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83

Well, I royally messed up the steeping of this. According to the directions on the bag (which differ from the website): 2g in 150mL for 30-60 seconds at 158-176F for the first few infusions, and increasing steeping time and heat thereafter.

I weighed one of the surprisingly large balls, and it was 3.38 grams. So I plunked two into a large mug, 200F water cooled to 185F, and steeped it for two minutes. As that wasn’t strong enough, I added another minute to the steep.

This tea smells like chocolate out of the bag and even more so as it steeps. It’s got a really sweet flavor to it, almost too sweet. That’s the majority of what I got from the first steep, although when it was hotter, it had an earthy cocoa quality to it as well as a malty flavor.

Do I like this? Yes. However I need to play with it a LOT more before I can say that I love it.

Got it here: http://www.aliexpress.com/item/wholesale-100g-Handmade-Black-Dragon-balls-Organic-Black-Pearl-3-5-OZ-free-shipping/487099430.html

Flavors: Chocolate, Honey, Malt

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 7 g 18 OZ / 532 ML
Ubacat

I’m really curious about some of the teas from this store! Looks like great stuff. I checked it out but everything is in huge amounts.

MissB

Oh? It was all so cheap, I didn’t notice. I can send you some if you’d like? Or, just go in with someone nearby maybe if you’d rather, it’s all so very inexpensive.

Ubacat

Oh cost wise I think it was good. It was just that you couldn’t order anything less than 100g. My tea cupboard is so full , I can’t imagine ordering 100g of even my fav tea. I would be interested in getting some samples from you on mostly the greens, whites, & puerhs (with an occasional black). If you want to swap anything with me or do it as sample surprise pack where I pay, I’m good with that.

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81
drank Blueberry Lagoon by Tealish
940 tasting notes

I’ve had this at least five times in the past few days, and I’ve noticed a few things:
- it’s too sweet cold, and as it cools;
- it’s infinitely better hot, and with a shorter than five minute steep;
- the apple takes over if you re-steep, oversteep, or let it cool too long.

I do love it, however it’s a bit finicky. This is a partial re-steep (I re-steeped the last cup and added more leaf), and probably my least favorite of all the times I’ve had it. The last cup however – 3 minute steep with 200F water and all brand new leaf – was amazing while still hot/warm.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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93
drank Caramel Pu Erh by Tea Desire
940 tasting notes

My stomach is really upset again today, so after (I think it was) Roswell Strange tealogged this earlier, I thought, “Why am I not having some, too?” And so I am, and as always, it’s delicioso.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
__Morgana__

I’m sorry about your tummy. But I’ve been wondering what it is about pu erh that helps with stomach upset. Is it the fermentation? Like the “good bacteria” in yogurt? (Probably should ask OMGsrsly, the rescuer of bacteria.)

MissB

It’s interesting you ask, because I was told (several times) it’s an oolong I should reach for with an upset stomach, yet that (sadly) makes me even more ill. I’ll assume it’s the fermentation on my end that helps, although I’m sure OMGsrsly knows, or at least has something more scientific to share on the matter.

__Morgana__

My BF often has stomach upset (perhaps if he stopped eating like an 8 year old he’d have less) and I’ve been giving him pu erh, and he says it helps. There’s so much anecdotal evidence from various Steepsterites that I think pu ehr definitely has something magical about it. Unless it’s placebo effect ;-). But hey, whatever works. FWIW I would not dream of reaching for oolong with an upset tummy. I fear I would resort to some carbonated beverage or other.

Suziqzer

I’m afraid I often turn to ginger ale or Sprite when my stomach is upset. I’m trying to change my habit to peppermint teas now that I’m into tea :). So far Hubby has given the thumbs up for peppermint. I think a mild ginger tea mint be good too.. I bought a box of tea when I was pregnant to help aid a pregnant stomach & I believe it was mainly ginger. Sometimes you just do with whatever tastes good at the time too.

__Morgana__

Yeah, ginger ale is v. good. Also for me, Coke products though I tend to drink only Diet Coke. Ginger can be good. I bought crystallized ginger when I was pregnant, though I never had a lot of morning sickness, just sort of morning queasiness, and it seemed to help.

