Tea Score of 99

White Peony · Long He Tea Company

A White Tea from China

Attractive leaves with a cedar, apricot, cherry aroma. Pale greenish yellow liquor with notes of vanilla, honey, rose, and muscat grape. Intensely sweet yet lively with a powerful rich sweet vanilla finish. A superior Bai Mu Dan.


Tea Score of 97

Chuan Hong Gongfu · Sichuan Tea Group

A Black Tea from China

Beautiful golden tips with intense fresh tea aroma. Deep orange yellow liquor with notes of sweet potato, molasses, and cocoa. Balanced attack with a long round sweet aftertaste. An outstanding early black tea.


Tea Score of 97

Wild Wulong Black Tea · Mr. Tang Shuang Jiang

A Black Tea from China

Long uniform black leaves with a strong honey aroma. Vivid yellow liquor with notes of cedar, honey and nutmeg. Overwhelming mouth-coating honey aftertaste that seemingly never ends. An outstanding black tea.


Tea Score of 96

KU002 Kabusecha Saemidori Kumamoto Guricha · Tomizawa Tea Garden

A Green Tea from Japan

Deep yellow green needles with a fresh, intense vegetal aroma. Elegant brilliant yellow green liquor with notes of buttered green beans and bean sprouts. An outstanding kabuse sencha.


Tea Score of 95

Darjeeling Moonshine · Glenburn Tea Direct

A Wulong Tea from India

Large leaves with aromas of basil and maple syrup. Pale greenish yellow liquor. Round. Luscious fruity attack, balanced middle, and a sweet lingering finish. An exceptional first flush Darjeeling.


Tea Score of 95

Shan Lin Xi Oolong · Ming Cha Co., Ltd

A Wulong Tea from Taiwan

Medium sized, moderate olive green ball-style wulong balls, intense dry leaf aroma. Pale greenish yellow liquor with notes of butter, toffee, and osmanthus. Buttery and round, rich and balanded mouthfeel. An exceptional quailty wulong.


Tea Score of 94

#01 Hatsutsumi Midori Shincha · NaturaliTea

A Green Tea from Japan

Deep yellow green needles with an intense floral / vegetal aroma. Pale greenish yellow liquor with notes of ocean air, green beans, soy milk. Round, refined, and well-balanced especially during the aftertaste. An exceptional quality shincha.


Tea Score of 94

Black Oolong · Karsing Liu

A Wulong Tea from Taiwan

Small, dark ball-style wulong balls, aroma of cocoa. Strong yellow liquor with notes of caramel, banana, and high-end sherry. Butter, creamy, with a long sweet and woody finish. An exceptional quality dark wulong.


Tea Score of 94

Oriental Beauty · Taigu Cha Co., Ltd

A Wulong Tea from Thailand

Beautiful uniform plucking standard with an intense floral aroma. Light yellow liquor with notes of apricot, gardenia and vanilla. Juicy vanillla / muscat grape finish. An exceptional oriental beauty from Thailand.


Tea Score of 94

Ubugoe Premium New Field Sencha · Marushige Shimzu Tea Farm

A Green Tea from Japan

Very uniform long slender deep yellow green needles with a strong vegetal aroma. Pale greenish yellow liquor with notes of ginger and asparagus. Perfect balance of sweetness, umami and astringency. An exceptional quality sencha.


Tea Score of 93

Sencha of the Spring Sun · Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms

A Green Tea from Japan

Uniform strong olive green needles. Pale greenish yellow liquor with notes of sage, peas and caramel. Delicate with an extremely sweet and floral lingering finish. A fine quality sencha.


Tea Score of 93

Yibin Earliest Buds · Sichuan Tea Group

A Green Tea from China

Impeccable leaves with a fresh mountain air and lilac aroma. Pale greenish yellow liquor with notes of bell pepper, black pepper, and green beans. Velvety, round with well-balanaced sweet, bitter, and umami. Enduring sweet aftertaste. A fine quality early green tea.


Tea Score of 92

2019 Green Oolong · Lin Mao Teng

A Wulong Tea from Taiwan

Large sized, moderate olive green ball-style wulong balls, strong dry leaf aroma. Pale greenish yellow liquor with notes of hyacinth and coconut milk. Very sweet and velvety mouthfeel. A fine quality wulong.


Tea Score of 92

Kabuse Sencha · Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms

A Green Tea from Japan

Medium olive green needles with an intense vegetal aroma. Light greenish yellow liquor, notes of parsley and green beans. Round and perfectly balanced sweetness, umami, and astringency. A fine quality kabuse sencha.


Tea Score of 92

Red Oolong · Lin Mao Teng

A Wulong Tea from Taiwan

Dry leaves exude fresh cut wood, cedar sawdust. Pale yellow liquor with notes of chocolate, toffee, and sweet potato. Sweet and mellow, finish is long and lingering. A fine quality, well-roasted wulong.


Tea Score of 92

Shincha · Ippodo

A Green Tea from Japan

Very consistent leaves. Light greenish yellow liquor. Sweet, zero astringency. Velvety, round, with notes of bean sprouts, soy milk and pear. A fine quality shincha.


Tea Score of 92

Tsuyuhikari Fukamushicha · Murata Tea Garden

A Green Tea from Japan

Typical broken moderate olive green leaves indicative of fukamushi steaming with an average vegetal aroma. Light greenish yellow liquor with notes of basil, soy milk, and maple syrup. Very sweet with a long, lingering sweet finish. A fine quality fukamushi sencha.


