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Xin Yang Mao Jian Green Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Mao Jian Green Tea – Region: Xinyang, Henan, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 30th, 2015

The aroma is delightfully savory, mixing notes of sundried tomato. tomato leaves, spinach, and a bit of sauteed mushrooms. At the finish there was a tiny hint of cut grass and a surprising note of dulse.

The first steep keeps up the savory notes, blending sauteed mushrooms, some mild bok choy, a bit of edamame nutti...

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Premium grade Dragon Well Green Tea (Long Jing) from TeaVivre

Style: Dragon Well Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 29th, 2015

The aroma of the little green swords is sweet, green, and nutty, just the way a good Dragon Well is supposed to smell! There are notes of sharp artichoke, fresh vegetation, sweet peony, toasted sesame seeds, a bit of green beans, and a hint of orchids. This one is surprisingly floral, but it is more like the nectar of ...

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Lu Shan Yun Wu Green Tea from TeaVivre

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

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 28th, 2015

The aroma of the tea (which is also known as Clouds and Mist Tea) is a blend of nutty and vegetal, it has a bit of spinach, some toasted sesame, a distinct yet mild roasted peanut note, a sharp note of artichoke, and a finish of raw asparagus. It smells super green, and very fresh, like a pile of vegetables right out o...

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Houjicha Gold (roasted Bancha) from Den's Tea

Style: Hojicha – Region: Shizuoka, Japan

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 16th, 2015

The aroma of this tea is fairly mild, on the lightly toasted spectrum of Houjicha, blending a faint sweetness with autumn leaves and a touch of loam. Towards the finish there is a blend of nutty and toasted seaweed, giving it a savory, umami finish.

The taste starts a touch smoky and very umami, with strong toasted ...

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Yunnan Graceful Purple 'Zi Juan' Purple Varietal Green Tea from What-Cha

Style: Green Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 16th, 2015

So, this tea cracks me up, because on first examination, it smells like bacon! Ok, not really, but the blend of smokiness, leather, and sauteed mushrooms oddly reminds me of bacon, this tea is all about the savory, toss in some cooked spinach and a camphorous undertone and you have a green tea that has the essence of Y...

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Kuromaicha from M&K's Tea Company

Style: Hojicha – Region: Japan

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 14th, 2015

So, does it smell toasty? Yes, yes it does, it is like a campfire with notes of marshmallow, toasted bread, toasted corn, loam, and a slight umami note from the toasted rice. Yes, it is rather fascinating, the black rice is not as sweet as the rice you get in the usual genmaicha, it has a savory note more similar to B...

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Korea Dong Cheon Daejak 2013 Sparrow's Tongue 'Jakseol' Green Tea from What-Cha

Style: Green Tea – Region: South Korea

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 8th, 2015

The aroma is, omg it is so good, there are notes of toasted sesame, tahini, toasted corn, a touch of creaminess, a tiny bit of toasted nori, and lastly a bright green 'tea' note. See, here is where it gets hard, that last note, it smells like the very distilled essence of the idea of green tea!

Yes, that favorite sn...

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Avaata Supreme Nilgiri Green Tea First Flush (Organic) from Golden Tips

Style: Green Tea – Region: Nilgiri, India

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 10th, 2015

The aroma of the rather large, pale, leaves is a bit light at first, but some good snuffling brings out the notes of fresh cut vegetation, baking bread, lima beans and green beans. This is another one of those teas that makes me hungry while sniffing it again.

The taste is unique, like a blend of a first flush Darje...

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Anhui Emerald Seed from Adagio Teas

Style: Lu An Melon Seed – Region: Anhui, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 20th, 2015

The aroma of the leaves is a delicate blend of green beans and sesame seeds with a touch of spicebush flowers and hyacinth. There is also a tiny hint of chestnut at the finish, the aroma notes are not the strongest, but they are pleasant in their delicateness.

The taste is refreshing, it starts with a blend of melo...

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Green Tea from Teatulia

Style: Green Tea – Region: Bangladesh

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 2nd, 2015

The aroma of the broken green leaves in the teabag is, well, rather green! It is like a blend of fresh spinach, buttered greens (specifically buttered cauliflower) and a little like fresh collards. Brewing the tea I found it surprisingly brisk, almost like a black tea with its briskness, there are also notes of honey a...

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Sencha of the Autumn Moon from Obubu Tea

Style: Sencha – Region: Kyoto, Japan

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 12th, 2015

The aroma of the fairly massive leaves is very green, a mix of edamame, spinach, and a bit of hay and grass. It is not the most complex Sencha I have ever sniffed, but the aroma is strong and a good blend of sweet and green, I enjoy it and can certainly see this being an excellent tea to sniff while focusing on the moo...

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Nepal 2nd Flush 2014 Dew Drops Green Tea from What-Cha

Style: Green Tea – Region: Nepal

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 7th, 2015

The aroma is a bit sweet, a blend of toasted sesame and freshly cut grass, a bit of distant floral and a touch of mineral at the finish. The tight little balls did not give up their scent easily, it required much sniffing, but the aroma that did come off of them was light and clean.

The taste of the first steep is ...

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Heritage Gyokuro from Kurihara Tea

Style: Gyokuro – Region: Fukuoka, Japan

97 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 6th, 2015

The aroma of the vibrantly green leaves (seriously, they are as green as pine needles) is delightfully sweet, a blend of sweet chestnuts, wildflower honey, freshly mown hay, sweetgrass, and a tiny bit of distant wildflowers. Something about the aroma of Japanese green teas (especially the very verdant ones) reminds me ...

