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The tea leaves smell so delicious when you open the package. Vanilla, roasted, creamy, mulberry, acorns on a fall day, black tea with milk scent.
Brewed, the liquor is a beautiful golden amber color.
This is a nice, flavorful white tea with sweet cream notes. It tastes like light black tea with milk. So creamy,,,I love this white tea. Delicious.
Having a cup of this after I had a couple of cups of Bi Luo Chun Yunnan black type teas (because my water was cooling down so this was perfect to use it!). This is such a delicious and easy to brew tea. I love to take White Peony on vacation bc it will taste good and brew easily in a cup with an infuser. White teas like White Peony and Silver Needles are probably my favorite teas. I love the creamy vanilla flavors.

Flavors: Cream, Hay, Herbs, Honey, Vanilla

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I tried to bring out the Narcissus scent in this Oolong this morning. The last time I tried it, I followed the 212 F temp on the package with a 2 minute steep. This morning I tried a first infusion at 212 F again to get the flavors that I had previously in my mind. I tried new leaves and another first infusion at 195 F for 2 minutes to see if the Narcissus would bloom through. I did get a less roasted flavor but still no real prominent scent of the Narcissus. Next I tried this one in my Gaiwan with fresh leaves and the roasted flavor was still dominant.
Then I took all those leaves and put them together as to not waste them so the experiment was over lol.
I am still learning and am reading about Gong Fu style of drinking/brewing tea,,,this one could be a good candidate for experimenting with Gong Fu!! :)

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
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Out of new teas to review so I can’t wait for my Steepster Select to come in the mail :) This morning I am drinking some of my delicious Bai Hao Yin Zhen / Silver Needle from Seven Cups. This is probably my favorite every morning tea. Good for 5 infusions and finished a second one. Now I might have a green tea at lunch time. Hope you guys are having a Happy New Year so far!!!

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Silver Yin Zhen Pearls by Teavana
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I got a cup of this tea at Teavana today while I was at the mall. Since I didn’t make it, I included the steep time and temperature from their brochure.
It didn’t really taste like white tea which was different. It really tasted like white tea mixed with a floral oolong but not enough elements of either so you might not know what you were drinking if you were blind-folded. I watched it being steeped for me so I know I got the pearls. They are really neat-looking and almost look like little tiny balls of yarn because of how tightly they are rolled.
This is not a sweet or creamy white tea,,,which most of the ones I have tried have a nice, subtle sweet undertone. I think I was expecting that white tea accent that I am used to and this pearl tea has more of an earthy and very minerally undertone which was very new to me in a white tea :)

175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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The dry leaves had a strong essence of Hawaiian mango which intrigued me! They were long, dark, slender, and toasted brown. All the leaves were uniform.
The brewed tea had that wonderful aroma that is so fantastic in Oolongs,,,toasty, floral, creamy. Everytime you bring your mouth up to drink this one, the scent of the Iris.
This is a delicious and fragrant Oolong. Paired it with fresh blueberries for breakfast and it was heavenly.

Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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I am tasting the 2013 Bai Hao Yin Zhen & it is delicious!
The dry leaves are all perfectly the same size & beautiful sage green color. They have their furry fuzzy coat of white down. I think white tea is one of the prettiest as well as yummiest.
The leaves had a white chocolate, cocoa sweet scent. The scent of this tea steeping was delicious-smelling, creamy, & enticing.
Brewed, the color of the liquor was a clear pearl- champagne and it had the scent & flavor of those baby arrowroot cookies with almond milk.
Enjoying this tea with fresh raspberries & blueberries which it pairs beautifully with.

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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The dry tea has a vegetal, mineral scent. The leaves are tightly rolled, uniform in size, and they are cute little twisty eyebrow shapes.
Brewed, the scent is very vegetal, like fresh steamed asparagus. The color is a more brown color like clear vegetable broth. This tastes like the tea that I get at my favorite Chinese restaurant.
As the tea cools a little, I can taste the qualities of a green Gyokuro type tea and can taste that it stepped into the oven for such a short time giving it a hint of baked potato skin flavor.
This is a very Earthy tea, not bitter, so it is easy on the caffeine & stomach. I love that I get to drink the same tea that the monks in the local temple drink every day. It is so special to me.
After tasting, I paired the tea with rice and fresh sliced tomatoes that I had for lunch. I thought of the monks and what they might have to eat or when they might drink the tea. I love this green tea.


