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drank Shiawase Cha by Maiko
236 tasting notes

Thank you Shinobicha for giving me a sample of this!

This is my first tea with actual seaweed slipped into it. The dry leaf smells so tasty. I decided to eat some of my favorite Japanese rice snacks with the tea. It was just a great clash of tastiness. This is the most mellow genmaicha I have had. I taste a little seaweed at the very end along with sweetness. I have had kukicha where it was more roasted, and I like this better. Overwell, everything is balanced well.

The second brew, I taste more seaweed! I need some white tuna roll or some seaweed salad STAT!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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78
drank Orange Sencha by Den's Tea
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I received this on my last order as a sample. I was really excited to try it. I love their pineapple green tea like nothing else. This blend was mellow. It was dominant orange, with their always tasty sencha. The orange was fresh smelling of the peel of the orange. If I had some mint leaves, I would of threw them in there. Makes for a great iced tea. I only rebrewed it once, and it came out with less orange.

Their pineapple blend really stole my heart and will be hard to beat. I just bought the cherry flavor, which I will probably open up today! Yay! I wouldn’t buy the orange, but it’s still nice.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Rose Sencha by Den's Tea
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I received this as a sample with my order. I love the sencha in it. I was unsure what to think of rose. Now I know, I don’t like rose if it’s a dominant flavor. If it’s a background flavor, I can take it. But straight up rose? I can’t do it. I still gladly drank the sample. I have requested they make a coconut flavor, since their flavored sencha are all top notch.

You must LOVE rose to enjoy this tea. It’s still good.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Shinobi_cha

I agree; it is flavored excellently so if you like rose, it’s great; but I don’t love rose that much, so it’s my least liked of theirs.

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drank Eastern Beauty by Teavana
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I received this from a swap. It’s just an okay oolong. It does have a natural pinching sweetness. It has a mint like taste that white teas have, too. Interesting. I am greener oolong fan, so I am slighted. But compared to other darker oolongs, it’s not a standout.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Vanilla Berry Truffle by Art of Tea
236 tasting notes

Thank you LiberTeas for a taste of this! I brewed it for a hot drink with cream. I added a little sugar.

It just isn’t me. I like hibiscus if it’s iced. I couldn’t taste the red tea as well. I tasted a little white chocolate, and I am not the biggest fan of it. I love black currant, but I prefer it iced, too. I don’t think I would like this tea iced, either. The flavors together just weren’t for me.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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82
drank White Acai Luminesence by SpecialTeas
236 tasting notes
It has an great balance of fruitiness and white tea. I love the addition of black currant and everything in this blend. Naturally sweet, and stands up for 3 rebrews, probably more. This was fantastic iced, too. The fruitiness comes out better.

Oh SpecialTeas, why did you have to leave us? I love this tea!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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reviewed Libre Tea Travel Glass by Teaware
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I received this for Christmas, since this is all I wanted. I wanted it for mostly work and travel. I use it everyday.

Pros: I love that it’s a glass interior. There’s other models of this travel glass on Amazon, but some have poor reviews. I have dropped it already, from a pretty high height, and there’s just a small bruise on the lid. I bought the poly and glass model, 9 oz. I wanted to wait for their bigger one to come out, but I thought this size would better suit me anyways.

It doesn’t leak! However, if you use boiling water, you have to wait 2 minutes to put the lid on because of steam pressure. I sometimes cheat, then tap the top and slowly open the lid. That seems to work. I haven’t used rooibos for it yet, but judging from the strainer, it should be great.

Cons: It just lost a little points, for physical reasons. It’s double walled, and in the double wall, there’s like dust. Like maybe 5 bits. And near the Libre name, there’s a smudge of brown, from the printing of the inside design. It’s not a big deal though. The area to put the tea could be a bit bigger, because sometimes I would like to make double strength to put in my other travel tumbler for iced tea. It’s big enough, but no enough for the tea to expand.

Overall, I am glad I have it. I can have tea anywhere, all I need is hot water.

MaddHatter

My brother loves his, and was excited to pick up the larger one this last weekend. I think I will hold out and see if I get one for my Birthday or Christmas. (fingers crossed)

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reviewed Norbu Tea Glass Gaiwan by Teaware
236 tasting notes

I bought this from Norbu after a month at looking at every gaiwan possible. It’s everything I wanted in a gaiwan. Light weight, glass, and around 4 oz. It’s actually 5.07 oz. It came with a sample of their oolong tea, which was an extra perk. I use it weekly. It was shipped fast, too! Plus, it was the best price, including shipping! I just hope I never drop it! :)

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100
drank Gyokuro Kin by Den's Tea
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How can I be so blind? You know you have too many teas when you forget you have a gyokuro hiding around. I received this from Christmas as a gift from my mom. I finally found it in my green tea shelf. This has been an awesome week in tea for me. I had my first silver needle, first milk oolong, now the first gyokuro.

WOW, this tea is so beautifully green! When brewed, it just smells and LOOKS like fresh spinach. I let it cool a little, and this is truly a cup of perfection. It’s just so tasty, grassy. I really don’t feel experienced enough to give a description, it’s beyond words, too.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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This is my first milk oolong. I’m onto my 3rd brew…this is some good stuff! The rebrews aren’t getting weaker…yay. Very smooth. I didn’t get the milk flavor until it cooled down. I let it sit til it was cold, and it came out even more. I think for the price, I am not sure it’s worth it. This style is likable, I wanted to taste more butteryiness to it!

I am glad I tried it.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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I love cooking, sleeping, reading, reggae music, and tea. I also enjoying reading about tea, the culture and ceremonies, and the diverse types.

I think most the teas I drink are 80% iced, but on some days, it’s opposite that, especially days off! I can’t believe it took me this long to try different teas. Better now than never!

Reading the reviews help guide me to the right tea. I have been turned on to so many delightful brews.

I am ALWAYS up for swapping. Just PM me.

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