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Houjicha Amber Roast from Obubu Tea

Style: Hojicha – Region: Kyoto, Japan

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 1st, 2014

The aroma of this Houjicha is fun, it starts off as sweet roasted marshmallows and a touch of campfire, it then transitions to toasted sesame, burnt grass, and lastly a tiny wisp of distant sea air. I very much so had a vision pop into my mind of roasted marshmallows on a beach, the fire made from driftwood and sea gra...

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Zhejiang Wild-Growing Dragon Well 'Long Jing' Green Tea from What-Cha

Style: Dragon Well Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

97 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 12th, 2014

The aroma of the leaves is delightfully sweet and nutty, like roasted sesame seeds and a tiny touch of peanuts. This transitions to spinach and a tiny bit of sharp artichoke at the finish, so the aroma has a nice zingy finish.

The taste starts out sweet with notes of honey sesame candies and a touch of chestnut. Th...

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Nepal 2nd Flush 2014 Cannon Ball Green Tea from What-Cha

Style: Green Tea – Region: Nepal

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 29th, 2014

The aroma of the leaf balls is very green and quite sweet, there are notes of cut grass, freshly broken green stems, a tiny bit of hay, and a nice sharp finishing note of citrus. It has a very refreshing aroma that I hope carries over to the brewed tea.

The first steep can be summed up best as odd yet refreshing! As...

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#12 Shira-Ore Stem Tea With Matcha from Kurihara Tea

Style: Kukicha – Region: Fukuoka, Japan

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 10th, 2014

The aroma of the dry leaves is so green! There are notes of cut grass, fresh spinach, and an underlying sweet nuttiness, the aroma reminds me of the smell of summer when everything is in full growth.

The first steep is delightfully mellow, not to be boring but the tea tastes pretty much exactly as it smells, no myst...

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Nepal 2nd Flush 2014 Sencha Green Tea from What-Cha

Style: Sencha – Region: Nepal

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 1st, 2014

The aroma of the needles is as beautiful as the leaves, very light and delicate with notes of chestnuts, fresh hay, mown grass, and an ocean breeze. I have such a weakness for teas that have a marine note to their taste or aroma, it instantly transports me to the beach and that makes me immensely happy. I think I am ju...

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Frosty Spring Yunnan Roast Green from Life in Teacup

Style: Green Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 12th, 2014

The aroma of this Yunnan green tea is a blend of toasted and fresh green, there are notes of pepper, toasted sesame seeds, green stems, fresh okra, and a tiny hint of kale. I have noticed that a few of the teas I have sniffed recently have the note of okra, which I find awesome, what with being Southern and eating a to...

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Jing Xian Ti Kui from Life in Teacup

Style: Green Tea – Region: Anhui, China

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 3rd, 2014

The aroma of the dry leaf is very fresh smelling, blending notes of roasted sesame and peanuts with green bean and spinach. There is a tiny hint of sauteed mushrooms at the finish, giving the tea a hint of savory.

The first steep's mouthfeel is quite smooth, it was the first thing I noticed, after my initial enjoyme...

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Dragon Well from Kedocay

Style: Dragon Well Tea – Region: Zhejiang, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 3rd, 2014

The aroma is a mix of vegetal and toasted, with notes of toasted sesame seeds, green beans, and a touch of actual toasted bread. There is a slightly sweet honey finish, it vaguely reminds me of halva, a delicious honey and sesame seed dessert.

The first steep is delicate and soft, I say soft because the mouthfeel is...

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Pyin Green Tea from Shan Valley

Style: Green Tea – Region: Burma (Myanmar)

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 2nd, 2014

The aroma is very rich, a savory blend of salty vegetable broth, sauteed mushrooms, and a buttery finish. There is pretty much no sweetness in this aroma, just rich savory goodness.

The first steep is subtle and complex. It starts out with sweet notes of marshmallow, this transitions into bamboo leaves, which in tur...

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Kokang Green Tea from Shan Valley

Style: Green Tea – Region: Burma (Myanmar)

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 2nd, 2014

The aroma is quite umami (or savory if you are unfamiliar with the term) with strong notes of smoked mushrooms and vegetable broth. There is also an underlying sweetness with notes of honey and yeast. The aroma is interesting, it very much reminded me of mushrooms cooked over a grill, which I greatly enjoyed.

The fi...

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Shan Valley First Flush 2014 from Shan Valley

Style: Green Tea – Region: Burma (Myanmar)

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 30th, 2014

he aroma of these fairly large leaves is an interesting blend of vegetal and sweet. There are notes of lettuce, asparagus, spinach, honey, and fresh cherry. The vegetal is much stronger than the sweet, which is more of a finishing aroma.

The first steep is quite subtle and vegetal. It starts out like citrus and fres...

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Liu An Gua Pian Green Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Lu An Melon Seed – Region: Anhui, China

97 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 23rd, 2014

The aroma is quite vegetal and also quite nutty, with note of green beans, spinach, chestnut, sweet sesame seed paste (Halva for those who enjoy Middle Eastern desserts) and a very delicate finish of toast. It manages to be sweet and vegetal without the clashing, in fact sniffing this tea makes me a bit hungry.

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