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A very pungent green with features of peony, peach, grass seaweed and dry nuts.

Good quality leaves with hairy/reflective silver tips. Very fresh and a definite recommendation for any strong green tea lovers.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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84

A very tasty Bi Luo Chun with elements of grass, sugar snap peas, flowers and honeysuckle. Excellent quality leaves complete with silver haired tips and a pungent aroma.

Bi Luo Chun always gives me a tea buzz :)

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Dag Wedin

Yeah, one of my favorite greens. I find the white bi lou chun to be a bit tough to brew right. have to go really cool. it turns astringant/bitter very easily.

KittyLovesTea

I know what you mean, one day it can be too strong and the next day it’s mellow. I might have a go at brewing the Chinese way according to Teavivre. It’s towards the bottom of the page, seen similar instructions for brewing Long Jing too. Must try it, maybe tomorrow.

http://www.teavivre.com/info/brew-bi-luo-chun-green-tea/

Starfevre

I am so sad that I have never experienced a tea buzz or a tea high. I suspect it has to do with the fact that I don’t react to caffeine, but it still makes me sad. You are lucky.

Bonnie

Starfleet, the caffeine conveys the l-theanine to the brain but doesn’t cause the tea high. You never know what tea will effect you. Fresher, pure tea is a better bet and many people say white, some green and oolong tea’s give a buzz ( or sense of well-being). For me, it’s a certain white tea and puerh. Most puerhs make me feel good and all fresh sourced tea’s.

Starfevre

Ah, thanks, that was informative! I guess I’ll have to keep trying then.

KittyLovesTea

The only tea that makes me tea drunk/high are pungent greens. If I steep it a little stronger than recommended and drink two pots in quick succession it makes me feel very relaxed and happy and my eyes feel warm and tired. Also get a little light headed sometimes. Keep trying Starfevre you will never know when it may work for you. :)

Dag Wedin

Strong sheng does it for me. :)

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85

I’ve spent all day alone, not saying a word to another human being (face to face or verbally anyway). I think I’m crossing the path to loneliness. I hate when my husband has to work double shifts :(

At least I have everyone here to keep me company, and my tea of course. As for my kitties they are having a lazy day on my bed.

This blend looks like Bai Mu Dan that has been broken down into smaller pieces, nothing particularly special by appearance. Then when it comes to smelling the raw blend it’s a different story, sweet, juicy and floral grape is jumping out of the packet. A rummage around and I can spot a few huge dried grapes, I had to have a cheeky taste. So juicy and sticky, pure grape goodness. If the tea tastes like that grape did then this will be great.

I can taste the Bai Mu Dan at first (sweet, floral and dry) before going into a pure, juicy, grape flavour in the after taste. They compliment each other very well, both are delicate but provide enough flavour to be very pleasing. Honestly it tastes as good brewed as it does raw.

It’s almost like a very mild grape flavoured bottled water but much more tasty. I might try this iced next time, need to get a glass iced pitcher from Ikea first. Roll on tomorrow.

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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77

I think that 52 Teas make my favourite Honeybush blends of all time. Frank seems to have a gift when it comes to blending Honeybush. I’m hoping that this one will be no exception.

It smells like sweet orange with a sour undercurrent that I’m guessing could be the cranberry. I’ve never had a cranberry orange scone before so have no basis for comparison. They do sound yummy though!

A nice long 8 minute steep should bring out all the flavour. Such a long time to wait though :(

Once finally steeped the tea is red brown in colour with a sweet, orange and very edible. I can just imagine taking a huge bite out of a scone and trying my best to ignore the calories.

I can taste creamy and sweet orange with a hint or sour cranberries and a thick after taste of Honeybush. Not as strong as I would like in terms of the fruit but it’s a charming blend non the less. Rather mellow in strength considering it has such a strong scent.

It may not be one of my favourites per say but I still maintain that Frank has a magic touch with his Honeybush blends.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Tea Sipper

I feel like many 52Teas blends are best at very short steep times – like 35-45 seconds. If you have enough, you can always experiment!

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68

I’ve been meaning to try this for a while but I haven’t much been in the right mood for green tea. Time to ignore that and just go for it instead.

It smells like strong, dry walnut with a sweet off maple finish. By off maple I mean it’s similar (dark, treacly) but just not quite right. Not sure it smells like cake but the walnut is a dead certainty.

Once steeped the tea is light yellowy green with a the same strong walnut scent as it’s raw form. Possibly the most nuttiest tea I have ever sniffed.

It smells like walnut and it tastes like walnut. Toasted, dry, sweet yet slightly creamy walnut in liquid tea form. I can’t taste the sencha as such but it appears to be keeping the walnut on the light side. At least it’s drinkable. Not sure what to think of this blend, walnut is one of my favourite nuts but this edges on being bizarre. Also it leaves my tongue a little dry in the after taste.

