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WOW – is this ever RED – it looks like red food coloring in cup.
I like it – it makes me happy. This sample is all cherry, maybe just a hint of banana in the back but that might be wishful thinking. Doesn’t matter cherry is one of my favorite things and while this is a little candyish – it’s not cough syrup, so that is just fine by me.
Really tart, really juicy, really cherry – what’s not to love.

Thank you so much Sil for sending a sample of this my way.

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I know that OMGsrsly LOVES this tea and she was generous enough to give me a sample. Thank you so much.

Yep this is a good one. It’s really mild, nice, gentle. soothing – a little sweet, a little fruity (apricot?). ZERO bitter, ZERO astringent. I’m not even getting any musty, aged, pu’erh ness. Mmmmmmm had a nice afternoon with this – and I have enough for another session. Looking forward to that. :)
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Sil

awesome!

OMGsrsly

:) I love super high leaf-to-water ratio to get thick liquid honey goodness. Haha.

Dexter

LOL Well you gave me two pieces- I used the smaller of the two today. Can try it with more leaf next time….

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drank Cavalla by Crio Bru
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drank Cavalla by Crio Bru
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OMG!!!! OMG!!!! Where has this been all my life?!!???
2 tsp in my perfect mug just under boiling for 12 minutes and it is AMAZING. Yes I added a little sweet and a little milk and it’s amazing hot chocolate. It’s not thin, it had a really nice mouth feel.
This one has just a hint of cinnamon and just a hint of coconut – but those are really in the background. This is just chocolatey goodness.
Thank you OMGsrsly for sending this sample my way. I need to find a place to buy some for myself.

Sil

did i send you the maracaibo?

Dexter

No you didn’t….

OMGsrsly

:D I think the sample packs are the most reasonable option online still. It’s available so many places in my hippie town. I could also send you a package if you wanted.

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drank Anna's by TeaGschwendner
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Now this is what I think a fruity black tea should. This is really good. Nice crisp clean raspberry flavor. Just a hint of black base in the back with a tiny bit of creamy goodness pulling the whole thing together.
This just makes me happy,
Thanks so much Sil for letting me try this one.

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Received this as a free sample with my lasts order. Thank you so much Garret for including it.

I’ve been drinking it and playing with the steep parameters all day. I can’t find the sweet spot. The first few infusions seems really bold and in your face, the later steeps seemed weak and uninteresting. Couldn’t find much in between. I don’t hate this, but just feel like it should be more interesting than I could make it. Was nice to spend the day with, but there are much better pu’erhs out there. I’m just going to file this under finicky and move on.

looseTman

with these two keywords: Mandala & organic – Ooh, I’m interested.
Dexter, Did you ask Garret for his brewing recommendations for this particular pu-erh?

looseTman

TeaBrat may also have some helpful suggestions.

TeaBrat

All I did was gong fu as usual and I thought it was great. Sorry can’t offer anything more specific.

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Received this one from Sil – thank you so much.

I cold steeped most of this sample overnight and it is a pretty nice fruity tea. I think the bamboo is a little distracting – would prefer it without. I’m not sure that strawberry is the correct word for this, it’s fruity and maybe a bit berry ish, but it doesn’t scream strawberry.

I hot steeped the last of the sample tonight and it again doesn’t scream strawberry to me, it’s a little citrus and some weirdness that I’m calling bamboo. I actually like it better hot than cold, but it’s not something that I just have to have more of.
Thanks Sil for the opportunity to try it.

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Dinking a shou coin from O5Tea that I picked up in Vancouver.

Disclaimer – it poured rain the day I bought this and spent the day walking around getting soaked. That included these coins. They got “blow dried” back in that hotel room. The wrapper was not stained so I’m not thinking it wasn’t too badly damaged, but who knows.

The first couple of steeps were really mild, flat, not much going on. I significantly upped the steep time and found some astringency. By steep four it’s better but still not wowing me. It’s good, it tastes like shou – I would drink it again, but I won’t be buying more at that price. I don’t mind paying good money for good tea. This is pretty expensive to be just OK tea.
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drank Java Pu'erh by Cornelia Bean
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I’m not sure if this is a case of – you know you have too much tea when….. or if I’m just loosing it (going senile in my old age….)
If you had asked me about coffee flavored pu’erh yesterday – would have said – love Davids haven’t tried any others – don’t have any in my house right now.
Then tonight I’m rummaging around in flavor town looking for something fun to drink and find this – where did this come from, obviously I bought it at some point. It’s in my Steepster cupboard, it’s on my spreadsheet, not registered in the brain….

Anyway…………….

I like David’s better – there is too much rooibos (?) or maybe mate (?) in here – that’s covering up the pu’erh. It’s good, it’s too cluttered, too much going on. I think this would be better as just coffee pu’erh without all the other stuff in it. Having said that – I think this would benefit from some chocolate – that would balance out the bitter from the mate. Next time I’m going to toss in a little cacao….

boychik

maybe tiny amount of milk, to round out all the flavors ? im not big fan of milk but sometimes I get pleasantly surprised

Dexter

LOL oh there was mild involved (and maybe a little sweet too….)

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drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
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I’m a pretty big fan of this tea. I tossed some in the fridge last night to cold steep – ummm no – this one is much better hot for me. Strange I thought I would like this cold. :(

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C.S. Lewis – “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

I needed to update my profile. I joined Steepster 03Mar13. I am just amazed at how much my tastes have changed since then.
When I discovered loose leaf tea about a year and half ago, I didn’t know anything other than my local Davids and Teavana/Teaopia. Stumbling onto Steepster CHANGED EVERYTHING.
Hello, my name is Dex I’m a tea addict.
I’ve been through the “I need to try every single tea out there” phase. I really hope the worst of that has passed. I’ve learned enough to know that I only need to try HALF of all the teas out there. LOL
When I started this journey, I was all about the flavored rooibos and fruity tisanes. Don’t get me wrong there is still room for dessert (chocolate/caramel/nutty) Rooibos teas in my cupboard and I still do enjoy them, BUT I am quickly learning to appreciate the some of the straight teas of the world.
Big bold (but not icky)pu’erh is suddenly my favorite, followed by woody/roasted oolongs. I’m just starting to explore straight black teas, and have found some that I really like.
Generally speaking I’m not into greens at all, only like the occasional green oolong, and white teas are just too mild for my tastes (unless they are fruit flavored). I still enjoy really good fruit tisanes, but am now cold steeping them.
I don’t like floral/herbal blends, and mint anything is not on my preferred list.
I am still exploring new teas, adapting to my changing tastes, understanding more every day how little I really know about tea. Ultimately I would love to find approximately 50 teas that I just “can’t live without” and always have them in my cupboard. That might not be practical, but that what I’m searching for. It’s going to be a fun journey.

All in all, I love this site. I’ve met some wonderful people, and have gotten to try some amazing teas because of them. It really restores your faith in humanity when you get a note saying “oh by the way I sent you some tea”. Wonderful, generous, people here.

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