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Cui Ya from Unami

Style: Green Tea – Region: Anhui, China

67 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 24th, 2018

The first time I made this tea, I didn't get much flavour out of it, so this time I used more leaves than I usually do for green tea - at least, I tried to. The leaves are large and twisted into irregular shapes, so it's not very dense. I think I could have used even more.
The liquor is rather light but it's a really ...

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Kokeicha (g) from De Theefabriek

Style: Kokeicha – Region: Japan

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 3rd, 2018

I have no idea if I'm doing this right; I may update my review if there are any developments.

The loose tea is visually very interesting. Small dark green "sprinkles" that I believe I'm supposed to put directly into the cup and add hot water. They partly dissolve, making the liquid a lovely murky swamp green.
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Java Sunda Purwa (g) from De Theefabriek

Style: Gunpowder Green Tea – Region: West Java, Indonesia

48 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 16th, 2017

The first thing that struck me is that it looks and smells exactly like gunpowder tea, even though it isn't called that anywhere. It's not a problem, I even have an idea why one might not want to market gunpowder tea as gunpowder tea (if that really is what this is). The origin and a name might sound more enticing that...

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Green Tea from Alghazaleen Tea (Do Ghazal)

Style: Green Tea – Region: ?????

55 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 7th, 2017

I couldn't resist the 500 g box, it only cost €4.50 so it's extremely cheap. With such bulk teas from Turkish shops I have sometimes gotten lucky, sometimes not.

This one is drinkable, I guess. It's just very finely broken so I have to be really careful not to oversteep it, it easily gets unpleasantly sour and bit...

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Groen Vietnam Ban Lien from Het Gouden Randje

Style: Green Tea – Region: Vietnam

82 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 26th, 2017

I have asked about Vietnamese teas so many times that the owner of Het Gouden Randje ordered this tea! She tells me she likes it too and that she'd already sold some to another customer, and thanked me for the tip. She also advised me to steep it multiple times, at least three.

It's cheap, too; just €5 per 100 g. ...

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Sencha (g/bio) from De Theefabriek

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

65 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Sep. 16th, 2017

This is how I remember sencha! Very strong green vegetal aroma and a seaweed-y flavour. It has a thick mouthfeel and the colour is light greenish yellow. The way I made it now, it didn't taste bitter like other senchas have before, which is a shame because I quite liked that bitterness and I feel that would really comp...

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Kosabei (g) from De Theefabriek

Style: Sencha – Region: Kenya

34 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Sep. 13th, 2017

The leaves look interesting: the leaves are shredded into flat pieces of two or three square millimeters and relatively light green. (Isn't sencha usually needle-shaped?)

I don't have much experience with senchas, but this doesn't quite seem like the two better ones. I remember a strong bright, "green" vegetal aroma...

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Yunnan (Green) from De Theefabriek

Style: Green Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

81 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 2nd, 2017

Even before I brewed this, the colour of the leaves reminded me of Vietnamese green teas: olive green with some grey and white leaves. The aroma and the colour of the liqueur also reminded me of Vietnamese green teas.
The aroma and flavour made me think of Simon Lévelt's Yen Bai Groen and a brandless tea called Vietn...

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Sencha Kakegawa from Het Gouden Randje

Style: Sencha – Region: Shizuoka, Japan

66 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 25th, 2017

I drank a cup of this tea at Het Gouden Randje.
It has a vegetal aroma and a grassy flavour. The colour is a lovely yellow-green. It has a pleasant hint of bitterness (which reminds me of UNAMI's Kabuse Cha, which is my only previous run-in with sencha). There's no sweetness in the flavour, and even though I usually l...

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Mao Feng from De Theefabriek

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

66 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 12th, 2017

I might still have to work out some things with brewing this tea, because this second attempt tastes very different from the first.

It has a strong vegetal aroma and very little sweetness. It reminds me a little bit of Young Hyson right now which seems strange. After all, this tea is supposed to be mild whereas Youn...

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Choui Fong from De Theefabriek

Style: Green Tea – Region: Thailand

64 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 10th, 2017

The leaves are extremely large and irregular, so much so that they don't even fit in my regular strainer.
Fun fact that I just learned: All images of teas on De Theefabriek's product pages are in exactly the same scale, and are 5 x 5 cm squares in real life. This helps give a sense of the size of the leaves.

The te...

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Tian Mu from De Theefabriek

Style: Green Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

63 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 9th, 2017

It's a lovely summer day, so I cycled the 26 kilometres to De Theefabriek again. This time I didn't even visit the tea museum (which I've already seen twice), just bought teas and drank a cup of Tian Mu in the tearoom.

I feel like they always give water at 100°C and many more leaves than I'd use myself, so I only l...

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Kabuse Cha from Unami

Style: Kabusecha – Region: Japan

65 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Jul. 1st, 2017

I took the dégustation comparée (comparative tasting) of three green teas of a higher quality. This is one of the three I was served.
I got a zhong with dry leaves in it, a small cup, and a thermos of water.
I was recommended to finish with this tea, so I tasted this one last.

The leaves are very dark green and ...

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Xin Chang Long Jing Impérial from Unami

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

96 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 1st, 2017

I took the dégustation comparée (comparative tasting) of three green teas of a higher quality. This is one of the three I was served.
I got a zhong with dry leaves in it, a small cup, and a thermos of water.

This tea has an intense sweet, vegetal, almost savoury aroma that immediately struck me. It has a much str...

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Yun Wu from Unami

Style: Clouds & Mist (Yun Wu) – Region: Xinchang, Zhejiang, China

65 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Jul. 1st, 2017

I took the dégustation comparée (comparative tasting) of three green teas of a higher quality. This is one of the three I was served.
I got a zhong with dry leaves in it, a small cup, and a thermos of water.

It has beautiful bright green leaves and liqueur, and a bright and sweetish aroma.
First steeping: Vegeta...

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Sencha du Vietnam Bio from Unami

Style: Sencha – Region: Vietnam

64 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Jul. 1st, 2017

I drank this tea in the Unami Maison de Thé in Lille. It was served prepared in a small teapot. This means it was made exactly as it should, though I didn't get to see any leaves.

I don't have any prior experience with senchas, so I can't compare this with others. I have tasted a few other Vietnamese green teas, an...

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Santikirhi Thaïlande from Unami

Style: Green Tea – Region: Thailand

70 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 1st, 2017

I drank this tea in the Unami Maison de Thé in Lille. It was served prepared in a small teapot. This means it was made exactly as it should, though I didn't get to see any leaves.

It tasted fresh, not sweet, and very grassy, with a rich flavour. The tea in the bottom of the pot is always stronger so I got three pro...

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Korea OP Jeju Green Tea Bio from Het Gouden Randje

Style: Green Tea – Region: Jeju, South Korea

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
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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Lung Ching from De Theefabriek

Style: Dragon Well (Long Jing) – 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

58 / 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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Bi Luo Chun from AhaTee

Style: Bi Luo Chun – Region: China

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 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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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

92 / 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 intense "smoldering" flavour.
I drink bo...

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Young Hyson from De Theefabriek

Style: Young Hyson – Region: China

79 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 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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Yen Bai Groen from Simon Lévelt

Style: Green Tea – Region: Vietnam

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 6th, 2017

Other Vietnamese teas I've had have been fantastic, so I decided to give this a try.
It's good enough, it's got a little bit of what I love so much about Nam Lanh OP and Pin Ho Jade from De Theefabriek, the flavour I can best describe as "smoldering", especially if you use a generous amount of leaf. It's fine for two ...

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