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drank Thé Jardin Bleu Royal by Ladurée
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GCTTB5 Box 2.

After trying this tea, then reading the reviews, I definitely get a different taste then most other people.

The dry tea and brewed tea smells like creamy blueberry. Which I was not expecting at all.

The brewed tea is very thick, milky and creamy. There is a definite cornflower petal taste. The black base is very light and smooth. The only fruit taste I am getting is blueberry, no strawberry. The blueberry may be a bit of the rhubarb but I wouldn’t have guessed that without reading the description of this tea.

It is definitely good. I like the creaminess of this tea. It feels like a very luxurious tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Thé Jardin Bleu Royal by Ladurée
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drank Melange Laduree by Ladurée
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GCTTB5 Box #2.

This one has been on my wishlist forever so I am excited to try it.

The dry tea smells very light, slightly floral, with a bit of sweet citrus.

The tea brews up moderately dark. The black tea base is light and creamy. There are subtle floral hints. There is a candy-like citrus profile. I don’t get much bergamot flavour though. The tea is just the tiniest bit astringent at the end.

This tea reminds me of a tea you would serve at a party or something. I quite like it and I am glad to have had the opportunity to try it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

I need to post in the thread but if there is anything you fall in love with and want a bit more of, chances are I have more I can part with.

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drank Houjicha Karigane by Hibiki-an
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So in my first tasting note on this tea, I only had a chance to try the first steep. And as it got cold, it got really bitter. I have had a few more chances to try it.

2tsp in boiling water.

First steep of 15 seconds- remains the same as my first review. Very roasty nut and buckwheat flavours. Does get a bit bitter as it cools.

Second steep of 30 seconds- pretty much the same flavour as the first steep. But no bitterness as it cools. I think I might like this one better cold. Very similar to a buckwheat cold brew/iced tea. But there is a more in depth roasty flavour profile and it is somewhat sweeter.

Third steep of 45 seconds- this one is holding out really good for a third steep. It is starting to mellow a bit but the flavours are still quite strong. And it still brews up quite dark. The roasty flavour profile is subsiding and it is a bit more nutty tasting. There is more of a sencha type buttery green tea flavour that is starting to emerge.

I am sure I could do more steeps with this but I haven’t had the chance to try yet.

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drank Houjicha Karigane by Hibiki-an
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This is for the superior version of this tea.

The tea appears to be a lot of little twigs and stems and long spirals of rolled tea leaves. It smells very roasty, almost burnt.

Hibiki-an recommends double the amount of usual tea you use, boiling water for 15 seconds.

It brews up a light brown colour. It tastes super roasty. Definitely both buckwheat and roasted nut flavours. There is a lot of popcorn scent and flavour. It is very smooth. There is a slight sweetness. The liquor has a moderately creamy taste and texture.

I am super impressed with this one. I bought it on a whim in order to hit the free shipping threshold

They recommend at least 3 infusions but I only have time for one is afternoon at work

Edit: This tea got quite bitter once it cooled. It also developed quite an earthy flavour that reminded me a bit of pu-erh. I don’t know if this would make the best work tea as I often don’t get to my tea when it is hot.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I have had a huge bag of this sitting around for a while. It kinda got lost in the tea shuffle.

So for a while I have been trying to drink a lot of lemon-ginger water. Just basic glass of water with slice of lemon and slice of fresh ginger in it. It tastes good and I have a feeling it keeps me somewhat alive.

I decided to brew up some of this and try it I place of water with the lemon and ginger,

I used 6 tsp of buckwheat for 2 L of boiling water. I steeped for 5 ish, probably more like 7ish minutes. Then threw in the fridge. After it cooled I put it in my glass with my already kind of used lemon and ginger.

It actually tastes pretty good. The lemon and ginger are very subtle and it works really good with the roasted buckwheat flavour. It adds a but of depth and sweetness. I thinks it works well like this but I think if the lemon was stronger it would not work out so well.

Glad I rediscovered this one.

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This is another sample that Liquid Proust provided for free for the GCTTB5.

