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The biggest issue with this tea is that I can’t remember the name to save my life. Ok, maybe that’s an issue with ME, which makes this tea AWESOME.

I blame Cheri, because I opened my previously sealed package of this so I could send her a sample, then I spent the rest of the afternoon thinking about how good it smelled. Now I have had it for every cup since.

It’s a total fairy dust tea, you know that brown Yunnan dust? What is that anyway? Oh right, it’s tea crack. Right.

Malty, hearty, hug in a cup. You should buy this NAO. It does make my husband look at me funny because I say, “MMMMM” after every drink.

cookies

Ugh… I am trying so hard not to place an order, but you people are making it so difficult.

Cheri

It’s all my fault, and I’m a-okay with that.

Sil

oh man… another reason to place an order…

Marzipan

You also want the Nepal golden tips.

Tealizzy

Lol :) Love this note!

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drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
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Well this is surprisingly delicious. Surprising because I don’t usually expect much out of David’s Tea (sorry David), and also because I have no idea how old this is. I got it a while back in a swap from someone, and it languished in a box on top of a bookshelf until yesterday when I was trying to find a different tea and found this.

So, it tastes mostly like vanilla and pear. And I’m loving that. Historically I haven’t been a big cranberry person. Maybe there’s a whisper of it in there. Maybe. This is really hitting the spot for me right now! Sadly, I’m one steeping away from sipping it down.

TeaBrat

I am not overly impressed with David’s either. Wishing for Harney and Sons to open a chain of stores :)

Marzipan

I love Harney teas, which is so interesting since they exist somewhere between supermarket bagged and high end. I love drinking them.

TeaBrat

me too… only a few bummers out there

Roswell Strange

I really enjoy this one; it’s very creamy!

donkeytiara

If David reads this thread, he’ll be depressed, because although I love his tea mugs, i also think the teas are “meh”.

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I got this in a sample swap from Roswell Strange – thank you! I have wanted to try this one for a long time. I love melon teas and was intrigued that this one is a black tea.

I enjoyed this last night while sitting in my floofy chair watching TV, after a 2 hour nap. Isn’t that the life?

The tea was good, for sure. I’m the first to say that my palate isn’t the best, I know what I like but I can’t always pick out exactly what I am tasting. So when I was drinking this it had a top note that I recognized, but didn’t recognize as melon. I liked it, but couldn’t figure out exactly what it was.

It’s very different from other melon teas I have tried, and a really enjoyable tea. Thanks RS! I hope your end of the swap comes today.

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Mr. White2tea is an amazing guy. Very patient, writes well, knows his stuff. If you don’t know him online yet, you should.

He saw a post that I made where I expressed my strange and unexplainable sort of fear of puerh. And since then he has been helping me get past it. A lot of what has helped is that he has assured me that what I feel is normal and I can get past it.

I told him that I think pu is like red wine. Like, at one point I decided I wanted to learn to like wine, and I started with the really sweet ones, like Malvasia (which is a red for people who don’t like reds). By now I like any type of red, even the really oaky and bold ones. But it took a while of sipping and appreciating.

That’s where I think this pu thing is heading. Last week I had a session with this tea and I enjoyed it. Now, I don’t think it tastes like any other tea. It’s its own THING. It tastes like it tastes. And I speculate that is what trips people up – they expect it to taste familiar and when it doesn’t, they just stop. But I’m willing to keep going. I ended up drinking two infusions of this tea while at work one day, and then saved it and took the next four infusions in a modified gong fu, all in one mug. There was no magical qi and nothing life changing, but I enjoyed it, so I consider it a success. I only used about 40% of the tuocha so I’m going to pass the rest of it to Stephanie so she can try it, and move on to the next pu in the flight.

Every journey starts with a single step, right?

Marzipan

I see what you did there! +1

carol who

What a lovely tea journey. It was so smart of you to go at it from the wine taste point. I haven’t gotten into puerh but that might be a way into it. I’ll have to think about it.

Cheri

Sounds like a fun way to look at it. You can even get drunk from pu’er.

donkeytiara

I have major fear of pu……or any tea that’s not black/red. I admire your adventurousness!

mrmopar

I got mine in yesterday. After an “awakening period” it will be in my cup. Carol, donkeytiara if you get some good stuff you will be hooked.

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General update!

