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Alex Zorach
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Founder of RateTea, Co-founder of Why This Way
Founder of RateTea, Co-founder of Why This Way

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This was a really weird blend, and I normally don't like flavored teas like this, but I thought this one was well-executed and surprisingly good, and I found that I was quite a fan of it! I like Rishi tea in general, although I'm always more partial to their pure teas.

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This oolong was discontinued a while back from Upton's catalogue but they added it back. I found its aroma resembled apricot a lot, but had some complexity to it. It's not my favorite greeener oolong from Upton; it's mid-priced but there are cheaper teas I like more, but other reviewers seemed to perceive it a bit differently from how I did.

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I tend to like white peony or bai mu dan, and this was an above-average example of it. Although light in color, this was bold flavored, full-bodied, and rich. I have had consistently good experiences with Harney & Sons. I'm often a little harder on white teas than other tea types, but this was a very good example of one!

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This is an article about and collection of reviews of Dancong (single-trunk) oolongs. I've personally reviewed 8 of these on RateTea, and I've been astonished at how closely their aromas can resemble those of fruits or flowers, the result of hundreds of years of selective breeding and development of processing techniques.

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This tea was discontinued, but I really liked it, so I wanted to share the review anyway even though it's no longer for sale. I've had good experiences in general with Harney & Sons' pure teas. The tea garden, Oaklands, is located in Dibrugarh in upper Assam and I'm sure its teas will come up for sale from other companies at some point too!

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This is another whole-leaf tea in sachets (also sold loose) from Two Leaves and a Bud. This company has changed the source / formulation of this tea over the years but it's stayed similar in character. Like most Darjeelings, it's lighter than typical for a black tea, and a bit oolong-like. A bit expensive for me to buy on my own, but I enjoy drinking this when I see it served in a restaurant and cafe, and wish more places would stock high-end brands like this instead of just Lipton or low-quality foodservice brands.

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I normally am not big on flavored teas, but this is the best fruit-flavored tea I have had in a long time, if not ever. It has a strong black tea as the base with a distinctive toasty aroma that comes through even under the flavoring, and it blends very well with the mango flavoring, which feels rich and balanced. It resteeps well and the flavoring actually persists more than the characteristics of the base tea. Highly recommended -- and I like this company in general, I have mostly tried and reviewed pure teas from them so this is a first, but it was a good experience.

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My latest review is of this golden-tipped tea from Yunnan province; the leaf was really beautiful. Strongly malty, one of the maltiest teas I've ever tried, but not the most complex or interesting tea. Very warming and satifying, and great to drink on a cold day or to stave off hunger. A very good tea, but price seems slightly high and this isn't my favorite offering from Murchie's, a company I am quite fond of.

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A few weeks ago I shared a general post about Holy Basil or Tulsi. This is my favorite specific example of it. This is the purple-leaf variety, sold by Upton Tea Imports. I've found it has my favorite flavor of any source of this herb that I've been able to find, and other reviewers on RateTea rate it very highly, giving it 99th percentile on the whole site!

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This is an extraordinary tea; it's an oolong produced in Darjeeling, for one, which makes it unusual, and it tastes unlike any other oolong I've ever tried (and quite delightful!) The garden its from is also fascinating; it's a leader in sustainability, one of the first in the region to use organic methods, but also standing out in that most of the surroundings of the tea garden are left as intact forest. If you want to buy from a garden that is going above and beyond and setting a good example for others, Makaibari is a good estate to buy from! This one is sold by Arbor Teas, a sustainability-focused company based in Ann Arbor, MI.
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