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I have been really bad about posting reviews lately, mostly due to the site issues. But it seems to be mostly normal now, at least I can see other people’s reviews.

This is a sip down, and not a tea I will ever purchase again, but it’s a bit nostalgic because it’s one of the first loose leaf teas I ever had. When I first got interested in loose leaf, I asked a friend where he ordered from and he said Adagio. I ordered four sample packets of tea and this was one of them. Now I have mostly “moved past” Adagio and on to teas that I think are better, but they were definitely the gateway drug for me. So good job Adagio!

The last couple of days I have been picking low-hanging fruit from my cupboard, things with only a couple of servings in them so I can clear some out. I finished off two Simple Loose Leaf samples Cheri had sent (thank you Cheri!) and a Yunnan Jig (Adagio) I had gotten from a TTB. Unfortunately two weren’t in my cupboard officially, so I only reduced the number on here by two, but that’s still ok. EFFECTIVELY I’m down four.

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After reading on Reddit yesterday that this tea is Alastair’s (of What-Cha) favorite black tea, I put it in front of the tea line for this morning’s cup. Definitely not disappointed! I don’t know that I had ever had a tea from Nepal before but now I am really intrigued! My favorite teas are the malty blacks from Yunnan, and I could easily have mistaken this for one of those. Even the look of the leaves – with that delicious cocoa like powder on the inside of the envelope – was the same. Really, really delicious and definitely worth your attention!

Cameron B.

Yum, I love teas that leave magical golden fairy dust on the inside of the package! :D

Kat_Maria

I love the idea of a ‘tea line’ for a given day…

What-Cha

Thanks for the review Marzipan. I like to think of my tea as my children when you ought not to have a favourite but sometimes you just can’t help but favour one more than the others. This is very much the case with the Nepal Golden Tips.

Cheri

Sounds yummy! I definitely need to place a What-Cha order one of these days….

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drank Bolder Breakfast by The Tea Spot
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From Marco Polo TTB, thanks The Tea Spot!

This tea has been on my radar for a long time, but for some reason I was intimidated to try it. I am determined to make my way through all of the Marco Polo samples since that’s the top thing on my “Tea Do” list right now.

I really liked this! It smelled really delicious when I opened the sample (which was a sachet in a package). Very strong cocoa notes, with a bit of something else. The flavor was bold, as promised – a bit of chocolate and a bit of tea. Very very nice, and different!

Ost

“Tea Do” List. xD Love that!

Marzipan

Everyone has one right? :)

Ost

I am so behind on mine. xD

Mandy

Now I’m wishing I didn’t pass this one up!

Tea Sipper

‘tea do’ :D

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Another from the Marco Polo TTB, and another thanks for Verdant for the sample.

I tried this in tandem with the regular LB, and I think the regular version was a little more flavorful for me. I liked them both though. Again, I have a hard time identifying what exactly this tea tastes like (and that’s a failing in me, not the tea). But I liked it very much!

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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From Marco Polo TTB. Thank you to Verdant for supplying samples!

I really admire that Verdant supplied some of this tea, because it’s not an unknown in the community and it is highly lauded as being great. I think they supplied it because they are kind :)

I pulled out a sample before sending the box on, and enjoyed it this morning. I love traveling tea boxes but I like not feeling the pressure to try everything before I send the box out. This one was strong and delicious. I can’t think what it tasted like. I know it wasn’t sweet potato, it wasn’t malty. No muscatel. Not honey. What does that leave? I liked it, whatever it was!

Dustin

I often do mini flights of four teas at a time with the traveling boxes to get through all the teas I want to try and figure out which to keep. Even then, I too feel the pressure to get the box moving again.

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http://yunnansourcing.com/en/yunnan-black-teas/2908-light-roast-wild-tree-purple-varietal-black-tea-of-dehong-spring-2014.html

From Marco Polo TTB. This is the last of the YS teas I am trying from the box. It was different from the others and I liked it. It smelled a lot like a darjeeling, sort of a grape-y smell. It transfers over to the tea. It isn’t malty at all, but has a sort of darjeeling flavor and a bit of an astringent finish. I enjoyed it very much!

Thomas Edward(Toad)

I really like this one :)

Mandy

I smelled this, it smells like bacon and leather to me, so I’m afraid to try it.

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drank Peppermint by Harney & Sons
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This was really nice, more subtle and lighter than what I usually drink so it was a nice change of pace. Photo of my gong fu with it: http://imgur.com/LWCu73p

I don’t drink a lot of whites, but really enjoyed the chance to try this one.
http://yunnansourcing.com/en/whitetea/2887-silver-needles-white-tea-of-feng-qing-spring-2014.html

madametj

pretty!

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From Marco Polo TTB.

This was really delicious. I got a lot of honey from it, some dried fruits, raisins perhaps. It brewed up strong but not knock me down strong. Just nicely balanced. And the price is great on it – $6 for 50g. http://yunnansourcing.com/en/yunnan-black-teas/2850-spring-2014-high-mountain-red-ai-lao-mountain-black-tea.html

Definitely recommend this one!

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drank Ginger Tea by Harney & Sons
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Another from Target. Interestingly, I can’t find this on the Harney site. Maybe it’s exclusive to Target? I love ginger and really enjoyed drinking this. Also interesting that they call it a tea. Maybe we get bent over the tea/tisane thing too much?

Cameron B.

Oooh, that tin is gorgeous! :D

Megan

I’m so tempted to get these every time I go to Target (which is far too often). I haven’t seen this one!

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Mom of two practically grown girls, extremely happily married to a man who is amused by my obsession with tea, and company owner who works from home. Life is good.

Likes/dislikes: I love black teas, especially strong/malty ones. I am ok with flavored teas if the base is strong. I like some whites. I really don’t like any tea that tastes “green” – if I wanted to drink something that tastes like green beans, I would cook some green beans. I am not big on green teas, genmaichas or puerhs (although I’m still trying).

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