Tea Score of 91

Exotic Spring White · Margaret’s Hope

A White Tea from India

Uniform budsets with an aroma of moss and freshly cut wood. Pale yellow liquor. Notes of maple syrup, honeysuckle, malt, and muscat grape. Harmonious, round with a long sweet aftertaste. A good quality Bai Mu Dan from India.


Tea Score of 91

Limited Edition 2019 Kagoshima Shincha · Furuichi Seicha

A Green Tea from Japan

Uniform strong olive green needles with an intense vegetal aroma. Strong greenish yellow liquor with notes of cabbage and green beans. Perfect balance of sweet and umami with a slight astringency. A good quality sencha.


Tea Score of 91

Organic Shincha “Hisoka” Yutaka Midori · Hachimanjyu Yakushima Tea

A Green Tea from Japan

Strong olive green needles with a strong vegetal aroma. Velvety pale green yellow liquor with a well-balanced umami/sweetness. Long, lingering sweet aftertaste. A good quality shincha.


Tea Score of 91

Shai Hong Cake · Meng Hai Qi Fu Tea Company

A Black Tea from China

This black tea bing is made up of beautiful compressed leaves ranging in color with aromas of sweet camphor and honey. Vivid yellow liquor with notes of cocoa, roasted pumpkin, and damp earth. Medium velvety finish. A good quality compressed black tea.


Tea Score of 91

Yabukita Sencha · Oguru Tea Garden

A Green Tea from Japan

Medium olive green needles with a strong vegetal aroma. Light greenish yellow liquor with notes of burnt sugar, honey and buttered spinach. Round, balanced, sweet finish. A good quality sencha.


Tea Score of 90

Green Oolong · Lin Mao Teng

A Wulong Tea from Taiwan

Large, bright green ball-style wulong balls, average dry leaf aroma. Silky pale greenish yellow liquor with notes of brown butter, pine butter, and boiled crab. A good quality high-mountain wulong.


Tea Score of 90

Issaku Fukamushi Sencha · Arahataen Tea Farm

A Green Tea from Japan

Typical broken leaves due to fukamushi steaming, lilac aroma. Brilliant yellow green liquor. Sweet attack followed by slight bitterness and lingering umami. Seaweed. Very little astringency. A good quality fukamushi sencha.


Tea Score of 90

Organic Mountain-Grown Fukamushi Sencha · NaturaliTea

A Green Tea from Japan

Typical broken moderate olive green leaves indicative of fukamushi steaming with an average vegetal aroma. Brilliant greenish yellow liquor with notes of ginger and lilac. Velvety and sweet throughout with umami overtones. A good quality fukamushi sencha


Tea Score of 89

Glenburn Autumn Oolong · Glenburn Tea Direct

A Wulong Tea from India

Uniform leaves with an aroma of peach and a hint of lilac. Some green visible in the wet leaf. Vivid yellow liquor. Notes of toffee, fresh cut wood. Slighlty green sweet/sour taste. A satisfactory oolong from Darjeeling.


Tea Score of 89

Organic Premium Sencha · Hachimanjyu Yakushima Tea

A Green Tea from Japan

Moderate olive green needles with an average vegetal aroma. Supple light greenish yellow liquor with notes of black pepper, tobacco and peas. A good quality sencha.


Tea Score of 88

Assam Spring Oolong · Khongea Tea Estate

A Wulong Tea from India

Dark brown leaves with a vanilla, rose and muscat grape aroma. Strong orange yellow liquor, sweet and brisk with a slight astringency. Notes of cocoa, caramel and banana. A satisfactory quality Assam oolong, whose characteristics are more akin to a black tea.


Tea Score of 87

Kuritwase and Asatsuyu Shincha · Hachimanjyu Yakushima Tea

A Green Tea from Japan

Strong olive green needles with an average vegetal aroma. Pale greenish yellow liquor with notes of bean sprouts and fresh cut grass. Sweet attack, umami middle, and round sweet finish. A satisfactory quality shincha.


Tea Score of 87

Organic Shincha Isecha #1 “Matsu” · Takeo Tea Farm

A Green Tea from Japan

Strong olive green needles with a strong vegetal aroma. Light greenish yellow needles with nutty notes, spinach. Well-balanced, milky mouthfeel, sweet finish. A satisfactory shincha.


Tea Score of 86

Hashiri Shincha · Murata Tea Garden

A Green Tea from Japan

Broken leaves indicative of a strong steaming step. Brilliant greenish yellow liquor with notes of bean sprouts and vanilla with honey undertones. Creamy mouthfeel. A satisfactory shincha.


Tea Score of 86

White Tea · Taigu Cha Co., Ltd

A White Tea from Thailand

Semi-oxidized budsets with a fresh floral aroma. Pale yellow liquor. Medium body, with notes of alfalfa and violet, sweet. A satisfactory white tea from Thailand.


Tea Score of 85

Kagoshima Sencha, Midori No Daichi · Furuichi Seicha

A Green Tea from Japan

Strong olive green needles, brilliant greenish yellow liquor. Medium body with notes of popcorn, grilled chicken and gardenia. A satisfactory sencha.


Tea Score of 84

Organic Shincha Isecha #3, “Ume” · Takeo Tea Farm

A Green Tea from Japan

Strong olive green needles with an average vegetal aroma. Light greenish yellow liquor with notes of peas and asparagus. Well balanced astringency, silky finish. A satisfactory shincha.


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