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I got this a while ago but decided to leave it at work so I would have something Earl Grey-esque to have in the morning. Sure it’s Rooibos based but not noticeable in the smell amongst the dry blend, instead I am picking up an orange perfume. I love orange but this is just too perfumed and dry, not completely disgusting but a bit of a let down.

It smells a little fresher and lighter once steeped and the perfume is toned down and does not overpower the orange and bergamot scents. It smells more like an Earl Grey now definitely.

Flavour wise this is a little citrus bitter and sweet but very perfumed and dry. The rooibos is not coming through very much but it at least keeps the blend light enough to be drinkable. As far as an Earl Grey goes this is an interesting blend that I’m sure someone will love but for me it’s too strong and perfumed. A bitter Earl Grey is a non enjoyable Earl Grey.

Now you can see why I left this at work…

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drank Honey Bee by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Honey Bee by DAVIDsTEA
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Well I will not be drinking as much tea today as I had hoped thanks to my late start but I shall do a Sunday sipdown tomorrow like never before. I decided to cook spinach and ricotta ravioli with home made chestnut mushroom and garlic bechamel sauce, garlic and rosemary focaccia for dinner and I have yet to find a tea that sits well with pasta. For that reason I had a naughty glass of red wine with it. To make up for my traitorous mistake and since I’m missing that something sweet after such a wonderful meal I chose this tea to get back on track with. I don’t think there is anything sweeter than honey. That made me smile because I have a cat called Honey and she really is sweet…to me anyway. She doesn’t like my husband so much though he has never done anything to her.


Not such a fan of mate but I do believe there must be a delicious blend of it out there somewhere so I hope I have one of them here in front of me. The tea itself actually smells really nice. It’s honey sweet but fresh and the smell of lemon is unmistakable. It sounds weird honey and lemon but it smells nice all the same.

Once steeped the tea is well..dark honey in colour with the same honey and lemon scent as it’s raw form. Delicious!

Flavour wise it’s light, sweet and honeyed with a touch of citrus lemon that is fresh and also light. It tastes as it smells and that is a treat. It compliments my dinner very well. :)

Side Note – I just popped the last of this into an airtight pitcher to make iced tea and see how that turns out. Will check it tomorrow, fingers crossed.

Additional side note – I poured my iced tea to drink before bed as a sweet treat after being cold steeped for almost 24 hours. It turned out amazingly! So sweet and very honeyed with the lemon and rooibos being extremely subtle. Cold steeping really has brought out more honey and I think if I had more I would cold steep it all the way.

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Thank you Teavivre for this sample.

Wow some of these leaves are huge! An estimation of 5cm long and 2cm wide, some of the largest leaves I have ever received. Half are large and the others have unfortunately broken in half :( but hey ho. In appearance the leaves are very thin in width but dry and slightly crisp to the touch. They are a mixture of dark and medium greens with a beautiful silver shine that always reminds me of cats eyes (well the way that they reflect anyway). After time to breathe from the packet the leaves have a sweet yet strongly green and vegetal scent. Rather broccoli and grassy in combo.

Using Teavivres steep guide I shall be doing the following:
Teapot – 8oz (roughly 200ml)
Leaves – (7g)
3 steeps – 1m,2m,3m
Temperature – 80ºC/176ºF

First Steep – Once steeped the tea is light yellow with a buttery and mineral green aroma with a little sweetness. Flavour is light and sweet with a floral and green nature. Not quite as mineral as the aroma but almost, like fresh broccoli with sweet flowers and a touch of butter. Light but a very nice introduction to the tea and what it has to offer.

Second Steep – The green mineral flavour is enhanced and very fresh tasting without being bitter, dry or perfumed. The sweetness has been toned down a little or at least blends in better than the previous steep. Still I must say it’s not as floral or strong as I was expecting but again it’s in a good way. As long as a green tea has flavour then it doesn’t matter about it’s strength.

Third Steep – This is the first steep that is so heavily mineral that it is a touch dry in the after taste but only minimally. All that is left after the mineral flavour is a hint of sweetness.

Overall – It’s a nice mineral green tea that remains fresh and light throughout. Another mild green tea hit for me.

175 °F / 79 °C

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Thank you Wan Ling Tea House for this sample.

