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drank Keemun by Fortnum & Mason
385 tasting notes

Had a nice cup of this this afternoon. Definitely a tea that I will repurchase, as I’m close to running out.

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drank York Tea by Whittard of Chelsea
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Something is funky with Steepster’s cupboard. It doesn’t show the number of reviews properly.
Anyway, had this yesterday, as a breakfast brew. I’m running really low on this, and it’s no longer stocked by Whittards, so I’m taking my time with it. I’m trying to view beloved out of stock teas as I do out of stock fountain pen inks – another one will come along, perhaps even better or more interesting than the one that’s gone.
A strong, bold, bass-y tea, it thrums it way down very smoothly, especially with milk.

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Had this yesterday, and it is a very good, very fruity Ceylon. The dry leaves smell like dried apricots, and the overall taste is of super sweet stone fruit. It went well with the cold, juicy plums that I brought to work.
This tea has a marked astringency, so if that’s not something that you enjoy, I don’t recommend it. Otherwise – a solid tea, and recommended for Ceylon lovers.

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drank Lao Cong Zi Ya by Norbu Tea
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I wasn’t able to post yesterday, due to the site glitch. So expect a flurry of posts today!
I’m running low on this oh so beloved tea, and as I won’t be able to restock it, I’m treating a bit like a precious spice that I rarely sprinkle into my life, rather than a daily staple.
I cold brewed it today, using lots and lots of ice, as today was sweltering hot, and sipped it while packing for my annual London skirmish. Delicious.

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Brewed a batch of this at work yesterday.
“It tastes like vanilla! I can taste vanilla!” a coworker squealed in delight.
What more can I ask for?
Tea = happiness

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Yunnan Sourcing’s black teas are pretty terrific, and this one is no different. Apart from being an exceedingly attractive tea, of the kind you have no problem introducing to your posh great aunt Agatha, this tea is a devilishly nimble fellow. It’s really tough to ruin it by over-leafing or brewing.
I thought I’d put it through the Ice Bucket Challenge, and it took to it like a champ (donate at ALSA.ORG BTW, if you haven’t already. I’ll wait right here until you do). It nominated Fortnum and Mason’s Keemun (‘cause it’s so posh), Verdant’s Laoshan Black (‘cause it’s so popular) and any one of my Ceylons (‘cause nobody likes ’em anymore, and that’s the only thing they’re good for, right?).
They each have 24 hours….


I’d like a cool and posh Auntie. A mystery series I’m reading has elderly, energetic, wealthy, and astute Aunt Vespasia. She or Agatha would do just fine.


Nice to know you are still safe after the site glitch.


Vespasia is such a wonderful name!
mrmopar – thank you :)

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I used a little too much leaf and let it brew for a bit too long, so it came out quite aggressive. Regardless, there is a sweet maltiness to this tea even under unfavourable circumstances, so I look forward to brewing it again, properly next time.
I am very, very tired, and on the way to work today a siren blared while I was on a bus. The driver stopped the bus and we all alighted to find shelter nearby. Instead of running off in a “each man to himself” attitude, everyone kept their cool and helped each other find shelter. A nice twist to a very unpleasant experience.

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A nice golden monkey, with rich sweet flavors of sweet potatoes and chocolate.

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drank Himalayan Blend by Teabox
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There is a refreshing tanginess to this tea, as well as some dryness and a pleasant sweetness. A great intro darjeelings.

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An Israeli computer programmer with a passion for tea (mostly bought in yearly shopping sprees in the UK), particularly black, oolong and white. I don’t generally enjoy flavoured teas or herbal infusions, but if a tea sounds interesting and smells nice I’ll most definitely try it. I drink several cups of tea a day, usually one or two in the morning, another one after lunch and one or two in the evening. My favourite tea so far is Lao Cong Zi Ya from Norbu Tea, but I’m constantly trying new teas. Only in the past year have I branched into Pu’erh and non-roasted oolongs. Finding good tea in Israel is difficult, so I import most of my teas from yearly visits to London, or from online retailers. If you see something in my cupboard that sparks your interest and you would like to swap with me, then please message me. I’m almost always up for a swap.


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