Had a pot this afternoon and decided to take the temp down to 175 for 1 minute. The instructions say to brew at 190 for 1 minute. I used a heaping teaspoon for 2 cups of water. I like it better at the lower temperature. It still has the mineral flavor but it is more subtle and refined.

Flavors: Mineral

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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The dry leaves are dark colored, long, & twisted,,,all perfectly the same size. There is a roasted black tea with milk scent to the leaves.
My first infusion was for two minutes with the tea liquor turning a beautiful amber jewel color. I am trying to think of a description other than malt to describe the scent of the liquid but malt is really the scent! I am not detecting the floral scent in this darker Oolong while it is still very hot.
The flavor is toasted & almost light coffee latte flavor with a tiny tiny hint of the floral aroma coming through in the after finish. This has very very subtle floral aroma for me.
As the tea cools, it gets a very creamy mouthfeel and a highly toasted almond flavor comes through.
I am on my second infusion now, the package indicates it is good for 7. The flavor is still toasty & robust with very very very subtle floral.
This is a good darker Oolong, I am still trying as many as I can and haven’t had so many of them yet and the one I had tried in the past gave me lots of caffeine high whereas this one doesn’t so I am still learning about the caffeine effects of the darker, more oxidized teas. I read that the caffeine causes bitterness and the theanine in tea (which coffee doesn’t have theanine) levels the caffeine out. This tea is not bitter, so I am enjoying a darker tea with low caffeine effects. Very fascinating and must keep learning :)

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The dry leaves have a very creamy black tea scent and the leaves are a little different in size. Brewed, the tea liquor is a beautiful champagne clear pearl color and the scent is light cream. The flavor is light and creamy,,,very enjoyable in the morning with fruit!
I am enjoying the website and packaging of Seven Cups, they have so much information. The teas are explained very well including origin, tea master, harvest time, & of course steeping information. This tea is from the Fujian Province, China,,harvested in May, good for 5 infusions, and the tea master is Wu Si Jia. It explains that the fresh, soft rich quality also makes for a nice iced tea.
I found this to be an excellent tea for my morning because I like a light, cooling, easy tea to go with fruit and not harsh with too much caffeine effect so this is lovely tea.
This is one of the first type teas I ever bought. I haven’t had Shou Mei in a long time. I brewed the same way as before, 190F for 2 minutes. Now that I’ve had a few teas, I have more to compare it to. It tastes like a White Peony and a Bancha had a baby,,,, Shou Mei. It really has sweet elements and creaminess of White Peony but then a Bancha note steps in to mix it up a bit. The Bancha note is a bit dried mint tasting?
Overall, pretty good for an everyday, inexpensive tea.

Flavors: Herbs, Honey, Mint

190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Golden Lily Milk Oolong by Zhi Tea
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Drinking the last of my sample today. This Jin Xuan Oolong is heaven. This tea gives me the same euphoric feeling you get from yoga. The aroma causes you to breathe deeply and inhale the scent of beautiful flowers and the light toasty, creamy flavor fills you with warmth. The leaves are all consistent in size and rolled. The taste is a perfect balance of creamy, floral, and toasty notes. Gonna steep this one as many times as I can today and then I must order more Jin Xuan to try!!!!

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Tea is Life. I love Tea!

Bai Mu Dan
Bai Hao Yin Zhen
White Bud Puerh
Feng Qing Yunnan
Marangi Estate Assam

Long Jing
Bai Mao Hou
Tai Ping Hou Kui
Anji Bai Cha

Ya Bao
Arya Estate Darjeeling First Flush

Elderflower Nectar
Pure Chamomile
Pure Tea Flowers
Dried Citrus
Fresh Turmeric w/ Honey & Lemon

I like Ayurveda, Yoga, Zumba,
walking, stand-up comedy clubs.

Love chefs and foodies. Love veggies!!!!
I avoid artificial and processed foods such as diet sodas because I think those things affect your palate for tasting teas, foods, wine.
I always use filtered Culligan water for tea, no tap or bottled so I don’t find many teas I dislike bc I start with super delicious water.

Also enjoy bonsai, xeriscape gardening, my doggie, & all nature.

Preferred brewing method: Gaiwan

Favorite Varietals:
Ye Sheng (wild)
Yunnan Da Ye (large leaf)

I have stopped rating teas with a numerical value here on Steepster because I realized on May 13, 2014 (a tea enlightenment lol) that once you start to learn what teas you like, get practiced and good at gong fu, and which companies are selling quality tea,,,they are all 100’s to me because I purchase and drink what I like and the best I can find.
I respect all the work that goes into the tea that I am drinking and I like thinking about the different terroirs they come from.



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