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drank Ali San by Harney & Sons
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Fridays at work are soooo slow! I have plenty of time to sip on my tea. :)

I got a free sample of Ali San from Harney the other day. They are doing this thing where they’ll give you a sample size to take home if you Check In with Yelp while you’re there. I chose this tea to take with me since I can always do with more oolongs. And I had such fond memories of the ali shan from Canton Tea.

This one is quite good even if it’s not getting the gong fu treatment I usually give first tries on oolongs. It starts out light and floral. Sweet and a bit vegetal. Typical green Taiwan oolong, only more floral, I’d say.

The flavor gets stronger and more vegetal as we get into the third steep. The flavor is going strong. My scant teaspoon full of leaves have taken over half my 12 oz mug. holy cow can these things grow!

I’m really liking this since I’m always a fan of Taiwanese green oolongs but I have to say that Canton’s ali shan is better. I love this floral veggieness here though. very tasty!

On an unrelated note, a couple of people are getting sick at work here and I’ve been offering people tea. One of them mentioned that he’s been trying to get into green tea for health but hasn’t liked any that he’s tried. Opportunity! I don’t know if I should offer a flavored green or an awesome delicious unflavored Japanese or Chinese green. I happen to have all those options in my drawer by my desk… Please tell me this is normal!

I think I’ll go with the Chinese green and hope for the best!

Azzrian

I would allow him to choose one himself. Usually people tend to like things more if they have some input. Ego perhaps – not wanting to dislike their own selection lol anyway let us know if he likes it!! Whatever is selected. :)

Mercuryhime

Well, I asked him what he would prefer but he had no idea about anything and told me to pick my favorite. And that Chinese green did happen to be my favorite green that I had at work. He didn’t seem to like it much. Said it was “very light.” Ah, coffee drinkers… haha. Maybe it would be easier to get him with black teas and slowly work from there.

CHAroma

I have about 10 different kinds of tea in my desk drawer at work too. ;) Tea lovers unite!!

Mercuryhime

Oh man, imagine a work place where all your colleagues loved tea as much as we all do! I won’t be the only weirdo with a glass tea mug with a built in filter basket. We’d all be like, “Hey, I got this awesome sheng puerh the other day, wanna try?”

Oh wait, this is what it’s probably what it’s like if you work in the tea industry… My dream job does exist!

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Azzrian

I would allow him to choose one himself. Usually people tend to like things more if they have some input. Ego perhaps – not wanting to dislike their own selection lol anyway let us know if he likes it!! Whatever is selected. :)

Mercuryhime

Well, I asked him what he would prefer but he had no idea about anything and told me to pick my favorite. And that Chinese green did happen to be my favorite green that I had at work. He didn’t seem to like it much. Said it was “very light.” Ah, coffee drinkers… haha. Maybe it would be easier to get him with black teas and slowly work from there.

CHAroma

I have about 10 different kinds of tea in my desk drawer at work too. ;) Tea lovers unite!!

Mercuryhime

Oh man, imagine a work place where all your colleagues loved tea as much as we all do! I won’t be the only weirdo with a glass tea mug with a built in filter basket. We’d all be like, “Hey, I got this awesome sheng puerh the other day, wanna try?”

Oh wait, this is what it’s probably what it’s like if you work in the tea industry… My dream job does exist!

Fong Mong Tea

You’ll never know what tea fits your taste until you have it a try.

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I came from a tea drinking family, but I never appreciated the different qualities and varieties of tea until older. All that time wasted! But I guess I needed to be mature enough to appreciate the tea experience. :)

My favorite teas are green oolongs and white tea. I also love greens, especially gyokuro. I have a huge appreciation for rooibos and honeybush as they are often that only thing I can drink in the evening. I am a relatively new convert to black teas. This is unfortunate for my wallet but extremely wonderful for my palate. :)

In any case, I have a love for both flavored and unflavored teas. They are different experiences for sure, but both enjoyable. I find that it often depends on my mood.

I am on a quest to find a tea that will win my husband over. I think I’m making some headway…

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