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another sipdown from today (141). I’m pretty much going to have my work cut out for me in terms of getting my cupboard under control this month, but i’m ok with that.

Because this is such an interesting tea, the rest is off to terri to try out. I quite like it, though i’m not sure about a re-order. Either way it’s been great to try these blends from bellocq as i have a better sense of what i might like from them given their smaller quantities are 3oz. Thanks again fuzzyP!

Terri HarpLady

Yay, that sounds like a really interesting blend!


I agree with Terri – it sounds so interesting!

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meh. like i said before, verdant’s puerhs seem to not jive with me. I don’t hate them but they tend to not taste like much. I’ll send the rest of my sample to terri since she seemed to enjoy it more than me but i’m glad i tries it. Must try all the teas!


sipdown! mwahahah ’cause i sent the rest home with Cavocorax for her to try out. Nothing says AWESOME DAY ever than getting to give teas, get teas and throw around a small child ;)

Silly enjoy this one, though i’m not sorry it’s all gone. Decent enough cup but yabao seems not to me quite the right tea for me on the whole!

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soooo i kind of accidentally forgot about this one and let is steep WAY too long (like 15 mins or more). I can still taste the banana in this but sadly this one isn’t fit for drinking. oopsy. Good thing i can just resteep the leaves and enjoy a better cup! haha i do so like this one.


Damn, that must have been potent.


hahaha, fail

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drank GABA Black by Mandala Tea
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I received this as a sample in my latest Mandala order. I had to add the tea to the database so it’s no surprise that this is the first review. I’m not sure what to make of this one. I’m going to have to try a few steeps to see where this one takes me. I’ve only ever had GABA oolongs, and there IS a familiar taste there but it’s a black tea.

This is a rather unique taste. I really am having trouble describing it. Maybe my tea sister will do better since i AM sending her the other half of this sample. yeah….this one is confusing me lol it’s not malty..it’s reminescent of gaba oolongs, but it’s clearly NOT an oolong based on the taste… there’s no astringency but there is a taste there that reminds me of red rose bagged tea if i let it sit in my mouth.

huh. thanks for a unique experience Garret! more to come on this one i’m sure :)

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This one intrigued me so i asked Garret to send a sample my way in my last order. I try not to buy oolongs until i’ve sampled them because i’m so picky about the ones i like or don’t. While this one is certainly interesting – it’s still not quite up my alley. It’s a roasted oolong and has cinnamon and sweet notes to it but i can’t quite get behind it. That being said though, it’s a taste preference thing rather than this being a bad tea. :) I’d recommend others give this a shot :)

(also this is really tasty as the “water” to instant oatmeal lol)

Terri HarpLady

This ones as intrigued me as well. I need to sample with my Next mandala order :)


my other half is in your box LOL

Terri HarpLady

See, that’s why we’re awesome!


oohh.. breakfast and tea all in one! I will have to pick up some instant oatmeal. ;-)

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drank Rizhao Green Tea by Sun C-Tea Shop
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Soooo aliexpress is a dangerous place that i’m not sure i want to get into. However, there have been some great teas out of it that Tastybrew has shared with us through the BBB Box so i’m super happy that she continues to share with us.

I wasn’t sure about this one. It’s green. I opened it, and it smelled like something i should be eating, not drinking. I had faith in TB though…so i brewed some up today and took a sip.

This doesn’t remind me of Laoshan green. It’s different. It’s…like.spinach but softened…as it cools a sweetness comes out. not sure if i would call it caramel but it is sweet.

I like this. As a green it won’t be on my list of number 1 favourites but it IS tasty and i am glad to have tried it. :) I think if you were a fan of greens, this would be one for the list!

2 min, 15 sec

Was this the mystery green I grabbed a cup of?



Terri HarpLady

This is the only tea in our BBB that I still haven’t tried. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it! Guess I’d better get on it, LOL


Figured with thenextround on its way I needed to get cracking!

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drank Yi Mei Ren by Yunnan Sourcing
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another delight from the BBB Box shared by terri. Working from home this morning so i’ve got time to enjoy my teas and drink a number of them :) While i quite enjoy this one, i think i like the other one from this morning just a little better. this one has a fruity sort of taste to it that i like, but will grow tired of eventually as it reminds me of apricots or peaches..

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mmmmm…this has grown on me every time i have it. There’s enough for another little cup but i’m passing that on to Cavocorax since i think she might enjoy this one and it’s always fun to share! :)

thanks for sending this in the BBB Box terri!

Terri HarpLady

This was the first of the YS teas I totally polished off. I need to get MOAR, for sure! And they take Playpal, so it’s happening soon…I’ll get enough to share again :)


Heh. Enabler!

Terri HarpLady

In truth, I think I still have at least 2 more teas left to share with you guys from the last YS order, haha


I just pulled this out right now to drink! :O Thanks for sharing, you guys!
(I totally didn’t notice you drank it earlier – I picked it because it was a one-cup baggie!)

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drank Wild Blueberry Rooibos by Natur'el Tea
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I received this from the company in the mail today and rather than have it eat up room in my cupboard, i opted to make a cup and toss the other cup’s worth in the box for Cavocorax so HA!

If you sign up for their newsletter they send you a sample every couple of months with their newletter which came with a coupon for free shipping (and their shipping is pretty expensive so not a bad deal) it’s enough to make me want to pick up a few more samples of a couple of their teas.

This tea isn’t bad – there are actual blueberries in this. However, this particular brand of rooibos is that kind that always seems to be present no matter what it’s blended with. so it’s not my favourite. But it’s not bad. this does taste more closely to wild blueberries as well than just normal old blueberries and that makes me happy. over all, not bad but not OMG AMAZING! :)

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So no real clue what to write about myself here. A friend got me into drinking loose tea and it’s something I thoroughly enjoy though I have nowhere near the experience that many folks on the boards seem to have.

My other interests are cycling, reading, board games, disney cruises, world of warcraft and dancing – in no particular order. I love travelling and am currently working on trying to get my other half to as many place in the world as possible.


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