First, I love this tea. I have been drinking it a lot this past week because I bought 100g of it…I think it was 100g. Anyway, I had a tin I wanted to put it in but there was too much tea because it was so fluffy. Today I finally drank it down so that it all fits into a tin. Yay!

I haven’t been writing reviews as much in the past month, largely because the site was so kerborken that either no one would see it (the last couple I wrote had no likes…sniff…) or because I was drinking the same old things. The site seems to have largely fixed itself so I’ll work on getting back into the habit. I’m also sad that the forum is so much slower than it used to be. But hey, chat is still hopping after about 10 am every day. So you should go there!

In other news, I have been working on a solution to storing my teas, and I think I’m there. You know I love tins, and I have a big shelf for all of the tinned teas that I have. But what to do with all of those little packages everywhere? Well, I repurposed one of those cube storage things from my daughter’s room – she is grown up and moved out and didn’t want it – and bought new fabric cubes this weekend and now I have six cubes of sorted teas. The only down side is that when I was moving the tea into the thingie, I realized that I have….so….much…tea. And yet I keep buying it. Oh well, more for you guys.

Cheri

My likes often have disappeared. The dash gets into a funk and tells me initially I liked notes, but then when I go back they’re all gone, or the first couple of likes are there and the rest are gone.

carol who

It truly is a total addiction ! I have plant lot good teas but I was low on mates so yesterday I sent out and got a pound of different mates. (It was quite the variety and at good prices) I so didn’t need it. But I am very happy!

I know how you like order and organization, so now I want you to look at your six cubes and work to get them to all have the same amount. It might mean you have to drink a bunch from one cube… or go out a buy some more. I know you are thinking the same thing. :-D

Marzipan

Carol you should join us in chat, I think you would like it.

I drink mostly black teas, so I have one for flavored blacks, one for unflavored, one for darjeeling, one for pu, one for everything that doesn’t have caffeine and the last is oolongs. Two of the ones that didn’t have as much in them, I divided so there is a spot for white and the SBT bags.

carol who

I was just rereading my comment… I think where it said “plant lot” it was supposed to be “plenty of” …. no. maybe “quite a lot of”, well who the heck knows… I do have a whole lot of teas. ;-p

Conchobar

Okay, I give up. How many is “I have….so….much…tea”?

darby

My iPad won’t let me “like” posts anymore. :(

Marzipan

I would estimate that my cupboard isn’t up to date by…40 or so (sheepish). And, I tend to buy big quantities. I can take some pictures later.

Conchobar

Yikes… following your red wine analogy, perhaps you need to begin seriously considering a “Tea Room” for storage, tastings etc. :)

mrmopar

“Pumidor” will happen one day…

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drank Rouge by Nina's Paris
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I don’t know how this tea has flown under my radar until now, but wow it’s great! I’m on my second steep of it, and the mailman only brought it a couple of hours ago.

I do get almond cookie from it, but a little more too. It’s not like the almond cookies I have had in Asian restaurants, it has more of a spice to it than those. Cinnamon for sure, maybe something else. I’m really digging it today.

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drank Thé de Vendome by Nina's Paris
275 tasting notes

First off, a few things.
One, I love citrus. The colors, the smells, the flavors.
Second, I sweeten my teas. I grew up in the south. Get over it.

This is an orange and grapefruit tea. And, I loved it. I drank the cup very quickly just because I loved tasting it. It is definitely citrus, and almost had a lime flavor to it. Very bright but well balanced. This isn’t bold enough to be a morning tea for me, but I can see it becoming a favorite afternoon tea.

3 mins at 200.

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drank Rouge by Nina's Paris
275 tasting notes

I splurged and ordered five adorable red tins of Nina’s tea a couple of days ago. The shipment came today and after I arranged them where I can see them and they can make me happy on the tea shelf, I opened this tea.

It smells amazing: orange peel, spice, and tea. I steeped it at the suggested three minutes at 205 (the temp was not suggested so I was winging it). It is definitely a cinnamon tea but as it cooled the orange peeked out around the corner. It’s really nice. More delicate than other teas with this flavor profile that I have had, and I like that. It also re steeped well and the second cup is as strong as the first was.

Cameron B.

Don’t forget my samples! ;)

Cheri

I love the tins.

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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 or genmaichas. I am learning to like puerhs.

If we are trading, I have a STRONG aversion to coconut, banana and licorice. I love citrus, vanilla and spice. Not a fan of florals.

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