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Had an excellent cup of this tea. I think it was kinda fruity this morning with a definite smoke note. I probably need to have a cup of something else to calm my nerves though, as I have jury duty this afternoon and I’m freaking out that they’ll assign me to a case that will go into next week, when we have a trip scheduled. Ugh. I hate the uncertainty. I would actually be interested in serving, but just not next week. Hopefully, everything works out.

Cheri

Good luck. I’ve never been picked for a jury….My spouse, the last one he did was a real doozy. On Valentine’s Day, too.

Tealizzy

They accepted my trip as a hardship. It would have been a doozy too!! 4-5 week murder trial. Geez!!!

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Enjoying the umpteenth steeping of this tea! I got the parameters right today…lower water temperature, right amount of leaf, and starting out slow with steep times. Didn’t really notice any bitterness today. It was just smooth and sweet throughout. Yay!

boychik

So what’s your parameters ? Also I was soo tea drunk fr this tea it wasn’t even funny.

Terri HarpLady

Inquiring minds want to know :)

Tealizzy

I used about 1 1/4 TBSP of leaf in my little 5 oz. pot and steeped 15/15/20/20/30/30 etc. Water temperature started at 195 degrees, but I only reheated my kettle occasionally, so I’m sure the water temperature cooled over some of the steeps. :)

boychik

Terri, I was aware of my breathing. Every time. I heard my lungs moving. My sinuses cleared . I had to drive to pick up kids fr school. If I knew this tea could make such effect on me I wouldn’t drink it during the day.

Tealizzy

Wow, boychik! It certainly didn’t have an effect on me. Interesting!

Terri HarpLady

I haven’t tried this one, but I totally relate!

boychik

@Tealizzy, i had 6g for 100ml @200F. the amount of leaves could be the main reason you didnt get buzz.

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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They are already posting that they’re running out. Geez! It’s only October, people! Glad I still have a bunch left and that I picked up some for my mom. Not sure it’s going to last though, as I’ve been enjoying a cup fairly frequently (with almond milk and brown sugar of course!)

Kittenna

It’s concerning that they’ve run out of the fall stuff so quickly…. :(

Tealizzy

I guess that’s what happens when they announce it so early, and apparently they’re bad at estimating demand. You’d think they would know fall is a big season!

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drank Gold Rush (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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I went to DavidsTea last week to pick up some teas for my mom and of course, couldn’t resist picking up a little something for myself! I’ve been wondering about this tea, so I picked up a small amount to give it a go. Tonight is my second cup. The first time, it was very sweet, but I could also taste the silver needle in the background. Tonight I decided it tastes like rum. Not bad, but almost too much flavoring for me. I think I’m really starting to move away from heavily flavored teas. There’s just so much to love about great quality unflavored teas.

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This Shou really hit the spot today. So creamy and uncomplicated, it’s one that goes with any mood. I enjoyed a tuxedo cupcake with it too! I think I need more Shou in my cupboard.

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drank White Rhino by Butiki Teas
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I really wanted to try this tea, as it’s the base for butterscotch and hazelnut mocha candies tea, and I was curious as to what the base adds to the flavor. I also think it’s so unusual, brewing up a lot darker than other white teas, and tasting really different. I had a cup the other morning, brewed western style, but I had a hard time describing what I was tasting, so I brewed it up gong fu style today.

The first 20-second steep actually tasted like an almond pastry with powdered sugar sprinkled on top. Nice! The subsequent steeps turned into more of a honey, malty flavor, with maybe a hint of licorice sweetness. It reminded me a lot of those leaf hopper teas, which is super weird, because this is a white tea, right? I’m really glad I gong fu’d it to tease out the notes, and I might even prefer it brewed that way. At least I’ll know what I’m tasting now, when I make it western style!

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Yum yum yummy! As I’ve said before, this tea is like a hybrid between the Yunnan Dian hong golden tips and the Bailin gong fu black teas. Today, I got that yammy sweetness with malt and a hint of smoke. So good!!!

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I am really pleased with JalamTeas’ October selection. This tea is extremely enjoyable. I steeped it at 194 degrees probably more than 15 times. The early steeps were very creamy and more savory, like corn, while the later steeps were nicely sweet. With almost no bitterness, there is a clean smoothness to it and something about it seemed to clear up my stuffed nose a bit. I also noticed a slight floral quality in the later steeps. This raw puerh ranks up there with the Teavivre old tree puerh I enjoy. Very nice!

Cheri

I haven’t broken mine out yet. Maybe today?

Tealizzy

You totally should! I’d love to hear what you think!

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Today was a work at home day, which means I get to have a puerh session while I work! Yay! I was really excited to try these. I mean, so convenient! Just drop the little disc in your gaiwan, or in my case, my mini tawny dragon teapot. No mess! The discs are so compacted, and one side has a line indentation through the middle that makes it look like pill. My puerh pill for the day! When wrapped, the gold foil makes it look like a piece of chocolate. I actually was confused when I opened my Butiki box! Ha!

The dry disc smelled sweet and nutty. I did a 15-second rinse, but the disc was still really compacted, so I decided to let it rest for a few minutes. That kinda steamed the tea and the leaves started to wake up. Then I did a 20-second steep and right away, it was dark and lovely. Wow! The scent was sweet and roasty, like a roasted oolong. The taste was roasty too, but smooth. I did a crapload of steeps and it just kept going. For probably the first 5-10 steeps, I didn’t dare increase the time longer than 20-seconds because it brewed up dark each time with lots of flavor. Towards the later steeps, I increased the time by a lot, but it stayed smooth, sweet, and nutty throughout. This seems really unique, as I haven’t had a puerh that tasted like a roasted oolong before. It seems like the everlasting gobstopper of tea, so if you like sweet, roasty, nutty flavors, definitely check this one out! I’m glad I picked up more than one disc! Maybe I’ll do just one more steep…!

Kittenna

Oooh, very interesting. I thiiiiink I picked up one of these… maybe it will have to go onto my list to get more of in my next Butiki order, if there are any left.

Tealizzy

Last I heard, Stacy had plenty left. :)

Stephanie

So freakin good!!!! Glad you liked it too :)

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drank Shiva's Breakfast by Butiki Teas
572 tasting notes

This tea was fabulous this morning. All I really noticed the first time was the strength, but today it had great citrus and malt notes. Yum! A perfect wake-me-up!

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Another profile facelift! My tastes have changed a lot from when I first discovered loose leaf tea.

I can trace my tea journey back to October 2012, when I discovered DavidsTea. Before that, I had the occasional cup and enjoyed high tea at An Afternoon to Remember, which has since closed.

I went through a period of wanting to try all the teas, and was really into flavored teas, especially dessert blacks, but my tastes have substantially changed over time.

I still enjoy the occasional flavored black or rooibos, but I’m more into unflavored black teas right now and recently, puerh. Chinese black teas are amazing…with their notes of chocolate or sweet potato, who needs a flavored tea? I had a much steeper learning curve when it came to puerh. I used to dump out cups of puerh for tasting like leather. Now, I am really enjoying them. I think it took finding good quality puerh and steeping them gong fu style to really enjoy them.

I also, on occasion, enjoy a good oolong, white, or green tea.

Favorite tea companies right now include: Mandala, Teavivre, Butiki, Golden Moon, Lupicia, and DavidsTea (for teaware mostly).

Just a note: I don’t rate my teas numerically because my iPad doesn’t like the scroll bar. Maybe someday that will change…hint hint, steepster! ;)

P.S. My profile picture is of one of my 2 cats, Holly, who is a little princess but very photogenic, and she loves boxes, including those that bring me tea! :)

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