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Alex Zorach
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So far, this was the best of the Turkish-grown black teas, sold by Caykur, that I've sampled.  Very light, with a body and flavor suggesting a Darjeeling or high-grown Ceylon, but with a very different aromatic profile.  Great price too, especially given that it's organically grown (although not certified as such). #tea #turkishtea #blacktea  
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This exceptional tea demonstrates the art of blending at its best, bringing a level of quality to breakfast teas that normally is only available in single-estate or single-origin teas.  Bold, with a complex and intense aroma, floral, malty, and with hints of wintergreen and fruit.  Brews a second cup with a very different, oolong- or darjeeling-like character. One-of-a-kind! #tea #blacktea #organic  
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I loved this tea, it was a lot like gyokuro, a very vegetal green tea with a strong umami (savory) flavor.  It didn't work as well with multiple infusions though, and was a bit pricey, but not so pricey if compared to gyokuro and other teas that I thought it most similar to.  I continue to enjoy both Arbor Teas and Korean green teas in general. #tea #greentea  
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A cheap Chinese white tea that had little going for it other than being organic certified. Light green leaf, a little floral, but with a lot of "off" flavors and aromas. I'd prefer Foojoy or Ten Ren, or even Prince of Peace, among white tea in tea bags. #whitetea #tea #organic  
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Probably the last of my Tazo Reviews.  This is an unusual blend of Green, Black, and Oolong teas, reminiscent of the discontinued "Tazo Montage".  Has a beautiful floral aroma, with lots of other tones, dried fruit and malt.  The fragrance is amazing, but I find it has a muted sourness that I don't like. The floral fragrance alone makes this blend worth trying at least once. #tea #floral #starbucks  
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I've now tried four "red chai" / spiced rooibos blends.  This one was intriguing: excellent with milk, not so much without. Strong and peppery, retaining its pungency and spiciness even w/ milk.  Drunk straight, the spices seemed less balanced. Recommended if you want a caffeine-free herbal tea that emulates masala chai, to drink with milk. #rooibos #chai #caffeinefree  
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This genmaicha (Japanese green tea with toasted rice) consists of intact, whole-leaf tea in a large tea bag. There's a lot more tea and a lot less rice than there often is in these blends, and the tea's flavor and aroma are boldly evident. I also think the tea has been chosen to blend very well with the rice. Very good! #greentea #tea #genmaicha  
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Looks like I missed sharing this one...Tazo Passion, improved in the change to full-leaf, but still much too sour for me.  I do like that they replaced the citric acid that they formerly used to make this one sour, and now just use hibiscus and other whole ingredients. #tazo #tea #herbaltea  
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I support this campaign.  I'm not a fan of unlabelled GMO's and I like to support voluntary commitments to avoid using them.  GMO's aren't an issue for coffee or tea--just for milk, so this would be a minor cost for Starbucks but I think it would be a major symbolic move. #gmofoods #gmofree #starbucks  
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Yet another review of the Tazo full leaf--this tea is greatly improved: not just because of the full leaf, but because they've added cardamom!  This moved up for me from a mediocre masala chai blend to among one of the best!  #chai #tazo #tea  
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Less Clove, more Cardamom does make this much better than the old version! :)
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Lancaster, PA - Oberlin, OH - Ann Arbor, MI - Cleveland Heights, OH - Lancaster, PA - Lakewood, OH - Solomons, MD - Newark, DE - New Haven, CT - San Diego, CA
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Founder of RateTea, Co-founder of Why This Way
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I'm Alex Zorach.  I run RateTea, a social website for tea drinkers, and I am also a co-founder of Why This Way, a consensus-based belief system and organization.
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I've ridden on the Norristown High Speed Line. My life is complete.
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  • Oberlin College
    Mathematics, 1999 - 2002
  • University of Delaware
    Applied Math, 2005 - 2007
  • Yale University
    Statistics, 2007 - 2008
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