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China Green Tips Full Leaf

This tea has been retired/discontinued.

18
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5 ratings
Picture of China Green Tips Full Leaf
Brand:Tazo Tea
Style:Green Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Zhejiang, China
Loose/teabag:Sachet

This tea's info last updated: Aug. 1, 2017

Commercial Description

Linger in the pure, steam-fired broth of this first-flush green tea thinking clear, peaceful thoughts. Like watching mist rise off a thermal spring, hidden behind a wooded glen and only accessible by trampoline.

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80 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
(289 reviews) on
THIS tea. This may be the beginning to solving a mystery.

You see, when I lived in Japan for a year, I would make and enjoy teas just like this. I really love this flavor of green tea. It tastes and especially smells great.

*However*, after almost a year, I realized that certain green teas caused what I'm guessing is a slight allergic reaction. I felt a slight dryness on the tip of my tongue, and a slight tightening/itchiness at the back of my throat. THAT is precisely the reaction I have to this green tea.

I do not react to most green teas this way. I'm rather miffed at the injustice of finding a tea I really enjoy that, truth be told, I shouldn't drink. Grrrr.

I'd love to find out what specifically is causing the negative reaction, hoping to find ones that taste similarly while not causing said reaction. Man, that'd be great. *sigh*
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70 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
(1312 reviews) on
When Starbucks switched to what they call full leaf sachets, I noticed a big improvement in quality, often manifested in complexity of the aroma. This is one of the teas where I found the aroma increased most in complexity.

This green tea is REALLY vegetal. Like, intensely vegetal, much more so than I remember the old tea bag as (Although they still sell the old tea bags, I haven't tried them because I only drink this tea in Starbucks). So much that it surprises me.

I find the cup seems spinachy, a little like broccoli, and with floral tones. The aroma is suggestive of peppercorns, but there is no peppery sensation. Only a hint of the toasty qualities that I normally encounter in a lot of Chinese green teas. I find the toasty qualities come out more upon finishing the cup.

Brews a golden cup and easy to brew too strongly. I prefer to take it out pretty quickly after I'm served the cup at Starbucks, but then I resteep it and it's usually good for two, if not three steepings.

Brewed the way I like it, the flavor is mellow, a little on the tangy / sour side, with only hint of bitterness and a hint of sweetness as well. I find if I let this tea steep too long, it becomes unpleasantly sour, as well as having a somewhat strange bitter aftertaste.

Good, overall. This is not what I'd consider a user-friendly green tea. I can imagine people who are die-hard fans of the sorts of green teas Chinese that are not popular in the US may like this one more.

I definitely prefer it to the old one in tea bags, but it's not the sort of tea that I'd recommend to just anyone.
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58 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
(166 reviews) on
A decent bagged tea available everywhere (and I mean EVERYWHERE) that Starbucks is served - offices, Barnes & Noble, airports, even the local library - I can get a quick cup of this in a pinch. Vegetal and green - a bit "dry" tasting - so I add sweetener sometimes. (For shame, I know!) I love green teas but this is just average.
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50 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
(4 reviews) on
Got this as gift from a friend and was did not enjoy it as much as I would have excpected from starbucks. Just seemed mass produced and the only nice thing was the tea bag itself which was a nice pyramid one but the tea aroma was unsetteling both loose leaf and steeped. a simple chinese green tea
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77 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
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While not a fan of the bagged teas in general, this one is not too bad. What makes it even better is that now Starbucks has converted their tea inventory into whole leaf varieties of the same tea.

The whole leaf version of this tea is pretty good, and since there is a starbucks on every corner, it's a good choice when theres nothing else around.

I've found that a shorter steep time is better with this tea, 2 - 2.5 minutes, particularly if you get it from Starbucks as they only have one water temperature... Very hot.

Has a good flavor and nice aroma, the closest I've found to a dragonwell in bagged tea. Be careful not to over steep it though as it tends to get bitter fast.
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