I’m house and dog sitting for my parents (again) for the week and I took a large hoard of tea with me to get through in my time here. This is the first sample I will be drinking to initiate my stay.

The leaves are long, thin and crisp which resemble miniature swords. They have a medium green colour with a silver glow and some small hairs. After a short breath of fresh air the leaves have a sweet and floral scent on the side of being perfumed but also with a hint of rich green grass.

Vessel Capacity: 200ml Gongfu Teapot
Tea Quantity: 5g (loose leaf)
Water Temperature: 75°C
Infusion Times (in seconds):
1st. 45
2nd. 60
3rd. 90

First Steep – The tea is light yellow once steeped with a subtle green and floral aroma, much toned down from it’s raw state. Flavour is sweet, green, floral, grassy and light. For a Mao Feng it’s very light and refreshing, much more than I was expecting but for me it’s preferable this way. No impurities or bitterness. I would maybe say it was on the verge of tasting like sweetpea mixed with fresh spinach.

Second Steep – This steep has increased it’s sweet essence but reduced the floralness and replaced it with a light vegetal taste. Fresh spinach is still very fitting for describing the flavour but much sweeter. Still overall it’s on the light end of the scale but very pleasurable. Sometimes all you want is a subtle green tea.

Third Steep – The most subtle of the three steeps but some flavour is present. Now it has tones of being sweet and green but unfortunately it’s spinach flavour has gone. :(

Overall it was a very light and refreshing Mao Feng with sweet floral and fresh spinach highlights. Thankfully there was no dryness or perfumed flavour in the after taste which made this a very pleasurable tea. Definitely one of the lightest Mao Feng that I have ever tried but it is something I would drink again.

170 °F / 76 °C

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Ah Keemun, my old friend. Oh how I missed you. I’m celebrating this morning after buying my first Yixing teapot. Here is a picture https://twitter.com/kittylovestea/status/375925148878008320/photo/1

I’m thinking of using it for Pu Erh – Ripe but nothing is yet set in stone…or clay I suppose. I also purchased a travel yixing flask from Teavana and have yet to decide what to flavour that with. Perhaps black such as this beautiful Keemun. It’s the first picture on the left http://steepster.com/teas/teavana/21174-yixing-travel-tea-tumbler

I’m going away for the week tomorrow to house and dog sit for my parents. So I will be taking a smeg load of tea to review :)

If you want an actual review for this tea then check my previous notes. If you haven’t tried this one before then I highly recommend it.

Terri HarpLady

That’s gorgeous!


so pretty :)


I love it!

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These blossoms look beautiful which is the first reason I decided to try them. Yunomi sold these so I went ahead and bought them straight out before I noticed they are preserved in salt and plum vinegar. I’m not a fan of either vinegar or salt so I became unsure on how this would taste.

Well a few weeks down the line and it arrives and it looks even better than the pictures. It’s like floral cotton candy, simply stunning. It also came with instructions on how to prepare this tea.

Step One – Place one or two flowers into hot water to cleanse them from their preservatives. Wait a minute or two before removing.

Step Two – Place the newly cleansed flowers into a clean bowl and add fresh hot water and allow to steep for up to 5 minutes.

Step Three – Once steeped taste and add the salted preserved water to taste.

That sounds easy enough and removing the salt and vinegar is a must. So I prepare the tea carefully following the above instructions and I get to step 3, the taste test. I taste the preserved water to see how bad that is and I start to choke so I don’t think I will be adding any of that nasty water. Yuck. It’s so strong though that I am worried about my actual tea, I don’t think it can be fully salt free.

Well after much worrying I decided to jump in and try it…what do I taste? ….SALT! Nothing but salt! It’s not as strong as the water it was washed in but it just tastes like salt water. No flowers, no sweetness or unexpected anything. Such a disappointment. Thinking about it now some Chinese and Japanese food is very salty tasting to me so maybe I knew what to expect. But still I bought it and tried my very best to like it. I got a large bag too :( It’s undrinkable though for me.

Sorry Japan, I tried.


You might have better luck with sweet Sakura cherry blossom tea. This is the kind I have had before http://teatropolitan.wordpress.com/tea-collection/tea-collection12/attachment/178/
and it was much more sweet, cherry, floral, candy-like. No salt or vinegar. Not sure where to purchase though. I got mine from a tea store that is no longer in business.

Dag Wedin

Thank you for this review. Was also a bit sceptical to the salt pickling.