MissB

Ginger works well for me, and I’ll even take it in capsule format if I’m pukey. Only thing that worked for me when I was pregnant with my daughter though? Grapefruit essential oil that I dabbed on a kleenex and kept in my pocket at all times.

Suziqzer

I envy you for not having morning sickness. I had just gotten past the time during pregnancy when most women have it and I had only had mild nausea in the mornings… then it started, leave it to me to be different. I tried several things.. pregnancy tea, ginger snaps (didn’t like them at the time), something else the health food store recommended, and nothing helped much except gas drops they give babies w/gas.

I’ve never heard of grapefruit oil being good for nausea. Was it the fragrance that helped you? Interesting.

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75

Hm. Intriguing blend, although I’m unsure what exactly to make of it. Very ginger-y, earthy, and a touch chai-like sweet with some caramel in there. I like "dangerous"in the description, it seems fitting. There is something I’m finding a bit offputting in this though, some sort of smokey earth that is probably the puerh, or maybe the ginger, not sure — and usually I love both these ingredients, so I’m hesitant to blame either one. A shorter steep would likely help.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80

This is what my daughter and I started out with when we grabbed the Sherlock tin bundle – and it was a great choice! Creamy with a chai kick, that’s the best way to describe this. Maybe a touch cake-y.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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76

This is just okay. Got it at Robust level flavoring, and while it’s definitely raspberry, it’s chemical-tasting and smelling. There’s a depth to it that I assume is chocolate, however it’s just not enough for me to say… truffle.

Preparation
Iced
Stephanie

Good to know…thanks for the review!

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81
drank Tiramisu Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
940 tasting notes

Ah, I love tiramisu, even if it’s been a while since I’ve had it. I definitely wanted to try this at a Robust flavor, because I’m finding I prefer all the dessert matchas stronger. This was creamy, eggy, and chocolatey, although I did miss any sort of flaky pastry in the mix.

Preparation
Iced 0 OZ / 0 ML
Suziqzer

Oh me too.. A favorite dessert, & we have a restaurant nearby that does them well. Unfortunately we usually have someone with us & I have to share. I need to try my hand at making it myself sometime! Sounds like this was pretty close… And much better for you!

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89

Robust flavoring this time around, and this is by far the best version I’ve had. Creamy, peanutty, with a bit of dryness that I associate with nuts. Yum!

Preparation
Iced
Suziqzer

Sounds like Yum! Wonder what it would taste like if you made it a smoothie and added a banana?? I enjoy a peanut butter and banana sandwich once and awhile… Maybe I’ll just add a touch of peanut butter to my smoothie this morning. You inspired me :)

Stephanie

Sounds great

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83

Wow, this is super tasty tea, and definitely needs trying as a cold steep! Juicy peach, or I guess in this case maracuya (passionfruit), reigns supreme, and it’s absolutely divine. I may need to get more of this!

Flavors: Peach

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Josh Buteau

Sounds like something worth a cuppa:)

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79

Smelled richly of chocolate as I opened the bag, and then just as much after steeping. It was a beautiful cup hot, but as it cools I’ve lost the chocolate flavor other than the richness of it, and it’s become a bit astrigent for my liking.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Teaholic, with a leaning toward rooibos, green, puerh and white teas, although I’m trying some black tea again. Missing living near a tea shoppe that offers a lot of options; my only (within walking distance) choices are currently mall-bound. Still, I have a whole cupboard dedicated to tea.

In addition to loving tea, I’m a dating columnist, single mom, nerd, and avid knitter. I read way too much, type even more, and spend my ‘free’ time either running, swinging kettlebells, or hanging with friends.

I love tea swaps, and will gladly swap anything I have that I have enough of to share.

Allergies: Strawberries and all grains. I’m having a mild allergic reaction to both lavender and some roses in tea, and thus I’m avoiding these for now as well. I also avoid sugar and Splenda where possible.

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Burnaby, BC, Canada

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