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I’m starting my day with a large mug of this delicious Breakfast Smoothie Honeybush tea. The last few days I have been using my gongfu a lot for white tea but after receiving my Della Terra order yesterday my taste buds want flavours and plenty of them.

I love this tea and it has quickly turned into one of my favourites. It’s a mixture of a banana fruit punch and bubblegum all in one amazing smooth drink. Great for hot or iced tea.

Very glad that I ordered two pouches of this :)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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90

This weeks Canton Tea Clubs tea is Silver Needle (Yin Zhen). It’s strange but I have been craving a lot of white tea the moment so it’s very fitting.

The leaves whilst raw smell slightly sweet and floral. They are silvery green in colour and form thin, sharp leaves that are so fresh they have a natural fuzz.

Brewed in a small teapot using 4g with three infusions starting with 1 minute and increasing each infusion by an extra minute.

Once wet the leaves smell sweet and somewhat fruity, almost like melon or sweet pea.

Infusion 1 – Very pale yellow in colour with a sweet and vegetal fragrance. The tea itself is crisp, fresh, light and floral. A wonderful example of fresh Silver Needle.

Infusion 2 – Same colour and smell. The flavour is a little stronger and crisper. The sweetness is now also more fruity but still subtle and fresh.

Infusion 3 – The same colour and smell. The flavour has weakened muchly and is now more floral than fruity but extremely subtly.

Three steeps were recommended and they turned out nicely. With the club giving me 25g this week and a teapot only uses 4g I have plenty left to enjoy :) Thank you Canton Tea Club.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C
darky

i’m usualy steeping my white for 3 – 4 and 5min with 3g :)

KittyLovesTea

I think it’s mainly down to preference. This time I followed the instructions given to try and review it efficiently but teapot steeping is new to me, I usually just use my gaiwan which takes a lot more loose tea.

darky

i still need to purchase a gaiwan, got some that i want to buy from butiki. but well costly months and bills… going to buy one soon :)

KittyLovesTea

My only advice would be to get a basic one, something you can learn with. When I started using them I kept dropping it when pouring. You get used to it very quickly though. :)

darky

u mean u destroyed a few gaiwans and spilled loads off tea? :) lol

KittyLovesTea

Lol Not broken one yet but very lucky not to have, it’s just difficult for me as I have small feminine hands. Holding the bottom saucer with gaiwan full of boiling water and trying to hold the lid at a slant in place to pour the tea with one hand was difficult.

darky

just remember the chinese all got even smaller hands ;)

Roughage

I just got this one today and am looking forward to trying it.

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83

My second blooming flower tea from Teavivre’s random blooming flower tea pack. This one bloomed very quickly and looks so beautiful floating in the water and looks very much like it’s picture. It’s amazing to watch it develop into a beautiful flower in only 3 minutes.

The tea once brewed has formed a light yellow colour with a slight sweet and vegetal fragrance similar to sweet pea.

The tea tastes of Silver Needle tea but with a slight hint of flowers. It’s sweet, vegetal, refreshing, subtle and floral. Anyone that likes green or floral tasting tea’s would love this.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
darky

oh flowering tea’s had a few ages ago, its wonderful to watch :)

KittyLovesTea

There is something very peaceful about watching them open :)

Roughage

Flower teas are ace. I love bringing them out at the end of meals with the family, partly to wash the food down with but also just as entertainment in their own right.

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82

I am playing Resonance Of Fate (RPG on Xbox360) and thought I would brew a small teapot of this wonderful tea for two. :)

It’s still as sweet and light as I remember. Lovely.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C
darky

ooooh a tea lover playing rpg’s its getting good :) playing loads off rpg’s myself busy with kingdoms of amalur (xbox360) and got tales of graces F waiting for my ps3… if intressed u could add me to live if got got that!

KittyLovesTea

I love tea as much as I love RPG’s :) I have live too on xbox, my username is ch3rryprinc3ss and on PS3 it’s faerie_queene

darky

cool, the first steepster gaming companion! lol :)

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100

I love Jasmine Pearls and try to keep stocked up at all times for whenever the mood strikes me to have a mug full. Since I regularly order from Teavivre it made sense to order a batch in to store in their wonderful new tins.

Well today I walked the few miles to a fish shop to see what they had to put into my tanks after unfortunately a few died over Christmas of old age. I came out with a female Siamese fighting fish (called Chun Lee), a red finned shark (called Sharky) and a pair of breeding Dwarf Gourami (yet to be named). I not long arrived home and I’m out of shape after Christmas so I let my husband sort the fish out while I sat down puffed out on the sofa. Then the craving hit me, JASMINE JASMINE JASMINE … I deserve the treat. I have had countless cups of this tea and am very surprised that I have not done a review for them.

The pearls look slightly fuzzy with a mix of greens and silver with a sweet and fresh jasmine scent. They are only small pearls but pack a lot of flavour and smell.

Once brewed the tea forms a pale golden colour with that has the same strong yet sweet and somewhat perfumey jasmine fragrance as raw but on a stronger level.

The flavour is smooth, naturally sweet and very fresh. The jasmine seems fairly strong at first but it mellows very quickly making each sip seem like it’s the first one. Whilst being perfumey it’s still refreshing and cleansing. The balance is perfect.

This is my favourite jasmine pearl tea and I don’t think it can be beaten in quality and taste. It truly is the perfect cup of jasmine green tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

Ahhh… Teavivre Jasmine teas…the best!

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82

What is a Camellia? Camellia, the camellias, is a genus of flowering plants in the family Theaceae. They are found in eastern and southern Asia, from the Himalayas east to Japan and Indonesia. – Thank you Wikipedia. :)

I ordered this tea thinking Camellia may be similar to Chamomile even though I am not a fan of Chamomile but wanted the chance to try something new. The flowers look similar, they are mostly small whole yellow flowers with virtually no fragrance. The quality looks very nice and fresh.

Brewed with the given instructions this tea forms a honeyed yellow colour that has a slight toasty and floral scent.

I’m completely surprised by the flavour…I thought it would be overpoweringly floral and perfumey but it’s nothing of the sort. Instead this tea tastes toasty and sweet, similar to an Oolong but not as strong. It does pick up in flavour the more you drink and starts to remind me of genmaicha but less thick and ricey.

Overall I am finding myself liking it more and more. I can’t believe this doesn’t have any reviews yet! A wonderful in-between tea drink that will cleanse the pallet nicely.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

I saw this and was super curious about what it was! Definitely looked like chamomile. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

TeaVivre

Maybe next time you can try brew it with green tea too!

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90

The tea consists of small, thinly rolled, black leaves that smell a little like earthy fermented fruit.

Once brewed the tea soup is browny red in colour with the same malty yet sweet fermented fruit fragrance.

This truly is superfine. It’s smooth and fresh with no bitterness or chemical taste (like some other Keemun’s have). The taste is sweet and malty but in a subtle form that remains light. A great light black tea that can be drank at any time of the day.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

looove this one! On heavy rotation as a breakfast tea!

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70

My first cup of the day and I am in serious need for some anything to wake me up. I woke up unusually early for myself than I normally do and felt very strange, almost as if I’m not fully awake. My head feels fuzzy and I am having trouble remembering things. I hope this tea does the job. It was the first one I saw on my kitchen side.

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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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