@Lala Thank you for the link. I hadn’t seen sweet sakura tea before, only the salted variety. I will have to keep my eyes open for it in the future.

@Dag Wedin It really is a shame that I can’t taste anything other than salt. I had such high hopes for it.

Well I will either be swapping this out or selling it because I really can’t drink it. Got 85g left so if anyone would like to try it let me know.


I have a small sample of salt pickled cherry blossoms I’m going to try very soon, too. The instructions I got said that rinsing them and adding to green tea while it is brewing is supposed to be tasty. Also I found a latte recipe- http://yunomi.us/4277/sweet-sakura-latte-recipe/

Oolong Owl

Totally prepare the blossom as normal, but remove it and add it to a cup of sencha.

I thought it was weird to add more of the soaking liquid to taste – it’s sooo salty!


rinse it one more time and then you will get a taste of the sakura…or maybe mix it with some of your cooking to make it pretty :)

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These spikes are super cute, they look a little like caterpillars. They are a little furry and smells sweet and nutty exactly like Bai Mu Dan. I think their range of unique shapes are all Bai Mu Dan..or at least the few that I have tried were.

It has a delicate aroma once steeped with hints of sweet flowers and grass. Flavour wise it’s stronger than the aroma but still on the delicate side. It’s sweet and very floral with a dry and nutty after taste. It’s also rather grassy and green tasting but most of it is dominated by the sweet floralness.

It’s a nice novelty tea but in terms of quality I don’t think it’s anything special.

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Continuing down my Japanese tea route I will be drinking this tea next. My husband prefers black tea or heavily oxidized Oolong but I am hoping he will eventually learn to appreciate green tea as much as I do. Hopefully his new tea bowl will help him to do so.

I didn’t like Adagios description of spider legs cringes but I can understand why they used it. In appearance the leaves are thin, crisp, fairly long and pointy with dark green and green/yellow colours. They have a strong and sweet grassy yet perfumed scent.

Once steeped it has a very mild aroma but the grassy tones are still noticeable. Flavour is sweet and grassy with a light floral finish, smoother than I was expecting and fresher too. It has a dry after taste that remains sweet and perfumed. If I was to compare the sweetness to the likeness of anything it would be sweetpea partially because of it’s rich green and grassy nature matching the sweetness.

Additional steeps bring out more sweetness and thicker grassy tones whilst the dry perfumed after taste reduces.

I wasn’t expecting much from this but it really is pleasant. A good all around every day Sencha.

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Oolong Owl

Ewww yeah, the spider leg description is very unappealing.

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drank Fukujyu by Pekko Teas
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I’ve had a lovely day and things just keep getting better. I had lunch with my parents at Bradgate Park (birthplace of Lady Jane Grey and renowned wild deer park) and a small walk. Then I visited a local aquarium centre to get some natural wood for my new fish tank and they had some amazing pieces in stock, I love natural wood. Then as I got home and got the urge to drink some Japanese tea my husband said he would treat me to Yunomi Tea Club for 12 months. :) So to treat him in return I have my new stone and ceramic tea set out and I brewed up some Fukujyu. He likes it but I feel if anything this one is lacking strength…this is a strong tea and I chickened out and brewed it a little weak. Oh well I still have enough left to drink myself into Japanese bliss and prepare the arrival of my new teas.

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I’m 28 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 Cassie, Mr Sooty Pants,Ivory and Ollie.

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.

My rating system
I have my own way of rating teas that makes each one personal. I have different categories, I rate each tea depending on what it is made of. For example: I rate green teas in a different way to black teas or herbal teas. So black, white, green, Pu Erh, Rooibos, Oolong, blends and tisanes all have their own rating system. That way I can compare them with other teas of the same or similar type before for an adequate rating. And when I do give top marks which is very rare I am actually saying that I would love to drink that tea all day, every day if possible. It’s a tea that I would never turn down or not be in the mood for. So while I agree that no tea is 100% perfect (as nothing is) I am saying that it’s as close as it comes to it. After all, in my book the perfect teas (or close to perfect anyway) are ones that I could drink all the time. That is why you will find a high quality black or Oolong will not have as high a score as a cheap flavoured blend, they are simply not being compared in the same category.


Also a proud SororiTea Sister


Leicester, England, United Kingdom



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