp...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(340 reviews)
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Organic Green Tea from Trader Joe's

Style: Green Tea – Region: Nilgiri, India

61 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 2nd, 2021

Landing at a Trader Joe's store in Tucson while on a photography road trip out thataway, I bought a box of this, as a presumably acceptable substitute for some of the truly terrible, off-brand and store-brand (here's looking at you, Great Value) bagged green teas offered at motels and campgrounds. It was, but still fa...

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Mr Bamsen

(217 reviews)
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South Korea Seogwang Sencha (No. 591) from TeaGschwendner

Style: Sencha – Region: Jeju, South Korea

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Aug. 31st, 2021

Half-litre cup at home, made from organic Sencha leaves. Pours clear pale olive green / lemon juice yellow (against white china) with no sediment. Mild aroma of Sencha leaves. Ditto flavour, with delicate malty notes. Mildly astringent aftertaste with leafy and malty touches. Well, a very decent Sencha, I suppose, alth...

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South Korea Seogwang from TeaGschwendner

Style: Green Tea – Region: Jeju, South Korea

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 31st, 2021

Half-litre pot at home, made from wiry green leaves. Pours clear light olive green (against white china), with no sediment. Clear aroma of green tea, with malty touches. Delicate leafy flavour of green tea, with touches of malt and very mild fruity hints. Slightly astringent palate with a malty and leafy aftertaste. A ...

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Difflugia

(169 reviews)
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Steep Organic Pure Green Decaffeinated Tea from Bigelow Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

42 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 19th, 2021

After my experiences with other teas in the Steep line, I'm a little disappointed in this tea. It's not terrible, though.

The dry tea smells like dusty hay, vegetal, but otherwise nondescript.

The brewing tea smells grassy, but the aroma is a bit weak. There's also a sort of "shrimp" note that I've detected in ot...

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Trailesque

(121 reviews)

Organice Fukamushi Cha from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Green Tea – Region: Japan

75 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 9th, 2021

This is a new one for me - a fukamushi tea. It looks like a bancha, but according to Upton's website fukamushi is its own category. A websearch shows me that it is a moderately to fully steamed green tea, usually a sencha. This has a wonderful earthy, fresh woodlands aroma. The taste is light and leafy, with a fair...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(340 reviews)
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Decaffeinated Green Tea from Great Value

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

14 / 100 Aroma: 1/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 2/5
Jun. 11th, 2021

Quite simply, this is one of the worst teas I've tried. For starters, it has no dry-bag aroma at all. I suppose that's better than a noxious smell, since it's basically the scent of the teabag itself. Then the in-cup and wet-bag scents resembled a balanced blend of very faint green tea with wet paper. Something abo...

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Hutzliputzli

(4 reviews)
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China Lung Ching Organic from TeaGschwendner

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

94 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 23rd, 2021

I am still in the process of becoming a tea expert, so green tea aficionados might not want to take my verdict at face value. However, I have tried my fair share of green teas by now and this one is among my favorites so far! It is incredibly velvety, smooth and elegant, but at the same time intense. It resteeps well t...

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Heather J.

(73 reviews)
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Huangshan Maofeng Green Tea from Tea King of China (Starway)

Style: Mao Feng Green Tea – Region: Huangshan, Anhui, China

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 4th, 2021

Really great tea! The aroma is fruity and floral and the taste is floral as well without tasting soapy at all. It is also very smooth and thick bodied with little astringency. Overall a very wonderful tea and I would buy it again.

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Mr Bamsen

(217 reviews)
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Japan Sencha Organic (No. 700) from TeaGschwendner

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

40 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 25th, 2020

Half-litre pot at home, made from a sample included in the tea company's Advent Tea Calendar (2020) and consisting of very fine Sencha leaves, some of them even pulverised - not a good sign in a tea from a respectable company selling quality products. Pours clear very pale green (against white china), with no sediment....

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China Mao Feng Organic (No. 516) from TeaGschwendner

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

63 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 25th, 2020

Half-litre pot at home, made from a sample included in the tea company's Advent Tea Calendar (2020) and consisting of leaves of green mao feng tea. Pours clear pale straw (against white china) with no sediment. Clear aroma of green tea, mild but with notes of beans and fart - I guess I will never become a fan of the sc...

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Hutzliputzli

(4 reviews)
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South Korea Seogwang from TeaGschwendner

Style: Green Tea – Region: Jeju, South Korea

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

This tea reminded me somewhat of Sencha, but also of Lung Ching. Slightly grassy/vegetal, but not too much and pretty smooth instead.
I was very disappointed though because I could not manage to get a second cup worth drinking - it was simply too bland (therefore the lower rating for value)

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Trailesque

(121 reviews)

Sencha Yabukita Organic from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Green Tea – Region: Kagoshima, Japan

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 22nd, 2020

This sencha does not taste or smell like anything else that I can think of. It is complex and nutty, with some broth, toasted rice, and lychee in the flavor and aroma. It is mostly lacking the sharp, capsicum/grass flavor common to inexpensive green teas. It is not a bargain, but I think it is a worthwhile purchase ...

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Upton Organic Tamaryokucha from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Green Tea – Region: Japan

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 1/5
Oct. 16th, 2020

Every once in a while, this low income dude likes to have a taste of what the rich imbibe. In this case, rich Japanese, probably. At the princely price of around $14 per ounce, this just might be the most expensive tea I have ever tried. And my predictable reaction is that it is not worth that kind of money, but it ...

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Upton Korean Green Tea Jung-Jak Organic from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 13th, 2020

A green tea from Korea that has some lightly smoky, earthy bite to it. It is robust but does not cross the line into nastiness, and sells for a reasonable price. I would gladly pick this up again.

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