Only a rough rating for now, it may change. I have perhaps two cups left of this plus another unopened 10g pouch if anyone is interested?

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Angrboda

Hey, I just placed an order with NBT this morning. I was considering this one briefly but decided that I drink so little green tea it would be a waste, really. I did get a sample of that new Scotch Acorn Ceylon or whatever it’s called for husband. :)

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81

Cinnamon + Autumn = Love.

Just me at home tonight while my husband is working late. We need to get up early in the morning to visit my grandparents on the way to Ikea. Hoping to pick up a new dining set, glass iced tea jug and a nosey at their storage. Not my idea of fun but my mum wanted to go and I volunteered to go with her. Speaking of my mother, yesterday I went for dinner to arrange our Ikea visit and she said she got me a gift and wanted to see me in it. So clothing I thought, great! I open the bag and there before me is a onesie, bright red with black stars. My face must have been a give away but I had to put it on for her and my mum was in her element…I felt like a big baby, all I was missing was the dummy (pacifier). I had to keep it on all night and even go home in it! All to keep her happy, my face turned redder than the onesie with embarrassment. :/

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Anyway this tea smells strongly of cinnamon, so deliciously spicy and sweet. Smells like an American cinnamon chewing gum I used to buy as a child.

Wowsers! This is delicious! Similar to Maharaja Chai Oolong by Teavana but not as strong. It does taste like candy, like mild atomic fireballs without the aniseed. One of the best cinnamon teas I have had in a long time and I know my husband will love this one. It’s a cup of warming, sweet, spicy, pure cinnamon. It suits this cold Autumn perfectly.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
keychange

Adult onesies are seriously where it’s at! so so unbelievably comfortable. It’s just annoying to try and extract yourself to go to the bathroom the big kid way, though.

keychange

Also, I hear Ikea has great tea storage tins!

KittyLovesTea

The onesie was fleecy and very warm, I could only describe it as being wrapped up into a blanket that you can walk around in with ease. I am a terrible sleeper and can guarantee I will get up in the night to visit the toilet, only it took me 5 minutes before I could last night. Bending my arm this way and trying to manoeuvre my way out of it…a lot of work.

I never thought of looking for storage tins…no idea why though. Thanks for the heads up, will have a good look :)

Lala

I love this tea a lot. I bought some at the beginning of this year and just dug it out this past week to start drinking again. Reminds me of cinnamon hearts…mmmm…cinnamon.

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75

The last tea to try from my monthly club package. I did intend to try using this as a morning tea but unfortunately this morning my stomach was too raw to drink tea. Still I could do with a kick of energy so perhaps it will make an equally good afternoon pick me up tea.

The blend looks green and herbal, lots of light green lemon verbena and only a light sprinkle of dark green tea leaves. All roughly chopped together. It smells strongly like lemon with a creamy yet sour undertone.

Once steeped the tea is gold in colour with a rich lemon verbena scent. Not as sour as expected, more creamy than sour.

Flavour is not as strong as it’s scent and if I’m completely honest I cannot taste anything sweet or sour enough to be considered sherbet like. It’s just missing something, perhaps a touch of sugar and hibiscus?

So sherbet it is not but it is a nice green tea and lemon verbena blend. Gentle, creamy and fresh tasting lemon with a wonderful citrus after taste. I love lermon verbena teas and this is a nice blend, not too strong nor too weak but a nice balance inbetween the two.

I my try this with a little sugar next time to see if any sherbet comes out in the flavour.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I’m 26 years old from Leicester, England named Kayleigh. I have a wonderful husband called Richard whom I am very lucky to have in my life.

I started off many years ago drinking herbal and fruit teas which over time peaked my interest in trying new types. Eventually I began to import and sample many different teas and cultures which I still do today. My life goal is to try as many teas and ways of having tea as possible.

Tea wise my cravings change constantly from pu erh one month to jasmine green to the next and so on.

I adore cats and have four of my own called Honey, Cassie, Mr Soots and Ivory.

I also have two fish tanks which thankfully my cats have no interest in. They house an array of tropical fish and shrimp.

I am a proud vegetarian and have been for the majority of my life. When I say vegetarian I mean just that as well, no fish or seafood, no chicken now and again, no animal products such as gelatine and cochineal.

I also enjoy watching Japanese Anime and horror films.

I am always up for tea swaps so if you see anything in my virtual cupboard then please contact me.

A short list to help swapping with me easier though honestly I am not fussy and am willing to try anything. Plus the notes below are usually, sometimes I love a tea that has an ingredient I tend to dislike and other times I hate a tea that I thought I would love.

Likes: Any fruit but especially melon and orange, vanilla, all tea types (black, green, white etc), nuts (any), flowers, ginger, chai.

Dislikes: Licorice, aniseed, clove, eucalyptus, lavender.

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