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So, I guess this is Wymm’s signature tea? I ordered a sample, and it seems like it’s included in each of the sample packs you can choose from. I had a nice afternoon session with it. It’s sweet up front, and continues to be sweet as long as you do short steeps. I also noted some butter and hay notes and some bitterness in the finish. It has low to medium thickness. It was good, but nothing stood out to me. I think overall, it’s kind of light for my tastes. Good quality though.

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Yum! I just got some samples in the mail today and decided to try this one out tonight. Felt like some shou, and it’s been awhile, due to the heat. The leaf is so fresh looking even though it’s a 2008 shou. Once brewed up, it smelled fabulous! Sweet and a touch fruity. I steeped it a few times, about 20s in the first couple steeps, then longer. It’s silky in texture, nice reddish brown in color, and tastes like sweet dates. So good! Definitely on my wishlist!

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drank Rose Oolong by Tea Ave
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This was another free sample in my last order. I would never have picked this out for myself as I am not big on floral teas. It’s really delicious though. Silky, like the texture of rose petals, as well as the fragrance, is in the tea. I think the rose also adds a sweetness to it. It’s definitely floral, but the other characteristics make it enjoyable for me. It’s also really pretty. ;)


Mmm, I love rose in tea. I’ll have to check this one out!

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I got this as a free sample in my last order. I didn’t specify which samples I wanted, and Tea Ave was awesome in selecting only one repeat, even though I’ve had a lot of their teas!

As usual, Tea Ave never disappoints! This is a silky, milky, fresh oolong. Love it!

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I had my first session with the ’shroom yesterday. I love the shape and the wrapper. I totally played Super Mario growing up. So fun!

I was eating apricots before I drank the first infusion, and the first sips of the tea totally made me salivate, making my mouth flood with juice. It was also a bit smoky. In the second steep, I noticed a spinach note that continued throughout my session. I’m not a huge fan of that note…as you probably have noticed I don’t drink much green tea, which tends to taste like spinach….but it didn’t bother me. There was a really nice thick, silky mouthfeel, especially in earlier infusions that kind of stole the show. I drank a lot of infusions. I totally thought I was going to stop until the next day, but after a break with some snacks, I returned to the tea to find it sweeten up nicely. I definitely felt a caffeine energy from this tea, but it didn’t kill my stomach, which is a plus! Overall, it’s a good tea, which is good, because I have 250g of it!


oh wow! so jelly cause my hubby didnt bring it to me. he said i have enough. i wish we had emojis here lol


Oh man! That’s a bummer! I’m sure it will be just as good when you get back. I look forward to hearing how you like it! And yes, we totally need emojis here!


he will bring it next week or else … lol Next month i change the address, so August will come on time


Lol! You tell him! ;)

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This tea is absolutely fabulous! Allan raved about it on Instagram, and it turned out I was planning to try it today also. I agree with him that I would buy more if I could. Too bad they don’t sell it!

I infused the crap out of the leaves. ;) They were beautiful, big leaves too! They just kept going and getting sweeter and sweeter, but the most dominant character of this tea is how crisp it is! I mean, CRISP! Like crisp lettuce in taste and mouthfeel. Crisp, and sweet, and slightly vegetal. No bitterness, just loveliness! The crisp vegetal note seemed more like spinach in the beginning and then moved more towards endive or fennel, I think, but very very slight. The crispness and sweetness were the dominant notes. So good! I’m really glad I have enough leaf for one more session.

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drank 2015 Poundcake by White 2 Tea
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I got this tea in the gourd shape from the monthly subscription and I’ve tried it three times. The second time I didn’t get the parameters right, so I thought I’d do it again before reviewing it. I had a nice long session with it today in my Jian shui pot. I used 7g and it was perfect. I also did very short steepings for most of the infusions, because it’s bitter if you push it too hard.

The first time I sessioned it, I got creamy citrus notes. This time, it was all creamy vanilla. Absolutely delicious! I’ve not had a sheng with vanilla notes before! I also got a nice energy from it, but it wasn’t crazy, and didn’t bother my stomach, which are all good things. My only complaint is the shape of the gourd, as it’s really compressed and you have to be careful or you will poke yourself with your pick. Also, I feel like it makes me break the leaf more. I would consider getting a regular shaped cake of this one, as the flavor is quite unique.


Good choice of vessel, I started mine on Gaiwan and transferred it to a Jian Shui, it was way better there!


I love my Jian shui pots for puerh…totally improves the tea!

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This tea is STRONG. Totally became tea drunk the first day I sessioned it. I was lightheaded, silly, my tummy gurgled, and afterward, I got sleepy! My first 8 or so steeps were all shorter than 25 seconds! Like I said, STRONG!

I used about 7g in my Jian Shui pot the first day and then steeped it in my shiboridashi the second day. I really enjoyed the flavor of this tea. I loved that there was a sweet note peaking out even in the early steeps. It also has great complexity, and by that I mean, it tastes like there are a lot of flavors, but I had trouble picking them all out. With the sweet note, there was also bitterness, but different than I’ve experienced in other sheng. It was like a note of bitterness playing nice with the other notes, rather than domineering them. The texture was also slightly oily throughout. On the second day, this tea was nice and sweet, a tropical fruit sweet, like pineapple or papaya. Delicious and definitely worth steeping it out fully. Just don’t do it all in one day! ;)


I definitely agree with the flavors on this one being difficult to tease out. There’s sweetness, bitterness and fruitiness, but none of them are the main event. Rather, everything is very subdued yet integrated.


Paul was totally on-point of saying this was the best value of their 2015 collection. Worthy of a cake purchase!

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Milk chocolate goodness! So glad this is officially in my cupboard now!

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drank Qimen by Joseph Wesley Black Tea
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When I saw this one come out, I had to pick it up. I love Qimen, and I already had a couple other JWT teas on my wishlist, so another excuse to make an order!

The leaf is really curly, thin, and a nice rich black color. I used about 4.5g and gongfu brewed it. My first impression was that it reminded me of another Qimen I liked from Nannuoshan Tea. Like that tea, it has a lot of complexity, and the notes are delicious! This one has the usual smokiness, with notes of chocolate and honey! These flavor notes were really distinctive, and I loved it! It was also super smooth. I kind of forgot about my fourth infusion, but I didn’t need to worry about it getting bitter at all. I’m so glad I now have 50g in my cupboard!


“I love Qimen …”
Agreed! Keemun is an excellent way to wake up each day.

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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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