I quite like blackberry anything. I have had many blackberry and blackberry sage teas. Some of them have been good and some not so good. I find it mostly comes down to the base. And with this tea, the keemun base, works real good.

I don’t get much scent from the dry tea but as soon as the hot water hit the tea a sweet candy like blackberry smell wafted up. It was delicious.

The brewed tea is slightly smoky from the keemun base. There is a candy, slightly tart, blackberry flavour. The sage is super light, which actually works well with the tea. It gives it that slight pepper on the back of your throat with each sip. The candy blackberry flavours lingers for quite a while in the aftertaste.

I quite like this one. The keemun and blackberry work well together.

P.S. LP – you should make more of this :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

most excited about this one…

Liquid Proust

I have three left, but they are reserved for those who help with my fundraising. I may look into doing it a third time :)

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drank Fake Mead by Liquid Proust Teas
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Liquid Proust very generously offered up samples to include in the GCTTB5. I snuck a sample of some of the teas before I sent the box out as chances are there will be none left when it comes back to me.

This one sounds interesting. I quite like mead, the drink, so I thought this would be right up my alley.

The dry tea smells mostly just like a gold tipped tea to me. Nice and malty. The brewed tea does have a hint of bees wax scent, it is slightly sweet smelling and malty.

To me the tea is moderately bold, there is definitely quite a bit of malty flavour. There is just a slight bit of astringency at the end of the sip. There are hints of the bees wax flavour. There is a very subtle sweetness to the tea. The liquor feels quite thick as you swallow. Not so much honey flavour though. As the tea cools, it becomes more sweet with slight fruity undertones.

This one was a good tea. I would have like it to be a bit more meady, but that is just my preference.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Liquid Proust

I’m right there with you on these thoughts. No honey taste is quite disappointing :(
At least, while not tasting the way I/anyone is wanting it to taste like, it wasn’t a bad cup of tea.

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drank Russia Host Tea Estate by What-Cha
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Received this one from a swap with Christina!

I generally like Russian teas.

The dry tea is nice long, spiraled leaves which look quite nice.

This one is good. It is not too strong but still has some boldness to it. Very slightly sweet. There are definitely burnt flavours, without any smokiness, and I like that. There is a bit of malt to the tea. I don’t get any astringency with this one. The second steep brews up quite a bit lighter, but the burnt flavour profile is stronger.

Still like Russian teas.

Thanks Christina!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Thanks Christina for sending me a sample of this tea.

This is the spring 2015 version.

I thought based on the reviews and the initial dry tea smell that I would love this one but it has been weird for me.

The dry tea smells nice and sweet and malty, with a bit of dark chocolate notes. However after brewing, the initial sip is quite a turn off for me. All I can taste is burnt dirt, earth, and mushroom-y type flavour. As it cools, it turns into the more malty, sweet black tea I was expecting. There is no more earthy or mushroom flavours. But it unfortunately loses a lot of its “punch”. It is not horrible but luke warm tea is not my favourite. I have played around with steeping parameters but just can’t find what works for me with this tea.

Thanks Christine for sending me this one to try.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I am a lifetime tea lover.

I did foray into the world of coffee for a period of time, but I returned to my true love. I still, however, enjoy a good cup of java.

My all time favorite tea is Earl Grey, which I drink every morning, the stronger the bergamot the better. I definitely prefer natural oil of bergamot to artificial flavouring.

I mostly like black and dark oolong teas. My current favs are Fujian blacks, Keemun and Assams, and Wuyi oolongs. I gravitate towards anything with lychee in it. I also drink a lot of herbal blends but am wary of hibiscus. I do not favour mate, or pu’erh tea, although I have found a few blends that I like. (I so badly want to like straight pu’erh tea but it all tastes gross to me. I keep trying though). Rooibos, green and white teas fall somewhere in the middle. I find myself gravitating towards heavily roasted oolongs and teas from Paris/France based companies.

I love iced teas and cold brews.

My current tea goal is to make the perfect cup of chai from scratch – almost there…I think.

I am in love with the whole experience of tea.

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